15 April 2017

During the month of February, Yorkshire ACF held the Annual County Small Bore Shooting Championships at the Cadet Training Centre at Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Strensall.

For most 12 year olds, the idea of firing a live weapon is something they will only do on video games, but for members of the Army Cadet Force, this is a regular occurrence, conducted in a safe and proper manner.

Cadet Ben Raybould from Scarborough joined the organisation just under six months ago and rapidly progressed through his basic shooting syllabus, which led to him being asked to attend the County Smallbore Championships in February 2017.

Although this was his first competition, Ben put a lot of effort into getting to grips with the relatively new L144A1 Cadet Smallbore Target Rifle, and successfully passed his Weapons Handling test during a training session. On the day, he competed against 20 other junior cadets selected from across the county, to see who could achieve the best grouping score.

During the final parade, Ben was delighted to be awarded a Gold medal, as he was the overall top shot out of the Junior category. Not only did he receive this award for his individual efforts, he was also awarded a Silver medal for his contribution to the A Company team, who came second in the competition.

Detachment Commander, 2nd Lt Billie Grisdale noted: “I am really pleased that Ben was given the opportunity to prove his ability to shoot – although he is very new to the organisation, he has already started to shine, and he will achieve great things if he continues like this.”

Cadet Raybould has recently been selected to attend the Spring Sniper shooting event in April, where he will spend a week getting to grips with the larger Target Rifle, alongside cadets from across 4th Infantry Brigade. Hopefully Ben will continue with his passion for shooting as he develops with the Army Cadet Force!