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Desert Rats are on target

18 May 2017

Regular and Reserve soldiers proved they had an eye for a challenge when they competed in this year’s 7th Infantry Brigade Operational Shooting Competition.

The two-day competition saw the units descend on Stanford training area in Norfolk to test their skills across eleven events. Each event assessed their fitness, accuracy and speed, skills essential in operational shooting.

All the Brigade units entered a team of eight soldiers equipped with an SA80 rifle and Glock 17 pistols. Scenarios included a long distance march and shoot and target practice. The shoots varied from 10-metres with the Glock pistol out to a range of 500-metres with the SA80 rifle. Every event was scored and prizes awarded on the final day.

The competition culminated in the Falling Plates competition that challenged soldiers to sprint to a firing position to knock down targets in the quickest time.

The competition was hard fought with 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment emerging as the best Regular unit overall and also scooping the Gold in the Falling Plate competition.

The Royal Yeomanry was named as the best Reserve unit overall for the second year running, and the 3rd Battalion Princess of Wales Royal Regiment took the Reserves title in the Falling Plate Competition.

The prizes were presented by Brigadier Charlie Collins, Commander 7th Infantry Brigade also known as the Desert Rats.

Brigade Training Officer WO1 Neil Johnston said: “Military marksmanship is the single most important skill any soldier can have. This competition was an opportunity to test and improve those vital skills with a little bit of competitive spirit thrown in. It was also an opportunity for our units to share tips and knowledge.”

The event was hosted by the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment.

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