Who We Are

WMS - who we are

WMS has an unbeatable reputation as the leading private rifle shooting instruction provider in the UK. We offer safe, enjoyable and challenging rifle shooting and training for both private and professional clients.

Run by Andrew Venables, one of Europe’s best known rifle shooting instructors, WMS provides tuition for novices wanting to shoot rifles for the very first time, as well as to intermediate and experienced shots including target shooters, stalkers or hunters wanting to prepare for that trip of a lifetime.

Andrew established WMS Firearms Training Ltd in 2006 and the company is now the country’s most highly regarded provider of rifle shooting instruction to private and professional clients from the UK, Europe and beyond, as well as to police constabularies, zoos/wildlife parks, NGOs and government departments.

The WMS philosophy is to empower people to shoot accurately, safely and humanely and the knowledge and expertise of our instructors enables clients to achieve their shooting goals, build confidence and learn throughout the day.

WMS facilities

WMS facilities

WMS facilities

WMS - Andrew & Helena Venables

Andrew Venables,
CEO and Lead Instructor

One of Europe’s best known rifle shooting instructors Andrew has over 35 years of practical experience in rifle shooting and training yet is still learning something new every day in his mid-50s.

Andrew started shooting at the age of eight, was an avid shot as a youngster and competed regularly for his school. His love of shooting has continued to grow and he now provides training for target shooting, pest control, deer management, driven boar, wildlife management and sustainable and ethical hunting.

In October 2015 Andrew was appointed as the first non-German instructor to the Blaser Academy, set up by German firearms manufacturer Blaser to provide top class shooting tuition for novices, experienced shots and hunters.

When he’s not busy training clients Andrew enjoys testing his own rifle-shooting skills at a range of distances, exploring the local area in one of his two Series 3 Land Rovers and overseas travel. He is active in the local shooting community, spends time working his spaniel, Pip, and Jack Russell, Ammo, and also loves sea fishing in Cardigan Bay and fly fishing for trout on our nearby lakes and rivers.

Helena Venables,
Director

Helena, Andrew’s wife and a keen rifle shooter herself, works closely with him to ensure clients receive the excellent customer service that has helped make the WMS name.

Helena’s knowledge of the business means she can advise clients on the different experiences and shooting days WMS offers, put together bespoke days for clients with their own firearms and arrange events for corporate clients.

She also assists Andrew on shooting days, oversees WMS special projects, manages client bookings, and runs WMS marketing and PR, which results in a large amount of press coverage in the UK and overseas.

Formerly on the editorial team at The Economist Newspaper in London Helena writes articles for a range of shooting magazines and also provides writing/editing services to clients in the fieldsports industry and beyond, through her own company, Cool Dog Communications.

When she’s not in the office she enjoys spending time on her wooden boat, Ragamuffin, horseriding, game cookery and trying to keep control of Hector and Flynn, her two terriers.

Chris Parkin,
Senior Instructor

Chris-Parkin

Chris has been rifle shooting since he was a child. After 10 years away playing with bows and arrows and three years on the GB Archery team, Chris returned to rifle shooting to do what he loves best: making every shot count.

As well as being an experienced and knowledgeable rifle shooter Chris is also a respected shooting journallist and regularly reviews new firearms, optics and equipment for many UK and European shooting magazines.

As a WMS instructor Chris is available to coach clients with their own firearms on one-to-one, two-to-one and group days. He is especially well known for his broad technical knowledge of optics, rifles and ammunition and is also a specialist in equipment setup. His competition shooting background gives him a good insight into the psychology of making the shot, especially when under pressure.

Neil Parks,
Instructor and Guide

Neil-Parks

Neil brings to the WMS team an extensive military background have completed 25 years with the RAF Regiment.

During his time in the forces his main function was in an instructional capacity: his background and one of his core roles was as a qualified Weapons Instructor (WI) conducting weapons training and range firing.

As a qualified Range Conducting Officer (RCO) Neil has coordinated everything from barrack range work through to full squadron attack ranges, as well as running Electrical Target Ranges (ETR) at up to 800 metres.

As a WMS instructor Neil assists Andrew run our group training days and some of our Sniper Experience and Sniper Plus Days. He is also available as a guide for experienced rifle shooters with their own firearms.

Mark Khan,
Military Historian and Instructor

Mark joined the army in 1979 and served in the Royal Artillery in Germany and Northern Ireland. He is a keen rifle shooter and has a specialist interest in the technical aspects of 20th/21st Century warfare, focusing on weapons and ammunition, an area which he has written widely.

In 2006 Mark was part of the team that formed the UK’s biggest selling military history magazine, “Britain At War”. He also works closely with the UK MoD on the historic aspect of military training as well as working on conflict archaeology projects, providing military weapons and ordnance identification advice and assisting academic institutions, the media, museums, archaeology companies and national institutions.

At WMS Mark provides detailed and knowledgeable historical background and context on our Historic Rifle Days as well as assisting Andrew with instructing clients.

Chris Rogers,
Affiliate Instructor

Chris-Rogers

Chris is Deer Manager on the 10,500 acre Euston Estate near Thetford and an affiliate WMS instructor. He provides practical rifle shooting tuition for deer stalking on the 40-300m estate rifle range which features a number of WMS steel targets.

Chris has been involved with rifle shooting for almost 20 years as part of his career in deer management: as such his tuition focuses on positional shooting, shooting within different environment, assessing and dealing with different target sizes and how to approach the shot on each species.

As a deer stalking guide Chris has been responsible for introducing many clients to rifle shooting and deer stalking for muntjac, Chinese water deer, roe and red. WMS clients who want to zero and practice for deer stalking are encouraged to visit Chris for a training session or to attend one of the regular deer stalking master classes run by WMS on the estate.

Alan Hollander,
Gunroom Manager/Guide

Alan Holander

Alan helps WMS by looking after WMS HQ and Gunroom security, providing additional security when Andrew and Helena are away and is also responsible for keeping our huge range of firearms clean, cared for, and ready to use.

A keen and competent shooter himself, with a penchant for rifles with GRS stocks, Alan also provides invaluable assistance to Andrew on many of our shooting days by providing an extra pair of eyes, great spotting ability and a knack for putting our clients at their ease.

Originally from Essex Alan spent many years in the British army, has a great sense of humour and a wealth of practical knowledge on most subjects.

Lachlan Nisbet,
Legal Consultant

Lachlan Nesbit

Lachlan, one of the UK’s best known firearms lawyers, has specialist experience in firearms law and fieldsports.

As WMS’s legal consultant he provides our clients with advice on firearms law and licensing including firearms certificate (FAC) applications, renewals, variations, certificate conditions and shooting permissions. He can also advise in the case of revocations or refusals.

A Solicitor-Advocate and Partner at Brabners LLP in Liverpool Lachlan frequently acts on behalf of the British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and its members, is regularly instructed in firearms appeals and is an experienced advocate in the Magistrates’, Crown, County and Coroners’ courts.