African Nature Training - Field Guide Rifle Training Weekend
Field Guide Rifle Training weekend 25th / 26th July 2010
I spent the weekend of the 25th / 26th July sharpening up my rifle skills to support my FGASA Field Guide training.
Obviously as Field Guides this training is undertaken only as a "emergency" measure to ensure our guest's safety in the event of a surprise charge by an animal whilst walking on foot in the bush. I think for all of us present to have to use a rifle in such a situation, whilst being faced with very little alternative, would be a very sad moment indeed.
Having not used a bolt action rifle for many a year, it was with a degree of apprehension that I arrived at the Blue Gum Rifle Range in the East Rand, Johannesburg to go through 2 days of training and practice with rifles from calibre .22 up to the famous .458 Winchester Magnum. The "458" is a legend in African guiding and hunting circuits, given it's capacity for depositing the marksman on his backside from the sheer power of it's recoil!! Fortunately nothing untoward or embarrassing happened to any of the ANT students and everyone without question acquitted themselves superbly.
A huge thanks to Andre van Zyl all the training team for a fantastic weekend; highly professionally organised and delivered without compromise in terms of participants safety.
Check out Africa Nature Training's website for more details of this course and others to enhance your education and enjoyment of the African bush.