Modern Shooter: On Safari At The FTW Ranch

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The dream of many hunters is testing their skills, and nerves, against some of the world’s most dangerous game. But such a potentially harrowing endeavor isn’t something a greenhorn just jumps into — unless they have a death wish. That’s where FTW Ranch comes in. Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, the expansive facility hones hunters to face game of the most treacherous type.

This week, Modern Shooter goes on safari to the premier shooting school to get a first-hand lesson on the shooting and decision-making skills required to take aim at the world’s most deadly creatures. And the team quickly picks up that the FTW method is much more intensive than simply dropping rounds on photo-realistic targets in a controlled range environment.

In the above clip, Phil Massaro gets behind the business end of a Krieghoff .458 Win. Mag. over/under to participate in a simulated Cape buffalo charge. Though a seasoned African hunter, the Gun Digest author, and custom ammunition manufacturer shows exactly how perilous tangling with these critters can be. Certainly, it’s not as real as Africa, but it’s as close as you’ll get here in the states.

Catch the rest of the action of this heart-pounding episode of Modern Shooter 10:00 p.m. EST Friday on the Pursuit Channel. The episode rebroadcasts Monday at 12 p.m. EST and Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. EST.


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