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Switzerland. Canton Zug. Morgarten. Three competitors and members of riflemen's association hold semi-automatic assault rifles SG 550 during the Morgartenschiessen (Morgarten shooting). Thousands competitors from all over Switzerland come to fire fifteen shots at targets arranged on a meadow. The Battle of Morgarten occurred on 15 November 1315, when a 1,500-strong force from the Swiss Confederacy ambushed a group of Austrian soldiers of the Holy Roman Empire on the shores of Lake Ägeri near the Morgarten Pass. The Swiss, led by Werner Stauffacher, defeated the Austrians, who were under the command of Duke Leopold I. The Swiss victory consolidated the Everlasting League of the Three Forest Cantons, which formed the core of modern Switzerland. The victory of the Confederates left them in their virtual autonomy. The SG 550 is an assault rifle manufactured by Swiss Arms AG (formerly Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft) of Neuhausen, Switzerland. "SG" is an abbreviation for Sturmgewehr, or "assault rifle". The rifle is based on the earlier 5.56mm SG 540 and is also known as the Fass 90 or Stgw 90. An assault rifle is a selective-fire rifle that uses an intermediate cartridge and a detachable magazine. Morgarten is a Swiss village which belongs to the municipality of Oberägeri in the canton of Zug. 15.11.2017 © 2017 Didier Ruef