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Kate Bond
I signed up for this day more as a friends bonding day out than for anything else. However, as a result of attending and really enjoying Nobby’s instruction, a couple of us are thinking of getting further teaching in target shooting. None of us had shot before but Nobby is a fantastic instructor and a really inspiring person to be around. We were a group of women and would definitely encourage more to try this out.
Special Forces Firearms Experience 21st February 2019
Mathew Fullerton
I had never had any experience or training with live firearms before and found this course extremely Educational with the safe use of firearms and how to use them properly. The training given was 5/5 and a walked away feeling confident. The instructor was friendly and the day was well planned and prepared, I never lost interest. Learning about the what the special forces did and still do amazes me. I would recommend this course to anyone.
Special Forces Firearms Experience 18th February 2019
Had a fantastic one to one weekend course. Very intensive and full of content. Excellent tuition from Mark and looking forward to getting out to France for a week course.
Bespoke Firearms Course 15th February 2019
Robert Streeter
A great way to learn about the safe handling of firearms and to gain the key skills needed to shoot in safety. Mark, the instructor, communicates his knowledge and experience in a confident and friendly way. With the small group, each of us received plenty of individual attention. A great day, overall.
Special Forces Firearms Experience 30th January 2019
Jay Turley
As modest about his achievements as mark is he brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. He is a calm and collected instructor, who will explain everything you need to know so that you can achieve an understanding of the weapon system, how it works and most important the SAFETY procedures. Do not fool yourself into thinking you will be on the range in the first 10 minutes you must understand the components first or to think that you can be in the pub till midnight every night. You have to pay attention, listen to the instruction and most of all enjoy yourself. With those three things you will have a brilliant course, actually understand the weapon and achieve a lot in a short period of time. I couldn’t recommend this training centre enough.
Bespoke Firearms Course 19th January 2019
Léo Jarry
The weeklong experience was part of an in-house training by our organization and aimed at improving our practical skills when deployed for documentation in war affected areas. Certainly the best training I attended, regardless the field. Instructors are versatile and can adapt their teaching precisely to your needs. The director, Mark "KNobby" Knowles, spent decades in operations worldwide - and that clearly shows. (He also makes great sandwiches) The venue is surrounded by B&Bs, easy to access and situated in a lovely town. Would definitely recommend, and will gladly come back for further trainings.
Business Corporate Firearms Day 29th December 2018
David Wilkinson
Having had very limited experience with firearms I was amazed at how quickly Mark instilled safety procedures and drills to myself and the other members of the course. With his disciplined approach to instructing and his attention to detail we all finished the course with a great amount of confidence in handling a number of different weapons systems and the desire to learn more.
Bespoke Firearms Course 20th December 2018
Justine Fleischner
I've previously received weapon safety and shooting training, but never experienced anything like this. Mark was incredibly knowledgable if not a bit tough and insisted on breaking all old habits, instilling confidence and capability in the process. His shooting training was excellent and he quickly realized I am left eye dominant, which no previous shooting instructor had identified. He has an outstanding variety of weapons to learn on and we had a great time on the course.
Bespoke Firearms Course 20th December 2018
Mike Clarke
My wife and I recently attended the Special Forces Shooting Experience with Shooting Training Solution. Mark Knowles provided an excellent course all round. Delivered in a very relaxed and informal manner Mark began the day by giving insights into his impressive background career in the UKSF. After this we moved on to safe operating procedures and marksmanship principles before getting hands on with familiarisation with the AK and M4 platforms and associated operating drills. In the afternoon we progressed to the live fire phase of the day, shooting from standing, kneeling and prone positions under the keen and watchful eye of Mr Knowles. I was was extremely impressed when Mark watched and observed my shooting and after assessing my target give me a small hint on my shooting stance which tightened my groupings. The day cumlminated with a friendly competition amongst the participants with a shoot using a scoped bolt action rifle. Mark is a fantastic instructor with a wealth of experience. Superb day all round.
Special Forces Firearms Experience 26th November 2018
Adrian Whiting
A grate corse for anyone who wants to know how to operate a weapon safely, The corse instructor was awesome he really knows what he is talking about and his Military carrier was very impressive, I will be undertaking more firearms training with STS.
Special Forces Firearms Experience 26th November 2018
Simon Thomas
As soon as I arrived to the training ground I was welcomed by Mark and offered hot drinks etc, such a nice guy with skills to match.. I have never handled some of the weapon systems mark had to offer and his knowledge on them and skill set was TOP NOTCH, I'm pretty confident if I ever find one in my line of work that I can now make it safe.. The mechanics of some of the weapon systems were a little to take on, but I'm sure after a few more sessions mark would get you stripping these down "blindfolded" because his instruction is so clear and direct Live firing was not just fun but safety was at the highest level at all times "how it should be" all in all Mark Knowles is at the very top of the game Tier One
Special Forces Firearms Experience 26th November 2018
Chris Hall
Very helpful course really helped me brush up on my rusty drills and instruction helped me maintain a good standard of shooting at the end. Also really insightful to see Mark’s background and history. He’s the real McCoy, no doubt!
24th November 2018
Jasa Yagomate
The course was well organised and was professionally run.I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is planning to join the Maritime Industry. The instructors knowledge and experience was second to none.
