Grading Shoot

Western Cape Grading Shoot 21 November 2018

A Grading Shoot has been scheduled for the Western Cape in the Cape Town area
according to the below details:

Date:  Wednesday 21 November 2018
Time: 09h30
Venue: False Bay Sports Shooting Club – Glencairn – near Simonstown (directions will be
forwarded to shooters on confirmation of attendance)
Contact Person: Keith Biermann on 082-774-0063 or

Booking is essential so please liaise directly with the contact person if you need any
information or directions to the range for this shoot.

Only 20 people can be accommodated for a Grading Shoot on one day. Therefore
bookings will be on a first come first serve basis.

If you are unable to book your place please notify the PFTC Admin Office so we can
schedule additional dates.

Please take along a copy of your identity book, as well as your personal protection
equipment, firearms and sufficient ammunition.

Upcoming Instructors Course

Last Instructors course for 2018

Date:  Monday 26 November 2018 – Friday 07 December 2018 (10 Days)

The newly revised Firearm Instructors course now takes place over two weeks. The course now includes all unit standards that were previously done individually. On successful completion of this course you will immediately be registered with PFTC and ITA as a Firearms Instructor. 
Unit Standards that will be covered:
Supervise Firearm Training US1123520
Facilitation and Assessment Guide
Ethics (Apply moral decision making US116483)
Range Officers US123519
The course involves theory and the art of teaching along with a practical component of handgun, shotgun, rifle and self-loading rifle. Requirements: All basic 119 series and Business Purpose 123 unit standards. If you do not have these they can be obtained prior to this course.
Instructor: Keith Biermann ITA Training Councillor (Tc11383) PFTC verifier (0097)
Place: False Bay Firearm Training Academy Operating out of False Bay Sports Shooting Club, Glencairn.
Cost: R15750 (50% deposit is required to secure your booking)
Contact: 021 782 0107

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A Feel Good Story

Project Gemini – Blind Shoot.

A few weeks ago we were contacted to arrange a shoot for 20 people, 17 of whom are blind or with limited vision. As always Keith Biermann rose to the occasion and started putting together a shoot to meet their specific needs. The Project Gemini group would shoot the .22 AR rifle and the .223 AR rifle at 50 meters and 10 rounds of 9mm Handgun at 10 meters. Keith and John set to work immediately strategising and setting up a special shoot to enable our Blind and sight impaired guests to have the ultimate shooting experience. Under Keith and John’s guidance and supervision so much fun was had by the whole group, one of the shooters even got the Bulls Eye, not once, not twice but THREE times! Proving yet again that anyone can shoot at False Bay Firearm Training Academy under the guidance and supervision of our amazing instructors.

Celebrating Heritage Day

Hi Everyone!

During the month of September we South Africans celebrate Heritage Day.  In true South African form this has become known as National Braai Day, we light our braai fires throw our favourite delights on the grid and enjoy the day with Family and Friends celebrating our Heritage.  Now… nothing says South African more than a traditional Boerie Roll.  So we have decided to treat you – our favourite people!  

Join us on 24 September 2018 for a fun shooting experience and get a free Boerie Roll when you book one of our awesome packages.  Bring your friends, bring your family but remember to book in advance as slots fill up FAST!  Call 021 782 0107 or email

See you there for a day to remember and a mouthwatering treat!  

Low Light Fundamentals Night Shoot

Hi Everyone,

False Bay Firearm Training Academy and Multi-Dimensional Warriors will be offering a low light fundamentals night shoot. This is an exciting course to attend and very popular.

Low Light Fundamentals Night Shoot













Shooting in low light conditions comes with it’s unique set of challenges. 
MDW and False Bay Shooting Academy bring you a course that will get you started with the fundamentals of shooting effectively in low light conditions.

