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Group 2 cadets attend NRA’s First Steps Rifle program

June 11, 2021

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Group 2 cadets attend NRA’s First Steps Rifle program

Hayward, CA — June 6, 2021

20 cadets attend California Wing’s Group 2 NRA Marksmanship event in Hayward, CA.

Representing seven of the eight Squadrons with cadets in San Francisco Group 2 and ranging in age from 12 to 19, these cadets learned the basics of firearm safety and rifle marksmanship in the classroom before they take to the range on June 20th. Combined they will fire 2800 rounds from .22LR bolt-action rifles as they earn their Marksmanship badges.

The NRA Marksmanship program has been the flagship of the NRA’s training development program for over 80 years. Instructors and coaches use the qualification program as a guideline to train new shooters, both juniors and adults, in their clubs. Performance is measured against established par scores and any shooter who meets or exceeds those scores is entitled to the corresponding recognition awards for that rating.

The courses of fire in the program are designed to take shooters from beginning skill levels (Pro-Marksman and Marksman) through intermediate levels (Marksman First Class, Sharpshooter and Expert) up to the nationally recognized skill level—Distinguished Expert, the pinnacle of the program. By the time a shooter completes the Distinguished Expert rating, they have attained a proficiency level paralleling that of a competitively classified Sharpshooter.

If your Squadron or Group would like information on hosting an NRA Marksmanship event for CAP cadets contact 2nd Lt. Robin Yang (

Credit: Capt. Christopher Devine
Caption: Instructors 2nd Lt. Yang and 1st Lt. Hurst with cadets from Squadrons 10 (Palo Alto), 18 (Hayward), 36 (San Jose), 44 (Concord), 86 (San Francisco), 156 (Livermore) and 192 (San Carlos).


Credit: 1st Lt. Hurst
Caption: Cadets learn basic firearm safety, rifle nomenclature, maintenance and other important information.


Credit: 1st Lt. Hurst
Caption: Cadets practice the benchrest position before going to the range.


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2nd Lt. Robin Yang
Deputy Commander, Public Affairs Officer, Squadron 18
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