Next Introductory Rifle Course intake: To Be Advised

24-Aug-2011 | News-Press Release

The Introductory Rifle Course is designed for those that have never fired a bolt action rifle before, but is still challenging enough for those who have some experience. The course entails one three-hour theory lecture and a weekend of practical experience. The lecture is held on a Wednesday evening from 18:30 – 21:00 and light snacks as well as tea and coffee are provided. The practical component of the course is run over a weekend whereby learners spend a full Saturday and a Sunday morning on the range.

 We start off by using a .22 working up to a .303. The weapons used are all in immaculate condition. All safety equipment (ear and eye protection) is also provided. The course fee includes your lecture notes, tuition, ammunition, targets, target stands, use of rifles and safety equipment, ammunition and bungalow-type accommodation. Unlike many other rifle courses our students will spend quality time on the range and receive individual tuition and coaching, a generous amount of ammunition is allocated to each student.

The Introductory Rifle Course covers the following: maintenance and care of a bolt action rifle, firearm and range safety principles, correct stance, determination of the dominant eye, how to aim, loading and firing malfunctions, parts and functions of a rifle and cartridge as well as seven different shooting exercises, we also briefly cover the principles of approaching dangerous game on foot.

This rifle course is suitable for anyone who intends to do the FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling Course and has not handled a rifle before...or it can be done just for fun or interest!


As the pinnacle of our rifle training, the FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling Course was designed for the prospective Field Guide who wishes to work within a dangerous game area conducting safaris on foot as a qualified Trails Guide (or back-up).

It must be noted from the outset that Africa Nature Training aims to create an exceptional Field Guide, based on two core fundamentals: integrity and excellence. The training you will receive on the most rigorous of our rifle courses will equip you with skills and knowledge that surpass the requirements of the FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling syllabus.

Our training syllabus is aligned with the FGASA View Potentially Dangerous Animals (VPDA) Qualification. The course syllabus is aligned with the Unit Standard 8459 of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

Participants must be 21 years or older and must have successfully completed the FGASA Level 1 qualification.

Once the theory component (in the form of one evening lecture, as described in the Introductory Rifle Course) has been completed, two full days (Saturday and Sunday from 08:00 - 16:30) will be spent on the shooting range. Being able to accurately fire a bolt action rifle is vital to the formal assessment process, during which either .375 H&H or .458 Winchester Magnum rifles are used. A written theory test and a rifle familiarity assessment (blindfolded strip and re-assembling of a bolt action rifle) will be conducted aswell. These two assessments are over and above FGASA's stipulated requirements for Advanced Rifle Handling. The final step is the practical assessment, which is conducted the following Saturday.

All tests undergo a strict marking and moderation process: 75% or above is considered a pass. Don't stress - we will coach you through the process!



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