The death of a soldier who shot himself in the chest on duty in Afghanistan was a tragic accident, an inquest heard.
L/Cpl Davey died after suffering three heart attacks
Lance Corporal George Davey, 23, from Beccles on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, died after his gun went off while he was cleaning it.
A bullet from his rifle hit the soldier, from the First Battalion Royal Anglians, in his chest.
The inquest at Lowestoft recorded a verdict of accidental death.
The inquest heard that L/Cpl Davey's colleagues found him still standing and conscious after the accident.
But despite the best efforts of the medical team he suffered three cardiac arrests and died.
L/Cpl Davey had been serving in Helmand province and just a few days before had phoned his wife, saying he was feeling very tired.
The couple, who have two daughters aged three and one, had been planning a holiday when he returned from his tour of duty.
The coroner said it was a tragic accident that highlighted the immensely difficult circumstances soldiers faced.