ZAMSOC PROVIDES ADVANCED WEAPONS TRAINING FOR RANGERS
Following on from a very successful series of Firearms Training Courses conducted by The Zambezi Society for ZimParks rangers during 2016 and 2017, a more Advanced Weapons Training Course was conducted at the end of March 2018. This took place near Makuti in the Zambezi escarpment area, and was designed for a group of hand-picked rangers who had excelled in the previous intial training courses.
Led by the Zambezi Society's Gary Layard, the course was run by highly qualified professional guides, including Andy Hunter, John Stevens, Bob Warren-Codrington and Andy Wilkinson. Together they designed the course and provided expert tuition and guidance during three challenging days which pushed the participating ZimParks rangers to their limits.
They rose to the occasion magnificently and the course was a resounding success, not only for the expert marksmanship and safety skills that it honed, but also for the incredible boost to morale and confidence that it provided.
As in previous courses, the program included lectures and discussion on fire arm safety, identification of target and principals of accurate shooting, but also included rifle maintenance and Immediate Action Drills for rifle stoppages. There was a strong emphasis on leadership and team work with rangers rotating the role of group leader during team exercises. Time was dedicated to individual rifle sight adjustment on the range and team exercises included simulated night attack, group pressure shoots, Drake shooting (searching by fire), shooting moving targets as well as range estimation and engaging distant targets
ZimParks anti-poaching rangers are required to undertake their work in extremely harsh and dangerous conditions in the Zambezi Valley. They are under-funded, under-equipped and hugely under-appreciated for what they do. The Zambezi Society’s training courses, conducted over the past two years, have gone a long way in boosting the skills, morale and pride of these brave men and women. There is no doubt that, after their training, they take up their extremely important jobs with renewed vigour, intensity and passion for protecting the Zambezi Valley’s wildlife. We are delighted to be able to assist them.
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