Fantasy Badge: Vaulted, three piece enameled tombac, Ges. Gesch., 53 mm, bullseye 12.5 mm, 37.3 gm, very well made, like new condition with intentionally added dirt and oxidation.
WARNING: Other people pass this badge off as an original. I think it is a fake based on the 1943 Kitzbühel gold with oakleaves Kreisschießen badge.
All 1941-44 Tiroler Kreisscheißen badges were awarded in 4 grades: bronze, silver, gold, and gold with oakleaves. There was no Meisterklasse version from Kitzbuhel in 1941, 42, or 44. The only event known to have a "meister" badge was the national Landesschießen competition held in Innsbruck each year. Also, it is not illustrated in any period literature. All of the 1941-1944 Tirol Kreisschießen gold/oakleaf grades were illustrated in a local publication in 1943 & 1944. If this Meister Class version existed it would have been shown there. Also, none of the thousands of competitors can remember such a badge.
Original Meister badges were of massive two piece construction with recessed areas for the enamel. Except for the oak leaf border, the design enamel on this badge (even under the swastika disc!!) sits on the surface. The base of this badge is a ring, not a heavy disc like the originals. These fantasies are much easier and cheaper to produce than the originals.