Cadet marksmanship had its roots in familiarization training with the Canadian Forces. Its current focus, however, 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.
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. Due to a shortage of range facilities, 604 squadron has not had a range team for the last few years. We hope to gain access to range facilities soon and get the range program up and running again. All cadets who are interested in shooting can try out for the team. 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. Teams compete against Army, Sea and other Air cadet units. Successful teams can move to the provincial and even the national championships. Overall average score determines team positions. Cadets with the top five averages prior to competition will then become the competition team.