West London Wonderland

A modern ground with more than 100 years of history behind it, West London Shooting School is going from strength to strength.

The West London Shooting School has been offering expert tuition and gun-fitting for over a century in beautiful surroundings 12 miles from Marble Arch.

With over a hundred traps and stands in superbly laid out grounds, the school teaches every possible variation of game shooting to all standards of shots, from beginners to experts.

Their distinctive style of shooting and tuition owes much to the influence of the great Percy Stanbury, arguably one of the finest shots who ever lived, who taught at the school for more than 20 years.

The school has been closely involved in clay shooting since its inception and hosts both a Fitasc series and a major competition annually, staging the British Open Sporting Championship from its inception until the 1980s.

Whilst the layout of the shooting grounds is essentially the same as it was in the 1930s, many improvements have been made, including the use of bunding to increase safe capacity and to accommodate popular corporate layouts.

With a long, proud tradition of shooting instructon, West London is a great place to up your game

The number of traps has steadily grown to over 100 to cover all types of sporting targets and also to allow the development of the Fitasc and Sporting courses, usually shot over 100 clays with a guide.

More and more clay shooters are coming through the school to get to grips with their bogey target. The school offers every form of target, and has five different towers.

They also have over 100 years of experience in gun fitting, fitting guns almost every day of the week using fully adjustable try-guns in both over-and-under and side-by-side configurations. After all, if your gun doesn’t shoot where you’re looking then the only way not to miss is to get lucky!

The shooting school is constantly working to improve its facilities. The banks that were put in during the late 1990s had settled since they were built, so they are now working with a well known civil engineering company to enhance them, and to develop and improve some other areas that are used for shooting.

The grouse butts are being completely re-landscaped to provide what will be one of the best experiences in shooting grouse type clays in the UK. The new topography will allow head groundsman Bill Rimmell to set some exceptional targets for all types of shooter.

The engineering works have also created an opportunity to expand their non-clay shooting facilities, including rifle ranges and even a running boar target. The lodge and retail facilities are also being updated.

The school has its own gun room and shop, the West London Gun Room, which provides a comprehensive range of the finest guns, clothing, equipment and accessories.

With five high towers, the school is a favoured destination for those who want to practise on high birds

The gun room stocks an extensive range of guns with side-by-side and over-and-under configurations along with a full selection of leading brand shooting accessories, cartridges and clothing to suit all tastes.

Twice voted ‘Best shooting ground in the country’, West London Shooting School prides itself on offering tailored tuition to match individual ability and to help shooters develop their own style.

The teaching at the school combines the latest sports instruction techniques with the heritage of the expert tuition of Percy Stanbury and includes covers game, clay and rifle shooting.

Whether you have bought your own gun, or inherited it from family or friends, WLSS is able to offer you an expert gun-fitting service and the chance to try before you buy.

Their in-house team provide a bespoke service to precisely check the essential elements of your gun and mount, to enable you to get the perfect fitting.

WLSS champions accessibility and runs courses aimed at encouraging newcomers, young shots and ladies into shooting. These include two tailored courses, The Purdey Young Shots Course, created for youngsters with no experience or with basic skills who want to improve, and The Purdey Ladies Course, which provides tuition specifically tailored for ladies with busy lifestyles.

The school also offers corporate and charity events for two to 50 people, and beyond. They can tailor the format to deliver from a breakfast shoot to a multi-activity day, including the opportunity to try activities like duck-herding and quad biking.

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