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This was my second course with Mark, he once again provided quality and effective training. He suited the course to my needs which was to get familiar with the SA 80. I learnt an vast amount of information about the weapon and more in a couple of hours. I cannot think him enough for fitting me in and being a great teacher, highly recommend. Thanks
Bespoke Firearms Course 8th January 2022
Geraint Burrows
Nobby is an extremely professional and experienced instructor whose colorful and multifaceted career provides a rich seam of knowledge and wisdom that I barely tapped into over the two day course. Nobby clearly outlined the safe use and care of the AK47 and M16. As someone who is often surrounded by these weapons this course has given me far more understanding about the risks associated with improper use of the weapons and how to identify them.
Bespoke Firearms Course 18th December 2021
Damien Spleeters
Mark is a dedicated instructor who imparted a wealth of weapon safety knowledge in a clear and practical way, going above and beyond to make sure we understood what we needed to do to be safe around weapons in our line of work. It was a great pleasure to learn from his experience.
Bespoke Firearms Course 16th December 2021
James Handley
By far the most in-depth and professional training course I have been on. The course was delivered to cover all the areas I requested and it did this and so much more. I would recommend any of the training courses as the teaching and material are unmatched. Will be looking to attend another course as soon as possible.
Bespoke Firearms Course 2nd December 2021
mike edwards
Another great 2 day course with The Master. After a long Covid break finally got back into it. The instruction was as always brilliant . Really insightful and great teaching. Learned so many new things. Really looking forward to getting back to France next year for some more. Thank you so much Nobby.
Bespoke Firearms Course 25th November 2021
Julia M Crockett
This was my second two-day course designed and run by Mark Knowles. He's a fine teacher, placing emphasis on safety at each stage and providing explanations which built my confidence to make good decisions on the range. A highly professional trainer; recommended.
Bespoke Firearms Course 18th November 2021
Philip Howells
I was searching for some extra coaching to help me pass a military weapons test and found this company. I’m glad I did. Despite being fully booked for months ahead, Mark found a way to help me out with a day of one to one instruction. The admin was spot on from start to finish and he designed a course totally focused on my needs. The morning improved my knowledge of the weapon, marksmanship principles and reinforced the importance of safe handling. The afternoon was spent on the range, drilling in the key skills needed to shoot accurately and consistently with high quality feedback and instruction. By the end of the day, my shooting had improved massively and now I look forward to my test. Recommended.
Bespoke Firearms Course 25th October 2021
My bespoke one day course brought me the basic knowledge I was seeking on gun handling. It was conducted to the highest standard of professionalism with safety as a paramount feature. It was quite intensive course but very rewarding in terms of knowledge acquired and confidence-building. I enjoyed every minute of it.
Bespoke Firearms Course 24th October 2021
Miles R
My sixth course with Mark. As always, the instruction was clear, concise, and effective with safety-first founding principle. The course started with a fresher on pistol and primary weapon systems which highlighted weaknesses, training was then tailored to address these points before moving on. Mark’s flexible approach meant that the course was fine-tuned to my needs, finding and fixing issues whilst highlighting competitive shooting and real-life contextual tactics. Mark’s teaching style and experience delivers on individual needs whilst building complete understanding of the skills, techniques, and context. I will book again!
Bespoke Firearms Course 22nd October 2021
Richard Blackwell
I had a great day with Mark, it was fascinating to hear about his life and career. I have limited experience with weapons but felt I learnt a lot over the day. It is clear from his many achievements that Mark keeps very high standards, his tuition was excellent and being somewhat nervous around guns at the start I very much appreciated very strong focus on safety and ensuring that people understand the weapons before beginning shooting drills. Highly recommend!
Special Forces Firearms Experience 10th October 2021
Truly awesome. Mark is fantastic. Hospitable, engaging, calm, and a treasure trove of knowledge. He's a man who truly has been everywhere and pretty much, done everything. I could not recommend Mark highly enough and I'm looking forward to getting another course sign up. You'll have a brilliant experience
Bespoke Firearms Course 9th October 2021
Elliot Donnelly
My second course of instruction with Nobby Knowles, even better than the first. We built and enhanced the skills and knowledge further and some real progress was made. Great stuff, 2 more 2-day sessions booked before I left. Thanks again Nobby, top, top man.
