At the 2012 London Olympics, Army marksman Vijay Kumar gave India the second medal from the Royal Artillery Barracks winning the silver in the men's 25 metre rapid fire pistol event. The 26-year-old army subedar from Himachal Pradesh fought stiff opposition from five other top marksmen to finish second in an exciting finale after he found the target 30 times out of 40 attempts in the sequence comprising eight rounds of five shots each.
According to Vijay Kumar's father his son had promised him a medal before he went into the finals of the 25-metre rapid fire pistol event at the London Games. He threw both hands in the air and pumped his fists as he was welcomed on to the platform to collect India's next shooting medal of the Games. In the qualifying round, Vijay clocked 585, finishing fourth, with stage scores of 293 and 292 at an average of 9.750 at the Royal weaponry quarters.