Shooting

Marksmanship1Cadets at all levels of the Air Training Corps have the opportunity to participate in the sport of rifle shooting. As the RAF has the facilities to carry out this activity shooting remains one of the most popular cadet activities.  A “range” is a location designed so that people can take part in shooting under controlled conditions and ranges come in many shapes and sizes. Initially, shooting takes place with the target 25m from the firer, either on a 25m indoor range or a 25m barrack (outdoor) range. As the firer advances through the weapons they will start to shoot at ranges of 100m or more. Safety is paramount with all ATC activities Markmanship2and 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, and a cadet must pass a weapons handling test before any live firing.  Supervising staff are similarly trained to deal with any eventualities and to ensure that the range is run safely and efficiently.  All rifles are fired from the prone position (the firer is lying on their stomach) at static targets.

 

 

Below are the badges you can achieve:

sqnmarksmanSquadron Marksman This badge is available in all cadet shooting disciplines, air rifle, smallbore rifle and fullbore rifle and is the minimum requirement for all cadet shooting. It consists of 4 x 5 round groupings – 75/100 points required for marksman award.

wingmarksmanWing Marksman This badge is available in all cadet shooting disciplines, air rifle, smallbore rifle and fullbore rifle. This is the next stage of cadet shooting. It consists of 1 x 5 round groupings, 1 x 5 round rapid fire (35 secs), 1 x 5 snap practice (5 sec exposure) , 1 x 5 deliberate fire – 54/75 required for marksman award.

 

regionmarksmanRegion Marksman This badge is available in all cadet shooting disciplines, air rifle, smallbore rifle and fullbore rifle. At this stage cadets are getting into serious competition within the Corps. It consists of 1 x 5 round groupings, 1 x 5 round rapid fire (35 secs), 1 x 5 snap practice (5 sec exposure) , 1 x 5 deliberate fire – 60/75 required for marksman award.

 

corpsmarksmanCorps Marksman  This badge is available in all cadet shooting disciplines, air rifle, smallbore rifle and fullbore rifle. When cadets reach this standard they are at the level where they will be ready to represent the Corps in Inter-Service Competition. It consists of 1 x 10 deliberate fire, 1 x 10 round rapid fire (50 secs), 1 x 10 snap practice (2 round per 8 sec exposure) , 1 x 10 deliberate fire – 100/120 required for marksman award.

 

cdt100Cadet 100  The Cadet 100 is awarded to the top 100 cadets taking part in the Inter Services Cadet Rifle Meeting (ISCRM) held each year at Bisley. This is a fullbore target rifle meeting that involves cadets from the ATC, ACF, SCC, RMC and also cadets from Canada and Australia.

 

The two weapons the Air Cadets fire are below:

no.8The most commonly used weapon is the .22 No 8 Rifle. This weapon is mostly used on an indoor range and can be used to gain the cadet the ‘ATC Marksman Badge’.

 

 

 

l98bThe L98A2 Rifle is a cadet version of the British Forces SA80 weapon. It has been adapted so that it is safe and more ergonomically friendly for the cadets. Cadets progress onto this rifle when competent with the No.8.