Weapons Training Course for Ministry of Defence

Weapons Training Course for Ministry of Defence

Light Weapons Capability Appreciation Course.

Ministry of Defence, DSTL

Contract summary



Location of contract

South East England

Value of contract (£)


Published date

06 March 2015

Closing date

31 March 2015

Contract start date

01 August 2015

Contract end date

31 July 2018

The Course (LWCA) will provide a demonstration and awareness of some of the major issues surrounding the use, firing and capabilities of LW.


The Course (LWCA) will provide a demonstration and awareness of some of the major issues surrounding the use, firing and capabilities of LW. The course should give the students an introduction to: • An appreciation of safety issues: o How to safely handle small arms, and go onto a range and fire under one-to-one supervision; o Practical experience of range procedures. • A theoretical understanding of how to accurately hit a target, stationary or moving. • Practical firing and handling light weapons: o The differences between a range of light weapon types; NATO and threat; rifles, pistols, and machine guns; o An appreciation of the differences between sights and how to use each type, e.g. iron sighted vs. scoped; o An appreciation of the difficulties associated with aiming and hitting a target, both stationary and moving, and from different firing positions o An understanding of shot grouping and what is achievable with different gun types, types of sight, and ranges; o Boresighting, zeroing and understanding how personalised a weapon is to its user; o Experience of loading clips, magazines and belts, the time taken and care needed, also the weight of a loaded clip or belt; o Full auto firing of service weapons, understanding of the loss of accuracy, the pull, and the rapid use of ammunition; o Firing machine guns; understand the use of tracer and the impact of lighting conditions and viewing aspect on its effectiveness; • The supersonic shockwave and the muzzle report down range from a weapon. Students should leave the course with an understanding of the realities of using light weapons to engage targets.

About the buyer

Contact name

Sharon Reeves


Portsdown Hill Road


PO16 7AD






Other information


The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender. Expressions of interest must be emailed to Sharon Reeves with company details, name of contact and email address. Documentation will be sent to all companies expressing interest after the closing date of this advert.

How to apply

Please apply directly to the buyer using the contact details provided