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February 09, 2011

Hunting and Shooting in Germany: Schiesskino, the "Shooting Cinema"

By David E. Petzal

Schiesskino means, roughly, “shooting cinema,” and is all the rage among riflemen and hunters in Europe. The schiesskino establishment I visited on my trip to Germany was smack in the middle of a residential area, but at an underground range. Roughly six people at a time get to shoot real rifles with real full-power ammo at projected images of European game animals. You take three shots at a time. The projectionist then replays your three shots and a red dot appears where your bullet went. (The bullets themselves end up in a trap.)

It’s all done in real time, shot offhand from the low-gun position, and is a virtually perfect recreation of what you see from a hochsitz—running critters, herds of critters, mostly pigs, but other species as well. You have almost no time in which to pick out your target, aim, and shoot. There are all sorts of different programs that can be projected.

The range is downstairs. Upstairs is a clubhouse, and in one room is a giant TV monitor on which the downstairs activities are projected so you can see how your friends are doing. Most of the shooting I saw was very good, as just about everyone had done it before, but I didn’t see anyone go straight. If you’d like to get a look at this, Google schiesskino and look for the examples with actual guns, not lasers. It’s all in German, but you’ll be able to get an idea of what the sport is about. And for God’s sake do not transpose the "i" and the "e" when you type in schiesskino.

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from Amflyer wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Sort of sporting clays with a rifle. Sounds like a ton of fun and better practice than you can get at a range.

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from Amflyer wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Also get a few more hits if you search using Schießen.

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from Amflyer wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

OK, last try. Not "Schießen" but "Schießkino"

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from Amflyer wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

And yes, I do have a day job.

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from Amflyer wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Just a slow one at the moment.

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from MJC wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

This must come to the States. I would pay a lot of good money to use such a facility. And it would get American shooters off their d@mn benches for a change.

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from Amflyer wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

We tried to do something like this back a few years ago, minus the fancy computer graphics. It took quite a bit of planning, but when we tried to shoot the first round, it really didn't work.

After the first few shots, my mother-in-law would stop running, drop the target and head for cover.

Damn woman has no mettle.

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from Mjenkins1 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Nein Nein Nein Nein !

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from Bella wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Looks like a lot of fun without freezing your feet or getting rained on! And I'd bet there is beer upstairs in the clubhaus! Ja, gemutlicheit!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

They have the Schiesskino, we have our own scheisshaus right here!

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

WAM,

There are a few Scheisskopfs as well...

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Bee,

Wirklich!

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from Amflyer wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Scheisskopf! That's what my grandfather called me. Supposed to mean "smart little boy" or something I assumed.

Guess I'll never know for sure.

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from crm3006 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Scheisskopfs we have, and a few trottels, as well.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Stimmt so Bee, Nope Amflyer is was not a compliment, but I am sure your grandpa was just joking. mine was too.

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from Amflyer wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Gleich und gleich gesellt sich gern.

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from Ferber wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

As children during WW2 we did a similar thing on a much smaller and non-firearms pinball-type machine, shooting a electric-eye rifle at the main eoropean and asian game of the period: a goofy faced Tojo or Hitler running back and forth on a track display. A 'proper' hit caused the characters to turn and 'run' the other way.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

crm3006, I would say we have dummkopfs.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Amflyer, good looking dog you have in your avatar. Yours or a photo? Shepard's are my kinda dog.

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from jaredrobbins wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

sounds fun. my uncle does almost the same thing with a bow in the states

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from Amflyer wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Unfortunately only a picture. I lost mine four days before Christmas in 2006. Still think of him often.

My hunting partner is another German...shorthair instead of shepherd. Look up dummkopf and you will find a picture of my Sammy. She is a clown most of the time, obstinate and mischievous...but a nobler hound in the field I've yet to meet.

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from blueridge wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Dave...
I think you can tell that we enjoy this change of pace. I also commend leaving the bench, to shoot. It makes us better shooters, I sincerely believe.

Danke, and keep 'em comin'.

blue

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from Zermoid wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Sounds like much better practice than simply putting holes in stationery paper.
Wonder what the cost would be for this in the US?

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from Palouse wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

The video on the homepage of the Müller Shiess Zentrum Ulm is pretty cool, and the prices are not as bad as one would think.

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from crm3006 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Scheisskopfs we have, and a few trottels, as well.

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from MJC wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

This must come to the States. I would pay a lot of good money to use such a facility. And it would get American shooters off their d@mn benches for a change.

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from Amflyer wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

We tried to do something like this back a few years ago, minus the fancy computer graphics. It took quite a bit of planning, but when we tried to shoot the first round, it really didn't work.

After the first few shots, my mother-in-law would stop running, drop the target and head for cover.

Damn woman has no mettle.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

WAM,

There are a few Scheisskopfs as well...

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Bee,

Wirklich!

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from Amflyer wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Unfortunately only a picture. I lost mine four days before Christmas in 2006. Still think of him often.

My hunting partner is another German...shorthair instead of shepherd. Look up dummkopf and you will find a picture of my Sammy. She is a clown most of the time, obstinate and mischievous...but a nobler hound in the field I've yet to meet.

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from blueridge wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Dave...
I think you can tell that we enjoy this change of pace. I also commend leaving the bench, to shoot. It makes us better shooters, I sincerely believe.

Danke, and keep 'em comin'.

blue

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from Amflyer wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Sort of sporting clays with a rifle. Sounds like a ton of fun and better practice than you can get at a range.

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from Amflyer wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Also get a few more hits if you search using Schießen.

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from Amflyer wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

OK, last try. Not "Schießen" but "Schießkino"

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from Amflyer wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

And yes, I do have a day job.

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from Amflyer wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Just a slow one at the moment.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

They have the Schiesskino, we have our own scheisshaus right here!

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from Amflyer wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Gleich und gleich gesellt sich gern.

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from Bella wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Looks like a lot of fun without freezing your feet or getting rained on! And I'd bet there is beer upstairs in the clubhaus! Ja, gemutlicheit!

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from Amflyer wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Scheisskopf! That's what my grandfather called me. Supposed to mean "smart little boy" or something I assumed.

Guess I'll never know for sure.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Stimmt so Bee, Nope Amflyer is was not a compliment, but I am sure your grandpa was just joking. mine was too.

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from Ferber wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

As children during WW2 we did a similar thing on a much smaller and non-firearms pinball-type machine, shooting a electric-eye rifle at the main eoropean and asian game of the period: a goofy faced Tojo or Hitler running back and forth on a track display. A 'proper' hit caused the characters to turn and 'run' the other way.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

crm3006, I would say we have dummkopfs.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Amflyer, good looking dog you have in your avatar. Yours or a photo? Shepard's are my kinda dog.

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from jaredrobbins wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

sounds fun. my uncle does almost the same thing with a bow in the states

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from Zermoid wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Sounds like much better practice than simply putting holes in stationery paper.
Wonder what the cost would be for this in the US?

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from Palouse wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

The video on the homepage of the Müller Shiess Zentrum Ulm is pretty cool, and the prices are not as bad as one would think.

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from Mjenkins1 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Nein Nein Nein Nein !

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