US-hosted European shooting competition draws thousands
May 17, 2013
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.