WWII Historic Rifle Shooting Experiences

 

This Experience is for the history buff wanting to try some of the firearms seen in the old war movies. This option is more about experiencing the thrill and nostalgia of shooting some of the firearms seen in films such as "Band Of Brothers", "Enemy At The Gates", and games such as "Call of Duty WW2" and so on!

 

Here is an overview of some of the rifles types that you can choose from when attending this experience:

 

Allied Arms

British Enfield SMLE, Rifle, No. 2 Mk. IV American M1 Carbine Russian PPSH50
The Lee Enfield in its many guises was the standard infantry rifle of the British Army for half a century. A very smooth action that cocked on closing along with a 10 round magazine helped give the Enfield a very fast rate of fire. Although the .303 SMLE (Rifle No1) was developed prior to WWI it remained in production, notably by the Australians, throughout WWII and was used alongside the No4. The Rifle No2 was the 22LR training version of the SMLE.

The M1 Carbine was the standard infantry automatic carbine of the American military in WWII and later in Korea. Developed for support troops who found the M1 rifle too cumbersome and an impediment to their tasks, the M1Carbine was a compact, lightweight defensive weapon with greater range, accuracy and firepower than handguns but weighed half as much as the Thompson or the M1 rifle. The M1Carbine was capable of automatic fire.

The major infantry automatic weapon of the Soviets during WWII. Experience fighting the Finns in 1939/40 showed the Soviets that the submachine gun was a highly effective tool for close-quarter fighting in forests and built-up urban areas. Designed and refined until it was able to be mass produced quickly and cheaply (6 million were manufactured) the PPSh saw extensive use during WWII and later in Korea.

American M1A1 Thompson American Mossberg 42M  
 
The M1921/M1928 Thompson, or Tommy Gun, was a favourite of Bootleggers and Police/FBI. Initially dubbed the Chicago Typewriter it became infamous as the gangsters weapon of choice. Later it earned the nickname the Trench Broom for its ability to clear a path at short range but it's weight and inaccuracy at moderately close ranges meant it was not very popular in the field generally. Slightly different to the 1928A1, the M1A1 Tommy Gun was fed by a box magazine, charging handle on the side and was slightly lighter.

Early in WWII Britain had a serious shortage of suitable training rifles. The United States responded to a request made for .22 rimfire rifles suitable for the purpose. Mossberg offered an excellent choice in their Model 42 rifle and 10,000 were sent to help the War Effort. It was used by the Home Guard and training units throughout the war and by cadet units post war.

 

Axis Arms

German Mauser K98/G33 German Schmeisser MP40 German STG44
The K98k was the standard issue infantry rifle of the German Army at the time. The G33/40(t) was almost identical to the K98k although slightly shorter and produced in occupied Czechoslovakia for the Germans, over 130,000 were made between 1940 and 1942. Being slightly shorter than the K98k the G33/44 was used favoured by special forces such as Mountain Troops and Paratroops but also found service with regular troops. The short barrel made the blast from firing a little more uncomfortable than its bigger brother. The iconic sub-machine gun, used by crews, NCOs and officers, and most German troops in the films, it was famously used by Michael Caine (Play Dirty), Harrison Ford (Last Crusade) and also Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood (Where Eagles Dare). The MP40 fired a small pistol calibre round that had a short effective range but was controllable in full automatic fire making it ideal for close combat in urban or wooded areas. Arguably the first true production Assault Rifle. StG (short for Assault Rifle) was also known as the MP40 because there was some confusion as to the type of weapon it was. Firing a reduced power cartridge it allowed accurate and controllable automatic fire with greater stopping power and range than the MP40. Seeing service in the Ardennes, Russia and in the defence of Germany the StG44 arrived too late to win the war for the Axis, however it did influence the design and production of future infantry assault rifles.

 


 

 

What's included in your experience.

 

1-2 hours
Short Safety Brief
Choice of firearms from a variety of adapted British, German, Russian and American bolt-action rifles, assault rifles and sub-machine guns
150 rounds of ammunition
All targets and safety equipment

 

What are the costs?

 

The WWII Historic Rifle Shooting Experience will cost £80pp. Extra ammunition is £7.50 for 50 rounds.*
*We accept both cash and card on site.
On-site Parking is free, and is close to the ranges.

 

What to expect on your experience.

 

Arrival/Duration:

 

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the experience as there are a few paperwork formalities that need to addressed before the start. An experience can last approximately an hour and a half and the time allotted for sessions is 2 hours, however if the experience finishes with time to spare there will be an opportunity to purchase further ammunition and to have further practice on the target range. If you are running late or are struggling to find the venue please call the mobile number listed on the contact page and let us know as soon as possible.

 

What to wear:

 

This is an outside event and will take place whatever the weather, safety permitting. Expect to be on the range for the whole time so bring clothing and footwear suitable for the English weather. There will be cover from the rain for those not shooting.

 

What is provided?

 

We provide the firearms and ammunition which are relevent to the WWII theme of this experience. All safety equipment such as hearing and eye protection for participants is also provided. If heavy rain is expected, the firing points will be covered but if the wind or weather gets too bad, other arrangements may need to be made. Please be aware of the weather forecast on the day and dress appropriately for being outside.

 

Will it hurt?

 

No. The rifles fire a small bullet with minimal recoil, using the correct method you will be shown will ensure that even the most delicate person is not hurt by this. The hearing protection is provided and is mandatory when the shooting of un-moderated (non-silenced) firearms is taking place. Eye protection is also provided and is mandatory for shooters and spectators when any shooting is taking place at reactive targets.

 

What targets will I be shooting?

 

We offer a range of targetry to give a fun and balanced experience.
There will be zero targets, bulls-eye and silhouette targets to test your accuracy upon, as well as various steel targets to test your speed shooting abilities.

 

Age limits?

 

14yrs and over (we can cater for younger participants in most instances with prior notice). Please note that some younger participants who are still awaiting a growth spurt many have difficulties with the standard kit. If you feel this could be an issue call us first and we can work around most problems by issuing slightly different equipment. Under 18s will require an adult to be present to sign the consent form, and the adult must be present during all of the activities.

 

Can I bring friends and family?

 

Parking is limited, as is space on the ranges at the venues we use, but a few spectators are allowed to stand behind the range in the safety areas. Hearing protection is not mandatory for spectators but safety glasses are, and spectators will have to provide their own (sunglasses are acceptable).

 

Are there any limitations or restrictions other than age?

 

Shooting is a fun and inclusive sport. Young, old, male, female, and those less able can compete on an equal footing in many shooting disciplines. Most disabilities are not a hindrance to shooting in some form or other. If you feel you may have a problem with access or in some other way please let us know when you book and we are confident we can include you in all but the most extreme cases. The ranges are outdoors and on grass, however they are wheelchair accessible. Please note:- if it has been wet for several days before your event the ground may be soggy so bear this in mind when thinking about access for able and the less able alike.

 

FINALLY;

 

Scores can be viewed on site and targets taken home to display to the envious friends and family. You can see the top 10 scoreboards for our Rifle Shooting Experience (Option 1a) here.

 

We hope you enjoy your time with us and leave us with a smile on your face and a greater appreciation for the shooting sports.
 


 

Use this form to make a booking for your experience day! Please ensure you have read the 'What to Expect' section above.

 

Please note: If you are booking with a gift voucher, please ensure that you enter the gift voucher code on the form where it says 'coupon', and bring the voucher with you when you attend the experience day. For more information about gift vouchers, or to order gift vouchers, please visit the 'Vouchers page'.