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Joint military and civilian 300 m shooting training camp at Hollola

The Finnish military shooting team organised a joint 300 metre shooting training camp with the Finnish Shooting Sport Federation (SAL) this week in the famous Hollola International Shooting Centre (HISC).

The main focus was to get familiarised in to outdoor shooting after a long and dark winter period. Besides elementary and advanced training a match training was performed as a 300 metre mixed pair match like they do in the European Shooting Championships (rules according to Bologna 22.9.2019).

The Finnish civilian team consisting mainly of military shooters is heading to the Osijek ECH in June 2021 although nobody is still yet chosen to the event. And of course there is still the threat of the Covid19 pandemic to postpone the whole championships.

The winning pair today was Henna Viljanen (SAL) – Juho Autio before Aleksi Leppä – Juha Rutonen and Juho Kurki – Riku Koskela (SAL). The differences between pairs were extremely small. The match training was found very interesting and purposeful inside daily training camp routines.

Picture below (by Tapio Kajan): the great winning pair Henna Viljanen and Juho Autio.

Henna Viljanen
Juho Autio

Sport shooting remains inside Finnish Defence Forces

Besides these horrible days with Covid-19 pandemia there has been a threat concerning sport shooting in Finnish Defense Forces. They were planning to exit the sport shooting championships inside army. As a replacement there could have been only sniper shooting and normal duty assault rifle and pistol shooting disciplines.

But luckily a good balance has been found and CISM disciplines has survived except 25 metre and 50 metre disciplines for female shooters.

This is a really good piece of information for military and civilian competitive target shooting. Finnish military sports is best known by very high competence in shooting. As a evidence of this, Finland has won twice the best nation event and huge number of podium places in the International Military Sport Organisation (CISM) world championships. Furthermore there are also three olympic medalist and thirteen individual CISM world champions produced by the sport training system of the defence forces. And by now, there is still six military world champions in service.

Road to Tokyo – a restart!

Two times world championships in 300 metre shooting, Aleksi Leppä and world cup finalist in air rifle, Juho Kurki has begun a new season which is heading to Tokyo Olympics 2021. The two mighty athletes was met in the training camp of the Finnish Shooting Sport Association in Inkoo Shooting Range 10.6.2020.

Juho Kurki and Aleksi Leppä in air rifle training session.
Both were very confident for the season 2021.

Yhdistyksen vuosikokous

Hallitus päätti kokouksessaan 9.6.2020, että yhdistyksen vuosikokous suunnitellaan pidettäväksi Sotilas-SM-kilpailujen yhteydessä 16.9.2020 klo 19.30 riippuen vallitsevasta Covid-19-tilanteesta.

Kokouksesta lähetetään erillinen kutsu.

Finnish Defence Forces is planning to ruin sport shooting

According to the information sources the Finnish Defence Forces is planning to stop organising sport shooting championships in its annually organised shooting championships. As a replacement there might be only sniper shooting and normal duty assault rifle and pistol shooting disciplines.

The Finnish Military Shooters Association highly appreciates sniper shooting and skills to use ordinary duty weapons but is very worried about the mastery of core competences in shooting which mission based shooting does not fully promote.

Furthermore, it is quite peculiar that cutting down sport shooting in defence forces championships it will be still continued with unmilitary sports like football and civilian biathlon. One can ask that how military football looks like and where it is played at combat zone?

Finnish military sports is best known by very high competence in shooting. As a evidence of this, Finland has won twice the best nation event and huge number of podium places in the International Military Sport Organisation (CISM) world championships. Furthermore there are also three olympic medalist and thirteen individual CISM world champions produced by the sport training system of the defence forces. And by now, there is still six military world champions in service.

The Finnish Military Shooters Association sincerely hopes that the sport shooting is given the high appreciation as a military sport and it will continue as a core discipline in military sports.

Nordic Military Championships cancelled this year

It was Norways shift to organise a Military Nordic Shooting Championships (NMSC) this year. Primarily this was to happen in Elverum 29.6.-3.7.2020. But due to the Covid-19 issue the championships is cancelled.

Nordic Military Shooting Championships is organised every year by the rotating turns between the Nordic countries. The tournee will go on next year in Sweden and then year 2022 in Finland.

Problems in the future of CISM Shooting?

According to the international pieces of information of the CISM shooting our great discipline is more or less in danger.

After Swiss colonel Bruno Wolfensberger had to resign of his military duties the management of the CISM shooting has gone quite problematic. Recently elected new president shooting of the CISM, Chinese lieutenant colonel Vincent Zhang is heard to have some challenges to fulfill his and shooting committees tasks. Anyway we remember that the 7th Military World Games in Wuhan (CHN) was an occasion to remember very long.

The development of the CISM situation is being carefully looked after.

Furthermore, we have heard that the CISM military shooting championships 2020 in Thailand is cancelled. The same may happen with CISM Cadet Games in Russia this year. And for the coming years, there are not big rush with organisers.

To maintain our core military sport the CISM needs to find organisers for the world or regional championships. This could be done all or some disciplines together or totally separately: 25 m, 50 m, 300 m or shotgun. So, athletes and coaches etc, please contact your head of delegation to maintain the great opportunity to demonstrate this great skill of the military.

Lapua European Cup Pistol 25m – 2020

According the news received from Estonia and Norway there might be Lapua European Cup 25 m events still in this summer.

Lapua European Cup Tallinn (EST) will be organised either 10.-12.7.2020 as primarily planned or two week later.

Lapua European Cup Orlandet (NOR) is planned to organised 28.-30.8.2020 about two months later than expected.

Events in Suhl (GER) and Öckerö (SWE) is in process.

The Lapua European Cup Pistol manager Marko Leppä is eagerly waiting to get contacts who will participate in which event. Email to Marko; marko.leppa@ampumaurheiluliitto.fi.