Badge, Expert, Sterling, Carbine


Genuine WWII US Expert badge, marked Sterling, with Carbine bar.

The U.S. Army created its first musketry proficiency badges circa 1880 to reward marksmen. According t the system enacted in 1921, three basic badges indicated the degree of proficiency, andadditional bars specific weapons or courses.

The three badges were:

- Marksman, Second-class Gunner. Minimum score of 60-77 % of points, depending on the weapon or qualification course.

- Sharpshooter, First-class Gunner. 78-87 % of points.

- Expert. 85-91 % of points.


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