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Spc. Nate Simmons, an information technology specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, in Wiesbaden, Germany, cleans an M-249 squad automatic weapon at the Monte Kali shooting competition Friday in Wackernheim, Germany.

Spc. Nate Simmons, an information technology specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, in Wiesbaden, Germany, cleans an M-249 squad automatic weapon at the Monte Kali shooting competition Friday in Wackernheim, Germany. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Spc. Nate Simmons, an information technology specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, in Wiesbaden, Germany, cleans an M-249 squad automatic weapon at the Monte Kali shooting competition Friday in Wackernheim, Germany.

Spc. Nate Simmons, an information technology specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, in Wiesbaden, Germany, cleans an M-249 squad automatic weapon at the Monte Kali shooting competition Friday in Wackernheim, Germany. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Competitors take aim with Glock pistols at the Monte Kali shooting competition Friday in Wackernheim, Germany. About 280 four-man teams from around Europe were taking part in the event, which the U.S. Army has hosted for the last 30 years.

Competitors take aim with Glock pistols at the Monte Kali shooting competition Friday in Wackernheim, Germany. About 280 four-man teams from around Europe were taking part in the event, which the U.S. Army has hosted for the last 30 years. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Competitors take aim at paper targets with American M-249 squad automatic weapons at the Monte Kali shooting competition Friday in Wackernheim, Germany.

Competitors take aim at paper targets with American M-249 squad automatic weapons at the Monte Kali shooting competition Friday in Wackernheim, Germany. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Two competitors in the Monte Kali shooting competition Friday in Wackernheim, Germany, were pleased with their marks with the American M-249 squad automatic weapon.

Two competitors in the Monte Kali shooting competition Friday in Wackernheim, Germany, were pleased with their marks with the American M-249 squad automatic weapon. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

A shooter squeezes off a round with an American M9 pistol at the Monte Kali shooting competition Friday in Wackernheim, Germany.

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A shooter squeezes off a round with an American M9 pistol at the Monte Kali shooting competition Friday in Wackernheim, Germany. Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Spc. Arnel Jones of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, in Wiesbaden, Germany, explains how to use an American M-249 squad automatic weapon to a German competitor at the Monte Kali shooting competition Friday in Wackernheim, Germany.

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Spc. Arnel Jones of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, in Wiesbaden, Germany, explains how to use an American M-249 squad automatic weapon to a German competitor at the Monte Kali shooting competition Friday in Wackernheim, Germany. Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

A German soldier pops off a round with a Swiss Army Sturmgewehr 90 assault rifle at the Monte Kali shooting competition Friday in Wackernheim, Germany.

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A German soldier pops off a round with a Swiss Army Sturmgewehr 90 assault rifle at the Monte Kali shooting competition Friday in Wackernheim, Germany. Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

WACKERNHEIM, Germany — Rain did little to deter attendance at the Monte Kali international shooting competition in Wackernheim, Friday, where organizers expected between 2,000 and 3,000 people to compete for trophies over three days.

Though the competition has shrunk somewhat in recent years from a high of about 500 teams to about 280, it remains the biggest shooting competition in Europe, according to organizers. More than 200,000 rounds of ammunition were expected to be fired from Thursday to Saturday.

The U.S. Army has hosted the event for the last three decades, most recently at one of its ranges in Wackernheim, a small town outside of Wiesbaden. This year, soldiers from the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment out of Wiesbaden’s Clay Kaserne facilitated the event, which is coordinated by a German army reserve organization.

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