151 TROOP WEEKLY DIARY – WEEK 12
This week comprised of our second week at the ranges on Straight Point. Our first week had conditioned us to live firing. We had learnt the basics of firing at various ranges and now we were to put those lessons to the test. Many recruits were in high hopes of gaining the prize title of Marksman. We began the tests in somewhat blustery conditions. Some struggled and some excelled and in the end 5 recruits were awarded the Marksman’s badge. This was well deserved considering the off-putting conditions. The following day simply comprised of recruits retaking and failed attempts on the different ranges of firing, 200 metres in the kneeling unsupported position being the favourite or not as the case might be. In the end all recruits passed the test. From here it was time to move onto more exhilarating tasks. We started with Close Quarter Marksmanship. We had previously been taught the principles in live firing conditions. Judging by the faces after we had finished, it seemed there was a real taste of Royal Marine Commando in the air. In all, the week was very productive and we all gained some valuable knowledge on marksmanship.