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arilar
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Posted - 01/03/2007 : 04:51:53 AM
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Not to much info can be found but here some notes:

Swedish volunteer sharpshooters-movement started 1860. The m/1860 Wrede in cal. 12,17 mm was the popular rifle and mostly targets made out of iron or stone was used. Distance was 180 meters and only standing off hand was the procedure.







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From 1870 Remington cal. 12,17 mm was introduced and distance was 1871 moved to 240 meters. Still standing off hand. Still iron targets was mostly used.





Remington with smaller caliber, 8mm, and modern powder m/89 was possible to get first 1893(became never popular). Regarded difficult to load and to get good groupings so the majority still used the old 12,17mm with blackpowder.

1893 came the oval paper target. 300 meters distance and prone position became more and more regular.



Mauser rifle m/1896 came and was possible to order privately from 1897. 5000 mausers were specially reserved for civil shooters by government and distributed under year 1900. During 1901 about 2000 mausers had reached the shooters. 300 meters distance and standing, kneeling and prone was regulated. From this point a lot of different targets came one after another as seen below.






Targets model 1906 and 1907:


Target model 1915:


Targets model 1927 and 1928:


Target model 1940 (modern style):





Regards,
ARILAR



kriggevaer
Posted - 01/03/2007 : 06:50:52 AM
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Great Stuff arilar - well done. The rock targets are a surprise. It took a lot of work to carve the target on that big rock!



USMCsean
Posted - 01/03/2007 : 07:05:07 AM
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That is a neat setup you put on. Thanks for the pics. I couldn't believe the rock target either. I would think that it would be very hard to keep track of shots. Maybe it was a training rock????
 

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Old Swedish targets

Here is some Swedish targets mounted on a bord, i think this targets is from erley 1900.

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More historical info on shooting distances

arilar
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Posted - 12/04/2006 : 5:01:21 PM
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Correct me if wrong, but when diopter sights were introduced, the FSR official distance for range target shootings was already 300 meters (200 meters for the lowest class shooters and youngsters) and still are for FSR reglement.

Recommended ultimate distance for field-shooting competitions though are 610 meters and 600 meters has been used a long time for field-shooting. I think that a practical cause for the 300 meters as longest range target shooting was difficulties to provide enough ranges over 300 meters distance.

History, Target shooting:
1861-1870, at 180 meters distance (muzzle-loaded m/1860).
1871-1893, at 240 meters distance (Remington Rolling block 12,17mm).
1893 and later, 300 meters distance (Mauser 6,5mm allowed from 1900 at competition). 1946 first year diopters allowed.

History, field-shooting:
Officially introduced 1903. Had been going on already from 1864, reports from Gävle this year exist and from Udevalla 1887 were unknown distances was used. 1902 in Eskilstuna 300-600 meters distance.

ARILAR
 
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