Advanced rifle handling

Safari guide student going through dry drills as part of advanced rifle handling

Course information

The aim of this course is to develop and practice skills pertaining to rifle handling in dangerous game country and to ensure safety when approaching dangerous game. It is conducted in a different, wilder area and therefore provides a more authentic rifle handling experience. This course gives grounding to practical rifle handling skills and the safety aspect surrounding rifle handling in a dangerous game area and during an encounter or animal charge.

Some subjects covered on course – Orientation. Safety. Rifle Cleaning. Rifle Assembly and Parts.

Dry Practice

Dry practice is done daily, within the camp, to ensure students achieve the necessary handling skills before heading to the rifle range. Stance is observed and corrected. Old or poor handling techniques identified, will also be corrected. Various drills, routines and scenarios will be practiced, preparing students for most encounters they are likely to face.

Rifle Range

From morning three onwards, practical shooting will be done at the rifle range using .22 and .375 calibre rifles. Again attention will be paid to fine tuning stance, accuracy and handling skills. Dry drills will also be practiced at the range, until the students become comfortable with the rifle itself and the drills become second nature.

The final day on the range will comprise of the FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling Assessment (optional for those qualified to partake) and the course provider Rifle Handling Assessment (compulsory for all attending).


The assessment will comprise of 6 components. Learners will be assessed on the following; a blind fold loading drill, a shot grouping exercise, a distance exercise, a misfire drill, a shot placement exercise and finally a simulated charge. Each component will need to be successfully completed before progressing to the next component.

Why do the course

Overall, learners will develop a sound knowledge of the correct skills and techniques required for rifle handling. Most importantly, they will walk away with the awareness of safety procedures surrounding firearms and the general handling thereof.


The sleeping arrangements at all our camps consist of two people sharing per tent. Single requests are required to pay double-rates. Women and men do not share tents unless booked as a couple.


Early morning wake-up (tea, coffee, biscuits, fresh fruit and cereal), Brunch after activity (cooked breakfast and fruit salad), Afternoon tea (light lunch/ sandwiches), Dinner (balanced, warm plated meal with meat, vegetables and salad).

Certification and accreditation

Participants will have opportunity to be assessed for both the FGASA and course provider Advanced Rifle handling qualification.

Further information

To book a place, request further information or if you have any specific questions then please get in contact by emailing