The annual Army Operational Shooting Competition, has taken place at the headquarters of the National Rifle Association in Bisley.

Upwards of 1,000 competitors from the UK's armed forces took part, and among them this year was Lt Col Andy Chambers and his team from 152 North Irish Regiment RLC.

The meeting tests all the competitors military skills from night shoots to casualty recovery all while carrying 15 kilos  of personal kit.

The Regiment snapped up 16 trophies, as well as the most prestigious individual prize the Queens Medal, which was won by Private Mc Clure.  Instituted by Queen Victoria in 1869, for the Best Shot in the British Army,  re-introduced by King George V.  It could then be awarded to the champion of army marksmanship competitions, held under battle conditions, at annual central meetings.

 

"There is no higher accolade than to be champion unit, and win the Queen's medal in one year, as well as getting all 8 firers in the top 50." 

Queens medal Bisley for 152
Queens medal Bisley for 152

After the award ceremony at the end of the three day competition, Private Mc Clure was "chaired off" carried by his peers, in celebration of being the best individual shot, and recipient of The Queens Medal.

"It was a huge huge day for the Regiment, but especially for Private McClure."  

Only the top 50 competitors earn the right to wear the coveted AR 50 badge on the left fore arm, for the duration of their Army career.  All eight members of the 152 team made not just the top 50, but also the top 40, with the lowest placed shooter being 39th. 

This is only the second time in the history of the competition, that all the team members from one unit have shot in the top 50.