One of the most exciting activities you’ll get to do in the Army Cadets is shooting. It is the main activity that differentiates the Army Cadets from most other youth organisations. Learning about shooting will teach you a number of key skills, the most important of which are discipline and safety awareness. It also brings with it a great sense of achievement.
As a cadet you will learn to shoot accurately using a range of cadet rifles but you will not be allowed to shoot any rifle until you have demonstrated a full understanding of the use of the rifle and the vital safety procedures.
Shooting in Somerset Army Cadets is essentially broken down into four disciplines;
Air Rifle, small bore Target Rifle, L98A2 Cadet GP Rifle and full bore Target Rifle.
All cadets, regardless of ambition and ability, start their initial training and handling skills on the Scorpion .177inch Air Rifle where the basic skills and attention to safety are carefully nurtured. Cadets progress to the L144A1 Cadet Small Bore Target Rifle .22inch before moving to the L98A2 Cadet GP Rifle 5.56mm, modelled on the standard rifle of the UK armed forces.
In all rifle training, safety, concentration and self-discipline are paramount; traits that are not perhaps readily associated with teenagers but which serve them well in everyday life.
Those cadets who excel in shooting can look forward to moving onto county, national and even international full bore shooting, using the L81A2 Cadet Target Rifle 7.62mm. Firing at ranges from 200m to 1000m, in all weather conditions, really allows cadets to find their limits.
We have also included Laser Tag Rifles, 12 bore shotgun and archery in this section.