Netherlands International Shooting Competition
Each year the Reservists Shooting Committee (RSC) of the Netherlands Armed Forces Federation of Reserves (NRFK) organizes the Netherlands International Shooting Competition for reserves (short: “NISC”).The NRFK is a co-operation of the associations for reserves KVNRO and AVRM.
This annual shooting event celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017 and has earned international recognition as one of the greatest and most important remaining shooting competitions for reserves in northern Europe.
NISC takes place in the autumn (usually 2nd weekend of October) and hosts up to 54 teams (162 reserves) of many NATO countries and partners at the Harskamp infantry shooting ranges. On average, 11 countries participate in the NISC every year.
This competition has the official approval of the Commander-in-Chief of the Netherlands Army Forces. NISC is the Dutch contribution to the International Military Shooting Competitions within NATO and partner-states.
NISC was established in 1993 with the approval of the Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces and formed the Dutch contribution to the International military shooting competition in a NATO context. The international context has now been expanded. With the international cooperation of our Armed Forces as one of the main objectives of Dutch defense policy, this event is given a proportionally high importance.
Participants compete in teams of three marksmen for individual and team prizes on 4 weapons, typically pistol (Glock 17 gen 4 and Glock 17 gen 5) and rifles Colt C7 and Colt C8 carabine.
During the day competitors move between the different ranges and have ample opportunity to socialize and meet fellow military of other nations.
At the evening of the competition day a gala buffet crowns the efforts of all present: competitors, range assistants and NISC staff. In this stylish yet informal setting the prize ceremony rewards the efforts of all and indicates which marksmen are the best of Europe’s reserves. Speeches of NISC’s delegation leaders, among which the Dutch armed forces, give words to the feelings of comradeship and connection between the forces and their reserves.
The NISC cannot exist without the co-operation of numerous volunteers of the Dutch reserve forces who act as range officers, logistic support and ranking office.
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