Gurkha Named as the Army's Champion Shot
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Gurkha Named as the Army's Champion Shot

The Queen’s Medal for the Army's champion shot has been awarded to Sergeant Sanjib Rai of 2nd Battlion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles.The event,...

Gurkha Named as the Army's Champion Shot

The Queen’s Medal for the Army's champion shot has been awarded to Sergeant Sanjib Rai of 2nd Battlion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles.

The event, which took place at the National Rifle Association’s Bisley Ranges, is the culmination of the British Army's Operational Shooting Competition and is governed by the Army Rifle Association.

More than a 1000 service personnel take part in the Central Skill at Arms Meetings, but only three win the highest award of the Queen's Medal.

Three medals are awarded annually, one to the Royal Navy or Royal Marines, one to the Army and one to the RAF. The medal is the only shooting medal that can be worn on uniform.

As well as being the Army's champion shot, Sergeant Rai was also awarded the Watkin Cup.

The Gurkhas are a unique unit in the Army with a reputation of being among the finest and most feared soldiers in the world. They have an outstanding record in the shooting championships.

Photographer Richard Watt; Crown copyright.