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By Cadet Lance Corporal Shelbie Marsland, 3 (Somme) Company, GMACF

Editor’s Note: This year marked the 148th running of the Cadet Imperial Competition. In its current format, it is open to Cadets aged 14 or 15, senior Cadets who may be about to move on to become Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs) and CFAVs seeking to improve their own target shooting skills. The event lasts a week, during which competitors fire at 300, 600, 800 and 900 yards using the bolt-action L81A2 Cadet Target Rifle.

Corporal Marsland takes over the story:

Cadet L/Cpl Marsland at Bisley earlier this year.

From the 9th July, I took part in the Cadet Imperial 2017.On arrival, we were allocated our rooms, told the timings for the following day and then left to sort our own kit and to get to know the people we were staying with for the next two weeks. The Cadets around me came from all over the United Kingdom and from the CCF and Air Cadets as well as the Army Cadet Force.

We began our practice shoots on the 10th, as the competitions started on the 14th. The 13th  was set aside as a rest day after two solid days shooting.

From the 14th onwards, we took part in different competitions, shooting at 300, 500 and 600 yards. On the 18th we had the experience of shooting long distance out to 900 yards, a much greater range than most people ever shoot at.

This was the second time I had attended Bisley, but it was  still a whole new experience as the previous time I had fired the L98A2 cadet rifle, whereas this time I was shooting the L81 target rifle. During the course of the week, I learned how to shoot alongside three other people in my lane and to self-coach, trying to judge the wind correctly, adjusting the sights correctly as well as other skills to get the bullet on target.

While doing the Cadet Imperial, I met and made friends with people from different places all over Great Britain. I really enjoyed taking part in the event and I would recommend it to anyone who gets the chance.

L/Cpl Marsland and the GMACF Target Rifle Team at Bisley 2017

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

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By Cadet Bombardier Jamie Anderson, Bolton Detachment RA, 5 (Anzio) Company, GMACF

On the weekend of 20 – 23 October 2016 I attended the Cadet Inter-Services Skill at Arms Meeting CISSAM) at Bisley as part of GMACF’s County Shooting Team.  This was the third time I had been to Bisley but this was a new experience because on this weekend we used the L98A2 Cadet rifle, whereas previously I had used the Parker-Hale target rifle.

On arrival at Bisley we had a briefing giving us the details of when we had to get up, timings for breakfast and where to go after eating.  We then went to our rooms to sort them out and socialised with Cadets from other teams from around the country.

On the second day, straight after breakfast, we were put into our teams and then went to zero the weapons – in other words, adjust to our individual ways of using the sights. We  then did a practise shoot for the Advance to Contact Match and then went straight into the competition which lasted the rest of the weekend, completing a number of Matches on different ranges. I was amazed by the number of teams in the competition, drawn from counties from Scotland, Ireland and Wales as well as teams from Air Cadets and Sea Cadets.

In the intervals between matches, I would relax with the other Cadets and try to memorise the shoots.

Just a point to note – this was the first time for our County that the GP rifle had been used at Bisley, so for two of us to finish in the “Cadet 50” was an awesome achievement. As well as this, one of our team then qualified to be in the ACF Team to compete against the Sea Cadets, and the Air Cadets in the Inter-Service Competition and came second in that shoot.

Overall, my team of four won a Bronze medal as we came third in the ACF Competition.

The majority of the team members were attending Bisley for the first time – only myself  and one other team member had fired here previously and one of the Team has only been doing Cadets for a year – the Shooting Team Captain only spotted her talent at Annual Camp in August this year.

The final competition of the action-packed weekend was the Falling Plates, which is the traditional “fun” shoot – which doesn’t mean it’s not taken very seriously and it’s really competitive. Sadly, we got our come-uppance here by being knocked out in the second round so that was the end of our competition.

I really enjoyed my time as Bisley and hope to be back there again soon.

The GMACF CISSAM Team 2016

The GMACF CISSAM Team 2016

Our Bronze-winning Team. See how happy they are.

Our Bronze-winning Team. See how happy they are.

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxPYwSoMWLE8hN8CBkdim0Q

on SoundCloud at:

https://soundcloud.com/gmacf-891255911

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