Marksmanship / Range Team

For those Cadets who are interested in marksmanship, 259 puts together a range team to compete at the annual range competition.  For those Cadets who don’t necessarily want to be on the team, but are still interested in range we offer multiple range session throughout the year to allow all our Cadets to practice their marksmanship skills.


The aim of the marksmanship programme is to develop cadets’ interest in marksmanship while promoting the safe and proficient use of firearms for sport and recreational purposes.


Marksmanship is one of the most popular cadet training activities. Its current focus is on teaching cadets the proper use and safe handling of firearms for recreational purposes only. The marksmanship program has been specifically designed for youth and is based on Olympic-style competition.

Self-confidence, acceptance of responsibility and sports etiquette are just some of the life skills acquired from the training. A healthy respect for firearms, the development of proficient use of rifles for sport and recreational purposes, and an improvement in self-discipline are additional benefits.

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 gun legislation.

Throughout the year, cadets participate in a series of competitions at the local level that culminate in zone and territorial/provincial competitions and the annual National Cadet Marksmanship Championship.

Also, marksmanship activities are present at all the various cadet summer training centres and some courses are aimed specifically towards this program. A limited number of cadets may also fire small bore and large bore rifles.


  • Any cadets who have attended and participated in Performance Objective 106 “Fire the Air Cadet Rifle” can tryout for the Marksmanship Team.
  • Rifles, pellets, portable shooting ranges and targets are provided.
  • Recreational shooting periods are scheduled into the training plan to give each cadet a chance to fire.

The team is composed of no more than 10 members to become two teams.  Two of the team members will be “juniors”.  A junior is a cadet who has not reached his or her 15th birthday on or before 15 May of the competition year.

The team will consist of cadets who exhibit superb marksmanship proficiency and demonstrate exemplary team spirit.  Each member must be part of the “Team”.  Team members are expected to do his or her best and put forth the maximum effort to make and keep our team competitive.

We will also be selecting a number of cadets as coaches to help cadets to improve their marksmanship skills in order to ensure we have an excellent team.



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Qualifications Awarded

Qualifications Awarded

Qualifications are based on shooting 10 pellets onto two targets for all levels. The 10 pellets are fired on the same relay. The highest qualification attained during the year is retained. For a Marksman qualification, a cadet must obtain two groupings of 3 cm on two targets. For example:

2 groupings of 5 pellets within 3 cm
    First Class Marksman
2 groupings of 5 pellets within 2.5 cm
    Expert Marksman
2 groupings of 5 pellets within 2.0 cm
    Distinguished Marksman
2 groupings of 5 pellets within 1.5 cm

Three additional Cadet Marksmanship Championship Series Pins are awarded when a member competes in the various levels of competition.