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Canadian Armed Forces Combat Shooting Team excels

Bisley, United Kingdom Two of the Canadian Armed Forces Combat Shooting Team s Reserve force members took first and third place in the honours category of the prominent annual Army Reserve Operational Shooting Concentration held in Bisley, United Kingdom from June 21 to July 1, 2015, which drew more than 700 Armyrats © military shooters from around the world

Sergeant Tatyana Danylyshyn of the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary s) took the top shot honour for service rifle and Corporal Baron Hordo of the Queen s Own Rifles of Canada earned third. They were competing with more than 700 other Armyrats © military shooters from around the world.

Opportunities such as the Bisley shooting competition allow our soldiers to hone their skills and deliver operational effectiveness. I am very proud of Sergeant Tatyana Danylyshyn s exceptional performance and I applaud her for being a role model for her peers and the international community, said Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army.

It was an honour to be selected to represent Canada at such a prestigious event, and a real privilege to be able to shoot with and against some of the best shooters from various nations in the world at Bisley. I am grateful for the skills I have learned and honed through the Canadian Army, Sgt Danylyshyn said of her recent feat. The Canadian shooters, with 1012 and 981 points respectively, sandwiched the second place shooter, British Reserve Corporal Johnny Moore, with a score of 1001. The award for the Reserve Force top shot, known as the Queen s Medal for Top Shots, went to Britain s Cpl Moore.

So how, you may wonder, can the second place shot take the medal? Queen s Medals are awarded in the UK and at many Commonwealth nations small arms concentrations, including the Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration (CAFSAC). However, shooters can only win a Queen s Medal at the national concentration of their home country. They are also distinctive in that they are the only shooting medals that may be worn on dress uniforms. At international shooting competitions, visiting teams from other countries shoot for honours only, since the ultimate purpose of such national events is to identify and reward the host nations top shooters. Yet another reason for the honours approach is that every country uses its own kit and equipment. A truly fair international match would require identical gear and weapons for all, as is done at the Olympic Games.

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