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About West London Shooting School

A century of shooting excellence

We have been proud to welcome many generations of clients to the School over the last 118 years and look forward to welcoming you.

Introducing WLSS

The West London Shooting School (WLSS) is the UK’s oldest independent shooting school. We have been offering expert tuition and gun-fitting for well over a century in beautiful surroundings a mere 12 miles from London’s West End.

Our History

The West London Shooting School was founded in 1901 by Richmond Watson. With the sport enjoying unprecedented popularity in Edwardian England, he identified a need to improve accuracy and style, together with correct gun-fit.

The School was originally based at Perivale, where the Hoover Building now stands, but vacated this site in 1931 when the A40 Western Avenue was built and took up residence at its current home in Northolt. The School remained open throughout the Second World War and in 1947 sporting champion Percy Stanbury (Stan) followed up a distinguished wartime career by becoming head instructor and manager, remaining until his retirement in 1970.

The distinctive style of shooting and tuition developed by Richmond Watson and Stan, encouraging beginner and established shot alike to progress and develop their own style, has been continued by Alan Rose and our team of instructors, who combine Stan’s basic principles with techniques from other mainstream sports, particularly tennis and golf.

The School has been closely involved in clay shooting since its inception and hosts both a FITASC series and a major competition annually, staging the British Open Sporting Championship from its inception until the 1980s.

Whilst the layout of the shooting grounds is essentially the same as it was in the 1930s, many improvements have been made, including the use of bunding to increase safe capacity and to accommodate popular corporate layouts. The number of traps has steadily grown to over 100 to cover all types of sporting targets and also to allow the development of the FITASC and sporting courses, usually shot over 100 clays with a guide.

Our Team

The Richmond Watson family have continued to run West London Shooting School since its opening in 1901, with its third generation at the helm currently. The family heritage and passion for shot gun and rifle shooting can be seen throughout the lodge and grounds. With over a century of professionalism and constant dedication to the shooting industry, West London Shooting School has continued to thrive and has remained at the forefront of British shooting.



Since I had the gun fit and lesson my shooting has improved immeasurably giving me some fantastic shooting days all for the cost of four driven Pheasants once again thanks to Alan for his advice and expertise.

Eric Thornton (Private Client)

19 October 2023

Thank you for a really great day shooting yesterday. You and your team were perfectly well organised and Bruce was a great instructor!

Laura Harrison (Private Client)

19 October 2023

Thanks for the coaching last week, shot better than I have in my life on Tuesday at Queensberry Estate. Some very high pheasant and some very fast partridge, great fun and I shot some cracking birds. Thanks for the top tips.

Sam Chapman (Private Client)

19 October 2023

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