Just to help those who might be put off..... yes, cost of air rifles + pumps is required at sqn cost. Material for range construction can be claimed back (up to a certain amount - £250? - I would need to check old emails), tgts are available via your parent unit:
5.5 Metre (5 Bull) Sect/Ref No 6920-99-428-0582, DofQ = Each, suggested Qty is 500 (to avoid repetitive demands & associated collection issues. State no alternative.
Pellets are dirt cheap - & no ammo transport issues!
From a post I made (Nov 2013) concerning air rifle range set-up:
For 3 rifles + appropriate kit (pump, bags, some pellets, etc), you are looking at about £1200. For 2 rifles + kit, it is approximately £850. Allow at least £200 for ancilliary equipment such as shooting mats, spotting scopes, etc – or get what you can from Service sources!
We need more "air rifle only" RCO cses - one per yr (& at St Mawgan) isn't enough.
If you have the space & the dosh, an air rifle range is a fantastic asset. The marksmanship standard of our cadets went up considerably & I think we were top of the Wg for marksman awards last year.
the air rifle is an excellent wpn to start off cadets with their shooting "career" & also to improve the skills of those who were already up to a good standard, especially when moving to the L98 or L81. Incidentally, the "bull" on a 5.5m air rifle tgt is a one mm dot!
On the contrary
The BIG issue is that SASC will not accept that cadet shooting is markedly different from adult Service (3-positional) use of the service rifle. Consequently, we are hammered with complex trg/NSPs/WHTs for single shot bolt rifles. Until the mentality changes, the problems will still remain. Adopt the NRA?NSRA "rules" - end of firing, breech inspected by the firer, breech flag inserted. Add on a simple check by the RCO/safety supervisors. No firing off of actions on empty chambers, & leaving bolt closed for the air rifle. Heaven forbid that an RCO could train/test a cadet on a bolt action rifle......