We have missed out, on what could arguably stated as the opportunity of a lifetime, to move cadet .22 shooting into the 21st Century, with a modern, reliable rifle that was made by an internationally renowned specialist tgt shooting company.
Instead, we have been sold a much lower quality product, that certainly will not last & may well generate the need for a replacement in say 10 years time or so (or less). What a waste. The No8 could probably have been re-engineered (new build) & enhanced for less!
Just as importantly, there should have been the push from on high to move such cadet rifles from “wpns of war” status to basic tgt rifles, with utilisation of simpler (NRA / NSRA) safety drills. Now that the Army / SASC have got their paws on the L144, the chances of that happening are very, very slim.