Shooting goes a long way back in the history of the Air Cadets and is one of our most popular activities. Think you can concentrate on distant targets and fire with consistent accuracy? It’s not easy. It requires agility, concentration and a very steady hand.

We’ll teach you to safely handle and fire a variety of weapons - usually starting with an air rifle and progressing through small bore (0.22 in) to full bore (5.56 & 7.62 mm) rifles.

To start with you’ll be firing at target that are fairly close – from 5m to 25m away. As your skill builds, you could be shooting at targets 100m or further away. We have our own indoor air rifle range, access to 25m indoor small bore rifle ranges at Ipswich and Woodbridge, travel to RAF Honington for the 25m outdoor full bore rifle range and Thetford for longer ranges.

Firing at static targets is initially done lying on your stomach (in the prone position), but then progresses to other positions - sitting, kneeling and standing.

Shooting competitions are where you can really show your prowess either locally or up to national level.


Archery is a very common event in the Air Cadets; it's done at our Squadron Headquarters or away on camps.

Under the guidance of our qualified instructors, you will usually fire at 10, 15 0r 20 metre range. We have bows of different sizes for both left and right handed folks, so that nobody is left out.