Classic pics of typical Swiss shooters...HUGE !...

The country that avoids war and the country that fights but has a hard time winning have been combined. The Swiss made some excellent firearms and the French made some unique and occaisonally inspiring ones.

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Classic pics of typical Swiss shooters...HUGE !...

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Postby LoLo25643 » Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:51 am

Great photo post Guisan. I've got a copy of "Das Schiesswesen In Der Schweiz" on it's way to me now. I hope it's full of nice photo's.
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Postby DuncaninFrance » Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:30 am

Couple of them look to be shooting Cuckoo Clocks :roll:

Interesting pics though.
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Wonder when the photos were taken?

Postby Niner » Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:08 pm

Besides a lot of them looking geriatric, they all seem to like to dress up in coat, tie and fedora to go shooting. Got a feeling these photos were made long before WWII. Different time as well as place from now.....but the rifles remain and are still fun to shoot.
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Postby Guisan » Sat Apr 05, 2008 2:34 pm

Well most of the pics were taken between 1935 and 1939, the last two were taken during the war, the brassard with the Swiss cross around the upper arm means that these guys belong to the "home guard', the (long) retired but still armed militia willing to fight for their country.

The brassard was worn to identify them as organized soldiers not being illegal civilian (resistance) fighters.

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Postby LoLo25643 » Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:27 pm

Ha, I was waiting for you to post Guisan, I knew you would have the answer. Since some of them were shooting K31's the time period would be after 1933 for some but I didn't know how long. I still have a long way to go on recognizing the variance ordenanze uniforms and so forth. I remebered the arm bands from the home guard though. I'm still learning and after a couple or three years find some good stuff posted.

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Postby Guisan » Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:57 pm

Yeah, wait till you see what I'm gonna post in three more years !

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Postby Niner » Sun Apr 06, 2008 12:11 am

Thanks for the time frame. Guess long time before WWII was missing it on my part. LOL
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Postby LoLo25643 » Sun Apr 06, 2008 1:20 am

Hopefully the secret formula for waffenfett. Or you will just wait until my wife finally kills me for trying to reproduce it using her cookware. Then you will post it. :mrgreen:
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Postby Guisan » Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:00 am

Well there are several recepies for Waffenfett and I only have the older ones that were made wit sheep fat and olive oil ( I posted that one long ago in the Vetty section at Swissrifles.com). From the 1889 rifle on the Waffenfett was standardized issued by the arsenals and no longer self made.

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Postby LoLo25643 » Sun Apr 06, 2008 11:09 am

Yes, I have the one where you refine the olive oil by melted lead and the one using sheep fat to make a grey salve but still look for the arsenal formula that was distributed in the yellow lable tins in the cloth cleaning kits with French, German and Italian instructions. It may be one of those things that are lost forever.
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Postby Guisan » Sun Apr 06, 2008 1:37 pm

Nah it ain't lost, it was simply never published because only a few fools like us are interested in it, when I need to dig for this it takes me an afternoon in the archives in Berne and it's not worth that much to me but maybe some day the answer will show up.

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