Anecdotally, Gurkhas have always been renowned for being talented marksmen, with numerous historical references being made to the deadliness of a Gurkha armed with a rifle. Already at one of the first meetings between the British and the Gurkhas at the battle of Kalunga in 1814, the British felt first-hand the lethality of a Gurkha marksman as their commander, General Gillespie, was shot through the heart while leading his men in a charge against the hillfort.

Since this early demonstration of marksmanship, the Gurkhas’ reputation for shooting excellence continues today, evidenced by their repeated success at the Army Operational Shooting Competition held annually at Bisley Camp.

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