Marksmanship Training

Program Overview

The cadet program seeks to provide youth with a realistic outlook on firearms by teaching them the proper use and safe handling of firearms for recreational purposes only.

The marksmanship program is patterned on Olympic-style competitive shooting with an emphasis on the safe handling and care of firearms. Several Canadian Olympians got their start through the cadet program, including small bore athletes Pat Vamplew and Mike Ashcroft.

All sea, army and air cadets are taught the basics of the air rifle as part of their mandatory local headquarters training that takes place at the corps and squadron level. Corps and squadrons are then able to choose to take part in further training to compete in local, zone, provincial and territorial and national level competitions. All involvement with the air rifle beyond basic familiarization at the corps and squadron level is optional.

Small Bore Training

Small bore rifle training is conducted at outdoor civilian ranges in the Calgary Area. Our rifles include the Lee Enfield C No7 .22 Calibre Rifle, and the Anschütz Target Rifle.

Air Rifle Training

Air Rifle training was introduced to the Canadian Cadet Movement in the 1990s. The addition of air rifles reflects the need for an inexpensive, readily available marksmanship program.
The Canadian Cadet Movement’s Air Rifle is the Daisy / Avanti 853C .177 Calibre Target Air Rifle. This Daisy model was created specifically for the Canadian Cadet Movement.


Because of the low muzzle velocity, the Daisy 853C is not classified as a firearm under the current Federal Gun Legislation. During competition and practice, cadets fire at a recreational full round target that has 10 firing and two sighting diagrams.

Air rifle ranges can be setup virtually anywhere. We routinely setup on our parade square, and in the field during Field Training Exercises.

The range is configured in 1.5 metre x 10 metre lanes. Cadets typically fire from the prone (laying down) position.

Range Team

Cadets can try out for 781’s range team. The team is made up of 5-8 members, and with more than 50 cadets trying out on an annual basis, only the unit’s top marksmen will make it to competition.

The Canadian Cadet Movement Marksmanship Series Competition

Stage I – Local Competition (Range Team Selection)
Stage II – Zone Competition – Calgary Area Teams
Stage III – Provincial Competition
Stage IV – National Competition


Safety is of paramount importance to the Canadian Cadet Marksmanship training program. Supervisory staff are made up of Canadian Forces Personnel (CIC Staff) who have completed an intensive training program. These qualified Range Safety Officers are highly skilled at preventing injury, and loss of property.

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