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We are fully open and taking bookings for 2022 and 2023. For those of you thinking of booking a course, get in touch via the contact page or give me a ring. Please allow plenty of time when thinking of booking a course as we are extremely busy catching up on courses delayed by the pandemic and with new and old clients wanting to continue their training both here in the UK and abroad.

Your safety is paramount and we will make sure you feel safe and confident attending a course with STS. We still have very strict COVID-19 guidelines in place and daily checks both for the staff and clients are carried out. Thank you again for you continued support, understanding and patience. Your safety is paramount, keep safe, keep smiling and I hope to meet you soon.

Shooting Training Solutions courses are open to anyone, whether you are a keen enthusiast, a beginner, aspiring actor, going on an expedition to the Polar regions, other dangerous environments which require you to be safe and competent or interested to learn more about firearms. We have trained people as far a field as Australia, Cayman Islands, Japan, India, Bangladesh, Kenya and the Netherlands. The training is conducted all indoors in a warm and inviting location under the watchful eye of a very experienced trainer. Shooting Training Solutions will make your experience enjoyable, fun filled and memorable.

MK “Nobby” Director of Shooting Training Solutions is the sole instructor on the firearms training courses run by Shooting Training Solutions. Mark has some 33 years of military service in UK Special Forces, Royal Marines and 10 years teaching in the commercial sector.

His operational service stretches from the Falklands war in 1982, to serving in every major conflict since, including 4 tours of Afghanistan. MK served for 5 years as the chief instructor of the Special Boat Service and 2 years as the senior SBS instructor at 22 SAS.

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Shooting Training Solutions continues to improve training standards.

Shooting Training Solutions are proud to have been awarded ISO 9001:2015 quality standard. We now continue to improve training standards so clients go away feeling confident, safe and competent.

Shooting Training Solutions was the first and only firearms training establishment to have been awarded this most exacting of quality standards and led the way in quality training.

STS commitment to safety and quality has been a constant feature of STS training and we are continuing to implement better standards and quality control for the courses we run.  STS continually monitor and manage quality across our business and identify and implement improvements.

STS commitment to these quality standards is proof to both our private customers and corporate clients that they can have absolute confidence in the safety and effectiveness of the courses that we deliver.

You are a valued client and it is  hoped that you will acknowledge that Shooting Training Solutions continues to represent the best firearms training in the UK today.

As an established training provider Shooting Training Solutions hope it shows to you, our valued customers, we are constantly improving, updating and giving to you the best training we can supply.

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A random selection of our testimonials. For more look at our testimonial page
Jan Adriaan Coetzee | Maritime Firearms Competency Course | 31st July 2015

Totally professional really enjoyed this course will recommend it to anyone in the Maritime industry A+
Kevin Raynor | Maritime Firearms Refresher Course | 11th January 2016

This was my fourth year attending one of Mark's firearms courses and it is always good to get such insightful instruction and advice. Excellent course all round and very professionally run.
Steve Bartlett | Maritime Firearms Competency Course | 24th May 2015

To say that Mark "Nobby" Knowles has extensive experience in his field would be a gross understatement, and of all the resources he has at his disposal, it is this expertise that makes this course such great value. I can honestly say, that I learned more about weapon handling in one day than I did in my entire 19 year career in the infantry. My usually average marksmanship was massively improved by the end of the course and left me with a renewed confidence in my abilities and my capacity to learn and apply new skills and ideas. I would not only endorse Mark for his instructional abilities, but also his integrity, which ensures that only the highest possible standards are acceptable for the industry.
Samuela Qareqare | Maritime Firearms Competency Course | 24th November 2014

Course was absolutely awesome.
Liz Butler | Bespoke Firearms Course | 16th October 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the days training. I am very much a beginner and Mark was easily able to tailor the day accordingly whilst still imparting staggering amounts of relevant technique and information. A true professional with an astonishing depth of knowledge, all delivered in a calm, engaging and patient manner.
Nicholas Bohnet | Maritime Firearms Competency Course | 18th November 2015

