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    Firearms Awareness Course Thames Valley?

    Hi all,

    I've seen "Police approved firearms awareness courses" Advertised in the Bristol/Somerset area. Do you know if these sorts of things carry any clout in other police areas? Namely Thames Valley?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iwanttoshoot View Post
    Hi all,

    I've seen "Police approved firearms awareness courses" Advertised in the Bristol/Somerset area. Do you know if these sorts of things carry any clout in other police areas? Namely Thames Valley?

    Thanks
    with TVP's record of firearms awareness possibly not however you can get training via the NRA at Bisley, a fullbore rifle club, or even from some of the trade members on this site, it all depends on what it is you are after, whether it is an introduction to firearms handling or specific skills ie handling and shooting a rifle in the field.
    As to carrying clout, I suspect not, only your FEO can really give an answer, and even that isn't likely to be a definitive answer.
    Last edited by kennyc; 24-02-2016 at 16:18.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iwanttoshoot View Post
    Hi all,

    I've seen "Police approved firearms awareness courses" Advertised in the Bristol/Somerset area. Do you know if these sorts of things carry any clout in other police areas? Namely Thames Valley?

    Thanks

    Sounds interesting, let's have some more details (said sceptically).
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    8x57, here's one I found - I'm sure I've seen others advertised elsewhere (or atleast mentioned by another RFD in Somerset) Braces of Bristol | BRACES FIREARMS SAFETY COURSE

    BASC offer this sort of thing too? http://basc.org.uk/sporting-services...eness-courses/

    Here's another Firearms Awareness Course - Rifleman Firearms
    Last edited by oxfordshirestalker; 24-02-2016 at 16:51.

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    If you do attend one of the Braces courses just make sure they spell your name correctly on the certificate... "The course has been specifically designed to cover all aspects of safe handling and use of a firearm and is relivant for shooters of all skill levels, shooters that target shoot and shooters that want to go hunting."

    I'd also be a bit cautious about this: "The first part of the course is based in our shop in Bristol we have a dedicated office for the tuition from the course book covering all aspects of rifle safety in a casual environment." Hopefully not too casual?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iwanttoshoot View Post
    8x57, here's one I found - I'm sure I've seen others advertised elsewhere (or atleast mentioned by another RFD in Somerset) Braces of Bristol | BRACES FIREARMS SAFETY COURSE

    BASC offer this sort of thing too? http://basc.org.uk/sporting-services...eness-courses/

    Here's another Firearms Awareness Course - Rifleman Firearms
    I don't believe that BASC have made any claims about their courses being police approved but there again I may be wrong. BASC obviously perceived a potential market for introductory/awareness courses and decided to market them after all they are in a slightly better position to do so than many other organisations and individuals. They also have the necessary knowledge and facility to do so while still complying fully within the restraints of current legislation where non certificate holders are concerned.


    I do however seriously wonder about the claimed police approval by some others. Has anyone seen these letters of approval or endorsement? Are these courses accredited or verified by any third party body, also legally how do they overcome obstacles to non certificate holders having access to firearms or are these courses purely theoretical.

    In my work I regularly encounter training certificates issued by various companies. The certificates are really nothing more than confirmation of attendance yet the companies often make claims of endorsement or approval by regulatory bodies. Invariably when challenged the company concerned cannot provide evidence of any form of acceptance other that the regulatory authority have not objected to the courses. They have therefore taken non objection as approval.

    I'm with KennyC on this one why not look at a GOOD rifle club for an introduction to shooting. It should also work out better value for money.
    Last edited by 8x57; 25-02-2016 at 07:47.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    Met FEO, the only evidence he would consider to grant me a FAC for vermin was an in depth and detailed letter from a experienced FAC holder stating I was competent in all the calibers I wanted, both day and night shooting in all weathers, BASC courses No, NRA membership No, and good reason and permission slips had to be supplied.

    Oh oh and my left lung, well it seemed that way anyway.

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    When I read the start of this thread, I thought it meant awareness courses for police officers. Silly me.

    I think they're a good idea, but not for everyone. I think the FEO has got it about right. There's nothing that can beat being shown the ropes by a competent shooter in terms of safety, especially if that's your Dad, an uncle or perhaps some experienced person you go shooting with. If only because those people will positively want you to be safe because if you're not, they could be the ones at risk! But perhaps not all have that chance and so these courses can be of benefit I guess.

    As for falsely claiming endorsements from the police or anyone else, that's naughty! It could be construed even as a criminal deception, making you pay for something you aren't getting!

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    I don't believe they are false claims as I know people who have done this a then gone on to get their FAC.

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    Hi give Dave streton aring at donnington deer management he also dose dsc 1/2 I think it is about 125
    you get the morning in the class room after lunch out to the range when he is happy that you can shoot a 22 rimfire out comes the 6.5x55 it is a very plesent day out
    taz

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