‘Aiming’ for Operational Readiness at the Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration

News Release

September 1, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

More than 450 shooters and supporting staff, including international shooting teams from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, will be participating in this year’s Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration (CAFSAC). The event will take place at the Connaught Ranges and Primary Training Centre, in Ottawa, Ontario, from September 4 to 16, 2017.

The objective of CAFSAC is to provide new and experienced Canadian Armed Forces members and international competitors with an opportunity to improve marksmanship skills and knowledge in a controlled and operationally-focused environment. This event puts new and experienced participants in scenarios simulating real operational conditions and environments in which marksmanship skills are applied. The participants will be shooting different weapons systems from varying distances, positions, and directions—and, at times, through, above or around obstacles—both individually and in teams.


“The Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration is a first-class opportunity for CAF members to improve the breadth and depth of their shooting skills in an operationally focused environment. Furthermore, participants can pass on to their units, brigades and divisions the knowledge they gain during this training event. Service weapon proficiency is a fundamental skill for Canadian Armed Forces members. It is an essential part of having a well-trained and credible military force ready to meet challenges at home and abroad.”

— Major-General Simon Hetherington, Commander, Canadian Army and Doctrine Training Center

Quick Facts

  • CAFSAC is an international high-profile professional marksmanship event organized by the Canadian Army on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff, and is designed to enhance participants shooting skills on various standard and interactive ranges.

  • CAF participation will include individuals and teams representing Regular Force units, Primary Reserves, and Canadian Ranger Patrol Groups.

  • The Queen’s Medal is awarded to the member of the Regular Force and the member of the Reserve Force or Royal Canadian Mounted Police who has shot the highest score in the qualifying matches at CAFSAC.

  • The Captain Shannon Wills Trophy is awarded to the member of the Canadian Rangers with the highest score in the Canadian Ranger Open Match. Beginning in 2017, the recipient of this trophy will be presented with a newly designed shooting medal.

  • CAFSAC, and its service weapon competition predecessors, has been held annually since 1869, and is one of Canada’s longest-standing shooting competitions.

  • Continuous improvements to the Connaught Ranges and Primary Training Centre in Ottawa will allow CAF personnel to access professional-grade facilities required to practice marksmanship skills, in addition to attracting international-level shooting events.

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Krysthle Poitras
CAFSAC Public Affairs Officer
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-618-9208
Email: krysthle.poitras@forces.gc.ca

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353
Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca

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