Swiss Matches

The Swiss shooting we do at Carmel Gun Club is sanctioned by the Swiss government; it's the real deal.  With some exceptions, you will be shooting for a medal.  That is, if you fire a qualifying score for the match you will receive a medal that comes from Switzerland, exactly the same as all the other Swiss shooters around the world. 

All Swiss rifle shooting is done at a range of 300 meters, prone.   For most of the shooting you may use a knapsack (or anything else you like) to rest your rifle on. Juniors and Seniors may fire all matches rested.  Most shooters, by far, use Swiss K31 rifles to shoot the matches, and many have invested in match sights.  This is allowed under the rules, provided they are iron sights that require no gunsmithing to install.  On the other hand, one time a shooter bought a K31 at Big Five, brought it straight to a match and cleaned everyone's clock.  Go figure.  Anyway, if you don't shoot a K31 or some other Swiss service rifle, you may be required to shoot a higher score to qualify for a medal.

There are three targets used in Swiss shooting: the A10 round target, the A5 round target (actually just the A10 scored differently), and the B4 camouflaged silhouette target.  The A10 target has a 10-ring that probably rightfully should be measured in Angstroms, and the B4 target is nearly impossible to see in bad weather.  All are challenging at 300 meters, and will really test your skill.

There are three basic formats for Swiss Matches:
Obligatorisch - (required of all Swiss citizens; no medal awarded; may shoot rested)
            sighters as required
            5 rounds for record, A5 target, slow fire (1 round per minute)
            5 sighters, B4 target, slow fire
            5 rounds for record, B4 target, slow fire
            2 rounds for record, B4 target, 30 seconds
            3 rounds for record, B4 target, 30 seconds
            5 rounds for record, B4 target, 60 seconds

Einselwettschiessen - (unrested, very challenging)
            sighters as required
            10 rounds for record, A10 target, slow fire

Feldschiessen - (NO sighters, rested)
            6 rounds for record, B4 target, slow fire
            3 rounds for record, B4 target, 60 seconds
            3 rounds for record, B4 target, 60 seconds
            6 rounds for record, B4 target, 60 seconds