Stang shooting

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Stangskyting in Norway, 2007. The nearest target is placed at 155 meters, and the farthest at 221 meters.
An electronic scoring board showing the number of hits for each shooter at the first half.
Sauer 200 STR (Scandinavian Target Rifle) is the most commonly used rifle for stangskyting nowadays.

Stangskyting, literally Stang-Shooting named after Colonel Georg Stang (1858-1907), is a practical rifle competition popular in Norway where the shooter has two periods of 25 seconds to get as many hits as possible on a target at an unknown distance, with an unlimited number of rounds. Competitions in Norway are arranged by Det frivillige Skyttervesen.

Procedure[edit]

The shooting position is prone with the rifle loaded, safety catch applied and the butt of the stock touching the ground. At the command "Ready!" the rifle is put to the shoulder and the safety catch disengaged. Five seconds later the "Fire!" command is given. The targets used is Småen placed somewhere between 125-175 meters, and a 1/4 target ("quarter torso") placed somewhere between 200-250 meters.

  • The Småen target is an oblong, tall and narrow shape which measures 250 mm tall and 305 mm wide. When placed at the minimum distance of 125 meters Småen measures to ca. 2.4 mil wide and 2 mil tall, and when placed at the maximum distance of 175 meters it corresponds to ca. 1.7 mil wide and 1.4 mil tall.
  • The 1/4 target is a triangular shape which measures 330 mm wide and 490 mm tall. When placed at the minimum distance of 200 meters the 1/4 target corresponds to ca. 1.7 mil wide and 2.5 mil tall, and when placed at the maximum distance of 250 meters it corresponds to ca. 1.3 mil wide and 2 mil tall.

Approved rifles[edit]

Used by civilian shooters:

Used by military personnel:

Danish variant[edit]

A Danish variant very similar to stangskyting called hurtigskydning (literally Speed Shooting) is arranged by Danske Gymnastik- & Idrætsforeninger (DGI). 10-ring bullseye targets at 200 m must be engaged with as many rounds as possible during 25 seconds, only scoring hits in the black area.

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