Marksmanship

After another successful (if quiet) year, we are pleased to advise that this Specialty Programme will be continuing for the 2016 – 2017 Scouting year under the management of Scouter Lyle Garrett and the Marksmanship Programme Management Team.

An exciting new development – the Venturer/Rover Marksmanship Programme has been expanded, with the addition of new equipment and range facilities, to include 3-positon rifle training (prone, sitting, standing) as well as optional range time and training in the planning and operation of a rifle range.

This programme will instill a respect for firearms, the knowledge to prevent accidents on the shooting range and in the field, the development of the physical and mental dedication to excellence, and the pride of accomplishment. We also include a “street smarts” component in our safety education module.  It may very well promote interest in future personal development in more advanced marksmanship programmes, possibly even leading to participation at Olympic Games, where air rifle is a medal competition

The venues are handicapped accessible, and the programme lends itself to adaptation to fit special needs (air gun events are also included in the Paralympics).

Any questions can be directed to the current Range Officer, Scouter Lyle Garrett

Either by email at info@londonscouts.ca or  by telephone 519-661-7655.

This programme is available on Tuesday nights by advance booking only. It is run on a regular weekly basis from October to June.  Start time 6:30 p.m. sharp.  Finish around 10:00 pm.

To book for 2016 – 2017, it is recommended that you contact us as soon as possible.

Everything You Need to Know About Marksmanship

If you are a gun enthusiast, you will definitely love our marksmanship programme. By joining in our marksmanship training, you will learn how to instil respect for firearms, prevent accidents in the shooting range, and how to shoot a firearm accurately. 

What is Marksmanship? 

It is basically a person’s ability to shoot a firearm accurately. With this, you also need to be aware of the environmental limitations such as the weather and terrain. If you want to excel in marksmanship, here are some of the principles you need to know: 

  • Your shooting position and hold must be firm enough to support the gun
  • Sight picture and alignment must be correct
  • You need to naturally point the gun at the target without undue physical effort  
  • The shot must be released without the disturbance to your initial position 

The Marksmanship Training 

During the marksmanship training, your confidence in handling a gun is continuously enhanced. It is also about firearm ownership, safety, and discipline. Marksmanship is a commitment you need to be serious about. You need to be in focus during the two to three weeks of training. There are three phases you need to complete. These are: 

Phase 1: The Fundamentals of Marksmanship  

It is the phase wherein you will learn how to disassemble and assemble your weapon, easily identify the parts of a gun, function check, magazine loading and unloading, ammunition types and care, front and rear sights adjustments, peer coaching, correcting malfunctions (SPORTS), and troubleshooting. 

Note: SPORTS stands for Slap, Pull, Observes, Release, Tap, and Shoot  

Here are the fundamentals of marksmanship you should know:

  • Steady position- it is where you will learn how to correctly grip and handle your weapon during nonfiring and firing stances
  • Breath control- it is where you will learn about the proper breath control whenever you fire the weapon 
  • Trigger squeeze- it is where you will learn how to control and gently pull the trigger  

Phase 2: The Firing 

It is the phase where you get to fire your weapon. The challenge is you will not wear any combat gear during this phase. In this way, you will get used to safely and accurately handling your weapon. It is also where the technical stuff comes in. You’ll learn how to group your shots and get used to hitting the target without effort.

Phase 3: The Fundamentals of Marksmanship   

It is the phase where you need to pass the minimum standard to complete the training. You need to fire a rifle supported by a barricade, fire without any support, and fire while kneeling within a simulated foxhole position.   

The good thing about receiving a marksmanship training is that you will also learn how to use different guns in the appropriate time and place. Join the London Scouts, become one of the outstanding students, meet new people, and learn new things!   

Get your gears up and see you at the camp!