IFA Countryside, in association with Harbour House Sports Club, successfully hosted the “Firearm Proficiency: Safe Handling & Usage Course” on Sunday, 25th February.  This firearm proficiency course distinguished itself by offering participants comprehensive training across three major firearm types: shotguns, rifles, and pistols.

Under the expert guidance of Gavin Coventry, a distinguished professional with a robust military background and 25 years of experience in the shooting sports arena, the course offered unparalleled insights into firearm handling and safety. Coventry, who has also excelled in national-level competitions across centrefire and smallbore categories, and presently serves as the Chief Range Safety Officer at Harbour House Sports Club, emphasised, “We aim to instil a deep-seated sense of responsibility and proficiency in handling various firearms. This three-in-one approach ensures that participants leave with a well-rounded understanding and respect for each firearm type.”

Learning by Doing:
A highlight of the day-long course was the hands-on practical sessions. These enabled attendees to experience first-hand firearm handling under expert guidance, amplifying their learning and understanding of safety protocols and firearm operations.

Course Completion & Recognition:
The course concluded with successful participants achieving proficiency certification across three firearm categories, underlining the comprehensive nature of the training.

Voices of Satisfaction and Approval

Participants shared glowing endorsements of their experience:

  • “The safety focus was exemplary, prompting me to revisit my own practices,” noted a participant with three decades of shooting experience.
  • “The course’s thoroughness, from the detailed instruction to the supportive environment, was exceptional,” remarked an enthusiastic attendee.
  • “An invaluable refresher, the course offered in-depth regulation insights and safe handling protocols, presenting a significant learning opportunity,” reflected a veteran firearm user.
  • “For a novice like me, the instructors’ profound knowledge and the practical engagement was truly confidence-boosting,” shared a beginner.

Looking Ahead
In light of the overwhelmingly positive feedback, IFA Countryside is committed to extending this invaluable training opportunity, with plans to announce regular courses. The next course will take place on Sunday 14th April at Harbour House Sports club.  For further details give us a call on 0818 924 982.