Press Release: XXVIIIth Small Arms and Cannons Symposium, Shrivenham, UK, 19-21 August 2014

By The Small Arms Review Editorial Staff

XXVIIIth Small Arms and Cannons Symposium, Shrivenham, UK, 19-21 August 2014


The 28th European Small Arms and Cannons Symposium is to be hosted by the Defence Academy of the UK under the auspices of the Capability Directorate-Combat. The theme is ‘Maintaining the Dismounted Close Combat Platoon’s Lethal Edge until 2030’.

What is this event about?

This Capability Directorate Combat Small Arms Symposium will concentrate on how to optimise existing equipment to 2025; how to improve training, how to optimise structures, what new equipment is required from 2025 and indeed what is the likely threat from 2025-2035. The aim of this premier event is to address those issues by looking in detail at:

Unique Firing Range Demonstration

For the first time in the 28 year history of this annual symposium, a full live firing range day is being organised. It will be a day of opportunity for suppliers to allow customers and visitors within the industry to experience their latest weapon designs, sighting systems, tripods etc. The Land Warfare Centre range is cleared for 5.56mm, 7.62mm and .338inch firing NATO standard ammo. Organisations interested in seizing this opportunity should contact Betsy-Jane Lawton without delay on +44(0)1793 785846 or betsy@symposiaatshrivenham.com .As a part of the centenary commemoration of WW1, there will be an opportunity also for delegates to experience weapons of that era including Vickers McGun, SMLE and Mauser rifles.


We offer companies, departments and establishments an opportunity to display their equipment or advertise their capability within the DCC Conference Hall throughout the event. In addition, those same organisations have a unique opportunity to have a presence at the live firing practice.

Submitting an Abstract

You can make a major contribution by presenting a paper to complement those provided by invited speakers to address the questions listed above. Papers on related areas are also welcome.

Register Interest

More detail on the event, including Registration, booking display space, sponsorship and submitting a paper may be found at www.symposiaatshrivenham.com

Michael J T Hewetson OBE,
Director Symposia at Shrivenham

Betsy-Jane Lawton
Manager, Symposia at Shrivenham
+44 (0)1793 78 5846


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