No.8 Cadet Rifle
This is the weapon you'll begin with.
It's a great all rounder that started life as the Enfield No 4 rifle, used as far back as World War II.
Modified to have a shorter barrel and fire the .22 long rifle round, it no longer takes a box magazine
holding 10 rounds - you feed in each round manually. It makes little noise, although ear defenders are always worn on the range, and is a great first step for your marksmanship skills.
'Dry training' is the first thing you'll do - exploring the No.8 in detail, and learning the commands
and safety practices used on the range. After you've successfully passed the Weapon Handling Test (WHT)
you'll be ready to progress.
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!
The new Savage cadet rifle announced in 2016
This will be known as the L144A1, and not the No.9 as originally planned.
It is a lightly modified Savage Arms FVT single-shot bolt action rifle.
The rifles destined for the British cadet forces will be built by Savage Arms Canada at their
Lakefield plant in Ontario.
The Squadron marksman qualification is the lowest available to the cadets. To receive this badge and qualification, cadets must achieve 4 five-round groupings of 1 inch or less on a 25m range.
The Wing marksman requires the cadets to master 3 different types of shooting. These include rapid, where cadets must fire 5 rounds as quickly and as accurately as possible; snap, which involves firing only when the targets pop up; and groupings which is the same as mentioned above.
To receive the Regional Marksmen qualification, cadets must complete the same tests as those outlined for Wing marksman, but with better accuracy and in less time. For Wing marksman a score of 27/35 (0.77) or above must be achieved, and for Regional marksman a score of 6/7 (0.86) or above must be achieved.
Corps marksman is similar to both Wing and Regional marksman, but cadets must fire 10 rounds for each section, as opposed to 5 while remaining within the grouping size and time limits.
This is the hardest to achieve, "Cadet 100" is awarded to the best 100 cadets at the annual Bisley Cadet shoot. Awarded to Air, Sea and Army cadets. To receive this marksman you must be within the top 100 cadets in Britain!