Theatrical Firearms Courses

Bare Arms Theatrical Firearms Course
Bare Arms Theatrical Firearms Course

The Bare Arms Theatrical Firearms Courses are a series of training workshops that are designed to give performers and crew the competence and the confidence to handle firearms safely on set and stage. The first stage is the TFSC, a 3 day intensive live-fire course using real weaponry and live ammunition. On successful completion of the first course, other performance courses such as Close Quarter Battle (CQB) and technical courses focused on stage management are available to students.

Our courses are the only courses in the UK to use full-bore live ammunition on real ranges and our instructors are ex-military with front-line combat experience who now work as theatrical armourers and military advisers. Our firearms training courses are designed for performers and crew since 2017 we have trained over 450+ students.

We only train professional performers for theatrical purposes, and as such we have joining criteria to ensure that students are of a suitable standard before training commences. The joining criteria can be found below. When booking your first course, please supply us with supporting documents showing that you meet the criteria. For any questions about the criteria please email

The Disclosure and Barring Service check is used to obtain a copy of your criminal record to ensure that you not prohibited from handling firearms. For training with live weapons, we require all of our students to have a DBS check under 24 months old from the start date of their first course. If you don’t have an in-date DBS check, you can get one at the link below. It costs £25 and can take up to 14 days to get to you.

Cancellations: As we work in the industry ourselves, we know that work and auditions come up with very little notice. We have a robust cancellation policy that allows anyone to postpone a course to a later date, free of charge, as long as we can fill the space.  Due to the demand for training this is usually not a problem. If an earlier course becomes available and you want to swap, we can also do that free of charge. Full terms and conditions are below.