You might have guessed that recreational shooting is fun – a bunch of fun in fact. Even as a new hobbyist, you’ll find there are activities to suit every taste. This is apart from the valuable marksmanship practice you’ll get at the range.
Safe & friendly environment
Marksman’s Nest doesn’t only offer a super-safe environment, but the atmosphere is decidedly convivial. So much so, that our members and visitors become part of the family. You’ll find meeting and bonding with fellow firearm owners a truly uplifting experience. Many firearm owners will happily share tips and advice. Not to mention regaling all and sundry with stories about their triumphs and failures.
Clay pigeon shooting
If for instance you find that clay pigeon shooting is your activity of choice, it will provide hours of pleasure, plus valuable lessons. Here you’d be able to sharpen skills and develop muscle memory — all of which will help you to become a well-rounded shooter.
3- or 4-Gun shooting events
Another practical, yet highly entertaining recreational shooting event is 3- or 4-gun shooting events. As the name suggests, 3-gun shooting consists of three shooting events that include pistol, shotgun and rifle. And 4-gun shooting includes a pistol, shotgun, rifle and semi-auto firearm.
We host these popular events regularly. So, if you’re the competitive type who likes a challenge, this is the game for you. But, these events can cater for any level of shooter – from novices to experts. In addition to the fun challenge, it’ll up your skills in three or four different classes of firearms.
Whatever your skill level, you’re sure to find these events far more exciting than your average day at the range.
Team builder events
Team building opportunities abound in our firearm training programmes. From bachelor/bachelorette parties, birthdays and corporate events, we’ll tailor a package that suits your budget.
The safety of shooters and spectators is our number one priority. As such, we make learning the safe and correct way to shoot a firearm an exciting and memorable experience.
We look forward to hosting you at Marksman’s Nest, where you’ll learn first-hand that recreational shooting is fun.
Have a safe holiday is our message to all members and visitors. And this message doesn’t only apply to staying Covid-safe. It means you should protect you and yours this Festive Season.
December is the peak month for house robberies. So make sure your home security is up to scratch and that your home appears occupied at all times. This means putting your lights on a timer switch and ensuring that your post box is emptied regularly.
When travelling, make sure your vehicle is in good running condition, get plenty of rest and be prepared for any emergency. Buckle up and if you have a concealed carry licence, make sure to take your firearm along. To plan ahead for heavy traffic, leave early and put that cell phone away. Drive defensively.
When stopping along the road, stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times. The same applies to your shopping trips. Thieves love hanging around shopping areas. Be aware of the people around you (front, back and sides). And don’t flaunt the goods you’ve purchased.
As a gun owner, you also need to exercise firearm safety. Always unload, clean and place your firearms in their secure storage location immediately after returning from a day at the range. Use a gun locking device that renders the firearm inoperable when not in use. A gun lock should be used as an additional safety precaution and not as a substitute for secure storage.
Ensure that young people in your home are aware of and understand the safety guidelines concerning firearms. Best of all, educate everyone in your family about firearm safety.
When entertaining visitors, it’s imperative to make sure your unloaded guns are locked away in a secure location. This is especially important to stop children from accessing your firearms. Children or guests may not come from gun-owning households and a young child’s curiosity is a powerful thing.
Concealed carry safety
If you’re a concealed carrier, the holidays are a time when you should strap on a holster and avoid carrying your firearm in your handbag, man bag or backpack. With visiting families or friends, everyone usually dumps their jackets, handbags and so forth in a spare room or on a chair. And kids being kids, one just might just open a bag or search a jacket pocket. So, keep your gun on your body where you’re the only one with access.
It’s up to you to ensure you have a safe holiday. Happy and safe holidays from all of us at Marksman’s Nest.
It’s always been the case that Marksman’s Nest loves and protects wildlife. So much so, that we have a strict policy that wildlife is off-limits during practice shooting.
Hosting an owl
A while ago, we were privileged when a female Spotted Eagle Owl chose the tyres on the range as her nesting site. Soon, two little chicks were born right there where we do our close-quarter and self-defence training. Said chief range officer Geoffrey Coetzee, “At first I thought that the noise would scare the mom, but happily, it didn’t. She actually became used to my presence in particular.
“It was heart-warming to see how she nurtured her chicks come rain or shine. Eventually, the little ones were ready to take on the world. But they still visit the range from time to time.”
What the owl taught us
We can link this mother owl’s behaviour directly to our mantra in self-defence. First up in our course, which essentially entails the art of staying alive, is ‘preparedness’. The concept of preparedness is as old as time itself. Way back when, wise men advocated the rules of studying the dangers ahead and then to take precautions to protect themselves and their family from those threats. Exactly the way the mother owl did.
The next principle we teach at the range is ‘Be Strong and Stand Strong’. Mother owl did that throughout her journey of protecting her young.
‘Be alert and don’t let society dull your senses’ is imperative in our self-defence training. Again, mother owl never let her guard down – for the sake of her chicks.
So, apart from the fact that Marksman’s Nest loves and protects wildlife, we take heed of the ways in which wildlife defend themselves. There are countless take-out messages from these wonderful creatures with whom we share this earth.
We protect wildlife
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the numerous stories of wildlife species declining or balancing precariously on the brink of extinction. But it’s important to remember that we have the power to reverse wildlife decline by respecting nature and wildlife.
Marksman’s Nest believes that one of the best ways to protect wildlife is to prevent their decline and deterioration in the first place. Towards that end, our policy is clear: respect and protect whatever wildlife crosses our path at the range.