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Cadets at all levels of the Air Training Corps have the opportunity to participate in the sport of rifle shooting. Rifle training is an integral part of the syllabus the A.T.C offers and as such each cadet is fully trained in whichever rifle they will be using. 


  No 8 - .22 Rifle     
  L98-A2 Rifle        


The first rifle cadets are trained on is the No.8 bolt action rifle. "Dry training" is part of a cadet's initial training and they are shown the No8 rifle in detail. The commands and practices used on the range are also explained so that the cadet knows exactly what to expect before they come anywhere near the range. Only after the cadet has successfully passed the Weapon Handling Test (W.H.T) will they be allowed on the range. 


Cadets over 14yrs old may fire the L98 Cadet GP rifle (L98)

Since the weapon is different from the No8, firers must be retrained with this weapon and go through dry training and W.H.T again before they are allowed to fire. This rifle is of higher caliber rounds and so makes a louder noise and gives a more robust kick in your shoulder.

Although initially each shooter will concentrate at becoming familiar with the weapon, the eventual goal is to hit the target accurately and consistently.


There are typically four firing practices used in the A.T.C:


The firer selects a single aiming point on the target and fires a number of rounds at that point.
The aim is for all the rounds to fall as close to the aim point as possible and it is measured as the diameter of a circle encompassing all of the holes in the target. Grouping practice is excellent for concentrating on perfecting your technique. There is no limit to how long the shooter may take when firing groupings.

Deliberate Fire:

This practice is fired at a target with marked, concentric scoring rings. The shooter aims at the centre of the target with the intention of placing the shot as near to the centre as possible.
The shooter's score is marked depending on how near to the centre of the target they manage to get. Common targets for application shooting are a large, single target or a card with 5 or 10 separate targets marked on it. When firing at a card with multiple targets, the shooter will aim to place one or two rounds on each of the targets. The shooter can take as long as they like to make the shots as the goal is optimum accuracy.


All that is required is that the shooter gets the round within the target area. However, they now have a time limit - for instance they may be required to fire 10 rounds in 40 seconds on a No.8 rifle and that really isn't too easy.


Again, all the shooter needs to do is get the rounds to fall within the target area. However, the targets only appear for a short time before vanishing again and the shooter must typically hit the target with two rounds whilst it is visible. A snap practice might be for the target to appear and disappear 5 times, each time for 5 seconds. It will appear at random intervals so the shooter cannot anticipate the




Cadets who attain a high standard in shooting can have the opportunity to enter competitions as either an individual or a member of a team at Wing level and if they go on to shoot at the Bisley competitions they are among the best in the country.

Adventure Training
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