There were 22 shooters in total, with the shoot commencing at 12:30. The bolt-action .22 with mounted rifle scope was the most popular rifle used. One shooter shot a pump-action rifle with iron sights, while two shooters shot semi-automatic rifles. Deon de Vos began the day with a range briefing to explain the day’s programme. Safety rules and how rifles were to be handled on the range and on the firing line was gone into in depth. The shoot was run along the lines of an IPSC shoot as far as safety and range instruction are concerned. Not all shooters present were IPSC shooters and therefore were not familiar with the Range Officer’s (RO’s) instructions. As a spectator, I felt very safe on the range. All shooters strictly followed their RO’s instructions and range rules.
The rifle shoot departed from the normal IPSC type target, as shooters instead had the opportunity to shoot SAHRSA targets comprising big and small game animals. These were full-colour targets with scoring zones printed over the animals.
ONE STAGE on the range that is not used much anymore is the ‘Jungle Lane’, which has become very overgrown and thus obscured the targets from the start position. The stage had shooters enter the ‘Jungle Lane’, with no targets in view. A life-size sable antelope, lion, warthog, leopard and elephant became visible as shooters made their way through the 60 m ‘Jungle Lane’. Each target was shot once on this stage.
THE SECOND STAGE was a steel challenge shot at 35 m. It consisted of five steel plates shot three times, with the two best-timed strings counting. The third stage was a steel speed shoot, shot from the prone position. The stage consisted of five black plates at 30 m, acting as hard cover, with a white round steel plate in the middle. Once the white steel plate was shot, it dropped away and was no longer visible. Shooters were restricted to fire five shots. If a white steel plate was missed, shooters could not keep shooting until they hit the plate.
THE FOURTH STAGEwas a rapid-fire stage shot from the prone position at a jackal target 20 m down range. Shooters were required to shoot five shots at the head of the jackal, and another five shots at the body, with a par time of 15 seconds per string of five shots. Shooters had to stop shooting if they went over the par time of 15 seconds.
THE FIFTH AND FINAL STAGE was the charging hippo, shot at 15 m. This stage seemed to prove difficult for many shooters. The hippo target was split in two, with the top half of the target showing a hippo submerged in water with only the head visible, requiring a single shot, while the bottom half of the target showed a charging hippo, and required the shooter to fire two shots at the target. The format of the shoot proved to be very popular, and great fun. The .22 cartridge is cheap compared to other rifle calibres. Many shooters mentioned that this type of competition was a good way to prepare for the hunting season. Several members have expressed interest in a hunting handgun shoot. A competition for hunting handguns will be scheduled for a future date.