The Firearm Training Academy is pleased to announce the opening of our new and improved gun shop and firearm-training facilities. After operating from within the shooting range's clubhouse for many years, we've now moved into our own premises alongside the clubhouse. This significantly larger space allows us to display more firearm-related products and equipment; however, it also means we can stock and store far more firearms for our customers as our storage facilities are substantially larger. As mentioned in a previous post, one of the benefits of purchasing your firearm from the Academy is that, because we operate from one of [...]
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If you’re seeking a job that involves the handling, use or trade of firearms, you'll likely need a Firearm Competency for Business Purposes. This includes careers in… Private security Nature conservation Field guiding Professional hunting Firearm instruction Firearm sales Firearm transportation Shooting range management Film-set armoury Anti-piracy protection Anti-poaching And any other industry that requires a firearm for business purposes. FIREARM COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS To apply for a Business Purposes Competency Certificate, you must complete the 117705 Unit Standard (Demonstrate knowledge of the Firearms Control Act) as well as the basic Unit Standard (see below) applicable for your relevant application. On that [...]
While tactical firearm training isn’t a legal requirement for armed response or security personnel, it is highly recommended for those wishing to up-skill their firearm knowledge and experience, especially those working in Cash In Transit (CIT). Many of the principles and techniques taught in Tactical Firearm Training are potentially life-saving. At the False Bay Firearm Training Academy in Cape Town, we offer PFTC accredited ITA Tactical Training unit standards, and a wide range of independent training programmes, too. This post will cover several frequently asked questions about the ITA Tactical Training Course and unit standards. Contact the Academy here to [...]
Guest post by Gideon Joubert. Originally published here. I have on more than one occasion remarked that I’ve learnt more about shooting from training students than I have from attending courses. That said, I also have the privilege of possessing a modest training library. The small collection of volumes on my shelf have paid for themselves many times over. The amount of time and ammunition they saved me far exceed their combined listed price on Amazon. Over the Christmas holidays I managed to reread a couple of them, as well as one or two newer additions. The eternal reality of combative [...]
For more than 70 years, Q20 Multipurpose Oil has been a popular favourite amongst South African gun owners, particularly for its powerful cleaning and lubricating properties. However, as firearm technology evolves and incorporates new polymer materials, the need for a dedicated gun oil – that's plastic safe – has risen. And so, in 2020, Q20 launched a new product called: Q-GUN. Since then, many product users have wondered if Q-GUN is nothing more than Q20 rebranded. Let's take a closer look... As many gun owners will testify, Q20 boasts a potent solvent-based cleaning formula. Unfortunately, this unrivalled cleaning performance makes Q20 [...]
The Mossberg Maverick 88 is a reliable and affordable shotgun that has proven popular among hunters, shooters, and home defence enthusiasts. This shotgun features a simple and robust design that makes it easy to use and maintain, and its dual-action bars ensure smooth and trouble-free operation. One of the standout features of the Maverick 88 is its versatility. With the option to add a wide variety of accessories, such as a pistol grip and various sighting options, this pump-action shotgun can be customised to meet a broad range of needs. Additionally, the Maverick 88's affordable price point makes it an excellent [...]
We know you're worried. Who wouldn't be? Crime is out of control in South Africa, and it's become painfully clear that SAPS is ill-equipped to solve the problem. Fortunately, you’re not alone. Countless South Africans feel the same way which is why firearm licence and competency queries are up annually. However, just like driving a car, responsible firearm ownership goes hand in hand with experience and training, and that's why we're offering free training sessions with the following proficiency / competency training courses. In other words, buy the relevant instruction manual and get the ammo and training FREE! [...]
When it comes to value for money, very few firearms can top a pump-action shotgun in terms of price, reliability, effectiveness, self defence, sport shooting, and just all-around shooting fun. Of course, prices can significantly vary amongst pump-action brands and models, but if you’re looking for bang-for-your-buck value, you’d be hard-pressed to beat the Armed Gladiator D122. This 12 gauge, 3” magnum Gladiator Pump Action features a 7+1 magazine-tube capacity, 20” barrel length, front & rear sling points, synthetic butt stock with short tactical for-end, rubber recoil pad, and an aluminium receiver with a black-chrome finish. Other [...]
With its 3.6" barrel, the TP9 Sub Elite was developed as CANiK's first sub-compact version of the TP Series of pistols. The TP9 Sub Elite offers the same features as other TP9 models; however, the Sub Elite is designed to be snag-free for better concealment and a faster draw. In addition, the TP9 Sub Elite offers other notable features that make it a competitive choice amongst self-defence sub-compact pistols, including: Double-stack magazine for added capacity. Front serrations on the slide for better grip. Concealed-carry holster. Spare magazine with finger rest. Magazine loader. Cleaning kit. CANiK TP9 SUB ELITE FEATURES [...]
While a ‘thumbs-forward’ grip is commonly accepted as the best way to hold a handgun, the technique doesn’t guarantee perfect results every time. That’s because even a thumbs-forward grip can have variations in terms of… How high your support hand is positioned on the frame How far forward your support hand is placed on the frame How much palm contact is on the frame The wrist angle of your strong hand The wrist angle of your support hand Whether your arms are fully extended or slightly bent Because your grip is crucial to accuracy, speed and shooting a relatively tight group, [...]