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Switzerland. Canton Zug. Morgarten. A member of a riflemen's association waits for the results of the Morgartenschiessen (Morgarten shooting) competition. Thousands competitors from all over Switzerland came to fire fifteen shots at targets arranged on a meadow. The elderly man wears on the back of his jacket a swiss flag and the drawing of an assault rifle, a SIG SG 510 also called Fass 57. The SIG SG 510 or Sturmgewehr 57 is a selective fire battle rifle manufactured by Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft (now SAN Swiss Arms) of Switzerland. It uses a roller-delayed blowback system. The SIG SG 510-1 entered service in the Swiss Army with the designation Fass 57 (French/Italian, for Fusil d'Assault 57/ Fucile d' Assalto 57) or Stgw 57 (German for Sturm Gewehr 57). The Sturmgewehr 57/SIG SG 510-1 was adopted for Swiss military service in 1957 and was, in 1990, replaced by the lighter SIG SG 550. An assault rifle is a selective-fire rifle that uses an intermediate cartridge and a detachable magazine. 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. Morgarten is a Swiss village which belongs to the municipality of Oberägeri in the canton of Zug. The flag of Switzerland consists of a red flag with a white cross (a bold, equilateral cross) in the centre. It is one of only two square sovereign-state flags, 15.11.2017 © 2017 Didier Ruef