Еxcellent Rifleman Badge, 1953-1957.
Brass, enamels; 45.4 x 36.0 mm. The "Classic Flat" variation
(also referred to as "Second Unified" variation) according
to the Airapetyan classification, manufactured by the Pobeda
In very fine condition. The red enamel is nicely preserved
overall and shows attractive luster; there are a couple of
tiny contact marks and internals hairlines in the center
resulting in slightly darker areas but no chips or
significant wear. The white band has minor amount of flaking
along the edges and a single surface chip at approx. 6
o'clock that does not penetrate to brass and therefore not
The details of the artwork are perfect. The gold finish is
clearly visible in recessed areas on the obverse and is
nearly pristine on the reverse of the badge. A good amount
of the gray finish on the top ornament and the edge of the
shield is present. The screw post is full length, nearly 12
mm, and includes original Pobeda Factory screw plate.
Established in 1948, this was one of the two badges of the
Proficiency series that came up after the war.
/See Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-1945, p. 137,