The case for trumping criminals is simple: be proactive in acquiring a firearm and learning self-defence skills. So says Marksman’s Nest chief ranger, Geoffrey Coetzee.
“Recent reports have highlighted that criminals are becoming brazen, robbing people at gunpoint in their own homes and specifically targeting homes that are woman-led,” he said.
“My advice is simply, don’t be another statistic. So, be proactive in acquiring a firearm and learning self-defence skills. Many people think, ‘I’ve never been attacked, so why should I own or carry a gun?’. Well, think of it this way: it’s the same as saying, I’ve never had a flat tyre, so why should I carry a spare tyre in my car?”
“Even if you do indeed own a gun and enjoy some shooting sports at a firearm shooting range, it’s simply not the same as engaging in a gunfight. The stress when you realise that you’re in mortal danger is indescribable. And when the criminal attack starts, what you could have done or should have done really doesn’t matter very much. That’s when self-defence training is invaluable.
The day might come
“Of course you may never have to fire your handgun to defend yourself or your family, but there’s always a very real possibility that the day will come.”
It’s a good start to own a gun. But by the same token, having basic gun safety and marksmanship training is essential. All-important though is that your commitment should be to get top-quality training in self-defence.
You couldn’t ask for a better place than Marksman’s Nest in Malmesbury. All our rangers are highly qualified, while Geoffrey was a former mechanised infantry captain in the SANDF. Here, he notched up extensive military operational experience over the course of two decades, as well as training recruits, troops, plus junior and senior military staff.
Finally, having a self-defence mindset gives us a foundation for dealing with a threat. Most of all, in the case of an attack, it also gives us confidence to act as the situation unfolds. This soundly states the case for trumping criminals with self-defence handgun training.