Coast Guard Expert Pistol Shot Military Medal
Coast Guard Expert Pistol Shot Medal
Service: Coast Guard
Criteria: Attainment of the minimum qualifying score for the Expert level during prescribed shooting exercises
Devices: None on medal (but see the Coast Guard Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon)
The Coast Guard Expert Pistol Shot Medal was established to reward outstanding pistol marksmanship and to recognize the attainment of the minimum qualifying score for the Expert level during prescribed shooting exercises. The medal is a bronze pendant in the shape of a shield, the upper portion of which contains the raised inscription, “U.S. COAST GUARD EXPERT” in two lines. In the center of the medal is a pair of crossed pistols beneath which is a pistol target. The reverse is plain and is suitable for engraving the recipient’s name. The ribbon is navy blue with two thin white stripes, one each towards each edge. Although originally intended as a single, one class award, the concept was extended during the Vietnam War to provide for two additional levels of achievement with the creation of the Coast Guard Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon.