The importance of shooting ranges is far-reaching – not only for gun owners, but for those considering owning a gun or practising sport-shooting. Add to this self-defence development, family outings and gun experiences, and you pretty much get an all-round day of pleasure.

According to Marksman’s Nest chief ranger Geoffrey Coetzee, shooting ranges are a feeding source for gun owners, law enforcers, as well as the safety and security of communities all over the world.

“Five million gun owners in South Africa need to understand that it isn’t good enough to simply own a gun, you have to develop shooting skills and continue practising those skills. Otherwise it would be akin to a runner who owns a good pair of trainers, but never practises running,” he said.

Marksman’s Nest shooting range near Malmesbury definitely ranks right up there with the top ranges in South Africa. First up, its safety standards are high – no negotiation on this front. Secondly, it has top-class instructors with years of experience in both the military and as private instructors. Thirdly, it makes sure everyone has fun while learning, training, developing or teambuilding.

It’s a joy

You have to experience the art of shooting to realise how enjoyable it can be. Whether target shooting, clay pigeon shooting, doing a shooting development course or the serious business of learning handgun self-defence, it’s always exciting.

Also, it’s a family sport that every family member can enjoy together. And with all the high-tech gadgets available today, even the physically disabled would have a grand time learning and practising the sport of shooting. However, if individual sport is more your style, it’s that too. You can practise your marksmanship abilities on your own, lost in your own thoughts, enjoying me-time.

A good all-over work-out

The importance of shooting ranges also extends to the physical. Because if you thought shooting was sedentary, think again. Boy, does it give you a good work-out! You build strength, stamina, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills like very few sports can match. Your arm strength and physical balance alone will soar by leaps and bounds.

Not only that, but you develop mental discipline bar none with sharpened concentration and problem-solving skills to think outside the box.


You certainly can’t overlook the fact that shooting builds courage and confidence. Plus you learn invaluable lessons in responsibility.

Most importantly, whether you visit the range to train, build skills or just to have fun, it’ll be a major stress-busting day. And that’s something we all need – a break from the rat race.

Geoffrey concluded, “There’s no time to put a seatbelt on before the crash; therefore, don’t make shooting ranges a last resort.”

On that note, you’ll agree that the importance of shooting ranges is invaluable. Find a shooting range in your area and join up.

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