As the Captain of a Mid sized Motor Yacht,operating wordwide,I recently undertook some bespoke training and ultimately the Maritime Firearms Competancy course with Mark at Shooting Training Solutions, with the aim of getting a better understanding of Firearms in the Maritime environment. Having virtually no Firearms experience other than limited Shotgun use and not coming from a military backround, I needed some in-depth training, in a short space of time. Mark managed to take me from a relative beginer, to being competent enough to achieve the required standard,over the course of a few days. Marks no nonsense approach to the training, coupled with his ability to pass over new information in an interesting and absorbable way, made for a very enjoyable and informative course. Mark is obviously a highly capable and accomplished individual who has the ability to pass on his extensive knowledge and experience in an engaging manner. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mark and Shoot... Read more
Paul Stableford | Maritime Firearms Refresher Course | 28th October 2015

No BS, the course was delivered as professionally as you would expect from a man of the instuctors calibre. All industry firearms covered allowing for easy migration between maritime companies. Industry accredited and at a price I couldn't find cheaper.
Nathan Whybrow | Maritime Firearms Competency Course | 23rd April 2014

I completed this course just recently and was very happy with the content and facilities in Sherborne. If you have been out of the military for a few years, it's certainly worth doing as a refresher before you go out on task. On the course you cover a majority of weapons that you are likely to come across on the water. Nobby has a wealth of knowledge and experience behind him, and is clearly a weapons specialist. There's a large emphasis on safety, which is paramount when working with 'civvies' and tankers full of flammable liquid. Also discussions throughout the day about the differences in law and what you should at least have an idea about as a MSO.
Natasha Talarico | Special Forces Firearms Experience | 19th May 2017

A superb day of learning. Mark is a fascinating man with an incredible background. The day was informative, challenging and fun. I highly recommend it.
Simon Watton | Maritime Firearms Competency Course | 5th October 2015

My second time with STS now as per company practice and I'm just as impressed, if not more so with the quality of instruction, facilities and depth of up-to-date industry knowledge from Nobby. He deserves to be the industry leader in this field and all TL's should be able to breathe a little easier when they hear their operators have been through the STS courses.

Our Firearms and Shooting Training Courses

This course is open to anyone. If you are looking for firearms training in anti poaching, acting, film set extras, expeditions or just interested in being trained on firearms, I will design a course for you 

Your dedicated instructor will create a package to suit your individual objectives either as part of a small group (no more than 4 people) or on a one to one training basis with exclusive range use.

You will learn from scratch all about the safety side of handling these weapons, understand how they work and function before getting in depth training on the drills and skills you need to operate them correctly and safely.

It will be challaging, fun, exhilarating and rewarding and you will go away feeling you want more.

If this is what you are after, drop me an e-mail or give me a call and I will be happy to take up the challenge.

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Are you looking for an insight into the Special Forces and want to experience handling and firing weapon systems used in a safe and welcoming atmosphere?

This is the experience for you then. Based in the UK, this one day Special Forces Experience is designed for individuals or up to 4 participants. You will taught the safety aspects and marksmanship principles before getting your hands on AK74's, M16's and various other weapons. You will be taught how to safely handle them, strip and assemble and carry out the correct drills when operating them, before live firing later in the day.   

The day will be hosted and run by MK (Nobby) Director of Shooting Training Solutions who will give you an insight to his 33 years career in the Special Forces and be your instructor throughout.

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For those of you who are unaware of the UK Firearms regulations you cannot fire 9mm pistols in the UK. STS offer two packages where you can learn all about Pistol handling and become proficient and safe with the weapons.


The first is a one-day course based in the UK and is designed to develop the skills of those who wish to learn how to use a pistol as a primary firearm. We cover all the safety aspects, workings of the weapon, function tests and correct grip and hold before shooting on a range with high powered BB Glock 17 and SIG 226 pistols out to 15m. This will give you a good insight to all pistol techniques and a platform to build on. 


