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    Sniper of RKKA (Red Army) badge, 1938 - 1942.

    Sniper of RKKA (Red Army) badge, 1938 - 1942.

    Silver-plated brass, enamels; 43.8 x 37.1 mm.

    In very fine overall condition. The obverse is very well preserved. The red enamel on the star and plaque is essentially perfect having only a couple of microscopic contact marks, no flaking or other significant wear. The white enamel has a barely noticeable repair under the bull's eye next to the soldier and a few hairlines in the same area - otherwise intact and shows nice luster. The details of the soldier and wreath are perfect and crisp, and the original silver finish is almost completely intact having only minimal wear to the high points. The silver plating on the reverse is likewise almost pristine. The screw post has been replaced and comes with an unmarked post-war screw plate that fits it perfectly. Despite some relatively minor condition issues, this is a very impressive looking award.

    The badge was manufactured between 1938 - July 1941 (the production seized soon after the German invasion of the Soviet Union). The remaining stock was being issued until mid-1942 at which point the badge was replaced by the Sniper Badge of the new "Proficiency" series. Unlike many other sharp shooting badges, this was a strictly military award rather than an OSOAVIAKhIM paramilitary issue. The letters "PKKA" (RKKA) stand for "Workers and Peasants Red Army".

    /See "Avers 8" p. 425, fig. 2009; Borisov, "Badges of the Soviet Armed Forces", fig 58/.


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