Air Rifle training was introduced to the Canadian Cadet Movement in the 1990’s. The addition of air rifles reflects the need for an inexpensive, readily available marksmanship program. The Canadian Cadet Movement’s Air Rifle is the Daisy / Avanti 853C .177 Caliber Target Air Rifle. This Daisy model was created specifically for the Canadian Cadet Movement. Because of the low muzzle velocity, the Daisy 853C is not classified as a firearm under the current Federal Gun Legislation (when it comes to licensing and registration).
Our training always teaches to the higher standard, so even though the 853c is not a firearm we treat it as such. A qualified Canadian Armed Forces Range Safety Officer runs the range to a high standard which is set by the Department of National Defence. Air rifle ranges can be setup virtually anywhere. We routinely setup on our parade square, and make training available to all cadets. Cadets typically fire from the prone (laying down) and standing positions. Qualifications below are 10 shot, 2 groupings of 5 pellets per target during the same relay.