INSTINCTIVE SHOOTING

When you are guiding guests on a game trail on foot in a Big 5 area or any area where any one of the Dangerous Nine are present, you need to protect your guests with a big calibre rifle of .375 calibre minimum, in the event of a serious charge.

The Dangerous Nine include – Elephant, Buffalo, White Rhino, Black Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Hippopotamus, Crocodile and Spotted Hyena.

In our experience, the vast majority of young people, especially those living in cities, have never shot with a rifle in their lives.

For those students, who have never fired a shot in their lives, we start off with a .22 Long Rifle. This rifle doesn’t have any recoil (kick). We teach you the correct shooting technique, and over time you will be firing a lot of shots which will ensure that you will be at ease, firing this rifle, from the dead-rest, as well as standing up.

Once you are competent shooting with the .22 LR with the correct shooting technique, we will gradually upgrade you in a definite sequence to be comfortable with the recoil of the calibres, in order to go bigger:

·         .22 LR

·         .243 calibre,

·         .270 calibre,

·         30.06 Springfield with silencer and subsonic ammunition

·         30.06 Springfield with silencer and standard ammunition

·         30.06 Springfield without silencer and with standard ammunition

·         .375 H&H   

The .375 H&H is classified as a heavy calibre rifle, capable of killing an elephant.  This is also the MINIMUM calibre with which you can do the assessment for this qualification. A friend of Kjeld and Jéhan, Vanessa Strydom, is a senior researcher in the Kruger Park – a smallish lady who is extremely competent with her 458 Lott calibre. If she can do it, we can teach you to do  it as well!

You will go through an intensive program of “dry-firing” (without any bullets in the rifle) with the telescope still on the rifle. During this first part of ”dry-firing”, we train you to be able to fire from both left-hand and right-hand positions, while keeping both eyes open. It is important to note that during this stage, you are not shooting any shots with the rifle. The purpose of this exercise of “dry-firing” is to build your shooting muscles, as well as to make you more familiar handling a rifle. This first stage of “dry-firing” is done with a telescope (with long eye-relief) on the rifle. You will build up to doing 3 sessions of 200 “dry-fires” per week.  All “dry-fires” are aimed at a cross on a tree/ target  100 meters away. After a 2-3 weeks you will be strong and stable enough to keep the telescope cross-hairs on the cross on the tree, both left and right, with both eyes open!

Once you are stable enough, we start training you for “Instinctive Shooting”  or “Karamoyo Style Shooting”. This is also a “ dry-firing”  exercise, but a much more advanced form.

Let us explain: normally when you shoot over open sights (without a telescope on the rifle), you go down on your rifle and take aim over the sights of the rifle. “Instinctive shooting”  differs from normal shooting  in a similar way it works with a fighter-pilot, where the gun on the fighter-jet, actually follows his view - where he looks, there his gun points.  In a similar way, you teach your rifle to come up to your shoulder and point exactly to where you are looking, without taking aim over the sights of the rifle (in practising, only after the rifle is pointed and in your shoulder, you will go down and look over the sights). In the beginning you constantly need to correct the error of aim, but after a few thousand “instinctive shooting exercises” – your rifle will point exactly where you are looking. You will develop the trust, that when you need to shoot in a split second at the brain of a charging buffalo at short range, that your rifle will come up and point exactly where you are looking, and the rest will come automatic à INSTINCTIVE and KARAMOJO-STYLE! 

You will be doing the initial stages of the “instinctive shooting” exercises with a .270 calibre, WITHOUT a telescope.  You are alternating aiming left-right-left-right...., doing 200 “dry-fires” per day (now 4 sessions per week), the same as in the first phase of “dry-firing”.

We will go through the actual shooting test with you in advance, so that you are absolutely familiar with what is expected from you.

 When you feel comfortable that your rifle-point and your point of view is the same, we will repeat  the actual examination with you only doing “instinctive dry-firing” with the .270 calibre, in the required time per test.

We will then start doing the actual instinctive shooting with you as you would do for the final assessment, with either the .270 or the 30-06 calibres.

Once you have passed your “formative assessments” consistently with actually shooting with the .270/30-06, we will upgrade you to the final stage of getting you ready to be assessed. We will start doing the same shooting exercises and tests, but now with the .375 H&H.

Once we are satisfied that you are competent enough to do and pass the assessment for the qualification “Advanced Rifle Handling” with the .375 H&H., you are now ready to be assessed.

Even if you have never shot with a rifle previously, we will get you not only competent to this evaluation, but the rifle will follow your point of view at that critical moment when you have to make the shot that might mean saving the lives of your guests. Your rifle will actually become an extension of your arm – almost like a pointing index-finger!

You will be able to shoot instinctively with both eyes open, both left-handed as well as right-handed.

All rifles used in the training, except the .22 Long Rifle, have exactly the same safety catch action. This will help when you have to shoot instinctive, when things just have to come automatic.

The cost of the ammunition used in training you, is already included in the course fee. It is important to note that ammunition is expensive, and we therefore limit each learner to the following ammunition (for which he/she signs):

·         .22 LR                                                                                                             -  150 bullets

·         .243 calibre                                                                                                    - 40 bullets                                                                                                           

·         .270 calibre                                                                                                    - 40 bullets

·         30.06 Springfield with silencer and subsonic ammunition                   - 40 bullets      

·         30.06 Springfield with silencer and standard ammunition                  - 40 bullets

·         30.06 Springfield without silencer and with standard ammunition   – 40 bullets

·         .375 H&H ( includes the bullets used in the final assessment)           -  60 bullets

Rifle safety is always strictly adhered to!

 

Students who are assessed as competent, will be issued with the TOURGUIDING LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE  for INSTINCTIVE SHOOTING