Think you can concentrate on distant targets and fire with consistent accuracy?
It’s not easy. It requires focus, agility and a very steady hand. Could you fire 5 rounds in a 1 inch group from 25 metres?
Firstly you will be taught to handle the No.8 bolt action rifle safely – safety is always the top priority at all times.
The No. 8 rifle is a great all rounder, that has been used as far back as World War II and is a great rifle to understanding and putting into practice marksmanship principles. Dry training will allow you the opportunity to explore the No.8 rifle in detail, learning the commands and the safety drills used on the range. All cadets must successfully pass the Weapon Handling Test (WHT) before you are allowed to fire the rifle for real.
Firing is always done lying on your stomach (the prone position) at static targets. In the first instance you learn the basics of shooting – to group your rounds in one place. As you improve your shooting you can achieve marksmanship badges which incorporate different types of shooting – rapid, snap, deliberate.
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. You have to be re-trained on this new weapon – as it uses high velocity rounds they make a louder noise when fired and give a more robust kick in your shoulder!
The L81A2 Cadet Target Rifle is very much like the No.8 rifle in operation, but scaled up with higher calibre ammunition and advanced accuracy.
Whichever weapon you are trained on our instructors will ensure you feel safe and confident handling it.