27 July 2016 – A defence minister, writing before the post-Brexit change in government, threatened to reduce the nation’s stocks of .22″ No.8 cadet training rifles to “scrap metal”.
6 July 2016 – The maintenance contract for the L81A2 Cadet Target Rifle has expired, sources tell UK Shooting News, posing difficulties for cadet units shooting ISCRM and the Schools’ Meeting at Bisley.
20 June 2016 – Rumours reach UK Shooting News that the Air Training Corps has not ordered any new L144A1 cadet .22″ rifles – despite the No.8 rifle being due for withdrawal just three months from now.
6 June 2016 – The Ministry of Defence has banned civilian rifle clubs from carrying out fire with movement practices on MoD ranges – and imposed extra restrictions on cadets and civilian clubs.
3 June 2016 – Following on from yesterday’s news that the new .22″ cadet forces rifle will be called the L144, UK Shooting News’ author wonders how many weeks it’ll be in use for before the entire fleet is out of service awaiting spares.
2 June 2016, updated – Sources have confirmed to UK Shooting News that the new Savage cadet rifle will be known as the L144A1, and not the No.9 as originally planned.
23 March 2016 – The purchase of Savage Arms’ FVT to replace the venerable .22″ No.8 Enfield in cadet service is good for the future of cadet shooting, though a bad one for the British (and Continental) firearms industry.