Courses

Throughout the UK, we offer several courses. Please see detailed descriptions below:

Our courses  are VERY hands on and the Level 2 courses can be quite demanding! Previous experience of handling either shotguns or rifles is necessary at this level. Please talk to us to discuss your requirements before booking.

However, the quality of our training is so high because of the practical nature of both our shotgun and firearm courses. We will not sit you in a village hall or lecture theatre and discuss your requirements, we get out on the ground and practice! Successful candidates shall receive a Lantra Awards Certificate of Competence, a nationally recognised standard of training and one that many employers require for both Health & Safety and insurance reasons.

Shotgun Training :

 

Lantra Firearms Use & Preliminary Safety (Shotgun) – Level 1

Shotguns are classed as firearms, and can be used recreationally or within a work based role. It is essential that they are used safely and responsibly, and it is important that you are aware of all of safety rules and regulations that accompany the use of them.

Our Level 1 Firearms Use and Preliminary Safety (Shotgun) course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding so that you can use a shotgun confidently and most importantly, safely.

Who the course is for:

Our one day Level 1 course in Preliminary Safety (Shotgun) is available to you if you have little or no previous knowledge of using a shotgun. Once you have completed this training course you may progress to clay target or live quarry forms of shooting either recreationally or linked to a work role requirement.

You must be 16 or over in order to register for this course.

Course Content

  • Explain the function of a modern shotgun.
  • Explain the function of a modern cartridge.
  • Understand current legislation regarding shotgun use.
  • Perform appropriate shotgun cleaning and routine maintenance procedures.
  • Understand health and safety considerations relating to shotgun use.
  • Provide formative skills foundation in the safe handling of a shotgun and its use.
  • Store and transport shotguns correctly and safely.
  • Appreciate the role shooting sports play in the rural economy.

Course sessions:

  • The shotgun
  • The shotgun cartridge
  • Legislation and the use of shotguns
  • Cleaning and maintenance
  • Basic health and safety and shotgun use
  • Shotgun – safe handling and use (practical)
  • The storage and transportation of shotguns
  • The benefits of shooting sports

 

 Lantra Assisting Shooting: Loading - Level 2.       Do you load double-guns? This is the course for you!

A one-day Level 2 course aimed at candidates with some prior knowledge and experience of shotguns and shooting safety. Candidates may progress on to engagement as loaders and assistants in formal game shooting, either recreationally or linked to a work role requirement. The course covers the role of the loader, etiquette and behaviour in the field, quarry identification, legislation as well as practical single and double gun safe loading procedure. Upon successful completion the candidate will be awarded a Lantra certificate. Many private estates require this type of course for insurance reasons. Min. candidate age 16yrs.

This course is VERY hands on and practical, and is a long day. Please bring sensible clothing to reflect the weather conditions!

Who the course is for:

This is a Level 2 course and previous knowledge or experience is expected of candidates. The course is designed to consolidate and progress existing shotgun and field shooting competence as these apply to the loading and assisting role. Candidates may progress on to engagement as loaders and assistants in formal game shooting, either recreationally or linked to a work role requirement.

Course content

Introduction

The role of the shooting assistant/loader

Standards of behaviour and etiquette in the shooting field

Quarry identification – status and context

Shotgun knowledge (assistant/ loader)

Firearms legislation (assistant/loader)

Shotgun and equipment maintenance (assistant/loader)

Loading routines safe handling and use: single gun  (practical – assessed)

Loading routines safe handling and use: double guns  (practical – assessed)

Risk assessment and planning for health and safety

Shooting assistant/loader: applied health and safety – managing risk

Am I eligible?

The minimum age to enroll on this course is 16. Although it is not necessary, it is advised candidates hold their own shotgun certificate.

 

Firearm (Rifle) Courses :

 

Firearms Use and Preliminary Safety (Rifle) – Level 1

Rifles are classed as firearms, and can be used recreationally or within a work based role. It is essential that they are used safely and responsibly, and it is important that you are aware of all of safety rules and regulations that accompany the use of them.

Our Level 1 Firearms Use and Preliminary Safety (Rifle) course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding so that you can use the rifle confidently and most importantly safely.

