Cadet Flight Sergeant Barber and Cadet Kendall put 121
(Nuneaton) Squadron bang on target when they became the unit's first cadets to qualify as Regional Marksman.
Both cadets attained their Regional Marksman during a recent range practice at RAF Cosford which had been organised by the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing. The Squadrons shooting officer Warrant Officer Jim Taylor said, “We are always glad to see our cadets qualify as marksman. In the past some of our cadets have reached both Squadron and Wing marksman standards but this is the first time we've managed to get anyone up to Regional standard.”
To qualify as Regional Marksman with the 22 No.8 bolt action rifle FS Barber and Cdt Kendall were required to demonstrate their ability to hit the target accurately and consistently during four different shooting practices Grouping, Deliberate fire, Rapid and Snap.
Cadet Flight Sergeant Graham Barber, said, “The Grouping and Deliberate Fire exercises are a test of our ability to fire and get the rounds on the target as close together and get the highest score, you get plenty of time to complete the practice and its all about accurately and consistently. The Rapid fire practice is something quite different, you have a time limit and just a few seconds to fire all your rounds and hit the target and that really isn't too easy when you're using a single round bolt action rifle”. Cadet Kendall added, “The Snap practice was the most difficult one of the four, the targets only appear for a short time say 5 seconds before vanishing again and they re-appear at random intervals so the shooter can't anticipate the targets movement”.
Cadets at all levels of the Air Training Corps have the opportunity to participate in the sport of rifle shooting. Safety is paramount with all ATC activities and shooting is certainly no exception. Training is an integral part of the system and each cadet is fully trained before they are permitted to conduct range practices. Supervising staff are similarly trained to deal with any eventualities and to ensure that the range is run safely and efficiently.