10 cadets from 858 have been shooting on our Squadron’s indoor range for the first time in a few years.

Shooting stalled at 858 for a while, due to problems with the range and the covid-19 pandemic. Now following a comprehensive refurbishment by East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA), and investment in new air rifles by the Squadron’s civilian committee, the cadets were carrying out live firing practices on BSA Scorpion air rifles.

Cadets have the opportunity to gain a range of marksmanship awards and badges, and compete in annual shooting competitions.

Target shooting is a great experience for cadets of all ages. 858 Cadets use a variety of different rifles. Starting with the BSA Scorpion Air Rifle, they can then progress through the L144 Cadet Small Bore Target Rifle , L98A2 Cadet GP Rifle and the L81A2 Cadet Target Rifle. Cadets begin by shooting at distances of 5.5 metres for the Air Rifle, and can advance to distances of up to 1,000 yards for the L81A2! In addition, Cadets can take part in Clay Pigeon shooting.

Safety precautions are taken at all times, and strict regulations are followed to ensure that this remains both an enjoyable and safe experience for cadets. All cadets are given intensive training from our qualified Skill at Arms instructors and must pass a Weapons Handling Test (WHT) before being allowed to take part.

Some amazing results on the Air Rifle last night meant the cadets are well on their way to their trained shot badge.