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BDS Members needing or wishing to have a Shooter Certification Card allowing them to shoot unsupervised on a MoD range should contact their local BDS branch to find out when courses are being run locally.

Shooter Certification Cards will be given to BDS members who have attended a course of instruction and have passed a multiple choice question paper. The course of instruction need not take place on a rifle range as there are no shooting elements required. Members will be given a standard PowerPoint presentation followed by a question paper with multiple choice answers. There will be 20 questions asked taken from a bank of 48 and all must be answered correctly. Anyone not achieving a 100% pass will be required to take the full course of instruction and questions again. The whole process should not take more than 2 hours

The cost of the Shooter Certification Card is £40.00 per person, individual branches may impose an additional charge to cover the cost of training and venue used

For members wishing to renew a BDS issued Shooter Certification Card the cost will be £25.00 per person.


All renewal applications for a Shooter Certification Photo Card need to include a MoD Shooter Certification Card application form and a digital passport-sized photo in JPEG format with filename ‘surname –ddmmyy.jpeg’ and where ddmmyy is date of birth.

Email applications along with a digital passport sized photo in jpeg format to

Anyone arriving on a MoD range to shoot must have with them and produce their Shooter Certification Card for inspection and recording by the range officials. Those arriving without will not be permitted to shoot unless they agree to be under direct one-to-one supervision

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