Handgun hunting is a fantastic challenge to set oneself when visiting Africa. It is almost a perfect cross between bow hunting and rifle hunting in terms of needing to be close and the many hours spent mastering the craft.
This form of hunting takes patience as the stalks can be painstakingly slow to get into position. You will need to get up and close with your quarry ( as with bowhunting ) and even then it can take years of practice before one becomes proficient enough to make a clean shot.
Variety of Species
We have guided everything from plains game to buffalo with a handgun hunter in tow and we thoroughly enjoy the challenge. We just make sure to always bring our ear plugs along for the “hand cannon” hunters!
“The greatest hunter is the one that walks a lot and shoots a little” Spanish Proverb
What handgun can I use?
You can either use a scoped handgun or open sights. Most people opt for the scoped version as you can shoot a bit further with more confidence in your shot. In terms of calibre there are many suitable for handgun hunting. They range from the .357 magnum to the .500 Smith & Wesson.. When you look at the single shot guns, the range of calibres is almost as wide as that for rifles, with the 30.30 being a common choice.