Marksmanship - Air Rifle
The Cadet Marksmanship Program teaches cadets the safe handling and respect of small bore rifles. Cadets are taught to fire .22 caliber rifles and .177 air rifles. The Cadet program focuses on groupings the objective of which is to place several shoots within a small diameter of each other, ideally less than 10 mm. This program begins in Level One with a familiarization program and is continued as optional training culminating in several inter-unit competitions. Hearing protection and safety glasses are provided and required.
The Cadet Marksmanship Program is a tri-service (Army, Sea, Air) training activity designed to ensure that all cadet units have the opportunity to participate in a marksmanship competition on an equal level. The cadet marksmanship program is centred on the sport for recreational purposes only. Completive shooting is an integral part of Cadet training in that it teaches Cadets self-discipline, builds their confidence and allows them to compete equally in a sport that is gender neutral.
The Aims of the Marksmanship program are:
- To enhance the mandatory Marksmanship training at the cadet unit
- To improve cadets’ skill level in Marksmanship
- To encourage cadet participation in Marksmanship and
- To assist in the identification of cadets for marksmanship and coach training.
Marksmanship and biathlon are two of the most popular activities in which sea, army, and air cadets participate. The benefits the cadets reap from participating in the sport have long been recognized as enhancing personal development. Cadets experience a sense of achievement and personal satisfaction as their skill improves. Acceptance of responsibility and gaining a healthy respect for firearms are other benefits derived from cadet marksmanship training.
Safety is paramount to the cadet marksmanship programme. Safety procedures are taught first and foremost to cadets before they are ever permitted to handle any air rifle or small bore rifle. Safe practices are continuously reinforced throughout their training. Furthermore, the training is regularly reviewed and modified in order to ensure the safety guidelines and training standards set by the Department of Justice through the Canadian Firearms Centre are strictly adhered to and enforced. Cadets learn to treat firearms with respect and experience their use within the context of activities sanctioned by Sports Canada. There has never been an incident in which cadets have been injured as a result of their participation in the cadet marksmanship program.
The cadet organization provides youth a realistic outlook on firearms by teaching them the proper use and safe handling of firearms for recreational purposes only. Cadets who participate in competitive shooting understand the consequences of the careless handling of firearms, and have chosen to pursue their interest in marksmanship in terms of achieving personal satisfaction in an Olympic sport.
3 Striker cadets use the Daisy 853C air rifle that fires a .177 calibre pellet and has a round aperture sight. Because of the low muzzle velocity, the Daisy 853C is not classified as a firearm under federal legislation.
The following is a link to a series of videos of simple steps aimed at bringing the cadet marksman from beginner stage to competition level. Twenty two short videos on air rifle marksmanship produced by the Canadian Cadet Organizations. Videos can be found on the official YouTube channel of the Saskatoon North Saskatchewan Regiment Army Cadets.
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC8E447A8EDE4558B Click on link and select PLAY ALL on the YouTube playlist.
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