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Mike Lewis
The instructor has unparalleled experience. I would be very surprised if there was a more qualified and thorough weapons training training provider anywhere in the UK or elsewhere.
Bespoke Firearms Course 10th December 2020
Irina Stadniciuc
The Bespoke Firearms Course was an wholesome experience which taught me not only about firearms, but also how discipline, precision and focus are key elements for success in everything. I was impressed by the professionalism, patience and encyclopaedic knowledge Mark has and the way how he inoculated life-saving principles in my conscience. With Mark I found out a new world where guns are an art and to handle them properly and SAFELY is all about. Can’t wait to work again with him in the future, to develop more and more my skills and to listen to his stories which beat every book and movie out there. Thank you Mark for everything you have done and do!:)
Bespoke Firearms Course 8th December 2020
Fabrice Arfi
Having worked as a movie extra for some years and as someone who was one of the last generation to have done French National Service, I thought myself reasonably well prepared for the Firearms Course. In reality, I couldn't have been more off the mark... no pun intended. Not only were the standards higher than anything I'd been exposed to in the past but I was constantly expected to excel at every task and assignment. Nobby is a man who has worked at the highest level imaginable in some of the toughest conditions imaginable. Also, it should come at no surprise that his expectations from his students are extremely high. The training requires common sense, practical thinking, a great amount of skill and hand/eye coordination, more endurance and flexibility that you think and an ability to process information and make it your own in record time. The resulting experience is not only unforgettable but will leave you empowered to handle weapons in a way that is not only safe but practical and based on real life scenarios. It is impossible to express how involving and how useful the whole experience is and I cannot recommend it highly enough... You'll have to experience it for yourself. As for me, I simply cannot wait to return and build up on the knowledge and experience acquired on the course.
Bespoke Firearms Course 3rd December 2020
Charity Watson
I came into the course knowing next to nothing and walked away astounded at the quality of instruction and what I was able to learn in just a few days. Mark's extensive background and experience massively inform the course and his professionalism, patience and hands-on approach make him an excellent instructor. Would highly recommend.
Business Corporate Firearms Package 1st November 2020
Bailey Henwood
Mark is extremely knowledgeable and teaches invaluable information, with clear experience in the field. He made the course enjoyable while delivering intense material and emphasizing the importance of safety.
Bespoke Firearms Course 27th October 2020
Daniel Duke
Hi, I just finished a two day bespoke firearm course, really enjoyed it mark went into a lot more depth on the weapon System than I thought he would. Excellent instructor loads of patience , Especially with me as I took awhile to pick it up. I’ve booked A second course with Mark as soon as I’ve finished looking forward to the next one. Regards Dan
Bespoke Firearms Course 23rd October 2020
Claudio GRAMIZZI
Attending the course was an extremely valuable experience. It provided the opportunity to gain familiarity with a number of firearms I rarely encounter in my daily work and to establish some very valuable habits to ensure I’ll be operating, in the future, in full safety. The course is intense, but very well designed, and guarantees tangible improvements within a short period of time. The trainer is extremely experienced and very keen to share his knowledge. Having attended the course during the Covid-19 pandemic period, I also particularly appreciated all the precaution measures put in place to ensure safety for both the trainees and the trainers.
Bespoke Firearms Course 15th October 2020
Brian Barlow
Having had previous military experience and being a current Army Cadet Force Instructor, I went to STS with an open mind to carry out some refresher and new training on various weapons systems. As soon as I met Mark "Nobby" Knowles I knew I was in the right place to conduct weapons training in a professional and safe environment with one of the elite who's at the top of his game. Mark's teaching skills, conduct and professional approach is truly sublime. Weapons training on this level is only ever available in the British armed forces, never mind delivered by an ex tier one special forces operator. A truly outstanding experience.
Bespoke Firearms Course 12th October 2020
Rod Hunt
Training with Mark was a great experience from start to finish the course was spot on and well organised and I was so glad I booked on the course , its a challenging and rewarding course and afterwards you feel great because you feel confident in how to handle a fire arm and how it works from back to front and inside out, cant recommend Mark enough his knowledge is 1st class as you would expect from a man of his experience , he's a top man and I'm looking forward to my next course with him .
Bespoke Firearms Course 8th October 2020
Patrick Rogers
Very well led and delivered. Did everything I was hoping to learn and achieve in the time frame. Would definitely recommend to anyone in the future.
Bespoke Firearms Course 19th September 2020
Tom
I completed a bespoke firearms training package with STS in September 2020 and was thoroughly impressed with every aspect. Mark is clearly an expert in this field, but he is also an excellent instructor and a thoroughly interesting guy. Before attending, Mark helped us design the course to meet our specific requirements, providing suggestions and helping us get the most from our time. The course itself was informative and delivered exactly what we required. It was also a thoroughly enjoyable two days. Mark managed to condense a huge amount of material into a short space of time, however thanks to his teaching style and structure of the course, it never felt overwhelming. Each of us came away amazed at how much we’d picked up in such a short space of time. Everything was provided, course material, lunch and refreshments, protective kit. All we had to do was turn up and learn. I’ll definitely be returning.
Bespoke Firearms Course 18th September 2020
Jason
Mark, Many thanks for the training package you provided., your years of experience and attention to detail really helped us. I look forward to additional training from yourself in the future. Jase
Bespoke Firearms Course 17th September 2020
Luke
This course was superbly delivered, well planned, and produced excellent results. I would highly recommend STS to professionals that are seeking to improve their skills, or to add further strings to their bow. I will be returning for further training on pistol shooting when I get the chance.
