Walking the Vlei n On the afternoon of the second day, we got a chance to walk the Vlei range (vlei is Afrikaans for "valley"). You walk up a ravine and onto a flat, and along the way you detect and shoot at life-size targets of coyotes, elk, wild pigs, lions, deer, and other critters at ranges of 50 to 250 yards, all with iron vital areas that clank when you hit them. You are required to look, walk, shoot, and reload. We also got to shoot from Sniper Ridge. (If the term sniper upsets your civilian sensibilities, I apologize, but the fact is that Gunsite trains military and police snipers.) There you shoot at silhouettes at medium-long (250 yards) to truly long (500-plus) range. (If you're interested in long-range marksmanship, there is a range with targets out to 800 yards, and one for .50-caliber shooters that goes out to 1,300.) There is a certain simple joy in pulling the trigger, waiting for what seems forever, and seeing the bullet splash on the target long before you hear the clank.