The top 25 marksmen and markswomen from all over Germany have qualified for the European Championship in France. Ready to depart with them are Team Manager Thomas Klaner, Trainer Thomas Baumhakl, and Brigitte Fritsch.
Black powder shooting has a centuries-old tradition. The weapons used are partly original firearms, while others are faithful replicas.
These firearms not only differ in their various ignition systems but also in the type of projectile they shoot, whether it’s a round ball or a conical bullet. The projectiles and bullets are made of soft lead and are usually cast by the shooters themselves, at least those who possess a specially designed bullet mold for their rifles. Of course, there are various projectiles available for purchase, such as round balls, which are also used in pistols. The ignition methods include flintlock, percussion cap, and matchlock.
What they all have in common is the use of black powder, which is loaded as propellant into the barrel. A lead ball is then placed on top of the charge and firmly seated using the ramrod. If the shooter has a flintlock ignition, they also need a bit of priming powder on the pan. In the case of a percussion cap ignition, percussion caps are used. And, of course, there are shotgun shooters who use the appropriate cartridges for their shotguns.
The shooters are as follows: Andreas Stock, shooting since 2001, became a 2-time individual and 2-time team world champion at the 2022 World Championship. He was honored in the golden book of the city Lauchheim. Andreas Wimmer, an administrative specialist, has been shooting since 2011 and became an individual world champion and Nationalmannschaft world champion at the 2022 World Championship, achieving 4th and 8th places as well. Matthias Plöscher, in pharmaceutical quality control, has been shooting since 1999. Matthias won a world champion and a vice world champion title in the individual event. As part of the team, he achieved two world champion and one vice world champion title. Frank Börtzler, a painter, has been shooting since 2011 and won 6 team gold medals and individual placements of 4th, 6th, 19th, 10th, and 14th at the 2022 World Championship. Kilian Fichtl, an industrial mechanic, started shooting black powder in 2021 and won an individual world champion and a vice world champion title at the 2022 World Championship. Leonhard Brader has been shooting since 1968 and earned 3 vice world champion titles Nationalmannschaft in the individual event at the 2022 World Championship. Helmut Stubenrauch, a mechanical engineering technician, has been shooting since 2008 and won two team world champion titles, a vice world champion title, and a 3rd place with the team at the 2022 World Championship Nationalmannschaft-team-of-muzzle-loaders. Steffen Tuchscheerer, a mechanical engineer, has been shooting since 2008 and secured two 3rd places in the individual event and a vice world champion title with the team at the 2022 World Championship. Tanja Eichert, an engineer, won 2022 at her first world championship, 3 world champion titles. Two world champion titles with the team and one titel herself. Robert Zipperer, an IT consultant, participates in nearly all shooting disciplines and will now attend his first European Championship Nationalmannschaft. Markus Wörnle, a teacher, has been shooting since 2020 and is participating internationally for the first time. Bernd Schönborn, a postal officer, has been shooting since 1980 and won vice world champion and team world champion titles at the 2022 World Championship Nationalmannschaft. Michael Sturm has been shooting black powder since 2000 and achieved two individual world champion titles and 5 team world champion titles at the 2022 World Championship.
A strong team will represent Germany at the European Championship. We wish the German national team “Gut Schuß” (Good shooting)!
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