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What is a 'Section 5' licence?
Firearms in the UK are heavily restricted and most of the weapons you see in films are not allowed to be handled by the public. A Section 5 licence allows us to hold such weaponry which includes pistols and machine guns, and supply them to film and television productions. An armourer from Bare Arms must accompany all weaponry at all times.
What is an Armourer?
An armourer is an employee or a 'servant' of the company that owns the weaponry and holds the necessary licences. They are responsible for the firearms and their use. Bare Arms Armourers are all ex-military personnel who are experts in handling firearms and can instruct and advise on how they would be used for real.
What training do performers need to have in order to use firearms?
Being safe with firearms takes some instruction and is partly common sense, but being confident and competent can take much longer. Bare Arms runs the Theatrical Firearms Course series, which is designed to take a novice performer and give them the skills and knowledge to be safe on set with a variety of weaponry. The basic course is a 3 day residential course, which all of our specialists have completed if they are non-military. On-set and one-on-one training can also be arranged on request.
Are blanks dangerous?
Blank ammunition can cause injury, and in some extreme cases, death if used incorrectly. The armourer is responsible for instructing everyone on their use prior to any firing taking place, and ensuring safety during and after firing. There are some types of blank ammunition which can be safely used at short range.
Do we need to inform anyone if we are using weapons?
If you are using any form of firearms, replica or real, where they can be seen or heard by the public, then the police will need to be informed. They will advise on what precautions need to be undertaken in order to prevent the general public from being alarmed, such as signage and police presence depending on the area. We can assist you in liaising with the police and act as a point of contact during filming.
A useful guide from the Health and Safety Executive on firearms on set can be found here.
In partnership with The Tunnel Target Sports Centre, Bare Arms is authorised to provide Section 5 Prohibited Weaponry and armourers to theatrical productions, as well as train performers in their use. Please call 0203 441 9404 to discuss your production requirements or follow the link to our Theatrical Firearms Courses.