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Members of 4th Battalion, The Duke Of Lancaster’s Regiment (4 LANCS) took to Warcop Ranges in Cumbria to practice using a variety of firearms from pistols to anti-tank systems.
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A Reserve Light Infantry Battalion, 4 LANCS recruits in the North West of England, from Liverpool up to Carlisle, bringing together people from a broad and diverse mix of backgrounds.
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Many of them have busy and demanding civilian careers. The Army Reserve allows them to step away from and focus on something completely different, whether it’s an exercise in the UK, playing sport for the Infantry, or a mobilisation onto an operational tour supporting the Regular Army.
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Exercise Lions Shot was a crucial opportunity to hone one of the most important skills of Infantry soldiers - marksmanship. Over two weeks, they trained on the SA-80 rifle, Glock service pistol, sharpshooter, underslung grenade launcher, grenades and the NLAW anti-tank weapon system. Corporal Gilroy added: “I’m stuck in an office for my civilian job, getting away for two weeks on the ranges is a world apart from my 9-5 and I love it!”
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Second Lieutenant Bowes said: “Marksmanship is one of those skills you never perfect, it doesn’t matter how much range time you get, you can always get better.”