Soldiers in Action

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“Soldiers must be able to shoot”: said Lt Col Bieb Gouws, Chairperson of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Combat riffle. These words typified the shooting practice that took place at General Piet Joubert Shooting Range in Broekenhoutskloof in preparation for the shooting competition that will take place tomorrow as part of the Chief SANDF Prestige week.

The practice included the use of service rifle R4 in two classes namely: iron sight and optical sight. Giving the brief overview of the practice, Lt Col Gouws, who has 30 years in shooting said their practice, includes firing from 100-400 meters in different positions ranging from standing, kneeling, sitting and prone use SANDF figure 12 and 11 targets.

According to the passionate Lt Gouws about shooting, riffles form an integral part of force preparation as they practice service riffle in combat or operational conditions.

Furthermore he said combat rifle was established as a service shooting in 1976 and still being practiced in the SANDF.

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