PMP GROUPING SHOOT:
Our flagship event since 1999. ProAmm-PMP have been sponsoring the grouping shoot for 13 years.
In this competition, there is no equipment race. Shooters are encouraged to shoot with their normal hunting rifles.
The challenge is to shoot as small a group as possible, from the bench over sandbags, with the PMP provided ammunition. Apart from the prizes offered on the day of the Firearms Festival, there is the chance to qualify for the national grouping competition to be held in Pretoria in October. The qualifying group size is 18 mm.
The regional grouping shoot competitions are held countrywide, and even in Namibia over a period of 18 months. Tamboti Toyota Firearms Festival is the only venue hosting two regional shoots in a 18 month cycle. Sabi Wapens has donated a Krieghoff Semprio rifle for the smallest group shot over the 18 month period.
BIG BORE SHOOT:
The Big Bore item is run by BASA (Big Bore Association of SA). This item is exclusively for big bore rifles - 9,3 mm and larger. It is a simulated dangerous game hunting competition.
Scoring is done taking into account :1 Accuracy - how many times did the shooter hit the vitals of his quarry? 2. Speed - how long did he/she take to complete the exercise? 3. Energy - what was the bullet's energy? (bullet weight and velocity used to calculate that.)
For BASA members the first attempt count to their annual score. Members and non-members are welcome to shoot more than once. The best score for the day wins the hunting package that is the first prize in this competition.
ACTIVE HUNTING RANGE:
Many hunters would like to shoot in the Big Bore item , but don't own a big bore rifle. This is what the Active hunting range is for. A simulated hunting experience with .22 rifles.
Under the expert guidance (and discipline) of our Deutsche Waidmann (Waidfrau?), Hanne Hurst have go at hunting wildebeest, waterbuck and impala on this range.
CLAY TARGET SHOOTING:
MUZZLE LOADER RANGE:
"OU GRIETJIE" the cannon used by the Voortrekkers at the Battle of Blood River will be demonstrated at the start of the shooting at 08hoo. Johan Greyling, expert on antique firearms is in charge of the artillery.
Under the expert guidance of Johan Greyling, you can have chance to shoot a bit of history.
Shoot the Brown Bess flintlock (British service musket from 1726 to 1851), or a more modern Kentucky percussion rifle.
Muskets, rifles, ball powder and caps supplied at the range.
BOER AND BRIT SHOOT:
The grand finale!
When the Pro-amm range closes at about 17h00, the Boer and Brit competition starts.
Teams consist of four shooters each, and the team's name reflect their allegiance.
There can be no doubt about where the loyalty of either the "Buller's Bastirds" or the "De Wet's donders" lies!
Each team has to knock down 16 falling plates of 300 x 300 mm over 100 m. There is no limit on ammo - only the time taken by the team to knock down their targets.
There are two divisions:
Historical: Rifles have to be manual action, iron sighted and shot from the standing position.
Modern: Rifles must be manually operated, but may have telescopes and shot from the standing position.
KRIEGHOFF RIFLE DEMONSTRATION:
Sabi Wapens is the South African agent for Krieghoff, the German manufacturer of high quality hunting rifles.
Krieghoff is renowned for their double rifles as well as the revolutionary "Semprio" pump action rifle.
These rifles will be on show at their own demonstration range, (just east of the BASA range).
PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY:
MUSIC PERFORMANCE "EMPATIE"
Two young musicians, Jacques de Villiers and ... , members of the group Empatie will entertain us with some music after the shoot.
The performance will start at 18h00 in the big tent, after the closure of the shooting ranges.
TAMBOTI TOYOTA FIREARMS FESTIVAL 2012: REPORT
Saturday 25 August 2012
The day started at 05h00 with another drag of a set of old tyres over the sandy access road of 5 km. The low level of soil humidity this year and the large number of cars expected represented a special challenge, which we planned to meet by dragging the road at least twice on this day. The road was allready quite churned up by the large number of campers arriving the previous two days.
As the trusty 1993 model Toyota hilux hummed along in 2nd gear low range, 4x4, I ran a checklist of all the things still to be done.
There were about 60 campers in the tent town on the range - mostly BASA members who had built the big bore range the previous day.
