Coast Guard Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon
Coast Guard Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon
Service: Coast Guard
Criteria: Attainment of the minimum qualifying score during prescribed shooting exercises
Devices: Silver Letter “E”, Silver Letter “S” , Bronze, Silver Pistol, Gold Pistol Target
The Coast Guard Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon was established to extend the range of marksmanship awards below the Expert level. To create this “ribbon only” award, the ribbon of the Coast Guard Expert Pistol Shot Medal was retained and redesignated as the Coast Guard Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon with devices to denote the various levels. To indicate the Marksman level, the ribbon is unadorned while the Sharpshooter level uses a silver letter “S”. For the Expert level, the medal is retained unadorned but a silver letter “E” is placed on the ribbon bar. Earlier regulations provided for a bronze letter “E” to denote to first qualification at the Expert level and the silver “E” to indicate the “final” achievement of Expert status but this was soon discontinued in favor of the silver “E”. The silver and bronze M1911A1 pistol replicas denote the award of the Silver and Bronze Pistol Shot Excellence in Competition Badges respectively. The gold replica of a pistol target indicates the award of the Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge. All attachments are affixed to the center of the ribbon.