Badge, Sharpshooter, Rifle, Mortar, Carbine, Sterling
Genuine WWII US Sharpshooter, First-class Gunner badge, with Rifle, Mortar, Carbine bars.
The US 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, and additional 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.