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Air Rifle Shooting is Back for Neston Air Cadets

Published: 6th February 2020 12:02

Following a long break, Neston Air Cadets Squadron 2375 are pleased to report that they can once again offer air rifle shooting as one of the many activities available to their cadets.

Shooting Officer Cl Andy Probert proudly cut the ribbon to mark the reintroduction of air rifles at the Squadron's HQ at Tanks Field recently.

Air Rifles return to Neston Air Cadets

Cl Probert is also pictured with members of the Squadron proudly taking up their rifles for training:

Return of air rifles at Neston Air CadetsCI Probert with (r-l): FgOff Tom Morris, Cdt Sgt Matt Grindle, Staff Cdt FS Ben Turnbull, Cdt Sgt Harvey Turner and FgOff Will McCormack.

The Squadron meets every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7pm and offers a wide range of training and activities for young people.  Find out more here.

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At 13:15 on 7th February 2020, undefined commented:
What concerns me is that most air rifles are used to shoot and maim animals. I am not at all suggesting that any of the cadets do this but what is the point of an air rifle? I do so wish they were not on sale.
At 13:24 on 9th February 2020, undefined commented:
I expressed my concerns re air rifles and it has been removed. Why are perfectly reasonable comments being censored please?? Surely this is a site for discussion and comments?
Carrie Spacey
At 17:10 on 9th February 2020, Carrie Spacey responded:
Anyone can report a comment as inappropriate, I then have the option to restore it. I have done so, twice. I don’t generally work at weekends, so there may sometimes be a delay between it being reported (I don’t have the means by which to see who has done so) and my availability to restore it.
At 14:28 on 10th February 2020, undefined commented:
OK, understood, thank you Carrie.
Mary E
At 12:45 on 19th February 2020, Mary E commented:
Air rifle shooting is an Olympic discipline. Shooting teaches children how to shoot and handle guns safely and teaches them Self discipline. The RSPCA have no problem with target shooters. It is always the minority who give shooting a bad name.
Education is the key for all ages. It is a sport where men, women, able bodied and disabled can compete at the same level. It also does not discriminate over age. Young and old can compete side by side. Do you know of another Olympic sport which allows this?
Parkgate has a long history of shooting. The first cadet corps was founded in the mid 1800s by Mostyn House school.
This cadet corps should be congratulated for carrying on a fine old discipline. Good luck with your range and your shooting.
Dave Carter
At 14:00 on 19th February 2020, Dave Carter commented:
Rifle and pistol shooting are also Olympic disciplines. Unlike rifles and pistols, but like certain types of shotguns, air guns do not require a firearms certificate, and are exempt from the provisions of the Firearms Act (1968). The issue in my view is not whether air rifles should be banned, but whether they should require a licence. I am sure that the ATC will keep the air rifles safely locked away in any case, but my understanding is that they are not required to by law.
Mary E
At 14:12 on 19th February 2020, Mary E commented:
The Firearms Act was amended recently so that any person under 18must be supervised when using the gun. If you have a person under 18 in your house then that gun must be locked away to prevent them getting unsupervised access.

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