The second course we offer is a full-bore 9mm pistol shooting course in Europe. I will arrange to take you either individually or as a group to Europe on an all-inclusive trip. The participants will have sole occupancy of a range to undertake this course with an array of pistols and myself instructing you for the whole duration.

If required you will travel to an airport the night before and stay in a hotel with all meals provided. If no hotel is required as we try to get decent timings for your flight, you will travel down on the date of departure to park your car at the airport car park. You will then check in and proceed to the priority lounge and relax. On arrival you will be met and taken to a five bedroom house where you will have sole occupancy, all your meals, drinks and needs will be met.  

Pistol shooting is an art on its own. It takes time and effort to be able to engage targets out to 50m using the correct techniques with both your strong and weak arm. One handed pistol is essential  and has to be practiced. You will practice these skills and this will reduce your reaction time, allow you to shoot faster with a higher degree of accuracy and increase your confidence with your weapon. I will endevor to get you to the ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) pistol firearms standard with the time allocated and show you that with good instruction and coaching you can in a very short time become proficient safe and accurate with a pistol.  


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Most expeditions to Polar regions ( which Svalbard have approved our course ) and to countries around the world where you would want to be armed for your own protection require you to demonstrate you are safe and competent before issuing a firearms for that trip. The Police in various counties ask for a certificate of competency with firearms before issuing you a license or renewing one.

STS Firearms Competency Course and certificate are recognised by a number of organisations and Police forces in the UK.  

The aim of this course is to introduce new clients to firearms and to refresh those who may be returning to the sport to ensure a level of competence. This course aims to take clients through the relevant safe handling and safe shooting requirements to meet the standards relating to public safety and the Police.

The course combines a training room based input with practical experience on the range with various weapon systems.

Over the years we have worked with a large number of individuals who are going on expeditions, renewing or trying to obtain a firearms license and all of them have returned home after the course better informed, safer and more knowledgeable about all aspects of firearms handling. 


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MK “Nobby” Director of Shooting Training Solutions is the sole instructor on the Firearms training courses run by Shooting Training Solutions. Mark has some 33 years of Military service in UK Special Forces and the Royal Marines.

His operational service stretches from the Falklands war in 1982, to serving in every major conflict since, including 4 tours of Afghanistan. MK served for 5 years as the chief instructor of the Special Boat Service and 2 years as the senior SBS instructor at 22 SAS.

He will host and take you through your personally designed, unique Corporate Firearms Package.


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This course has grown in popularity since its introduction by STS for potential Police firearms officers to attend before they undertake their Police firearms course. 

Here at STS we are proud of our very high pass rate from clients who have attended our course and continued on to aspire to be police firearms officers.

Each course will be designed specifically for you as different Police forces use different firearms. It will give you the confidence and reassurance that you will be able to handle the firearms safely and correctly, allowing you to concentrate on the other aspects of the course you have to assimilate.

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This course teaches and brings security contractors up to date with the weapon systems that are currently being used within this industry. It also supplies a certificate to confirm you are safe and competent with weapons to gain contracts you are actively searching.

This 2-day course is designed in order to obtain the above. The course will teach safe competent drills with an easy to understand teach philosophy that will give you confidence and ability with any weapon after completing the course.

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This Ultimate Special Forces European Experience package is unique and has an all-inclusive price, your every need will be catered for.

It is open to anyone regardless to firearms experience. Your host and instructor is a a former Special Boat Service Operative MK (Nobby) Director of Shooting Training Solutions who will arrange everything and accompany you for the whole experience in Europe.

It is open to individuals who would like a one to one experience or a group of up to 4 participants. You have a number of options open to you either a 1-day live firing (3 days in total option) 2-day live firing (4 days in total option) or a 3-day live firing (5 days in total option) experience learning how to safely use AK74's, M4's, Scorpian machine guns, H&K MP5's and pistols.  

If this is what you are looking for and you want to learn in a safe and welcoming environment give me a ring and I will arrange everything for you.

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All live firing training is conducted in .22 Rimfire Semi-Automatic Rifles or simulated Pistols due to UK legislation.