Target rifle shooting is an activity that many cadets enjoy. Safety is paramount with all ATC activities and shooting is no exception. All cadets are fully trained on a weapon before being allowed to fire for the first time. Staff are also fully trained to ensure that the range is run safely and efficiently. As cadets develop their weapon skills, they can attempt to gain a marksmanship award.
Over their time with the corps, cadets will have access to a large variety of shooting such as:
Air Rifle Shooting
Usually run at a squadron level and is often used as an introduction to shooting for cadets. Air Rifles, under close supervision, can be fired from 3 positions (prone, kneeling and standing). The distances involved maybe short (5.5m-10m) however there is a lot of skill required.
This is the main form of marksmanship training that a cadet will undertake. Rifle shooting takes place at dedicated shooting ranges usually at a distance of 25m in the prone position only. Cadets have the opportunity to be ‘coached’ by members of staff or experienced senior cadets in order to improve their shooting skills. For this type of shooting, the ATC uses the No.8 and L98A2 rifles.
Target Rifle Shooting
Target rifle shooting is often shot at distances over 100m using the L81 rifle again in the prone position. The shoot is always coached and is very much a team effort between coach and firer. Can you hit a V bull (centre of target) at 600m? Why not find out?
Clay Target Shooting (CTS)
Cadets have the opportunity to shoot skeet and down the line using a CTS shotgun in the standing position. CTS is very different to all the other types of shooting offered within the Corps using a unique set of skills and marksmanship principles. Old and new cadets alike will enjoy the challenge of CTS – nothing beats the thrill of breaking your first clay!