SHOOTING

Cadets across the Region have the opportunity to participate in the sport of rifle shooting. When the ATC was originally formed, it was a recruiting organisation for the Royal Air Force, as such it made good sense for marksmanship to be on the training syllabus. While this is no longer the case, shooting remains one of the most popular cadet activities. Safety is paramount with all ATC activities and shooting is certainly no exception. Training is an integral part of the system and each cadet is fully trained in whichever rifle they will be using. Supervising staff are similarly trained to deal with any eventualities and to ensure that the range is run safely and efficiently.

Cadets are able to take part in Shooting activities as soon as they join the organisation. Cadets are initially trained on either Air Rifles, the No.8 Small Bore Rifle or the L144A1 Cadet Small Bore Target Rifle. The cadets will undergo a period of training on the specific rifle after which they will be assessed to ensure they are competent and safe to fire the rifle. Once cadets are trained in the safe handling of the rifle they can then be taught marksmanship principles, to improve their performance and confidence.

If a cadet shows particular competency and is a good marksman, they may be considered for training on small bore competition rifles. These are highly accurate rifles and is only used in competitions and for marksmanship training.
Once a cadet reaches the age of 14 they are eligible to train on the L98A2 Cadet Service Rifle. Before a cadet can begin training, they will need to have shown competency with either Air Rifles, the No. 8 Rifle or the L144A1 Cadet Target Rifle. The L98 differs from previous rifles in that the ammunition is held within a magazine and is automatically reloaded after each shot, rather than requiring manual intervention.
If a cadet shows particular competency on the L98A2 and is a good marksman, they may be considered for training on the L81A2 Cadet Target Rifle. This is a highly accurate rifle and is only used in marksman competitions.

WEAPON SYSTEMS

AIR RIFLE

  • Developed specifically to meet the needs of British Military Cadet Force
  • Used as a training weapon and for competition
  • The only Air Rifle officially approved by, and supplied to the British Military Cadet Forces
  • Up to 180 shots per fill
  • 6.5ft/lb specifically for ‘3 Position, 10 Metre’ competition
  • Supplied as a 10 shot multi shot or with single shot adaptor
  • Ambidextrous and robust tactical stock
  • Safety catch
  • Bolt action
  • Diopter included
  • Weight 3.0kg / 6.6lb

L114A1

L144A1 Cadet Target Rifle .22in, the new replacement for the No 8 rifle.

L98A2

Over 14? Then you can handle the L98A2 Cadet GP rifle (L98) – modified from the Enfield L85A2 which is currently in active service. It is re-cocked by gas from the previous round fired. Rounds are contained in a magazine fitted to the rifle. It uses high velocity rounds which make a louder noise when fired.You have to go through initial weapon training on this weapon and pass your WHTs. As you progress through the syllabus and gain skill and cinfidence, you will have the opportunity to fire in the fire trench (standing in a pit with your elbows to the ground), kneeling and sitting positions.

L81A2

The L81A2 Cadet Target Rifle is the Cadet varients of the Parker and Hale M82.
It uses a manual bolt action the same as the classic Mauser 98 rifle, allied to a heavy free-floating barrel chambered for the 7.62×51mm NATO round. The barrel weighs 1.98 kg and is manufactured from chrome molybdenum steel.

SHOOTING SYLLABUS

Trained Shot

This indicates that a cadet has been trained and is competent in the safe handling of the rifle. They have also completed a live fire exercise.

Air Rifle badge

Air Rifle

Service Rifle (L98A2)

Small Bore Rifle (No.8, L144A1 or competition rifle)

Target Rifle (L81A2)

Marksman

This indicates that a cadet is trained and competent with the rifle and has been able to attain sufficient marksmanship skills to meet the Marksman standard.

Air Rifle

Service Rifle (L98A2)

Small Bore Rifle (No.8, L144A1 or competition rifle)

Target Rifle (L81A2)

Advanced Marksman

This indicates that a cadet fully trained and is competent with the rifle and has been able to attain sufficient marksmanship skills to meet the Advanced Marksman standard.

Air Rifle

Service Rifle (L98A2)

Small Bore Rifle (No.8, L144A1 or competition rifle)

Target Rifle (L81A2)

Advanced Marksman

This indicates that a cadet is fully trained and competent with the rifle and has been able to attain sufficient marksmanship skills to take part in a National Shooting Competition.

Air Rifle

Service Rifle (L98A2)

Small Bore Rifle (No.8, L144A1 or competition rifle)

Target Rifle (L81A2)