Schuetzen Rifles


Sighting In with Shooting USA - Schuetzen Rifles

SI29-16-1We're Sighting In on the tradition and history of a 200 year old firearm. The Schuetzen came to America with German immigrants and is still shooting in challenging, long-range competition.

The Schuetzen is both a rifle and a style of competition steeped in European shooting tradition. With its longevity and avid following, the Schuetzen now has a place as one of History’s Guns. 

SI29-16-2In John Merz’s hands, they do shoot well. John is a Schuetzen enthusiast and avid competitor. He is also editor of the Single Shot Rifle Journal, a magazine devoted to the Schuetzen discipline and the history. 

There is no other firearm that looks or shoots quite like a Schuetzen. Elongated prongs on the rifle’s butt plate work hand in hand with the unique palm rest to help competitors balance the rifle.

Schuetzens are heavy, 12 to 15 pounds, much of that weight in the barrel. That weight adds stability when shooting off-hand, standing. The only position possible with the specialized Schuetzen design.

SI29-16-3The original Schuetzens that arrived with German immigrants were muzzle loaders. Breech Loading Schuetzens are now the rule in competition, the 32-40 cartridge is now the most common in competition, with black powder.

Matches are shot at 200 yards with a specialized Schuetzen target with a Bullseye scored as the 25 ring.


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