At 9am tomorrow morning I will be laying in a field with a borrowed Stgw90 (called Susi) taking part in the annual Eidgenossisches Feldschiessen (Federal Field Shooting). It is a national event held across the country where thousands of men, women and children (10yrs+) take part in a 300m rifle competition for free, including ammo (18 rnds), using any of the following Swiss military rifles. G/K11 K31 Stgw 57 Stgw 90 Scopes are not allowed but diopters are within the scope of the regulations. Course of fire is very sedate: 6 x 1 shot in 1 minute 2 x 3 shots in 1 minute 1 x 6 shots in 1 minute In our case we are shooting across a valley, one has to cross under the fire corridor to get to the shooting point. Between each series you are simply required to apply the safety and lower the rifle. You are trusted not to take pot shots at the scorers as they emerge from the butt bunker. Target: Your PIO is indicated by scorers using coloured paddles on your target, and the colour of the paddle corresponds to your score. Clearly visible at 300m even for a mole like me. Not actually sure what is done with the score, ie. if it is scored nationally, on canton level or municipal level, perhaps Viceroy can chip in? No registration and no experience is necessary, newbies are given an instructor to guide them through everything. I attended the practice on Wednesday intending just to observe but a rifle was quickly thrust into my hands and I was told to crack on - I love this country! There is of course a piss-up in the evening. Will post pics of the event.