SNIPER EXPERIENCE AND HISTORIC RIFLE DAYS
You settle your cheek onto the rifle stock, look through the high-powered telescopic sight at the steel target 600m away. Check the wind, squeeze the trigger…boom! The bullet takes one second to find its mark. Three seconds later you hear a resounding CLANG. Congratulations! You made the shot.
For new shooters the famous WMS Sniper Experience Day provides a comprehensive, enjoyable and challenging introduction to the art of rifle shooting out o 850m (weather permitting). Our Sniper Plus Day, for those that have already attended our Sniper Experience Day or who have shot rifles before, takes things a step further with positional shooting and the chance to shoot a large calibre .300 Win Mag and .338 Lapua Magnum up to 1,000m.
SNIPER EXPERIENCE DAY
Aimed at those who have never shot before or have done so only a few times this popular day includes a morning of .22 rimfire rifle (small calibre) shooting out to 150m to enable clients to build shooting skills, and work on shooting positions and trigger control.
After lunch we shoot larger calibre .308 centrefire rifles including a Steel Core Cyclone military sniper rifle out to 850m (conditions permitting) focusing on target acquisition, adjustments for wind and topography, building confidence and making consistent, accurate shots. You will test your skills during our hostage scenario and enjoy the chance to shoot one of the world’s most iconic assault riles.
Because we believe in giving new shooters the highest level of instruction and amount of shooting time we limit our Sniper Experience Days to a maximum of four participants with one instructor, or six participants with two instructors. This means that you spend a high proportion of the day learning, spotting and being involved, rather than standing around waiting for your turn.
Cost: £275 per person inc VAT and all ammo
- Meet and greet at HQ over tea and coffee a
- Safety briefing
- Full instruction; safe firearms use; shooting positions; marksmanship skills; trigger control; wind and topography; successful target acquisition; consistent shooting
- Full insurance
- Use of our rifles and equipment
- All ammunition
- 4×4 transport to and from our shooting areas
- Hot drinks throughout the day
- Debrief over tea and cake back at HQ
- Certificate of attendance
Clients must be 17 years old or over, provide full contact details, and pay in advance by credit or debit card to secure their booking. We can also run Sniper Experience Days for private groups; please contact us for pricing.
We run our SNIPER EXPERIENCE DAYS throughout the year on pre-set dates that include some weekends: for 2018 dates or more information please call Andrew or Helena on 01974 831869 or email email@example.com
SNIPER PLUS DAY
Our Sniper Plus Day is available to people who have attended our standard Sniper Day and want to come back again to do more. It is also open to clients who have already learned the basics of rifle shooting at WMS or elsewhere but want to progress. The group size will either be four with one instructor, or six with two instructors to ensure you get more shooting and less hanging about.
The day follows a similar format to the Sniper Experience Day, with safety and basic refresher input on the marksmanship principles using our .22 rimfire rifles in the first morning session. Following on from this will be a session on positional shooting from standing, kneeling and sitting using a variety of sporting centrefire rifles including our Section One AK47.
After lunch the first afternoon session will begin with shooting our tactical 7.62×51 calibre rifles at 200-700 metres. The second afternoon session includes shooting our new .300 WinMag x 10 rounds and .338 Lapua Magnum x 5 rounds at steel targets between 800-1000 metres. Additional .300WM and .338LM rounds can be purchased on the day at £2 and £5 per round respectively.
Cost: £295 per person incl VAT and all ammo
Clients must be 17 years old or over, provide full contact details, and pay in advance by credit or debit card to secure their booking. Courses run with a minimum of two people and a maximum of six.
We run our SNIPER PLUS DAYS throughout the year on preset dates including some weekends: for next available dates or more information please call Andrew or Helena on 01974 831869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BESPOKE SNIPER DAY
For clients that have completed the Sniper Experience or Sniper Experience Plus, or who have relevant shooting experience, we can offer a BESPOKE SNIPER DAY.
Fancy shooting your favourite WMS rifle at longer distances? Want to see who in your group is the best shot? Got a craving to shoot over 1km? Our Bespoke Sniper Day can be put together to meet your preferred requirements and is designed to fous on building further long-range shooting skills and accuracy. The day can include shooting from kneeling, sitting and standing off sticks, the chance to try one of our exciting competitive shoot-off scenarios, and the opportunity to win a prize for the longest successful shot made on the day. Prices from £250 per person PLUS the cost of centrefire ammunition used.
To find out how we can put together a Bespoke Sniper Day for your group and to discuss the wide variety of options available give us a call on 01974 831869 or email email@example.com
For new or new-ish shooters who want to learn more we can also provide bespoke tuition on a one-to-one or two-to-one basis. These days can be created to meet your specific training or experience requirements and given you plenty of time to focus on the areas that interest you most.
