But that is just the beginning. The club prides itself on its versatility, variety, and accessibility. “We are a bit of a family at False Bay,” says director Raymond Rundle. “Our goal is to make our members happy, and to deliver the latest in sports shooting. If there is an interest in something we do not offer, we will find a way of bringing it to the club.” The club’s history dates back to the early 1990s, known then as the Houtbay Handgun Club. With only a range or two and a wooden shack for shade, it became clear a name change was required to encompass the location. However, even so interest remained relatively low in the early 2000s.
Having a range that is accessible every day does make a difference.
HOSTING THE IPSC NATIONALS
Things changed dramatically in 2004. After several name changes and upheavals, including the closing of the quarry by the local municipality, the club finally managed to establish, became known officially known as the FBSSC, and was requested to host the IPSC Nationals. “Taking into account what it would cost that to pull it off, this was a huge decision at the time, but we decided to give it a go. We worked really hard, raised funds, bulldozed some extra ranges, and hosted the nationals successfully. We have never looked back,” Raymond says proudly.
TARGET TO ACTION SHOOTING
Today, boasting nearly 600 members, the club has gone from strength to strength, continuing to grow in light of its top-notch facilities, which are being upgraded continuously to meet shooters’ needs. “The club caters for handgun, rifle and shotgun, as well as air rifles. We offer various sports, from target shooting to action shooting, from traditional to the most cutting-edge,” Raymond says. A clubhouse and an independently run gunshop now stand in the place of the small shack of yesteryear, while 15 ranges and a 110 m rifle range are available seven days a week. “We took the decision to open seven days a week, rather than just over weekends, due to the increased demand from members and non-members alike. Having a range that is accessible every day does make a difference,” Raymond notes.
Several training providers operate from the club, with training available for sport shooting, self-defence, hunting, and firearm proficiency or competence. “We also pride ourselves on the variety of sports=shooting disciplines we offer,” Raymond adds. This includes International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC), 3-Gun SA, International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts (ICORE), National Pistol Association (NPA), Western Territory Rangers (WTR), Steel Challenge (SASC), National Shooting Association (NSA), International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), International Training Academy Sports Shooting Club (ITASSC), and Sporting Clay.
RANGE OF DISCIPLINES
“We wanted to differentiate ourselves, and we are a sports-shooting club at heart. It is therefore important to have the range of disciplines available at the club, but also the physical facility, and then the enhanced accessibility not only on weekends, but throughout the week. This is where we believe our club stands out.” There is one range officer on duty during the week, and two on weekends. “Whether you want to train or just practice, or maybe do load development for hunting, all of these facilities are available and easily accessible. We also encourage air-rifle shooters, and have a range available to meet their specific needs,” Raymond points out.
We are a sports shooting club at heart.
OPEN TO ALL
Membership is open to all, and one does not have to own a firearm or firearm licence to shoot at the club. “We encourage as wide a membership as possible, with people from all walks of life joining our club. We want to appeal to everyone in the firearm fraternity, and therefore go to great effort to cover all aspects of the firearm industry,” Raymond highlights. “Anyone – from those who have never shot before to the experienced shooter – is welcome at our club.” Developing and encouraging shooting as a sport for young people is an important element for the club. “This is a sport that takes you outdoors – in our, case to one of the most idyllic spots in the region – and teaches you both mental and physical discipline, focus, and strength. Encouraging participation in sports shooting, and thereby growing our sport, is important to the club,” Raymond concludes.