992 (Malmesbury) Squadron
Royal Air Force Air Cadets

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Shooting in the Air Training Corps

All cadets in the ATC are lucky enough to have a regular opportunity to shoot. Similiar to the other cadet forces, the ATC trains it's cadets on a variety of weapons, the details of which can be found on this page.

Shooting not only provides a great and fun experience, it is a skill in its own right and instills the values of self discipline and self development, making shooting one of the most popular activities the corps offers to date.

Malmesbury squadron is incredibly lucky as it has it's own 25m 3 lane indoor range at it's disposal on the unit which allows cadets to live fire the No. 8 rifle, as well as perform Weapon Handling Tests' on the Squadron.

Cadets are able to progress through several Marksmanship 'levels' in the corps, leading finally to the chance to attend national inter-service shooting competitions. 

You can find out about Marksmanship levels Here


Weapons used by the Air Training Corps

Lee Enfield No. 8 .22 Rifle


The No. 8 is the first weapon cadets will train to use in the ATC. 


The weapon offers simplistic construction and is relatively lightweight, it has a length of 41" and is a single shot hand fed bolt action system.


The rifles are usually fired on a 25 yard range (Either at the Squadron or on the Buckley Barracks range) although they can be fired on up to 100 yard ranges.

L98A2 Target Rifle


The L98A2 Cadet GP rifle (L98) - modified from the Enfield L85A2 which is currently in active service. It is re-cocked by gas from the previous round fired. Rounds are contained in a magazine fitted to the rifle. You have to be re-trained on this new weapon - as it uses high velocity rounds they make a louder noise when fired and give a more robust kick in your shoulder.


Marksmanship Levels available 

Cadets are able to progress through four Marksmanship levels, all of which hold different achievement criteria.


Squadron Marksman

The shoot for Squadron Marksman consists of four practices of five round groupings at a standard target from 25m. The groups are scored: 1" = 25pts, 1.5" = 20pts and 2" = 15pts.

The points for each group are added together and a total out of 100 is calculated. A cadet must achieve a score of 75 or above in order to qualify to the award.

A minimum of 3 x 1.5" groups and one 2" group must be achieved.

Achieving the award authorises the cadet to wear the Squadron Marksman badge on the brassard.

Wing Marksman


The shoot for Wing Marksman consists of four different practices at standard targets from 25m.

The first is a five round grouping practice, the second is a rapid practice where 5 rounds must be fired in quick succession, scoring 3pts per hit. The third is a snap practice where 5 rounds must be fired at the target in 5 x 5 second 'exposures' again scoring 3pts per hit. The fourth and final practice is a five round deliberate practice, scoring 3pts per hit.




This marksmanship award is scored out of 70, with 54pts being the minimum to achieve Wing Marksman, which authorises the cadet to wear the Wing Marksman badge on the brassard.


Region Marksman


The shoot for Regional Marksman consists of four different practices at standard targets from 25m. The first is a five round grouping practice, which is scored as Squadron Marksman. The second is a rapid practice where 5 rounds must be fired in quick succession, scoring 3pts per hit. 

The third is a snap practice where 5 rounds must be fired at the target in 5 x 5 second 'exposures' again scoring 3pts per hit. The fourth and final practice is a five round deliberate practice, again scoring 3pts per hit.


This marksmanship award is scored out of 70, with 60pts being the minimum to achieve Regional Marksman, which authorises the cadet to wear the Regional Marksman badge on the brassard.


Corps Marksman


The shoot for Corps Marksman consists of four different practices at standard targets. The first is a 10 round deliberate shoot, with each round within the gauge ring scoring 3pts. The second is a 10 round rapid shoot, with 3pts scored for each hit inside the gauge ring. 

The third is a 10 round snap practice shot over 5 exposures (two rounds per exposure). The final practice is another 10 round deliberate shoot, again scoring 3pts per hit within the gauge ring.


In order to achieve the Corps Marksman award, cadets must shoot 100 out of the 120 available points, and will then be authorised to wear the Corps Marksman badge n the brassard.