Festival for ex-Swiss Army members


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Will Learn
July 24, 2007, 06:51 PM
I was on reuters website and found this link I though I would share with you all. I just picked up a K31 w/ troop tag so this caught my eye(I wonder if any of them where shooting their original issue). There where a couple of 100yr old shooters which I thought was awesome. http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures/slideshow?collectionId=802

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DMK
July 24, 2007, 07:02 PM
And our Govt. bureaucrats say assault rifles have no sporting purpose. :mad:

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=61291&stc=1&d=1185318005
Pensioner Paul Lienin, aged 100, looks through the scope of his rifle as he takes part in a shooting competition during the 23rd Swiss town guards festival for veterans in Reidbach near Berne July 24, 2007. The five-day festival is held every three years for ex-Swiss Army members

Edited to add: Interestingly I see no scope on his rifle. He's shooting a service rifle with standard aperture sights.

jlbraun
July 24, 2007, 07:14 PM
As an aside, are the SIG 550s used by men like Lienin fully auto or are they rendered semi-auto?

RevDisk
July 24, 2007, 07:22 PM
Last I heard you keep a select fire until you leave or hit manditory retirement age. Then it is rendered semi-auto if you wish to keep it. You need to have a special collector's license to own auto or select fire weapons as a civilian.

Mind you, it's been four years since I last worked with the Swiss Army, so it might have changed since then.

bill larry
July 24, 2007, 08:23 PM
wow...I should be so lucky to still be above ground at that age...nice story.

col_tapiocca
July 29, 2007, 07:37 AM
And our Govt. bureaucrats say assault rifles have no sporting purpose.
But here in Switzerland only assault rifle are allowed in public/army shooting range:neener:

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