Knabenschiessen  
 

Knabenschiessen (Boys’ shooting)

 Knabenschiessen is a Swiss traditional festival held in Zurich on the second weekend of September. This photo features a part of the fun fair that nowadays surrounds the festival, which is a local public holiday.
The shooting itself is a competition for boys aged between 13 and 17, shooting at targets on a range near Zurich, using a Swiss Army rifle. Although it is still called ‘Boys shooting’, girls have in fact been admitted to the competition since 1991, and indeed in Switzerland it is traditional for both sexes to learn to use firearms from a young age.
     
 
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