Firearms Training

The AAFC provides cadets with the training and opportunity to experience target shooting. The aim is to help young people practise marksmanship in a safe environment, helping them improve skills and achieve “marksmanship awards”. Cadets that show aptitude and skill can go on to represent the squadron and wing in national competitions.

Marksmanship has a long history in the AAFC, and is one of our most popular activities. Think you can concentrate on distant targets and fire with consistent accuracy? It's not easy. It requires focus, agility and a very steady hand.

We’ll teach you to handle firearms safely. Firing is always done lying down (the prone position) at static targets. Progress through the course and you'll take part in shooting competitions to really prove your skills. 321 Squadron uses several ranges, but all are in controlled conditions with full training provided before you participate - safety is our top priority. Before you participate in any range activity, you will need to complete our 'Firearms Training Elective (FTE)' course. Once qualified, cadets may wear their marksmanship badges on their service dress uniforms

CZ452 Rifle
The first firearm you will begin training on is the CZ452 bolt action rifle. This weapon derives from a civilian rifle, and is the standard smallbore rifle used throughout the AAFC. It fires the .22" long rifle round, from a detachable magazine.

Weapons Training Simulation System (WTSS)

The Weapons Training Simulation System (WTSS) is a computer-generated training program designed to allow cadets to practice weapon handling, firing accuracy and marksmanship principles, without actually firing live ammunition. The program allows cadets to fire F88 Austeyr rifle, on a number of differing ranges, and range practice scenarios.

F88 Austeyr Rifle

Once you have completed the Proficiency Stage of training, you may have the opportunity to train on and fire the F88 Austeyr Rifle, the rifle used by the Australian Defence Force. The rifle fires a 5.56mm round that is considerably larger than the .22 round used in the CZ452 rifle. It fires from a 30 round magazine.