BASA’s 3rd shoot for the year was held this past Saturday at Magnum United Shooting range in Pretoria. The traditional winter shoot delivered with a chilly morning and a surprisingly wet range, after the late season rains.
The morning’s registration, which thanks to the new online paying system, went smoothly. The safety and range briefings were held and the participants got a first impression of what lay in wait for them. It was very clear that the day’s ranges, were not your standard ranges. Participants were to remember the sequence of shots and running was in store.
The morning briefing however belonged to Louis Fourie, who was presented with the BASA Chairmans Award as appreciation for his dedication and service to Basa. Louis, with membership number 50, is one of the founding members of BASA. We again salute and thank you Louis for your contribution to what Basa is today.
BASA Range 1 – Rhino range.
The rhino range proofed to be a challenge for both participants and RO’s regarding to correct sequence. The only easy thing to remember on this range, was that all shots where heart / lung shots. It should be mentioned, at the morning briefing it was clearly indicated that any shot taken out of sequence would incur a 10 second penalty. Participants were asked to unbag and on the RO’s whistle load 2 rounds and shoot 1 shot at each right facing rhino that appears to be running away. The catch was each rhino was on the separate ends of the range next to a left facing rhino. After the first 2 shots, the shooter ran to left, through an electric gate triggering a target that was to turn. Participants did not have a lot of time to load 1 round and shoot this rhino. Thereafter 2 more rounds were to be loaded and the previous mentioned 2 facing left rhinos was now the targets. The range ended with a sprint across the entire range to the right for a final shot to another stationary rhino. Surprisingly, even with the longest shots for the day and the specific sequence, 5 participants got full score. Congratulations to father and son Frederik and Aaron Cocquyt, Claude Rossouw, Hendrik de Kock and Rudi Britz.