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Gowin Wins Hannover Silver
Published Friday 11 May 2018 15:12 by Craig Davies
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Troops To Target Shooter, Sam Gowin has won Silver at the ISCH in Hannover just a month after securing Bronze at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 10m Rapid Fire Pistol.

Gowin was full of confidence going into the event after winning bronze while representing Team England in the Gold Coast, and despite only starting the discipline of Rapid Fire just 12 months ago, he performed phenomenally to secure a second place medal at ISCH. 

His score of 23 is also a new British Record for a 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Final! 

The win shows the potential that sits within the British Army and it is exciting to see what the future holds for the Troops To Target initiative.

Last month, Gowin shared his story of how he joined the British Army and opted to train full-time as a pistol shooter with a goal of becoming a world-class target shooter. 

"I started with target rifle when I was 15. Did that for a few years and then I joined the army. But when I joined I couldn't shoot for three years as I needed to focus on my career, which I'm glad I did. Then I started with combat shooting within the British Army. This involved operational theatre where you are subjected to a high level of stress, running around with your helmet, rifle and secondary pistol, with pop up targets and casualty drags. But while there I decided to see how far I could go with shooting. 

"So, in November 2016, I joined Troops to Target, so this allows me to train full-time with task support as well - and I've just taken it from there really. 

"I've been doing Rapid Fire Pistol for just over a year now."

A huge Congratulations Is also due to Kristian Callaghan, who reached the final of 10m Air Pistol at the ISSF Fort Benning World Cup, finishing up 8th place overall. 
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