Bespoke Firearms Course 17th September 2020
Dean Bassford
This is the 3rd course I have taken with STS and again had an amazing experience. Mark " Nobby " Knowles's knowledge on firearms and the training needed to become a competent firearms user is second to none. From the moment you walk in the door until the moment you leave the range you know you are in the hands of a highly knowledgeable and professional instructor. Mark makes you feel comfortable in the classroom and the range environment, takes you through all the drills at your own pace and explains everything in great detail. If you are looking for firearms instruction I can honestly say STS is the only place to go.. Highly recommended 👌 Thanks again Mark and looking forward to seeing you in December 👍🏼
Bespoke Firearms Course 5th September 2020
Denise Mullan
What an intense week! This bespoke course has been designed to reach and teach people of all abilities. My main objective was to understand the world in which my colleagues operate, I have been taught that and much much more. This course has made me realise the risks and dangers that are out there, not just in areas of conflict, but also in our day to day living. If you want to be taught and guided by the 'best of the best', look no further, because if I can do it, anyone can. Many many thanks to both instructors.
Bespoke Firearms Course 30th August 2020
James Kingston
I enjoyed my day of pistol training with Mark immensely. The course covered all the basics in superb detail and the shooting was tailored to my individual circumstances. I hope to do more shooting with Mark in the near future and would highly recommend this course to anyone with a personal or professional interest in firearms training.
Bespoke Firearms Course 25th August 2020
James Hilton
This is the second course I have taken with STS, and I will be taking more. Mark is a consummate professional and an outstanding teacher. If you are looking for finest firearms instructor in the country, you’ve found him.
Bespoke Firearms Course 19th August 2020
Iona Oliphant
What an experience! I went into this course with 0 background of fire arms and Mark designed a two day course for me. I didn’t have much of an idea of what I was going into but was blown away with what I came out with. Mark was incredibly patient with me when I struggled to click with some of the drills but still very upbeat. His knowledge was fascinating and the content and amount I learnt from him I was speechless about, couldn’t recommend this enough and I am really looking forward to my next course with him. Thank you!
Bespoke Firearms Course 13th August 2020
Nick Brown
Wow, fantastic time spent with Mark, his training methods are top notch! I went from no firearms knowledge to being able to strip and re-assemble a weapon blind fold in under a day! Thoroughly recommended for everyone. Nick
Bespoke Firearms Course 8th August 2020
Jaron Barnes
From start to finish Mark 'KNobby' Knowles has shown absolute professionalism. From first contact, to the final email with my certificate. The course was run at a pace that I believe was tailored for my ability to understand and retain the information being given allowing me the opportunity to process and absorb it. Mark's knowledge and experience is frankly breathtaking and I feel privileged to have had lessons from someone with such a exemplary background. I can only recommend that anyone, no matter what level you believe you're at - Mark will be able to teach you something, if not a lot. Thank you - I will be back for more lessons and hopefully some range work abroad.
Bespoke Firearms Course 4th August 2020
James Guthrie
I thought I knew about guns before going on this course. How wrong was I? Before you get anywhere near a shooting range you have to be fully briefed on safe weapons handling. Sounds boring, but actually it isn't and once you understand that it is very rewarding. I came away with a new found respect for weapons and how they need to be handled. Mark was extremely affable and gave a really interesting insight into his past career. His instruction on the range allowed me to hone my limited skills and I've come away with a wealth of knoweledge that I can take to a shooting club. Thanks again Nobby for a throughly enjoyable day :-)
Special Forces Firearms Experience 4th March 2020
B Cook
This course is a great day experience. It’s really good starting point for someone looking to get into shooting, as a result it was perfect for me. Marksmanship isn’t the primary focus of the course, but it is covered and two days after attending the course I have that found my marksmanship has improved. Nobby is a very affable person, he takes you through everything clearly and calmly, there is absolutely zero stress. In terms of safety it is faultless. Nobby knows exactly where everyone is and what they are doing as he issues clear instructions and ensures all the exercises or drills are correctly executed. I would recommend the course to any shooting novice who wants to broaden their weapon handling and shooting experience or anyone just wants an enjoyable day experience in the company of someone who is world class in his respective field.
Special Forces Firearms Experience 3rd March 2020
Amélie Rossetti
I had been so much looking forward to attending this course and one main thing I can say is that this course succeeded in reaching all of my expectations and more! With a variety of attendees (more or less experienced), we all learned something and it challenged us all. I cannot thank enough our two instructors for their professionalism and their patience. Safety is the key word for this course!
Business Corporate Firearms Package 20th December 2019
Seema Rajapaksa
I had the pleasure of attending the FEAR course and being an absolute beginner to this, felt after the four days, I learnt so much. The course is intensive, both class-room and hands on; so a great way of learning and interacting with the subject matter. Both the trainers were professional, extremely knowledgeable about their respective subject areas and patient. This course has certainly built up my confidence and basic knowledge.
Business Corporate Firearms Package 18th December 2019
M L
The key to this course is focussed attention to detail: the critical element to working safely and effectively in the proximity of firearms and explosives. If you want to learn every variant of SIG pistol ever manufactured and be an armchair firearms expert, pick another course (though I've no doubt the instructors know them all). If you want to start from scratch and be confidently, meticulously prepared for fundamental weapon documentation and handling activities, this is the course for you. Likewise if you've been working with or in proximity to weapons for some time, and want to have your learned incompetence comprehensively and graciously unpicked, this is also the course for you. Very highly recommended.
Business Corporate Firearms Package 17th December 2019
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