Schuetzen Rifle shooters keep alive a tradition that dates to before the Civil War.

While this style of shooting started with muzzle-loading caplock rifles, the rifles used today are the single-shot cartridge rifles made from about 1865 to 1915; modern reproductions of those rifles, original German and Swiss Schuetzen rifles and newly-designed rifles.

In competition only single-shot, non-bolt-action rifles are allowed. 

The original rifles include the Remington Rolling Block and Hepburn; Stevens 44 1/2 and 44; Ballard, Borchardt, and Sharps original falling block rifles; 1885 Winchester "Low Wall" and "High Wall"; and that wonderful triumph of engineering and rifle-makers skill, the Maynard.

Schuetzen is a rifle sport that originated in Germany and Austria, moved to the U.S. with Germanic immigrants, and was especially popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In Schuetzen, the competitor fires lead bullets at paper ring targets that are placed at a distance of 200 yards (originally 200 meters). In this game, single-shot rifles are used exclusively. Early German and American Schuetzen rifles are one type of single-shots that our founders were interested in collecting and shooting. Today, the ASSRA supports modern Schuetzen matches at clubs and ranges around the country. In fact, 200-yard Schuetzen is especially adaptable to ranges that have limited shooting distances available.

Contact match chairman Joel Noyd.