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 5th November 2018
Lee Johnson
Attended a two day bespoke firearms training course which I thoughrily enjoyed. Mark delivers unrivaled tuition and professionalism which only comes forms the British military. Have already booked a second visit to further my knowledge.
Bespoke Firearms Course 28th October 2018
Miles R
This is our second time training with Mark. It was planned as a follow on from the Special Forces Firearms Experience 2-day course we undertook early this year. The bespoke course focus was on primary weapons, 1-day AK74 and 1-day M4 giving a deeper understanding of each weapons system and how to use them through a safety-first approach. Each activity supported the next, building context, understanding, knowledge and confidence concurrently. At the end of each day what you have learnt is pressure tested in a competition against each other adding an extra challenge. I 100% recommend this training course.
Bespoke Firearms Course 27th October 2018
Adam Hyde
This course is very professionaly run,the instruction is excellent and I came away feeling that I had learnt a great deal. I can not recommend it enough.
Bespoke Firearms Course 21st October 2018
Claus Vistesen
This was my second time on a two-day weekend course with Mark, working primarily on the AK-47 and and M4 systems. Mark is an extremely patient and meticulous instructor, always emphasising safety first, but who also sets the pace expertly so that each student is pushed right to the limit of his or her capabilities. If you want to get into shooting in a responsible and safe way, look no further.
Bespoke Firearms Course 1st October 2018
Mike Edwards
Returned for more training. Increasing pace and complexity Mark ramps up the intensity each time. I feel myself becoming more relaxed and natural with every session. He really is an excellent teacher who knows how to get the best from a trainee. 0ver 30 years of experience really shows in his calm logical approach and the inside hints that only an operative of his calibre can share. Preparing for another French trip in May with full calibre and an interesting variety of weapons and techniques. Multiple weapon drills, movement and smooth magazine changes. Great experience. Great Instructor.
Bespoke Firearms Course 30th September 2018
Myself and my wife completed this excellent course over 2 days. The instruction was second to none and Marks professionalism shone through throughout. I would really recommend this and have already signed up for my next experience.
Special Forces Firearms Experience 25th September 2018
Steven Bunch
I had a thoroughly enjoyable day with Mark 'Nobby' Knowles, an interesting introduction from Mark giving an insight into his career. We then went into the practical exercises, with emphasis on the safety aspects of using weapons and then the live firing, in which I have learn't a couple of techniques to improve my shooting accuracy. Thank you Mark and I would recommend anybody wishing to have some training, to attend one of your specialised courses.
Special Forces Firearms Experience 18th September 2018
Dmytro Tupchiienko
Excellent tutor. A lot of knowledge passed on. Will definitely come again for other topics
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 16th September 2018
Vanlalthakima Chawngthu
The course is very well organised. After the training you will gain confidence to handle automatic weapons, handguns and bolt action rifles. The trainer is the real deal with a Special Force background, he had also worked as a Trainer for the Special Force. The Bespoke Course is must for anyone who wants to be a responsible gun owner. 3 days is a very limited time but you will be surprised how much you can learn. I am sure I have gained the basic skills to get along but I would love to come back for more advanced skills.
Bespoke Firearms Course 9th September 2018
Steve Shields
I went to Shooting Training Solutions looking to get a refresher in my NSP drills on different weapon systems and maybe receive some extra knowledge. Instead, I got so much more than that in the solid 2-day Bespoke training course over the weekend. Nobby was welcoming, extremely informative, courteous, patient, good humored, firm and fair and a very good instructor that has skill for working with people who come from all different backgrounds, levels of knowledge in the area of firearms. He breaks it down into simple, straight-forward drills that aid with the learning process. His many years of experience in the forces are clearly evident throughout the course. I arrived on this course as a civilian working in the support sector of film and television, having some background with firearms and their related NSP drills. This experience and the application of drills has now progressed and advanced in leaps and bounds since being trained, receiving the instructions from Nobby and applying them through his course. Again, I want to say a sincere thanks for the solid training and guidance I received from Nobby over the two days. I feel that I have genuinely benefited greatly from it and I believe it will be invaluable in a later career in a technical advisory and technical support role in film & TV. I also highly recommend this course to anyone from any background, regardless of their level of knowledge in the area of firearms. Nobby can and will accommodate his courses get the individual to learn, apply and perform at their optimum. Regards, Steve
Bespoke Firearms Course 4th September 2018
Vanlalthakima Chawngthu
It has be a pleasure and an honour to be trained by a real member of the Special Force. The 3 days training gave me a foundation to improve my weapons handling skills and shooting skills. I went home with a confidence and a basic knowledge base which I can use to further improve my shooting skill. I had to travel 4 days on the road for the 3 days training but it was all worth it. This is not a fun shooting experience, it is a training course designed to improve your weapons handling safety, efficiency and marksmanship. Such an effective course could only be designed and implemented by people like Mark Knowles who has more than 30 years of experience , fought the wars, a member of the Special Force and a trainer of the Special Force .
Bespoke Firearms Course 4th September 2018
Bruce Macbeth
Excellent value for money. Instructor has vast experience and was very knowledgeable in his subject matter. Instruction was easily and competently conveyed to the intended audience. Facilities and equipment provided were of a high standard. Very good course.
Maritime Firearms Competency Course 23rd August 2018