Mike Krei, Director of the NRA's Competitive Shooting Division, continues to report from the 50th Anniversary International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championships in Munich, Germany:
My first trip to the City Center (Marienplaz) of Munich was by way of U-Bahn – the underground subway system. As I climbed the stairs, the first thing taht came into view was the New Town Hall. Spires, gargoyles, turrets, sculptures and the famous Glockenspiel was a sight to behold.
Luckily, English is spoken in most areas and the people are helpful and courteous. I soon learned a visitor should do his best to stay off the bike path or you could get run over – or at least yelled at. Bicycles are a major means of transportation in Munich and officials have made a great effort to accommodate them.
I have yet to sit down to a bad meal even though the food is far from the usual American menu fare. My favorite so far has been the wiener schnitzel and fried potatoes from at a little restaurant known as Zum Durnbrau.
The Olympic Shooting Range in Munich is a tribute to Germany for having the vision to keep these ranges for the world shooters after the 1972 Olympic Games. Each and every venue is busy from dawn to dark. Shots from the Trap & Skeet Fields are heard throughout the facilities – what a great sound. Top shooters from more than 90 countries make their way through the Running Game Hall, Commercial Row, and restaurants that fill the complex.
One of those shooters was 24-year old Joshua Richmond from Team USA who the World Double Trap title with a 196 that included a perfect 50 for 50 in the cold and rain of the final frame.
I'll be sure to send more updates soon, but Auf wiedersehen until then.