For prices and how we can tailor a unique day for you please see One-to-one private clients page
WMS HISTORIC RIFLE DAYS
Shoot the rifles used in combat in WW1 and WW2; test your skills with open sights; use a bayonet; learn about British military sniping techniques; compare our historic firearms with a 21st century sniper rifle…
This unique day adds a further level of rifle shooting experience to our WMS Sniper and Sniper Plus Days. It will appeal to clients with an interest in military history, to those who want to shoot the rifles their fathers/grandfathers shot in combat in the First and Second World Wars, and to anyone interested in testing their skills with open-sighted firearms.
The Historic Rifle Day will be run by Andrew Venables, Lead Instructor and Owner at WMS Firearms Training, or Chris Parkin, our Senior Instructor, who will provide the practical rifle shooting instruction, and Mark Khan, a keen rifle shooter and military historian who will assist Andrew and talk you through the background, history and context of each historic rifle you shoot.
Mark joined the army in 1979 and served in the Royal Artillery in Germany and Northern Ireland. In 2006 he was part of the team that formed the UK’s biggest selling military history magazine, “Britain At War”. He has a specialist interest in the technical aspects of 20th/21st century warfare, focusing on weapons and ammunition, an area on which he has written widely.
BACKGROUND TO THE DAY
During the initial stages of the First World War in 1914, Allied forces lost huge numbers of men on the Western Front to Germany’s highly efficient and superior snipers. This unnecessary loss of life prompted British army officer, MAJOR HESKETH VERNON HESKETH-PRICHARD (1876-1922) to promote and advance sniping practices, which led to the implementation of brand new sniping methods by the British Army.
Hesketh-Prichard’s background prior to the First World War was chiefly as a big-game hunter and he was regarded by some as the world’s best rifle shot. Securing a commission in the British Army with the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914 he was given the post of “sniping expert” to the British Third Army in 1915.
He immediately set about improving what he regarded as the deplorable standard of marksmanship skills in British Army sniping, initiating the inaugural sniper course “The First Army School of Sniping, Observing and Scouting”, and in 1920 writing his critically acclaimed book “Sniping in France”.
The new shooting practices defined and instigated by Hesketh-Prichard contributed to the reversal of fortune of the Allied forces, helping tip the balance in their favour towards victory in the sniping war.
“I highly recommend the WMS Historic Rifle Day. You can really feel the development of the bolt-action rifle by handling and comparing these superb period weapons as well as practicing rifle shooting techniques in a truly realistic environment.
WMS is an absolutely fantastic set-up.”
Great-grandson of Major H Hesketh-Prichard
SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY
09.00 Meet at WMS HQ for briefing and short introduction to the history of sniping
09.30 Travel to shooting area
10.00-10.15 Safety briefing
10-15-16.30 Shooting of a choice historic rifles at 100m, 200m, and then at 850m to compare a historic rifle with a Steel Core Cyclone modern sniper rifle. The day will include information to put the use of each rifle in historic context and information banners are available for you to read and study. The day also includes breaks for coffee/tea and lunch.
16.30 Return to HQ for tea, cake and debrief
RIFLES FEATURED ON THE DAY
• Browning Model 1886: Introduced in 1873 this was the first Browning-designed lever-action rifle and could fire the standard US army .45-70 Gov’t cartridge;
• Schmidt Rubin 7.5×55: this straight-pull rifle entered service in 1890. Despite being the main battle rifle of the Swiss Army it was never tested in combat;
• Short-Magazine Lee-Enfield: introduced in 1902 the SMLE served throughout WW1;
• Lee-Enfield .303 No. 4: designed an as improvement on the SMLE the famous Lee-Enfield .303 No. 4 re-armed the British and some Commonwealth Armed Forces;
• Mauser 48 8x57JS: this Mauser is internally basically the same as the Mauser K98k, the main battle rifle for the German Wehrmacht. The M48 is an intermediate length action while the M98 is a standard long action;
• Mosin Nagant 7.62×54: produced in vast quantities this was the main battle rifle for the Russian Imperial Army during the WW1 and for the Soviet Army during WW2;
• AK-47 7.62×39 Assault Rifle (Section 1): designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov this self-loading rifle went into service in 1949 and was the main battle rifle of the Soviet Army and Soviet Bloc armies during the Cold War and beyond;
• Steel Core Cyclone .308 with Schmidt & Bender PMII 3-20×56 scope: a British modern heavy-barrelled sniper rifle with a two-stage trigger, integral bipod and 1,000m capability.
Back to WMS HQ for debrief, tea and cake and award of certificates.
2018 DATES NOW AVAILABLE: Saturday June 9th, Sunday June 10th, Saturday July 14th, Sunday July 15th.
Six attendees with two instructors. You can of course book just one place and we will fill the rest.
£325 per person to include VAT, use of our rifles and equipment, all ammunition, full instruction, insurance, historical information throughout the day, hot drinks, debrief over tea and cake, certificate of attendance.
To book, or to register your interest for future dates, please call
01974 831869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org