Training & Supervision
Before cadets can start weapon training and eventually shooting cadets must complete a full course of training provided by a qualified instructor. Weapons handling focuses upon the safe use of weapons and all training and range practices follow the safe systems of training.
Cadets have the opportunity to improve their shooting ability through coaching and ongoing training. Cadets can achieve recognition for their shooting ability through marksmanship badges. The levels of ability are indicated by a Squadron, Wing, Region or Corps marksmanship badge.
All cadets start with the Lee Enfield No.8 Rifle, which is a .22 inch rifle which is fired at ranges upto 25 metres.
L98-A2 Cadet GP Rifle
The L98-A2 is a semi-automatic self loading rifle based upon the SA80 as used by the British armed services. The L98-A2 fires 5.56mm ammunition at ranges in excess of 300 metres. To fire the L98-A2 cadets must be over the age of 14.
L86-A2 Light Support Weapon (LSW)
The LSW is similar to the L98A2, however it has a longer barrel and a bipod. It has the ability to change between repetition and automatic fire.
L81-A2 Cadet Target Rifle
The L81 is a full bore 7.62mm target rifle. Cadets must be physically capable of firing the rifle and have achieved a marksmanship to be able to fire the L81.
Indoor .22 Range
Indoor ranges are used for .22 firing and are generally 25 metres in length.
Outdoor Barrack Range
Barrack ranges are normally on military bases and are short range outdoor ranges.
Gallery ranges enable to cadets to fire at ranges between 100-300 metres. Cadets must previously have fired at short range to fire at the longer range.
Dismounted Close Combat Trainer (DCCT)
The DCCT is a computer simulated range which consists of rifles firing at a projected target. The DCCT is a good tool for improving marksmanship skills.