The Schützenschnur was introduced at first on 29th June 1936 by the Oberkommando der Heeres for the Heer and was made in four grades (Stufe 1-4). It was meant for Infantrymen in Infantry, Mountain troops, Motorized Infantry, Parachutists etc. and for Artillerymen.
On 17th October 1938 a second version was introduced, containing 12 grades. This time it was for Infantrymen, Artillerymen and Armored troopers.
The cord was meant to recognise the ability to shoot with rifle, light machinegun, heavy machinegun, anti-tank weapon, 2 cm anti aircraft weapon, but also in recognition for firing infantry-, artillery-, and tankguns. The cord was made of winded aluminium wire with a plaque at the top. The plaque differed accoridng to the units intended. The cord was meant for privates and non-commisioned officers and to be worn on all uniforms with exception of the battle dress.
Officers could not apply for the cord and were not allowed to wear them.