Mike Yardley

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Mike Yardley

Michael Yardley - known as Mike - is gun enthusiast, broadcaster and media 'expert'. He is a former British Army officer who resigned in the 1980s to write books on military history and shotguns; and offer expertises on anything to do with guns, explosives or the military. He is most commonly described a 'terrorism expert' or a 'firearms expert'.


The Times reports that Yardley resigned his commission in 1981 and confirms that confirms that he attended Sandhurst Military Academy and has a degree in psychology.[1] A shootings website provides the following biographical details on Yardley although this information is unsourced:

Yardley was born in Denmark in 1955 and educated in England and the U.S. He has a psychology degree from London University and was a post-graduate student at the London School of Economics. He's also a graduate of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, where he was a member of the of the pistol and shotgun shooting teams.[2]

Views on terrorism

In 1985 Yardley was interviewed on ABC News and advocated the assassination of heads of state who support terrorism . He is quoted in the transcript as saying, “I think we need to have the courage of our convictions. I think we need to come out and say, look if you mess with terrrorists, we will kill you.”[3]



  • Michael Yardley, BASC guide to shooting game, (Shrewsbury: Swan Hill Press, 2007) (ISBN: 9781904057970; 1904057977)
  • Michael Yardley, Gunfitting: the quest for perfection for shotguns and rifles (Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2006) (ISBN: 0811702235; 9780811702232)
  • Michael Yardley, The shotgun: a shooting instructor's handbook (Long Beach, CA : Safari Press, 2002) (ISBN: 1571572538; 9781571572530)
  • Michael Yardley, Positive shooting (London: Crowood, 1993) (ISBN: 185223749X; 9781852237493)
  • Michael Yardley and Dennis Sewell, A new model army (London: W. H. Allen, 1989) (ISBN: 1852271213; 9781852271213)
  • Michael Yardley, Jan Stevenson, Shooters' Rights Association, Firearms (amendment) bill: a research report (London: Piedmont, 1988) (ISBN: 1871134005; 9781871134001)
  • Michael Yardley, Sandhurst: a documentary (London: Harrap, 1987) (ISBN: 0245544925; 9780245544927)
  • Michael Yardley, T.E. Lawrence: a biography (New York: Stein and Day, 1987) (ISBN: 0812830792; 9780812830798)
  • Michael Yardley, Backing into the limelight : a biography of T.E. Lawrence (London: Harrap, 1985) (ISBN: 0245541993; 9780245541995)
  • Michael Yardley, Poland, a tragedy (Dorset Pub. Co., 1982), (ISBN: 0902129384; 9780902129382)

Press articles

  • Mike Yardley, 'Sportsmen have been disarmed but gun crimes still increase', The Daily Telegraph, 13 March 2001
  • Mike Yardley, 'Shooters have been made the scapegoats', The Scotsman, 22 October 1996
  • Mike Yardley, 'Danger in naive demands', The Scotsman, 14 August 1996


Shooters' Rights Association, contributed to a pro-gun report for the Firearms (amendment) bill in 1988


  1. Peter Davenport, ‘Spectrum: The making of a Royal Marine’, The Times, 8 January 1987
  2. http://www.trapshooters.com/cfpages/thread.cfm?threadid=156970&Messages=5 (accessed 6 June 2008)
  3. ABC News Transcripts, World News Tonight, 28 June 1985 (accessed via Lexis Nexis)