Ask Andrew, Blaser Academy, Zoo conference, Not all work, 2015 plans…

WMS has gone from strength to strength during 2014 thanks to support from existing and new clients, great interest in what we do from the shooting press and some exciting new project currently being planned.

The latest of these is our new “Ask Andrew” information service where shooters can ask questions on any rifle shooting related subjects, problems or mysteries. Some questions will be answered directly; all will go into the making of articles, blogs and videos to address subjects that really interest sporting rifle shooters.

So to ask us a question simply email us at askandrew@wmsfirearmstraining.com This email address is live now and the project will come fully on stream in the new year.

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Blaser Academy
Andrew’s recent appointment as the first non-German member of the prestigious Blaser Academy was a great accolade and we are now putting together the content for the two-day Blaser Academy training weekends we will be running throughout 2015.

We recently welcomed Alexandra Baur of Blaser in Germany to Wales to show her our facilities and how we work; to say she was impressed is an understatement. As Blaser’s Head of PR she will be putting together an article on WMS to appear in “Passion”, the Blaser magazine.

The first two Blaser Academy weekends will run on March 14-15 and March 28-29 2015; we will be updating our website with a Blaser Academy page in the New Year where you will be able to find out more information about course content and objectives.

Our experience in animal management also means we are in demand from professional firearms users such as the police and zoos. In November we spent a weekend at the British Veterinary Zoological Society autumn meeting, held at Lancaster University, showcasing the training we do for zoo keepers and zoo vets and also presenting a paper on the use of firearms in zoos and wildlife parks.

IMG_1131This was extremely well received and we have a number of on-going enquiries and bookings from zoos around the country as a result, including undertaking a consultancy shortly afterwards in Cumbria.

It’s not all work
We are lucky to get out and about for fun now and then and it is of course important for us to keep our hands in and do some shooting ourselves. A visit to our friend Mike Robinson, game chef, restaurateur and deer manager, was a great opportunity for some deer management in practice as well as a chance to discuss the problems of managing fallow deer in huge downland fields.

Not surprisingly we ate splendidly at Mike’s pub The Pot Kiln and I was also able christened my newly acquired WJ Jeffery 6.5×54 Mannlicher Schoenauer rifle, vintage 1903 on a fine muntjac buck.

The rifle is proving quite a star; I guess they knew a thing or two in 1903 with their 160gn bullets, high sectional densities and modest velocities. When I am not using the Blasers, PGW and Steelcore rifles, I will happily reach for my bit of history.

10861036_903349883017984_2885433089023149484_oLondon calling
In November we were in London for a sparking party hosted by Simon and Selena Barr of renowned fieldsports PR agency Tweed Media at Leica Studios on Bruton Street.

With a kilted bagpiper, McNab canapés and King’s Ginger cocktails this was a great and fairly lively evening and an enjoyable opportunity to get out of the shooting clothing and into something a bit more glam.

For Helena, who is Tweed Media’s Senior Copywriter, this was a good opportunity for her to meet up with colleagues and clients in the shooting business, including those from Edgar Brothers who kindly send us kit to test, Rigby gunmakers and West Highland Hunting.

Also attended by many other friends and shooting journalists the party was followed by late evening steaks at Gauchos and then a walk back to our hotel under London’s Christmas lights. A bit different from rural Wales!

Looking forward to 2015
2015 is already looking busy and we have already taken a number of bookings with one client returning to us from France for two visits, a regular group coming back from Kent, several one-to-one days in the diary, some zoo work and some training for an arctic expedition.

67723_736108979747890_2092598641_n(1)We have set several dates for our Sniper Experience Days and our new Sniper Plus Days (fancy shooting a professional sniper weapons system?) so give us a call if you want to book in or if you want to order a Gift Voucher for someone.

Ongoing projects for 2015 include trips to Scotland, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire to discuss collaborative projects and planning another hunting trip—more on this to follow in the New Year.

We will also be attending the hugely popular British Shooting Show to be held at Stoneleigh Park International Centre near Kenilworth in Warwickshire from February 13-15, 2015. WMS will exhibiting on the Blaser stand promoting what we do, how we do it and of course our new Blaser Academy training days. So do pop by and say hello and we hope to see you there!