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Liam Owen
My first 'refresher' but second day with Nobby at Shooting Training Solutions having completed the Competency Course last December. An instructor to student ratio of 1:3 on the day (Max 1:4), 8 weapon systems (all relevent and currently employed by PMSC's), hundreds of rounds of ammunition heading downrange....a perfect day really! Nobby is without doubt the most experienced and qualified instructor on the market for this type of course/Qual. To pass his course is to attain his endorsement and provides a guarentee of your safety with Firearms which all the 'Big Players' demand. And personally, if I get allocated TM's that have a Shooting Training Solutions Qual then i'm a happy man. Unfortunately there are some pretty shocking things going on out there....You know what I mean......I digress!! Prices have dropped since last year and this course is excellent value for money. Venue is good. Tea, coffee and biscuits are 'on tap' and a decent cold lunch is provided. Thoroughly recommended 100%
Maritime Firearms Refresher Course 17th December 2014
Brendan Duff
I attended this course with a small amount of trepadation, as I thought it would just be a typical box ticking exercise. How wrong I was! The course is quite intense due to the number of weapon systems covered. However, Nobby runs the course in a superb manner, starting with the very basics and bringing everyone on together. The Instruction techniques and the skills and drills taught are second to none. I think this course is the best value for money MFCC on the market, due to the weapon systems covered and the depth of knowledge given. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who needs to complate a course and I can guarantee that you will come away feeling extremely confident on several different weapon systems and with a lot of new information stored in the old grey matter! Many thanks Nobby and I look forward to seeing you next year for my refresher
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 17th December 2014
Stuart Norgate
This is an excellent and highly recommended course. The instructor Nobby Knowles has a wealth of experience and teaches absolute best practice when it comes to weapon handling. The day is split between the classroom and the range, with a nice balance between the two. Guaranteed you will sweat during the afternoon range work, and there is a lot to take in so make sure you are switched on, this is not an attendance course! Tea and coffee is available throughout the day and Nobby even lays on tasty sandwiches for lunch, and a choice of biscuits. Got to be the most informative and best value for money course in the industry - book it and you won't be disappointed.
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 10th December 2014
James Chappell
This was a great course, great teaching and very useful day for anyone within the industry already or trying to get into the industry. I would highly recommend this course to anyone, due to the accreditation the course can offer and also holds.
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 8th December 2014
Saverio Marasa
Really good course. Not as much about your shooting as it is about your skills and drills. If you're a flapper or you haven't picked up a rifle in a long time, you'd better take a pill before going on it otherwise you'll be all over the place. Otherwise, it's a small course so if you get 3 or 4 of you who are half decent with your weapons you're going to have a good day out. Nobby Knowles is a great instructor (some dits too). Best shooting course I've done in a while, and I've done a lot!!
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 7th December 2014
D R
This was my second time at Shooting Training Solutions. Mark yet again exceeded my expectations with his delivery of the course, only too willing to pass on his vast wealth of knowledge and experience. The drills were taught at a gradual and informed pace with no pressure being put on the student, progreesing to range work in the afternoon. Mark's pragmatic approach to instruction made for an enjoyable learning experience. I would highly recommend Mark and Shooting Training Solutions to anybody requiring maritime firearms frefresher training.
Maritime Firearms Refresher Course 5th December 2014
Reuben Bennett
Mark 'Nobby' Knowles is probably the most skilled weapons instructor ive had the pleasure to meet, 27 years in the special forces this man knows what hes on about but at the same time shows great patience in his teaching. Really enjoyed the course, learnt the weapon systems inside out and even and improved in my weapons handling of 7 different weapons. if your going to do a maritime firearms qual do it with this guy! hes also shell approved which will only increase your chances of picking up work.
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 3rd December 2014
Dylan Tait
Excellent A very well run, instructed and informative course. I would happily recommend STS to anyone requiring the Firearms Competency.
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 26th November 2014
Peter Stocken
I booked & attended my third Mairtime Firearms Training package with the usual doubt and expectation of a box ticking course but this time finally I Â was wrong!!! Â From the initial phone call with Mark he was informative, helpful and straight talking. The morning in November arrived and I followed the faultless course joining instructions and arrived to be greeted by Mark himself. The course kicked off with teas and coffees and straight into the hands on day and was structured fantastically. I found Marks temperament to be not only thorough and knowledgable but patient with slower students. I personally came away at the end of the day feeling that I had most certainly not wasted my money and Mark taught us all something that day. The weapon handling was carried out in such a way that my following task in which I deployed on the same day gave me the confidence to actively display higher than industry expected standards and share what I had learnt. A big thumbs up to Nobby and I wish him all the best in the future and see you next year. Â Kindest Regards, Pete.
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 26th November 2014
Samuela Qareqare
Course was absolutely awesome.
