HISTORIC RIFLE DAY

Shoot the rifles used in combat in WW1 and WW2, test your skills with open sights; use a bayonet; fire an AK-47 (S1); learn about the development of British military sniping from our military historian; compare a historic firearm with our modern Steel Core Cyclone military sniper rifle at 850m.

Day includes

  • Safety briefing
  • History of the development of British sniping and sniping techniques
  • The role of the sniper in historic and modern military combat
  • Warm up shoot with .22 rifles at short range
  • Hostage scenario at 300m
  • Mid range shooting of a choice of historic rifles
  • History of the use of each rifle in combat
  • 850m long-range shooting to compare a historic rifle with a modern Steel Core Cyclone .308 military sniper rifle

Price: £350 per person inc VAT, all ammunition, use of our firearms and equipment, instruction, insurance, 4×4 transport, refreshments, certificate of attendance.

Max participants: 8 with two instructors

Hosted by: Andrew Venables and Mark Khan, ex Royal Artillery and military historian

Experience level:     No previous experience necessary but please be aware that these rifles have more recoil that modern, moderated bolt action rifles. We have recoil pads available for use by clients.

Duration: 09.00-17.00

Where: WMS Firearms Training shooting facilities in mid-Wales

When: Pre-set weekend dates throughout the year. Dates of your choice for private group bookings of four or more.

For more info or to book: email helena@wmsfirearmstraining.com or call 01974 831869

TESTIMONIAL

“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.”

James Hesketh-Prichard
Great-grandson of Major H Hesketh-Prichard (1876-1922) who played a significant role in developing effective British sniping practices during the First World War.

Clients must be 17 years old or over, not a prohibited person under the 1968 Firearms Act, and pay in advance by credit or debit card.

More information

Our Historic Rifle Day appeals to clients with an interest in military history and historic firearms, to anyone wanting to shoot the rifles their fathers/grandfathers shot in combat in the First and Second World Wars, and to those 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, 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 Allied forces lost huge numbers of men on the Western Front to Germany’s superior snipers. This loss of life prompted the appointment in 1915 of British army officer, MAJOR HESKETH VERNON HESKETH-PRICHARD (1876-1922) as “sniping expert” to the British Third Army.

A big game hunter regarded as the world’s best rifle shot, Hesketh-Prichard set about improving 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 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.

 Structure of the day

  • Short introduction to the history of sniping
  • Safety briefing
  • Shooting of a choice historic rifles at 100m
  • Shooting of a choice historic rifles at 200m
  • Shooting at 850m to compare a historic rifles with a modern Steel Core Cyclone heavy-barrelled sniper rifle with two stage trigger, integral bipod and long-range riflescope
  • Info to put the use of each rifle in historic context (information banners are available for you to read and study)

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.

Our Historic Rifle Days run throughout the year on pre-set weekend dates. For groups of four or more we can set dates of your choice. For 2019 dates or more information please call Andrew or Helena on 01974 831869 or email info@wmsfirearmstraining.com

WMS Historic Rifle Day
WMS Historic Rifle Day
WMS Historic Rifle Day
WMS Historic Rifle Day
WMS Historic Rifle Day
WMS Historic Rifle Day
WMS Historic Rifle Day

HISTORIC RIFLE DAY

Shoot the rifles used in combat in WW1 and WW2, test your skills with open sights; use a bayonet; fire an AK-47 (S1); learn about the development of British military sniping from our military historian; compare a historic firearm with our modern Steel Core Cyclone military sniper rifle at 850m.

Day includes

  • Safety briefing
  • History of the development of British sniping and sniping techniques
  • The role of the sniper in historic and modern military combat
  • Warm up shoot with .22 rifles at short range
  • Hostage scenario at 300m
  • Mid range shooting of a choice of historic rifles
  • History of the use of each rifle in combat
  • 850m long-range shooting to compare a historic rifle with a modern Steel Core Cyclone .308 military sniper rifle

Price: £350 per person inc VAT, all ammunition, use of our firearms and equipment, instruction, insurance, 4×4 transport, refreshments, certificate of attendance.

Max participants: 8 with two instructors

Hosted by: Andrew Venables and Mark Khan, ex Royal Artillery and military historian

Experience level:     No previous experience necessary but please be aware that these rifles have more recoil that modern, moderated bolt action rifles. We have recoil pads available for use by clients.

Duration: 09.00-17.00

Where: WMS Firearms Training shooting facilities in mid-Wales

When: Pre-set weekend dates throughout the year. Dates of your choice for private group bookings of four or more.

For more info or to book: email helena@wmsfirearmstraining.com or call 01974 831869

TESTIMONIAL

“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.”

James Hesketh-Prichard
Great-grandson of Major H Hesketh-Prichard (1876-1922) who played a significant role in developing effective British sniping practices during the First World War.

Clients must be 17 years old or over, not a prohibited person under the 1968 Firearms Act, and pay in advance by credit or debit card.

WMS Historic Rifle Day

Our Historic Rifle Day appeals to clients with an interest in military history and historic firearms, to anyone wanting to shoot the rifles their fathers/grandfathers shot in combat in the First and Second World Wars, and to those 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, 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 Allied forces lost huge numbers of men on the Western Front to Germany’s superior snipers. This loss of life prompted the appointment in 1915 of British army officer, MAJOR HESKETH VERNON HESKETH-PRICHARD (1876-1922) as “sniping expert” to the British Third Army.

A big game hunter regarded as the world’s best rifle shot, Hesketh-Prichard set about improving 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 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.

 Structure of the day

  • Short introduction to the history of sniping
  • Safety briefing
  • Shooting of a choice historic rifles at 100m
  • Shooting of a choice historic rifles at 200m
  • Shooting at 850m to compare a historic rifles with a modern Steel Core Cyclone heavy-barrelled sniper rifle with two stage trigger, integral bipod and long-range riflescope
  • Info to put the use of each rifle in historic context (information banners are available for you to read and study)

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.

Our Historic Rifle Days run throughout the year on pre-set weekend dates. For groups of four or more we can set dates of your choice.

Clients must be 17 years old or over, not a prohibited person under the 1968 Firearms Act, and pay in advance by credit or debit card.

For 2019 dates or more information please call Andrew or Helena on
01974 831869
or email info@wmsfirearmstraining.com
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