What will we cover
• Low light shooting techniques
• Shooting in different low light conditions
• When and when not to use your flashlight
• Using a handheld flashlight

Date: Friday Evening 21st September 2018
Time: 6pm-10pm
Venue: False Bay Gun Club
Cost: R 450pp (MDW and law enforcement R375) 
Round count 100-120 rounds
To book email

Upcoming Courses

False Bay Firearm Training Academy will be offering the following courses at the beginning of August 2018:


1 August 2018 : PFTC Registered Firearms Assessors Course

False Bay Firearm Training Academy will be offering a professional body (PFTC) registered Firearm Assessors Course.

Course Title:  Conduct Outcome-based Assessment – Unit Standard 115753

Course Material:  The ITA course material will be used – International Firearm Training Academy (IFTA).

Recognition:  The course is registered with PFFTC

Instructor:  TBA

Date: 01 August 2018

Place: False Bay Firearm Training Academy, Glencairn

Cost: R3000 per person – a 50% deposit is required to secure your place

Bookings: 021 782 0107 or



2 August: 2018 Ethics CPD Workshop

Date: Thursday 02 August 2018 One day course

Cost: R850

Time: 09h00

Venue: False Bay Firearm Training academy.

Bookings:  021 782 0107 or

The False Bay Firearm Training Academy, Cape Town, South Africa

False Bay Training Academy - Handgun Shooting Training - Social Shooting Training or Sports Shooting Training
Handgun Training Session 

– With Keith Biermann

– ITA sports shooting applicable

Date: Saturday 7 July 2018
Time:  From 13h00
False Bay Firearm Training Academy will be offering a FREE handgun Training Session for people wanting to go to the Next Level. IT sports shooting applicable
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL as we can ony accommodate 12 people safely.
WHO: Open to all over the age of 18 who have basic handgun skills and want to take it to the next level.
Entryt: Club Entry fee (R60 non members, R30 members)
Ammo: Own cost (can be purchased at our shop). 100 rounds, you are welcome to bring more for the grading shoot
Instructor & Training: FREE
REQUIREMENTS: Handgun with 2 x magazines. Holster and mag pouches mandatory
SKILLS TO BE COVERED: Drawing from the holster, advanced on target and shooting, retreating and shooting, moving left and right while shooting,using cover, high and low cover.
We will end off with a grading shoot (50 rounds) that will allow you to gauge your skill level from previous and future training

A Brief History of Sport Shooting

Ever wondered just where Sport Shooting all began?  Here is an interesting article from The Washington Post that will give you some idea.  For the full article please click the link provided.


The Washington Post 

“The History of Shooting Sports
Formal target shoots involving the bow and arrow and the spear were first used as military training activities, but Homer’s “Iliad” indicates that Greeks also held archery contests to shoot pigeons on top of tall poles in honor of the gods. Indians, Persians, Slavs, Celts, and Germans engaged in similar activities.
By the tenth century, marksmanship evolved into a social and recreational sport. Regarded as the progenitor of great shooters, Swiss hero William Tell gained honor during the 14th century after successfully shooting an apple off his son’s head. A tyrannical Austrian bailiff forced Tell to use a crossbow to perform the legendary feat.

The First Shooting Clubs
The first shooting clubs were formed by German-speaking peoples in the 13th and 14th centuries. Membership was limited to men only. At first, bows and wheel-lock muskets were shot from the standing position, but by the 16th century, firearms with rifled barrels were used in public matches. Early club competitions were festive one-shot matches fired at elaborately painted wooden targets. Matches and shooting festivals for one or more clubs were routinely held on New Year’s Day, religious holidays, and other special occasions. Prizes of gold and money were frequently awarded.

Shooting Traditions in America
German and Swiss riflemakers in Pennsylvania began producing flintlock rifles suitable for use on the American frontier around 1710. Since protection from Indians and hunting for food were vital concerns, frontiersman soon began “shooting at a mark” to sharpen their skills. The mark was usually a knot on a tree or an “x” marked on a slab of wood.
The first forms of competition in this country were “rifle frolics” or “turkey shoots,” with prizes being beef, turkey, or other food items. Matches were usually one shot affairs fired from a distance of 250-330 feet from either the standing or rest shooting positions. Between 1790 and 1800, the first match rifles were developed, featuring 38 to 40-inch barrels, double-set triggers, and target sights similar to those used on European target arms.

