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Tom Hardcastle
Mark’s professionalism is the best of the best, thoroughly enjoyed my course. With intense training both days we really got to grips the fundamentals and safety of weapon handling. Mark had a good balance of making the course fun and interesting, but kept the principles of how important safety is. He made sure all of the party were on the same page at all times, I am defiantly interested in doing more courses and learning more of mark in the future.
Bespoke Firearms Course 6th July 2021
Aaron Flanagan
Had a great time at Shooting Training Solutions. One to one with Mark gave me great opportunity to learn about the AK47 and the M16. Really enjoyed the classroom and live firing on the range. Would definitely go back for further training on other weapon systems and would highly recommend the training to others.
Bespoke Firearms Course 4th July 2021
Nobby is the real deal. The most poised, prepared and professional teacher I've ever had the pleasure to learn from. You will be lucky for the chance to benefit from his experience and his guidance.
Bespoke Firearms Course 2nd July 2021
Julia M Crockett
Mark Knowles is a professional at the top of his game, bringing years of combat and training expertise to the patient teaching of the safe and effective use of military and policing weapons. He is rightly cautious about whom he agrees to train, and I am honoured to continue this learning process with his guidance.
Bespoke Firearms Course 17th June 2021
Matthew Andrews
I had no expectations or idea what to expect. I had no previous experience. Mark was very welcoming and friendly, he set me at ease and made me feel relaxed. The course was very packed with lots of information and knowledge, pasted down from Mark's years of experience. I had a great time and can not wait to return to continue my learning. Mark has a talent for teaching which is natural and easy to understand.
Bespoke Firearms Course 12th June 2021
Stefan Bramble
Absolutely first rate. The course was challenging but also fun and, most importantly, SAFE! I was very impressed with the structure, content and professionalism involved. The training was robust and realistic but was delivered at a pace that suited me, and with a balanced level of coaching. Thank you for the amazing experience. I had no experience at all with firearms and I much appreciated the attention to detail, the firm approach as well as the good humour. I will definitely book a follow up course to reinforce & expand on what I have learnt. I happily give Shooting Training Solutions my strongest recommendation. Thanks Nobby 😊
Bespoke Firearms Course 5th June 2021
Gordon Worrell
Mark is a highly motivated and extremely professional instructor, which is reflected in the training delivered. Very interesting and informative course, carried out in an informal atmosphere, with the emphasis on the practical elements. Mark went to great lengths to ensure the students were not only competent but confident with the subject matter. An excellent week. I would not hesitate to recommend Shooting Training Solutions as I thought it was second to none. Thank you Mark
Bespoke Firearms Course 31st May 2021
Filip Ghinea
I've had the pleasure of working with Mark over a 2-day bespoke firearm training for actors. As a complete novice, Mark's teaching technique was spot on, a perfect mix of professionalism and fun, keeping me fully engaged throughout the weekend, in a very safe environment, perfectly showcasing his knowledge and enjoyment of teaching. Using different weapons, we covered marksmanship principles, normal safety procedures, stripping and reassembling, drills, etc., and finished the weekend with a couple of hours on the range. I truly had an amazing time, I learned so much, felt extremely safe for the whole course, and really had a good time, I am definitely looking forward to my next course with Mark!
Bespoke Firearms Course 29th May 2021
This was an incredible day of firearms training led by the absolute best there is. Interesting, engaging, fun, challenging and competitive. I would pay just to hear about Mark's career and achievements, never mind the expert one-on-one tuition and support. I'd certainly recommend this!
Bespoke Firearms Course 28th May 2021
As an ex-Guardsman with experience on 3 operational tours, I already knew one end of a rifle from the other; but 2 days with Mr. Knowles showed me how very shallow my previous skill at arms and weapon handling knowledge were. MK was humble and approachable as he refreshed and then thoroughly embellished my knowledge base and skill set to a measurably high degree in a remarkably short time. UKSF standards are the world's highest and it's these Gold Standards of Safety and Competence which MK delivers. Competence breeds confidence so I leave STS with a much deeper understanding of Firearms and how to use them and I am more confident than ever that I am developing a skill set that I can rely on in a hostile environment should things go wrong. This course was, above all, fun and I had a lot of laughs along the way but Safety, Safety, Safety was always the apex priority and the professionalism didn't waver throughout. Before leaving I booked my next course with MK as his instruction is in high demand. STS Training is worth every penny and more, I can't reccomend it highly enough.
Bespoke Firearms Course 21st May 2021
Tomas Gilheany
The course was an exceptional course which kept me engaged all the way through, Marks knowledge and experience was unparalleled! He was able to instantly reconise what I was doing wrong and corrected it. Due to this and the great coaching I have got my confidence back when it comes to pistol shooting. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to improve their pistol shooting. Thankyou Mark!
Personal Development Course 25th April 2021
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 Day 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
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
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
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
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