Whatever level you are as a cadet, you'll have the opportunity to try your hand at military
skills and drills including shooting.
At close range
Marksmanship goes a long way back in the history of Air Cadets and is one of our most
popular activities. Think you can concentrate on distant targets and fire with consistent
accuracy? It's not easy. It requires focus, concentration and a very steady hand.
We’ll teach you to handle a variety of weapons safely. Basic firing is always done lying on
your stomach (the prone position) at static targets. Progress through the syllabus and
you'll experience different types of weapons, firing positions and could even take part in shooting competitions if you really prove your skills.
Ranges come in different shapes and sizes but all are in controlled conditions with full training on any weapon that you handle - safety is our top priority. To start with you'll be firing at targets that are fairly close - around 25m away. As you advance through weapons and your skill builds, you will fire at targets 100m or more away.
If you're good, and we mean really good, then you could qualify to shoot with the best in the country at the Bisley and Pirbright competitions. There are several events for individuals and teams. The annual
highlight is the Inter-Service Cadet Rifle Meeting (ISCRM), a target shooting competition
where you get to compete
against members of the ACF (Army Cadet Force) and SCC (Sea Cadet Corps).
All Air Cadets have the opportunity to take part in competitive target shooting and
there are a number of other local, national and international target shooting
competitions held each year.
The Cadet Inter-Service Skill At Arms Meeting (CISSAM) takes place annually on the
ranges at Purbright. Like the rifle meeting at Bisley, it’s a top level competition for
teams and individuals.
There are further competitive events available to you, including even a postal
competition arranged by the RAF (Reserve Forces) Small Arms Association (RAF(RF)SAA). This enables those who are unable to travel to still compete with others throughout the country. Read more at (opens in a new window).