ALCOSO, SOLINGEN with stamped scales TM. Silver hilt fittings show light surface wear with NO damage to hilt, acorn quillon and clamshell. Clamshell features Rifle Association emblem showing only light wear and NO damage to enamel. Grip grades EX++ with crossed rifles attached to obverse and NO damage or chips: a condition rarely encountered with this specimen! Plated double-etched blade grades EX++/Near MINT with only faint runner marks and no nicks to cutting edge and is complete with green felt buffer pad. Blade features scenes of stag in forest setting, floral motif and target with crossed rifles. Black leather crease-free scabbard shows only faint surface wear with no rips, tears or damage to reverse stitching. Upper and lower silver fittings show only light surface wear with retaining staples present and no damage or dents.
The Rifle Assocaition was a non-political, non-military, organization of volunteer members who were interested in marksmanship. The Association was similar in nature and scope to the National Rifle Association (NRA) existing in the United States today. The primary objective of the German Rifle Association was to promote interest among the civilian populace in competitive sport shooting. Local subordinate clubs were organized throughout Germany, and competitive shooting events were common. As the Nazis infiltrated the Association, the earlier social events absorbed definite political overtones. EX++.