Theatrical Firearms Courses

The Bare Arms Theatrical Firearms Courses are designed to give performers the competence and the confidence to handle firearms safely in a theatrical setting.  Each course is 3 days long, utilises real weaponry and live ammunition, on some of the best civilian ranges in the UK.  Our courses are the only courses in the UK to use full-bore live ammunition on real ranges and our instructors are ex-military with front-line combat experience who now work as theatrical armourers and military advisers. 

The Level 1: Basic Course is the first level in training with Bare Arms and it sets out all the fundamentals that are required for safe competent handling of firearms. On the course, we train using real firearms with live full-bore rounds on some of the best ranges in the country. Training in this way is the most effective and realistic method possible, as well as instilling a safe and professional mindset in performers from the outset. Our team of exceptional instructors have extensive experience in both the military and the film industry and are the best in the business. Once you have completed the Basic course to a safe standard, you can then unlock further training at one of our sites around the UK, such as our Level 2: Advanced Course focusing on teamwork and various specific day long workshops. The courses are aimed at professional performers, but are also available to crew.  All practical lessons can be filmed where it doesn’t interfere with safety, in order to provide students with showreel material.

The Basic course is a three day residential course run at The Tunnel range complex in Charmouth Dorset. It is accessible by train and car and the course starts mid morning on the first day to allow students time to arrive. An optional accommodation and food package is available at the fantastically unique Monkton Wyld Court, less than a mile away. Additional nights before and at the end of the course are available for those travelling long distances.

We only train professional performers for theatrical purposes, and as such we have joining criteria to ensure that students are of a suitable standard before training commences. The joining criteria can be found below. When booking your first course, please supply us with supporting documents showing that you meet the criteria. For any questions about the criteria please email [email protected]

The Disclosure and Barring Service check is used to obtain a copy of your criminal record to ensure that you not prohibited from handling firearms. For training with live weapons, we require all of our students to have a DBS check under 24 months old from the start date of their first course. If you don’t have an in-date DBS check, you can get one at the link below. It costs £25 and can take up to 14 days to get to you.

Cancellations: As we work in the industry ourselves, we know that work and auditions come up with very little notice. We have a robust cancellation policy that allows anyone to postpone a course to a later date, free of charge, as long we can fill the space.  Due to the demand for training this is usually not a problem. If an earlier course becomes available and you want to swap, we can also do that free of charge. Full terms and conditions are below.