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The quest for perfect equilibrium between man and weapon;

is what drives our living passion to discover and develop the living talent in every shooter. It's why we do what we do.

Self Loading Rifle Programs

People are used to steps of progression. From junior school we are taught to appreciate the difference between and compare good with better, and better with best. This is the philosophy that guides our approach to training – in every discipline. Easy to visualize. Our programs start off with Essential, progress to Sport Shooter and peak with Competition Shooter. Whether you choose just one, such as SLR or desire to learn all small arms, you’re guaranteed a learning experience to match your aspirations.

Essential Self-Loading Rifle

This is the point where our dynamic e5 program is first introduced in an experience designed to bring the licensed firearm owner to a new level. We focus on developing an equilibrium around power, speed and accuracy, adding a number of new skills not taught in Legal Compliance & Qualification. 

The framework for Essential Self-Loading Rifle embraces the 7 fundamentals of marksmanship, starting with stance and concluding with follow-through after the shot. Each skill is practiced in logical sequence within the framework of safe and competent firearm handling.

The program includes

  • Discussion on the latest weapon platforms available and the legal requirements to own a self-loading rifle
  • Rifle safety, chamber checking, loading and unloading
  • The 4-point platform
  • Firing positions for desired outcomes
  • Understanding and perfecting sight alignment and picture
  • Trigger discipline
  • Carrying and presenting the weapon to index on target
  • Fundamental reload sequence and technique, including emergency reload
  • Dry fire practice regime
  • Care and Preventive maintenance
  • Optical sights choosing and using
  • To assist your ongoing skill improvement we teach you the foundation of an effective practice regime to apply at home. Personal equipment choices and applications are also discussed and you will receive professional advice to match your expected application. There is no competitive element on this course – we move at the pace of the newest student. In this 1-day program you’ll spend more time on the range than in the classroom, and by the end of the course, you will leave with a new set of skills and a clear idea of your new practice regime.
    Course Fee R1500.00 over 2 days – or one day. (minimum of three students on course).
    Want individual training? Click here to send your enquiry.

    What to bring with you for the course
    You will need 150 rounds of factory produced ammunition. Suitable clothing, a cap or sunhat, closed shoes, ear and eye protection, and a suitable sling on your rifle. (contact us for advice if you’re going to purchase these items for the course). If you are using your own rifle please arrive with it UNLOADED, in a bag or carry case. Please ensure that you have a valid firearm licence for your rifle. ZPD can arrange rifles for rental during training – please notify us in advance to request a quote for this service.

    Prerequisite: SAPS CFR competency or pass the skill check on arrival at the range.

    Travel and accommodation
    Our primary course venue is on a private range in Touwsrivier – distance 185km from Cape Town.
    If you’re coming in from out of town there is convenient and comfortable accommodation available at the range. Click here for other accommodation in the area.

    Register for your course now.

    Sport Shooting Self-Loading Rifle

    You’ve got to have Essential SLR or related experience under your belt, and are ready to enter the exciting world of sport shooting. Our Sport SLR Shooter program will set you up with the skill and knowledge to bring your other three personal characteristics – mental attitude, balance and capacity into sharp focus. After successfully completing this program you will be confident of your competence to enter competitions and matches. 

    The framework for Sport SLR Shooter builds on the important skills that you have developed and includes:

    A quick review of previous skills

  • Discussion on the latest weapons platforms available and the legal requirements to own a self-loading rifle
  • Rifle safety, chamber checking, loading and unloading
  • The 4-point platform
  • Firing positions for desired outcomes
  • Understanding and perfecting sight alignment and picture
  • Trigger discipline
  • Carrying and presenting the weapon to index on target
  • Fundamental reload sequence and technique, including emergency reload
  • Dry fire practice regime
  • Care and Preventive maintenance
  • Optical sights choosing and using
  • New and enhanced skills

  • How to read a competition course of fire
  • Shooting on the move
  • Shooting from around/behind cover (high and low)
  • Prone and kneeling shooting positions
  • Entering shooting boxes
  • Reload sequences – emergency, speed, retention and tactical
  • Recoil control
  • Mental attitude
  • The essentials of safe cartridge reloading and what it means for your sport
  • Expanded Dry fire practice regime
  • This is ideally a two-day program at our range in Touwsrivier, but it can be covered in one day. The price is the same. The two-day course has extra exercises and focus and is highly recommended.

    Course Fee R1800.00 over 2 days – or one day. (minimum of three students on course).
    Want individual training? Click here to send your enquiry.

    What to bring with you for the course
    You will need 150 rounds of factory produced ammunition. Suitable clothing, a cap or sunhat, closed shoes, ear and eye protection, and a suitable sling for your rifle. (contact us for advice if you’re going to purchase these items for the course). If you are using your own rifle please arrive with it UNLOADED, in a bag or box. Please ensure that you have a valid firearm licence for your firearm. ZPD can arrange rifles for rental during the training – if you require this please contact us in advance.

    Prerequisite: Pass the skill check on arrival at the range.

    Travel and accommodation
    Our primary course venue is on a private range in Touwsrivier – distance 185km from Cape Town.
    If you’re coming in from out of town there is convenient and comfortable accommodation available at the range. Click here for other accommodation in the area.

    Register for your course now.

    Competition Self-Loading Rifle

    Aimed at regular sports shooters who are shooting – in practice and matches at least 4 times a month, this program is structured to hone your already fine skills – extracting the last bit of speed and accuracy that you can deliver.

    The differences that Competition SLR Shooter will bring will be small after the improvement in previous levels, but at the level that you are now competing, half a second can make the difference between a place on the podium or not featuring at all. Practically speaking, attaining this level of skill with your SLR translates into an enormous advantage should you ever need to use it in defense of your life – or someone else. The framework for Competition SLR Shooter builds on the important skills that you have developed and includes:

    A quick review of all previous skills in Essential and Sport SLR Shooter.

  • How to read a competition course of fire, shooting on the move, shooting from around/behind cover (high and low), prone and kneeling shooting positions, entering shooting boxes, reload sequences – emergency, speed, retention and tactical, recoil control, mental attitude, the essentials of safe cartridge reloading and what it means for your sport and expanded Dry Fire practice regime.
  • Plus: Tactical guidelines – low light shooting, lighting choices and mounting systems, shooting at angles and a qualification course with live ammunition and dry fire.
  • Based on the completion of a standard classification exercise, we will be able to identify areas where you can make the most improvement first. Thereafter we focus on the small and fine improvements to technique within the framework of E5.
  • This is a two-day program at our range in Touwsrivier. We offer an extended option with a third day of evaluation and practice on the same course at 50% of our normal day rate. The three-day course has extra exercises and focus and is highly recommended.

    Course Fee R2400.00 over 2 days. (minimum of three students on course).
    Three-day course R3000.00 (minimum of three students on course)
    Want individual training? Click here to send your enquiry.

    What to bring with you for the course
    You will need 200 rounds of ammunition. And all of the correct clothing and equipment to shoot at this level. Please arrive with your firearm UNLOADED, in a bag or box. Please ensure that you have a valid firearm licence for your firearm.

    Prerequisite: skill check on arrival at the range.

    Travel and accommodation
    Our primary course venue is on a private range in Touwsrivier – distance 185km from Cape Town.
    If you’re coming in from out of town there is convenient and comfortable accommodation available at the range. Click here for other accommodation in the area.

    Register for your course now.