Target gun accuracy improved when riflemakers began using new percussion caps in 1825. Formal match shooting began shortly thereafter, and competitions in all parts of the country were well-attended by shooters and spectators. A match in Glendale Park, N.Y., in the 1880’s attracted more than 600 shooters and 30,000 spectators in one day alone. An 1898 shooting festival at that same location offered $25,000 in cash prizes.

Trap shooting with live pigeons began in the U.S. around 1825, with the first recorded match being in Cincinnati, Ohio, six years later. Americans led the way in developing artificial targets for trap competition— first glass balls containing feathers, then clay targets. Among the greatest of the 19th century trapshooters were Adam Bogardus, Ira Paine, and “Annie” Oakley. In a one-day exhibition, Bogardus once broke 5,681 glass balls before missing, while Oakley once shot 4,772 of 5,000 glass balls released from 15yard traps.

The first recorded pistol match was a duel in 1860 between two men shooting nine-inch china plates from 100 feet. The winner broke 11 out of 15. In 1865, W.F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody began shooting pistol exhibitions, which did much to promote the sport.

Skeetshooting originated between 1910 and 1915 as an attempt to simulate upland game shooting. At first, competitors fired “around the clock” using a complete circle of shooting stations. This format was later modified to the present day half-circle, with targets thrown from high and low houses on either side of the field.


The Beginning of World Competition
The first World Shooting Championships were fired in 1897, when Lyon, France’s shooting club organized an international 300-meter rifle match to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Women’s events were first instituted at the 1958 Championships, and today World Championships for men and women in all disciplines are fired every four years. At the 1994 Championships in Milan 102 individual and team pistol, rifle, running target, and shotgun events will be contested.
The Emergence of National Federations and the UIT As shooting traditions devel0ped in the V.S. and overseas, many national federations were established in the mid to late 19th century. The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) was founded in 1871 by Colonel William Church and Captain George Wingate of the New York National Guard. The U.S. Revolver Association, founded in 1900, actually selected, trained, and financed Olympic pistol teams through the 1936 Games. The NRA then assumed leadership and developmental responsibilities for pistol, rifle and, beginning in 1960, shotgun shooting in the U.S.

In 1907, eight nations established the International Shooting Union (UIT), recognized today as the world governing body for shooting. The U.S. joined the UIT in 1908. The organization is now based in Munich Germany, and has 148 member federations. Mexico’s Olegario Vazquez Rana currently serves as the UIT president. Wolfgang Schreiber edits the UIT Journal, published bimonthly in four languages. UIT Headquarters can be reached at 01149 89 53 10 12 (phone) or 011 49 89 5 30 94 81 (fax).

In 1978, the U.S. Olympic Committee selected the NRA as the sole national governing body for Olympic-style shooting in the United States. The NRA’s International Shooting Sports division has been designated to fulfill this responsibility from its headquarters office at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. However, organizations such as the Amateur Trapshooting Association(ATA), the Pacific International Trapshooting Association (PITA), and the National Skeetshooting Association (NSSA) actively govern and develop American-style trap and skeet shooting in this country.”

Upcoming Courses and Specials May 2018

False Bay Firearm Training Academy will be offering a professional body (PFTC) registered Firearm Assessors course.

Course Title: Conduct Outcome-based Assessment – Unit Standard 115753 Course material: The ITA course material will be used – International Firearm Training Academy

Recognition: This course is registered with PFTC – South African Professional Firearm Trainers Council.

Instructor: T.B.A

Dates: 18 and 19 May 2018, 2 days inclusive.

Place: False Bay Training Academy operating out of False Bay Sports Shooting Club, Glencairn Cape Town

Cost: R2650 PP

A 50% deposit is required to secure your place. 

