Marksmanship Competition
© 2009 FrontLine Defence (Vol 6, No 4)

CWO Peter Finn test fires one of the many products demonstrated at the Defence and Law Enforcement Expo. (Photo: Pte Jean-François Carpentier, CFSU(O) Photo Services)

Marksmanship is a core soldier skill and the advanced form of this skill is embodied in the Canadian Forces Small Arms Concentration. “CFSAC is an annual operational training opportunity which is available to members of the Canadian Forces”, says Colonel Lowell Thomas, the Director of Army Training, at Land Force ­Doctrine and Training System, “one that can contribute significantly to the training of our soldiers in preparation for operations around the world.”

These world class competitions, held in September at the ­historic Connaught Ranges and Primary Training Centre, in Nepean, Ontario have been around in one form or another for more than a century. The event attracts numerous participants from the Canadian Forces, including the Canadian Rangers and the RCMP; ­members of military forces from NATO; members of the ABCA Program (American, British, Canadian, Australian Armies); and other ­countries.

Following a 5-year review, the competitions were revitalized to more accurately address the current operational environment. Captain Tibbetts, CFSAC Operations Officer and Directorate of Army Training (DAT) Competitions Officer, explains that “essentially, the competitions were adapted to be in-line with the demands of our missions abroad.” CFSAC is a full week of challenging matches, including the Combat Pistol and Service Rifle. Awards are presented in three main groupings or classes: Open Class (all competitors, both domestic and international; Regular Force; and Reserve Force and RCMP members.

The most prestigious award, the Queen’s Medal for Champion Shot in Canada, is presented to the top rifle marksmen from the regular and reserve components of the Canadian Forces.

The Defence and Law Enforcement Expo was established in 2008 to support the CFSAC Awards Program. Last year’s Expo was an enormous success and saw product lines exhibited from ballistic eyewear to GPS-guided aerial cargo delivery systems. Retail sales opportunities also presented many companies with the opportunity to sell products such as tactical kit to military personnel and law enforcement officers.

One of Canada’s largest practical tradeshows of its kind, the Expo provides the unique opportunity for dynamic demonstrations. To name a few, weapons demonstrations, live fire ballistic plate penetration,  demonstrations of in-flight parachute, and off-road amphibious vehicles are all experienced as they were meant to be – in austere field conditions.

Last year, over 2,800 people attended the inaugural tradeshow. Organizers are anticipating approximately 40% growth in size and scope for 2009. “Exhibiting companies have found a truly worthwhile event to add to their annual tradeshow calendar,” says Sergeant Sean Fraser, Sponsorship and Expo Manager. Companies will benefit from one-on-one time with procurement specialists from Defence and Law Enforcement Agencies, tactical law enforcement officers, military marksmen, and other specialists.

“This year CFSAC is pleased to be partnering with companies from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Denmark, to name a few,” says Sgt Fraser. “By coming along side the Canadian Forces, these companies demonstrate that they Support our Troops.”

Limited booth space is still available for the 17-19 September show.
Contact Sgt Sean Fraser by email or call 1-613-541-5010 x 4996

© FrontLine Defence Magazine 2009