Agreed - thats why I confessed myself as a bullet polisher and but it in bold.
There are plenty of cadets who prefer target rifle to service rifle. There are also plenty of cadets who prefer painting aircraft to shooting, or first aid or walking up hills. Cadets prefer a variety of activities, and any of these done to death will cause cadets to lose interest. The program we provide should be well balanced between all the activities but it all comes down to personal preference and everyone will have an equally valid opinion.
I (personally) find the interest with the L98 only really kicks in when you are using it on a gallery or an ETR and doing advance to contact and the like. 25m barrack range can get boring quite quickly especially if you stick to just groupings - its the rapid and snap that really add the interest (although if we do get 3P with the L98 this will certainly be a major plus for the weapon).
I also dislike, as a coach, the fact there is very little work you can do with the firer.
One thing I have found is that once a cadet has fired the L81 they aren't really too bothered about the L98 - whether its because its a bigger calibre, requires greater mental discipline or because they have greater communication with their coach with the Jedi wind skills I don't know.
It might even be because the fullbore TR attitude is so laid back that at times its almost supine - whatever it is I have always found this a bit odd even from cadets I wouldn't expect it from and I'm sure that there are plenty who prefer the L98 (and some the No 8 ) as their main weapon (also it could be cadets humouring an Old TR fart - let's not discount the obvious )
TR can get quite boring - shooting ten bulls all the time gets quite repetitive, but you have got the option for things like clay disc (as per the punch/shell) or landscape (with the Country Life). I quite enjoy the mental challenge of fiddling with the sights as I try to read the wind at 900 yards, so perhaps the reason I find the L98 boring is that there is less to do as a coach.
I always try to ensure all the cadets have proper coaching on every shoot. It gets them to buy into the shooting and try their best. There is nothing more demoralising for a cadet than being dumped on a range, told to shoot at a target and then coming back with a pants group and no idea how they can improve. Shooting is all about consistency and eliminating the error - getting cadets to understand this and learn that attention to detail will help them with their self discipline, allowing them to transfer that mentality to other areas. Get them away from the paper punching mentality and they start grow and develop more which is what we are here to do and so it's all to the good. Not everyone will be a good shot when they join in the same way some people aren't naturally good at maths and we shouldn't neglect those who struggle but support them to improve.
Going back to topic, this change to the L98 is a sensible stop gap, but what needs solving is the availability of gallery ranges and the ability (along with the personnel) to transport the arms and ammo. What I can see happening is the L98 becomes the only weapon we use and then an incident will occur (possibly outside the ACO or even the cadet forces) and because it is a section 5 prohibited weapon we lose it along with all shooting as we have nothing else to fall back on.
I still maintain it's (currently) a boring weapon but at least it's more interesting that Clay Target Shotguns