GUNSLINGER Sam Balmond was bang on target when he won top recognition for his clay pigeon skills.
Lieutenant Balmond, based at HMS Sultan, in Gosport, has won the Royal Navy High Gun medal.
It comes as he won the navy’s Top Gun award in the clay pigeon beginner class at a tri-service and emergency service competition.
He was representing the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Clay Pigeon Shooting Association at the Army-hosted Armed and Emergency Services Shoot at Bramley, in Surrey.
He started shooting seriously just before joining the navy three years ago.
‘Shooting is one of few sports in which individuals achieve peak performance later in life, with decades of practice under their belts,’ he said.
‘In fact, it is not uncommon for the best shooters to be in their 40s, 50s or even 60s.
‘Experience generally counts for more when you are judging range, distance and deflection for a host of different targets travelling at different speeds and with different flight paths.
‘Hence, for both me and my teammates, this result came as something of a surprise.’
Lt Balmond is secretary of the RNRMCPSA.