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 24th November 2014
Richard Small
KNobby really knows his stuff when it comes to weapons, very well structured day with some good range time. I would recomend this course to anyone.
Maritime Firearms Refresher Course 18th November 2014
Andy Eaton
very professionally run course. Excellent instruction and course layout. would recommend this course without hesitation.
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 18th November 2014
Richard Small
Great course and even better instructor, Knoby really knoiws his stuff and sets the day out perfectly.
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 18th November 2014
Clive Dickinson
A well presented course in a relaxed learning environment. A lot to cover in a short time but I certainly felt that I gained knowledge and confidence from the course. I would have no hesitation in recommending or using STS again....many thanks.
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 17th November 2014
Robert Reavley
attended the Firearms Competency course which was very well structured with exellent Instruction throughout. This course gave me the opportunity to fire a large amount of weapons that I had not seen or used before and also gave me the required knowledge I needed to do so confidently and effectively. I would highly recommend this course and look forward to returning when I need to refresh my skills.
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 16th November 2014
Adam Cunnington
The course is run by Mark Knowles, a highly experienced weapons instructor to the special forces and the Maritime sector. Mark has lots of contacts within the industry so not only does this course deliver on professionalism it also provides valuable insight into where the industry is going and who to go to for contracts. I would highly recommend this course.
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 14th November 2014
Rory Thorne
A brilliant course full of relevent knoweldge with fantastic tuition. Exceeded my expectation, I believed it was going to be a tick in the box exercise but it was far from that, very hands on and you will walk away having learnt something new. With the course being pass/fail it ensures that the standard it kept extreamly high.
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 10th November 2014
Alex Wood
Excellent course, would happily recommend to anyone coming into the maritime security industry. the instructor knowledge and coaching on the weapon systems was top notch.
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 8th November 2014
Mark Coles
What impressed me most about the course was Mark"Nobby"Knowles' strong desire to ensure standards are kept high in the industry. Also, the extremely high standards of tuition ensuring all his students reach this standard whilst on the course, providing they take on board what is required. Don't be fooled into thnking this course is a guaranteed cert for just turning up.
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 4th November 2014
David Lloyd
After having left the Military 32 months ago, I was required to undertake this course to allow myself to remain current and competent in my role as a Maritime Security Team Leader. I chose Shooting solutions as I had been given their name on reccomend. This 1 day course was extremley well ran and top training delivered throughout. I took a huge amount of knowledge from the day and found that I took a huge amount of information and also it gave myself an excellent opportunity to remind and revise on my Weapon knowledge.
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 3rd November 2014
Andrew Edwards
I arrived early on the Friday morning of the course and was greeted by Mark 'Nobby' Knowles who offered me a hot tea/coffee and biscuit before the course started promptly at 7.45 hrs. There were 4 of us on the course and were initially given the housekeeping lecture and then went straight into the weapon systems after each of us had given a brief introduction of ourselves. Nobby covered all the weapon systems that we will come across working as a PCASP for the majority of the PMSCs who work in the Maritime Sector and other weapons that we may come across if we transfer across to Close Protection. The course was very professionally run and Mark's knowledge of the weapon systems is excellent. The range package was run profressionally and safely and came away from the course with imroved knowledge of the weapons. This is the second course that I have undertaken in the maritimre sector and will use Shooting Solutions again next year when I need to refresh my qualification. Last words on this excellent course are as follows: Cocker Looker Safety!!
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 3rd November 2014
Lee John
have Just completed the MFCC with KNobby, I fully recommend this course to all. The course is compact with know padding out the day, like other courses. KNobby's teaching technique is of excellent quality from his vast amount of knowledge, he makes the day interesting but delivers what we are there for, to the highest degree. I will definately be booking the refresher with KNobby next year. Thanks!!
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 3rd November 2014
Kenny Kennard
No doubt Nobby runs the best Maritime Firearms course in the UK. 10 out of 10.
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 1th November 2014
Chris Boot
I have just completed my 2nd course with Mark Knowles, and i'll happily return every year. The training is of the highest standard and all relevent to the job, no stocking fillers nor unnecessary instruction which I have found before with previous training providers to fill out the course. The wealth of knowledge from the instructor in the subject shows with his extremely safe and logical teaching tehniques. Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you next year Mark.
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 21st October 2014
Andrew Potts
The Maritime Firearms Competency Course was run with the professionalism you would expect from somebody with Mark's calibre and experience. The full day was split up between lectures, weapon handling and range work. These were tailored to the student level where Mark would ensure the in-experienced would meet the required level for the tests. All safety equipment was provided and all the weapons were in a very good servicable condition. Lunch was also provided which meant all you needed for the day was your self and the required paperwork. Overall a very well run day which achieved all it's aims.
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 18th October 2014
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