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Back on the range

We caught up with 2 Lt Boslem, our Shooting Officer on returning to ranges after over a year away.

Back on the range

30 July 2021

  • Essex ACF

Our Cadets last shot in February 2020, then due to lockdown have been unable to shoot until now. Our Shooting Officer was anxious to get back on the range at the start of camp.

He had an aim "to get our cadets enthused in to shooting re skilled and complete application shoots, while motivating a desire for competition shooting"

He is confident that this aim is being achieved. There has been a very mixed standard within the cadets on the range so far at annual camp. Some cadets have taken naturally to the skill, where others have needed additional support and guidance.

One of our cadets has additional needs and our shooting officer was able to adapt the shoot to provide a safe and comfy opportunity for development.

This week, our cadets have previously been shooting at 25 metres on the barrack ranges at Merville. Today they were on the 100 metre firing point at Fingeringhoe practicing fire from other positions.

Today started wet and slightly chilly when our range staff were setting up. But by the time the cadets had arrived to begin to get rounds down at 0900 the sun had popped out. The weather conditions continued to change all day adding a great unpredictable element to the shoot.

There have been two very impressive junior cadet shoots over the last 4 days. With 2 youngsters scoring 25mm groups on their first occasion of using the weapon system.

Today's shooters fired from other positions including kneeling and sitting. 7 cadets achieved star 3 shooting standard and the 8th member of the cadre completed their star 2 shoot. A massive well done to all!

Going forward our shooting officer wants to "build company teams in preparation for CADSAAM and CISSAAM shooting now that we are returning to more consistent training".

Today's range session ended with a visit from the commandant, who presented our shooting officer with his second pip. Congratulations Lt Boslem!


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I aim to get our cadets enthused in to shooting re skilled and complete application shoots, while motivating a desire for competition shooting and developing skills.

County Shooting Officer