King Target

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Project by TopamaxSurvivor posted 11-25-2009 08:23 AM 2896 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a “King Target.” the origin is from the schuetzen matches of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the shot closest to center wins the target. It is fired offhand, meaning no artificial support, at 200 yards for center fire or 100 yards rim fire. This one was for 100 yards rim fire. It is about 16 inches tall and 11 ½ wide.

It was made of clear vertical grain fir, mortised and tenoned the bread board ends and secured them with drawbore pins. I painted it with some craft paint my wife had in her goodies. It is finished with a few coats of wipe on poly.

Our winter match is called the “Icicle Match”; therefore, obviously the summertime match would be the “Popsicle” Match. Too much concentration on my rustic letting rather than spelling and ……….. an extra “C” in popsicle!!

The lead Washingtons by the target are medals for individual matches. There are cast of lead in a mold one the shooters made freehand on his milling machine. Pretty good free hand mill carving, eh?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#1 posted 11-25-2009 11:12 AM

I get the idea and it is a good one, but the possession of firearms (even rim fire 22) is highly regulated in Australia now. The only part I dont get is, what is a “Washington”

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#2 posted 11-25-2009 11:26 AM

Hey Bob, that target looks too good to shoot at. Does the winner get to use it as a breadboard afterwards?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 11-25-2009 06:06 PM

Washington like the state. At least that’s what they appear to be.

I dated a girl from Germany who used to talk about Schuetzen-fests, but she said they shot at a bird painted on a board and that the board was put atop a post, like a telephone pole. Aparently they are a big deal, the winner is King of the town and he can choose his queen and there is much to imbibe. Are your’s anything like this?

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#4 posted 11-25-2009 07:49 PM

Never heard of such a thing but it does sound fun. BTW he target is coll too

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#5 posted 11-25-2009 09:56 PM

In Denmark we have from accent time ago city`s have local patriot unionen`s as I remember was made in the sixteenhundres when we had the swedish wars (still going on in soccer) and they have every year a birdkingshooting like the german`s and the rules in the shuting is that they shoot after the different parts of the bird in order (first the legs then the wings then the body and at last the head) but they don`t shoot for them self they get a number and after the shot they can see from a list who they gave the score if any and the winner is the captain of the popinjay (birdking for a year) and pay for lot of the drink`s under the dinner after the shooting is over there are other rules but i don`t now them (some of the union`s even use the old front loadriffels but everybody use the same riffel in a kind of nearly lockt position for safty lot of beers durring the day)

just a litle history words from me


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#6 posted 11-26-2009 02:22 AM

Mike, since they win it, I guess they can do anything they want with it :-))

Woodfix, the Washington State shaped medals are for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in other matches, usually 10 shot.

Schuetzen matrches were brough to America in the mid 19th century by German immigrants. Shooting sports were popular spectator sports of the day. Good shooters would travel the country winning a lot of prize money. We don’t have any queens to pick :-)) We just shoot the targets and usually have a BBQ.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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