Have your say on the future of the shooting industry.

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People who work in or wish to enter the gun trade are being asked to take part in a short survey to help establish the future training needs of the shooting industry.

The survey takes approximately five minutes to complete and the results could help identify potential training courses.

The survey, entitled 'The shooting industry: skills for the future' can be found here:


The survey forms part of a project which is being overseen by Drew Boxall, of Shropshire-based Boxall & Edmiston Gun Makers.

He said:

"Passing on skills and expertise is vital to the future of the shooting industry. You can help.

"The British shooting industry is arguably the finest in the world. Our gunmaking heritage is the most renowned and our craftsmen some of the most skilled. Our game and clay shoots are visited by shooters from across the globe; and our shooting instructors, gun shops and traders are unquestionably knowledgeable and passionate in their chosen areas, providing support across the trade. But if the skills, knowledge and expertise that make our industry what it is today are not passed on for tomorrow, they will be lost.

"That is why we are running this survey: to identify if the shooting industry would benefit from training and if so, what that training would be. If this survey identifies a need for training within the industry, the results will act as an evidence base with which we will be better able to access funding streams for providing training within the industry. This will mean that you would be able to develop the skills you or your business need, either fully or partly funded."

"Every single contribution to this survey will help shape the next generation of the British gun trade, whilst helping to ensure our shooting industry continues to be the finest in the world."

For more information, contact Drew Boxall at Drew@boxallandedmiston.co.uk or on 01743 762352

This project is being run by Boxall & Edmiston, in association with The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and SBC training. The Gun Trade Association (GTA) and Worshipful Company of Gunmakers are supporting the project .