Who the course is for:

Our one day Level 1 course in Firearms Use and Preliminary Safety (Rifle) is available to you if you have little or no previous knowledge of using a rifle. Once you have completed this course you may progress to sporting small-bore rifle use either recreationally or linked to a basic work role requirement.

Course Content

  • Introduce the function of modern rifles.
  • Introduce the function of a modern rifle cartridge.
  • Understand current legislation appropriate to rifle use.
  • Introduce appropriate rifle cleaning and routine maintenance procedures.
  • Appreciate health and safety considerations relating to rifle use.
  • Demonstrate safe handling of a rifle and its use.
  • Provide guidance on storing and transporting rifles.
  • Encourage a wider appreciation of the role shooting sports play in the rural economy.

Course sessions:

  • The sporting rifle
  • The rifle cartridge
  • Legislation and the use of firearms – rifles
  • Cleaning and maintenance
  • Basic health and safety and rifle use
  • Rifle – safe handling and use (practical)
  • The storage and transportation of rifles
  • The benefits of shooting sports

Minimum candidate age is 18 years.

 

 

Fox Control (Centre Fire Rifle): Safety, Theory and Practice – Level 2

This is an intense, 2-day course, for experienced shooters and operators. The first day is mainly classroom based, with a daylight range-finding session, then a night-time simulated shooting and range-finding exercise. Please be aware, this can be a long day! Please bring suitable clothing to reflect the weather conditions. You may bring your own centrefire rifle if you wish, with enough ammunition for the range accuracy test.

When controlling pests such as foxes with a firearm, it is not only essential that the rifle is used safely and responsibly, but also important that you are aware of all of safety rules and regulations that accompany the use of them, and that you have an awareness of wildlife management.

Our Level 2 Fox Control (Centre Fire Rifle): Safety, Theory and Practice integrated training course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding that you need in order to use the centre fire rifle confidently and most importantly safely, but will also provide you with an understanding of relevant legislation and codes of practice relating to the control of foxes.

Who the course is for:

Our two day Level 2 course in Fox Control (Centre Fire Rifle): Safety, Theory and Practice is available to you if you have some experience of firearm use and experience of wildlife management. You will also have interest in shoot management, pest control and farming.

The first day of our course will include a lamping session therefore making it a long day that will not finish until late evening.

The minimum age to enrol on this course is 18.

Course Content:

  • Achieve a practical foundation for safe working practice related to sporting rifle use.
  • Understand legislation relating to the ownership and use of a sporting rifle.
  • Identify major parts of a rifle and telescopic sight, appreciate practical ballistics and carry out routine maintenance.
  • Understand current legislation and relevant codes of practice relating to the control of foxes.
  • Understand the behaviour and life history of the fox.
  • Appreciate the effective planning and application of fox control measures.
  • Appreciate the basic principles of managing and sustaining accurate shots.
  • Select and use appropriate vehicles as shooting platforms.
  • Understand basic principles of health and safety planning and risk assessment.
  • Appreciate procedures for recording control and management activity.
  • Practice appropriate land assessment techniques consistent with sporting rifle use.
  • Show proficiency in night time shot assessment and live firing range skills.

Course sessions:

  • Rifle: safe handling and use
  • Firearms legislation (sporting rifle)
  • Set-up, ballistics and maintenance
  • Fox behaviour and life history
  • Fox control – planning and application
  • Principles of marksmanship
  • Use of vehicles
  • Health and safety planning – applied risk assessment
  • Activity records and recording procedures
  • Assessing land for rifle use
  • Night shooting assessment
  • Practical range assessment

Minimum candidate age is 18 years.

 

Custom Courses

Talk to Alastair about custom courses designed around your requirements – from vets requiring refresher training with humane pistols and firearms for animal despatch, to zoo’s requiring advice and training in relation to escaped animals and big cats. Airport bird control training is becoming more popular, as an increasing amount of airlines are specifying bird control teams at the airports they operate from.

Custom Training – Shotgun and Air weapon for London Southend Airport

We can also arrange rifle shooting range days from 100 – 1000 yards plus for intermediate and advanced rifle shooters. Please contact us for further details.



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