Please follow this link to the Facebook Event


PFTC Registered Instructors Course with Keith Biermann

Dates: 21 -25 May 2018 (5 Full Days)

Supervise Firearm Training Unit Standard 123520. The course involves theory and the art of teaching along with a practical component of handgun, shotgun, rifle and self-loading rifle. Requirements: All basic 119 series and Business Purpose 123 unit standards. If you do not have these they can be obtained prior to this course.
Instructor: Keith Biermann ITA Training Councillor (Tc11383) PFTC verifier (0097)
Place: False Bay Firearm Training Academy Operating out of False Bay Sports Shooting Club, Glencairn.
Cost: R5850 (50% deposit is required to secure your booking)
Contact: 021 782 0107
Please follow this link to the Facebook Event

Mothers Day Special R380

Bonding time for Mom’s and kids while learning the much needed skill of handling a 9mmP handgun with a qualified instructor.

Ammunition: 9mmP – 25 rounds for Mom and one child included in the price. R150 per extra child.

Firearm: CZ 75

Bookings Essential. Vouchers are available.  

Please note Club Gate entry fee of R60 is not included in the price and must be paid separately on entry




 to purchase a voucher for Mom this Mothers Day


Book Mom a One on One with Alexis! Peronal, specialised training with one of the best instructors in the industry!

50 rounds with a CZ Handgun, in depth safety and handling training with Alexis Biermann.

Bookings essential.  Vouchers available.

Please note Club Gate entry fee of R60 is not included in the price and must be paid separately on entry.

Personal firearm training with Alexis Biermann





 to purchase a voucher for Mom this Mothers Day



We have been waiting for it! You have been waiting for it! Come shoot it NOW for R200 per round.  R60 Gate fees not included.  Please email for bookings or call 021 7820107.  Click on image to enlarge:


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Credit: All credit goes to the Author

I played with guns as a kid. I was about 10 years old at the time and there were no adults around. It was just me and a school friend – cocking shotguns and finger spinning revolvers in a dimly lit basement.

To this day, my folks have no idea this happened. That was 28 years ago.

I knew that playing with guns was dangerously stupid, which is why I can remember my heart pounding all those years ago. But when you’re told that guns are bad most of your life, curiosity gets the better of you, and when you finally get the chance to hold one, risk aversion goes out the window.

You may be wondering how on earth a 10 year old got his hands on a firearm, but believe it or not, these opportunities have a way of presenting themselves. You see, my folks were very much anti-gun, but the same couldn’t be said about my mate’s parents.

I don’t know how, or why, he knew where his father “secretly” kept the key to the safe, but he did, and on several occasions he would open up and play around.

Thinking back, the thought now horrifies me, and as a father to two young boys it makes me weak at the knees to think of my kids handling a firearm (unsupervised) as if it were a toy.

But here’s the thing, you can’t control every situation your kids will be in.

This leaves you with two options:

1) Drum it into your child that guns are bad, and hope that nothing happens to him / her in an unsupervised situation. Or…

2) Accept the fact that things will happen beyond your control (or knowledge), and equip him / her to handle those situations.

But how do you do that? Well, lecturing them almost never works, so why don’t you take them shooting?

At the heart of every firearm training academy there exists one fundamental lesson: safety.

Like it or not, your kids may one day find themselves in a situation where a friend of theirs is handling a gun unsupervised. Unfortunately, you can’t be sure how your child will react, but one thing is for sure: Curiosity is NEVER a good thing.

With the appropriate training, your child will learn how to respect guns, but even more so, his/her actions won’t be motivated by curiosity.

As parents, we like to believe that our kids know right from wrong, and perhaps yours do, but hoping they’ll do the right thing is a feeble solution to a dangerously loaded problem – charged with peer pressure, adrenalin and a curious mind.

• Remove the curiosity factor surrounding firearms.
• Teach them how to respect guns, so that they have the sense to walk away from a dangerous situation.
• Lecturing your child about the dangers of firearms is not as effective (or authoritative) as hearing it from a 3rd party professional.
• Being in an environment where everyone is safety conscious reaffirms the behaviour and imparts gun etiquette.
• Firearm training will teach your child that safety is not merely a factor of firearm use, it’s an inherent part if it.

For more information on firearm training, call (021) 782 0107, or email False Bay Firearm Training Academy on