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CCF Range Day

On the 25th and 26th of January 2018 the cadets travelled to the RAF Digby 25m Live Firing Range to put our skills from our weapons training weekend to the test and to visit the WW2 museum there. On the range groups of 4-6 would use an L98A2 Cadet GP Rifle to perform NSPs, then load, make ready, fire, unload and make safe. Firing the weapon was extraordinary experience; all of the training came into play and we were able to fire with extreme accuracy- especially considering that the rifles weren’t zeroed to us (they hadn’t been tailored to our position and line of sight). It was incredible to have such control over the rifle and have the ability to aim with amazing precision that you were proud of yourself when you came to view your results. Everyone did a brilliant job, especially considering that for most of us it was our first firing experience. The leaders then viewed our shots and showed us ways to create a more accurate grouping for the next time around. The second activity, as mentioned before, was visiting the museum on base. We began with a member of staff giving us a talk about the remarkable history of the airbase, followed by letting us explore the rooms and equipment around us. There were photos, displays and even pieces of real aircraft engines which were used in the war and were preserved and open to our view. The information and the artefacts were captivating and it was a very interesting and exciting trip. By the end, we were all exhausted, but it was completely worth it as we learned loads and had so much fun in the process. It felt entirely surreal and none of us can wait for our 100m qualifying shoot coming up soon.


Cdt Phoebe Wright