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
eye next to the soldier and a few hairlines in the same
- otherwise intact and shows nice luster. The details of
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
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
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/.