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WMS FAQs
WMS FAQS2019-02-15T14:46:54+00:00

FAQs

What can my non-shooting partner/family/children/dogs do locally?2019-01-23T13:26:06+00:00

The local area offers a wide variety of things to do and see: we highly recommend a tour with Richard Smith of Cambrian Safaris (www.cambriansafaris.co.uk) a friend of ours who has incredible knowledge of the local area and its history and can show you some stunning scenery. Local attractions include the seaside towns of Aberystwyth and New Quay, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, the National Library of Wales, RSPB Ynyshir Nature Reserve, Llanerchaeron House and Garden, Strata Florida Abbey, the Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway, Devil’s Bridge Waterfalls, the Hafod Estate with stunning walks (dogs allowed), the Dylan Thomas Trail in New Quay.

For more information see

www.visitwales.com/explore/mid-wales/ceredigion/must-do-list

www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/100-things-ceredigion-before-you-11113412

Please do ask us for other suggestions, or specific things to do with your children or dogs or both.

Where is WMS Firearms Training based?2018-08-13T15:03:33+00:00

We are based in West Wales in the Elan Valley, a remote but accessible area that offer superb opportunities for safe rifle shooting in challenging topography and conditions. Our HQ is 12 miles from Aberystwyth and five miles from Tregaron and details of how to find us will be sent along with your booking confirmation.

I am a rifle or ammunition manufacturer; can I use your facility for testing?2018-05-10T17:10:52+00:00

We can facilitate shooting over vast areas of private land. If you make rifles, ammunition, scopes, night or thermal vision sights with sporting applications please contact us to discuss your needs. However we don’t currently work with material destructive calibres such as 50 cal and 20mm.

Do you provide one-to-one training?2018-05-10T17:03:46+00:00

Yes, we offer the most renowned one-to-one (and two-to-one) training in the UK and will create a day to meet your specific requirements. Anyone enquiring about a one-to-one or two-to-one day will receive a call from Andrew or Helena to discuss your specific goals and aims.

I am going hunting and really need to practice; can you help?2018-05-10T16:56:07+00:00

Absolutely. Andrew Venables has 30 years’ hunting experience, having successfully hunted thousands of mammals from muntjac to buffalo in a range of challenging conditions in many countries. His experience means he can relate to the challenges you will face in the field and train and prepare you to meet them. For more information see Hunters and Stalkers page

Do you run corporate events?2018-05-10T16:48:03+00:00

Yes, we run bespoke events for companies and can tailor the day to suit your requirements; for example you can also intersperse the shooting with your own agenda of meetings. We have put on extremely well received corporate shooting days for private companies and for those within the shooting industry wanting to launch products to dealers and the press. These companies include Blaser, Swarovski, Minox and Leica.

Can you recommend local accommodation?2019-01-17T19:02:17+00:00

Yes. We have several good accommodation options, from a lovely hotel, to pubs, B&N and camping, within a few miles. Please see the Local Accommodation page.

How do I make a booking?2018-05-10T16:46:28+00:00

Please call us on 01974 831869 and we can take your booking over the phone or email helena@wmsfirearmstraining.com in the first instance. As part of our due diligence we ask for full payment as confirmation of booking if you day is less than four months in advance. If it is over four months in advance you may pay a deposit to confirm the place at our discretion, with the balance due at least two months in advance.

Do I need to have shot before?2018-05-10T16:45:44+00:00

No. We welcome many complete novices. Our training includes a full safety briefing and full professional instruction. We love teaching people who haven’t shot before as they don’t yet have any bad habits!

How far can I shoot at your facilities?2018-05-10T16:28:51+00:00

From 50m out to 1,500m or more depending on conditions, experience and equipment. We have a choice of different shooting areas and will take clients to the one that is best suited to their requirements. Training and practice can be worked on at any distance. Please call us if you want more information.

I am having trouble getting a firearms licence/with a renewal/getting a variation/changing a licence condition. Can you help?2018-05-10T16:27:58+00:00

Yes. We can provide advice and our Legal Consultant, Lachlan Nisbet, can help with all aspects of firearms law and licensing. If you need assistance in this area let us know and we can either find out the answer to your question or put you in touch with Lachlan himself. If you are a member of BASC you can also ask their extremely knowledgeable Firearms Department for advice.

What conditions do I need on my Firearm Certificate?2018-05-10T16:26:46+00:00

For FAC holders Certificate Conditions will be checked and adhered to in all cases. To comply your condition should read something like this… “authorised to zero on suitable land over which the holder has permission to shoot”. Or… “firearms may be used on suitable ranges subject to appropriate insurance being in place…” If you have any queries please just give us a call and we can advise.

Can anyone shoot?2018-05-10T16:55:23+00:00

Provided you are not a “prohibited person” in UK law then yes. The 1968 Firearms Act states: “Any person who has been sentenced to a term of imprisonment or youth custody for a period of more than three months but less than three years is subject to a five year prohibition from having a firearm or ammunition in his possession. A person who has been sentenced to a term of imprisonment or youth custody for a period in excess of three years is prohibited for life. This prohibition is absolute and a prohibited person may not have access to any firearm or ammunition, including air weapons.”

We ask every client to sign a statement saying they are not a prohibited person. If you are, please do not ask us to accommodate you as the answer will be no. Please note if you are over 17 you can shoot with us under Section 16/1 of the 1968 Firearm Act, subject to being of sound mind. Under 17s can shoot our gallery .22rf, .22wm and .17hmr rifles which can be shot out to some 200m. Please contact us for more information on younger people, other exemptions and relevant legislation.

Do I need a Firearm Certificate?2018-05-10T16:21:25+00:00

If you have your own rifle and Firearm Licence, then great. If not, you can shoot with us under Section 16/1 of the 1968 Firearm Act, subject to being of sound mind and over 17 years of age. Under 17s can shoot our gallery .22rf, .22wm and .17hmr rifles which can be shot out to some 200m. Please contact us for more information on younger people, other exemptions and relevant legislation.

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