Cadets from the Squadron had the opportunity to fire two of the rifles in use with the Cadet Forces in the last week. Firstly cadets fired the L98 rifle on the 25m long range at Pirbright Camp on Thursday 16 April. The cadets where able to practise their marksmanship skills during the day and the practise also ensured that their rifle handling skills got slicker as the day went on. Cdt Dutney qualified for his Wing Marksman by firing a group of 5 rounds into a 2” area, followed by 5 rounds deliberate fire, 5 rounds snap (timed shots controlled by whistle blasts simulating fleeting targets) and 5 rounds rapid into a small target area.
The Shooting Team was off to Bisley for the annual shooting camp with 27F and 1838 Sqns. This saw two days of intensive shooting on the L81 Cadet Target Rifle at ranges of up to 500m with the aim to get seven rounds into the bull, which at 500m is about 6” in diameter. Cdts Hussain, Gachette and Plent all achieved their Wing Marksman award and several cadets put in scores of over 30 (out of 35) with Cpl Sinclair achieving a 34.1 at 500 metres. On the Sunday some the staff where also able to fire the rifle with the OC, Sqn Ldr Godden getting a respectable 31.2 at 500m; the first time he has live fired for several years as he is always the Range Officer! The next shoot is a competition at Bisley in May , and the Sqn is in the build up to the National Shooting Competion in July against the Army Sea and other Air Cadet units. This training is vital in prepareing the cadets for the selection process and for achieveing the best results at the competition.
The Team also enjoyed the now traditional visit to the Frimley Green curry house for the Team curry!