Hot Shot Army Reserves take part in live firing competition


Army Reservist from Abingdon based A Company 7th Battalion the Rifles, Infantryman Lance Corporal Alex Oates (30) who lives in the Botley Road in Oxford took home the Champion shot prize – the Baker Rifle after competing and beating over 130 of his fellow Reservists.

The Reservists who come from Davies Street WC1, and West Ham, in London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire took part in a weekend of live firing held at the Army Ranges, Lydd near Hythe in Kent and spent two days competing as teams and individuals in a series of live firing exercises.

The weekend consisted of three disciplines held throughout Saturday, the first one being the ‘Fleeting Encounter Test’ which involved moving targets from side to side, the second a ‘Defence Match’ a team event using pop targets and a third individual event the ‘Advanced Contact Shoot’, a 500 meter run and shot using various positions, prone, kneeling and standing.

On Sunday the final day the teams and individuals competed in two final events – the ‘Urban Contact March’ using a realistic scenario on the range moving and firing within enclosed buildings, another individual scoring event, which contributed to the team scores and lastly the ‘Defence Match’ a team knock out event using a Sangar (a defence firing position as seen in Afghanistan and Iraq) requiring skill and precision firing at different heights.



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