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 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.”
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.
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.
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PFTC Registered Instructors Course with Keith Biermann
Dates: 21 -25 May 2018 (5 Full Days)
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.
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
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WHY YOUR CHILD SHOULD LEARN TO USE GUN
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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.
5 BENEFITS OF TAKING YOUR CHILD FOR FIREARM TRAINING
• 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.
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Supervise Firearm Training Unit Standard 123520.
09 April – 13 April 2018
The NEW 19X is here and it’s ready to go!
It comes out in it’s very own awesome coyote coloured box!
Offering the best of both the 17 and 19, along with a set of the new spec night sights and a third magazine. All you need is a holster and some ammo to hit the ground running!
Available in the same batch the fantastic new G34 Gen 5 MOS and the awesome new G26 Gen5 giving you all the improvements that Gen 5 offers, in two favourite packages.
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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 16th March
Venue: False Bay Gun Club
Cost: R 450pp (MDW and law enforcement R375)
Round count 100-120 rounds
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SAGA – A CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE
Eight justices of the Constitutional Court, our country’s highest court, will henceforth have to carefully consider the arguments made on behalf of the Minister of Police (as appellant), SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association (as defendant), Gun Free SA and Fidelity Security (both as amici curiae) and then adjudicate the case on the facts as contained in pleadings and the law. Since Judge Tolmay on 4 July 2017 ruled, among others, that sections 24 and 28 of the Firearms Control Act, No. 60 of 2000 were unconstitutional, our law requires that any finding of unconstitutionality by a High Court, needs to be confirmed by the Constitutional Court.
On behalf of the minister it was argued that the Gauteng North High Court went beyond what was proven by the applicant (SA Hunters) and that, accordingly, the ruling could not be confirmed. Counsel for SA Hunters, however, argued convincingly that there are clear gaps in the legislation, especially in the sense that no provision is made for firearm owners who had failed to timeously apply for the renewal for their licenses, to do so either during the so-called 90-days period or even after the license has expired. Great emphasis was placed on the fact that the failure to timeously apply for the renewal of licenses criminalise such gun owners and deprive them of their ownership of their firearms. This is an argument based on constitutional principles that protect citizens against vague and irrational legislation and equal protection for all. It also guards against arbitrary deprivation of property. We are satisfied that the court understands that there are gaps in the law and that these gaps cause confusion and uncertainty among firearm owners.
The argument of GFSA was based on emotion and (again) irrelevant statistics and we are of the view that it will not contribute significantly to any finding or decision.
Fidelity’s argument coincided largely with what SAGA argued in the Gauteng High Court, namely that sections 24 and 28 were not unconstitutional, but rather that clear guidelines should be given regarding the interpretation of the provisions. These guidelines could then be utilised by parliament in redrafting the Firearms Control Act.
As expected, at the conclusion of the arguments, the court postponed the matter for consideration and to deliver judgment. Although we have no indication how long this might take, the justices are extremely hard-working and they have very high productivity rate.
Is it possible to predict the ruling of the court? It will be unethical and very irresponsible to do so. The court will declare unconstitutional provisions of an Act only if there are no other remedies. Accordingly, even if the court does not confirm the declaration of unconstitutionality of sections 24 and 28 by the Gauteng High Court, it may nevertheless provide interpretation and guidelines for its application.
Firearm owners are reminded that it remains their responsibility to timeously apply for the renewal of their licenses or to lawfully dispose of such firearms should they no longer wish to possess them. Although the CFR sends out sms notices to remind licensees of the imminent expiry of their licenses, it still does not happen consistently. Rather diarise the expiry dates and apply for renewal in time.
The SAGA Trust
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Job Vacancy at False Bay Firearm Training Academy in Glencairn, Simonstown, Southern Peninsula
We are looking for a dynamic individual who is over 21 years of age and a non-smoker to join our team at False Bay Firearm Training Academy. The company is growing in leaps and bounds and the correct person must be able to change and grow with the business. The successful candidate must be a people’s person who enjoys communicating with people from all walks of life, who has a passion for learning and for teaching. We require someone who is hands on and willing to jump in and assist wherever needed which includes but is not limited to:
Assisting taking clients for Corporate and Experience Packages
Cleaning and general maintenance of firearms
Assisting the Gunsmith when needed
Assisting with range maintenance when needed
Assisting with stock control from time to time
A basic knowledge of firearm safety and a holder of a Competency certificate will be beneficial, but training will be provided. The correct candidate must be able to adhere to the strict rules and regulations of the Firearm Industry.
Drivers License and own transport is essential as we are off the beaten track with little public transport to the location.
Working Hours: Monday to Friday 09h00 – 17h00 and one Weekend day a fortnight.
Salary: Negotiable according to experience
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One week of intensive pistol training 4 February 2018
False Bay Firearm Training Academy in conjunction with SwissITA is offering a Pistol Intensive Training Workshop from 4 to 11 February 2018. Spaces are limited so contact us now to book your space.
Participants: SwissITA members and approved guests. Basic skills with the pistol and good fitness are required.
The camp offers intensive instruction and training with the pistol. The techniques are instructed, corrected, automated and finally applied in various situations.
- Pistol IB1+2+3
- IDPA intro, training and competition
- Concealed Carry
- Advanced exercises: low light operation, vehicle defense, operating in and around houses
- Basic introduction: unarmed self defense, first aid
Instructors: Experienced instructors from Switzerland and South Africa
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