Bespoke Firearms Course 8th October 2021
John Guthrie
At best, I would consider myself an "enthusiastic plinker" with all the bad habits that being self taught brings. Curious enough to take stuff apart but lacking the confidence or ability to put it back together again in a working fashion This was to change MK had me successfully stripping and re-assembling stuff using a time honoured method of explain, watch, copy, repeat, which might not sound fun, but it is deeply satisfying to successfully complete This is how the rest of the day progressed - encouragement, observation and coaching throughout In this one day course MK was able to identify and set me straight on problems with my shooting, some that I think I suspected I did but didn't know how to correct and some that I wasn't even aware I was doing - one thing that neither of us could fix though was my glasses steaming up (note to self: take anti-mist wipes the next time) All in all a thoroughly enjoyable day, professionally run with excellent equipment and facilities - and some entertaining and amusing anecdotes thrown in for good measure
Bespoke Firearms Course 27th September 2021
Lawrence Lado
Dear Mark, I just wanted to say thank you once again for a tremendous day of pistol training and interesting conversation. I speak for all of my party in stating that we're all the better for it. We very much look forward to returning for more excellent training and to further develop our skills . I will be advising all enthusiasts to head your way for an outstanding all round experience! Many thanks! Regards, Lawrence
Pistol Firearms Training 19th September 2021
Roger Taylor
An iron fist in a velvet glove! A fascinating and fun day spent in the company of a very talented, professional and good humoured warrior - thanks for the insights and the skills which I'll remember for a long time to come
Special Forces Firearms Experience 18th September 2021
Great day. Serving police firearms officer. I was looking to improve on my pistol handling and recieved great one on one tuition. I would highly recomend and will come back for further tuition.
Pistol Firearms Training 18th August 2021
Ivan Pearce
Nobby is a Master firearms instructor, his experience and knowledge are displayed in his coaching methods. I wholly recommend attending whichever course you are thinking of from novice to expert and if you are unsure I hope this testimonial persuades you, you really wont regret it.
Pistol Firearms Training 16th August 2021
Barry Pope
I have nothing but admiration and respect for KNobby and the course that he ran for me . It was a total, pleasure to meet him and listen to some of his incredible experiences , knowledge and expertise . I would highly recommend KNobby .
Bespoke Firearms Course 11th August 2021
Reiss Michael
Professional, efficient, humble, experienced amongst many other ways to describe Nobby and the course I attended. I wouldn’t of wanted a better way to be introduced into firearms other than through the Shootingtrainingsolutions way, I definitely will be attending another course in the future and can’t thank Mark enough for the realism he gave me which ultimately lit a even more greater fire under me to pursue what I want to do. Thank you!
Bespoke Firearms Course 5th August 2021
John Pemberton
Mark really knows his stuff, had a vast wealth of experience and made the courses really enjoyable. If you think it’s going to be a rushed, quick get you on the range kinda course this isn’t for you. Mark is thorough and ensures all safety aspects are covered and your knowledge of the weapons systems is such that you can safely and competently use them. Looking forward to booking my next course in the future. Many thanks to mark for his patience and assisting me to complete the course.
Bespoke Firearms Course 2nd August 2021
Iverton Alexandria
I’m very happy and pleased with everything I have learned, from fixing bad habits, posture and improving my accuracy. I now have more confidence after everything I learned, and I highly recommend to anyone interested in becoming better and competent with weapons. I will certainly come back for some development with different weapons in future Thanks Mark, see you soon
Pistol Firearms Training 1st August 2021
As a complete beginner, I had no idea what to expect when embarking on a 2-day bespoke course with Mark. I had a basic understanding of firearms and a urge to learn more and I’ve come away with so much knowledge. It is clear when working with Mark that he is probably one of the most knowledgable people on firearms in the country, so not only do you feel in safe hands but also confident in what you’re learning. It was a great experience to be able to learn the theory, practice drills in a safe environment and then move onto the live range when he feels you’re ready. There was a lot to learn and I was exhausted by the end of the two days, but I’ve come away wanting to learn even more. Mark is really patient to be able to be at his level and yet teach a complete beginner whilst being completely calm and ready to answer any questions I had too. Thanks again Mark!
Bespoke Firearms Course 24th July 2021
I found Mark because I wanted help with making the decision to sign up for the royal marines or not. Not only did Mark’s mentoring grant me absolute clarity, but it turns out he is one of the most interesting men in the world. I was awestruck by his life story and feel grateful that I got to spend one-on-one time with him. And forgetting all of that, it’s clear from his teaching ability that he is a master marksman. I had never been in the same room with an AK74 or an M16 before my training with Mark, and after six hours of training, I was able to disassemble and then reassemble the guns…blindfolded. I was also able to hit my target dead centre for the majority of my shots, having never fired a gun before. If you want shooting training from a true master, Mark is your man, and a great man he is.
Bespoke Firearms Course 13th July 2021
Three teenagers enjoyed a once in a lifetime experience with Shooting Training Solutions. Mesmerised by the expertise, skill and experience of their instructor, they were led through the principal aspects of weapon safety, the marksmanship principles, and the assembly and care of three foreign weapon systems. Safe handling of these rifles was emphasised throughout and having completed proficiency tests, they were able to proceed to the range. The range was conducted safely, professionally and with great care for those under instruction. On completion of the course, they were elated and departed the range feeling proud, satisfied and perhaps surprised with all they had accomplished under the instructor’s expert direction. Secure, Bona-Fide, Superlative
Special Forces Firearms Experience 10th July 2021
Mel Hardcastle
Mark is an exceptional leader and trainer. I can’t decide which was more fun, the actually training or listening to his fascinating life. For me as a mum, safety was really important as I was with my son but Mark puts safety first and foremost. You will cover a lot in a short space of time but his training instruction skills are first class.
Bespoke Firearms Course 6th July 2021