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Accession # SRM1974-125

Rifle

1860-1890


This is a Schutzenfest rifle, which was used in shooting contests. Schutzenfest is a German word meaning “shooting festival.” Schutzenfests date to medieval times (as evidenced in the legend of Robin Hood) and are still celebrated in German towns, as well as in other countries with a large German immigrant influence. In mid-19th century Texas, marksmanship games were very popular and were called many names including “driving the nail,” “threading the needle,” and “snuffing the candle.” One Texan described an impromptu shooting match where the participants “put 3 balls out of 5, at the distance of 100 yards, into a paper not larger than a silver dollar.”




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