At the Muzzle loader range Mic and Santie were in there canvass home-office, with a car full of muzzle loaders, and two jars of Sannadex next to them. Their range was ready.
As I passed the rondavels of "Sekoko lodge" at the farm boundary, I could see the solitary light of oom Ken Stewart, our bulletsmith moving around his camp.
In the complex with him were : The SAS team of Camo7,62, Sean and JS4 tasked with doing the handgun range on this day.
Eugene Combrinck of Magnum Arms the agent for Krieghoff was also booked in there - ready for his live exhibit of quality hunting rifles.
Sharing their camp were visitors from Bethal and Pretoria.
The other ranges:ProAmm grouping range, .22 Active hunting range, Clay target trap and skeet range, Boer and Brit range, .22 junior training range, SAS handgun range were all silently lying ready in the pre-dawn. (After more than a week's hectic preparation.)
The big tent 9m x 15m was pitched, and the stage was built for the night's performance by John Edmond.
Marcel, Salome, Georgi, Pietie, Petro, Nichola and Kaye - the admin team had booked a large number of relays for the ProAmm shoot the previous day and evening. We were ready to start shooting the moment our range officers arrived and put up the targets.
Weather prediction was only 32*C and a 10 km/h North-easterly wind - perfect for an August day.
As dawn broke, the camp started coming to life.
At the tents kettles were steaming on little fires and gas stoves. Prospective participants were cleaning and checking their rifles, counting their ammo, getting ready.
A stream of vehicles started to pour in as the range officers started to take up their positions. Coffee was served from Thermos flasks, or bought from the tuck shop allready open.
The first range to open would be the ProAmm grouping. There are 14 concrete tables, with sand bags. Relays are numbered Alpha, Bravo, Charlie .....and the positions 1,2,3 ......14 . Relays A and B was used mostly to give the range officers a chance to shoot before commencing their duties. The first shots were fired at 08h05 - only 5 minutes behind schedule.
At the admin centre the shooters were queing - the quees were much shorter than in 2011, due to the Friday's pre-registration, and an administrative overhaul undertaken by Marcel, Salome and Georgi.
By 09h00 the other ranges were opening.
BASA (Big Bore association of Southern Africa) had set up a range with a giraffe, lions, buffaloes, a rhino and a jackal. The first prize here was a hunting package of two kudus for two hunters on Lemetfort farm. There was no number of entries, to try and win this prize - well there was :the depth of your pocket and the size of your ammo-box! But they kept on coming back. Only 9,3 mm and larger calibre were allowed.
At the active hunting range next door, the hunters were doing their thing. Our German "Weidfrau" had set up a blue wildebeest range and a buffalo range for .22 rifles. Enthusiasm was running high.
On the handgun range, Craig, Sean and Johan had everything ready.
As I was discussing the score sheets with Craig, the first shots rang from the ProAmm range. The smell of burnt nitro-propellant was carried to us by the light North-easterly breeze. Bliss. Now I knew how a gundog feels when a shotgun is taken from a bag.
The sound system was playing boeremusiek, and every now and then an anouncement was made to get someone to the right place at the right time.
The admin people were busy, but the system ran like a well oiled machine.
Shotgun range started a bit slow, but once they were up and running, they ran!
They had a group of enthusiastic shotgunners, who every year spend almost all their time at this range. This year the range consisted of 5 clays from a trap machine from different positions, followed by a double from the skeet machine.
Nobody could get a full score, but Wynand Botha got close with 6/7.
I was kept busy running small errands. A staple gun at the ProAmm; shotshells for the clay range; more score sheets for handgun; Oom Frikkie needs a decapper for his Martini Henry shells.
Reports came in that some saloon cars were getting stuck on the sand road. Chas Lotter (SAGA) got the oppurtunity to test his brand new winch on his Prado. I also sent my son Pietie to drag the set of tyres to level the road once more. Everywhere the spirit was just fantastic. Two participants arrived by helicopter, and the only sand they had to face was a short walk from the LZ to the shooting ranges.
On the demonstration range, Eugene Combrink (Magnum Arms) was showing his range of Krieghoff rifles. In the big tent there was a knife exhibition by Stephenson's knives. Paul, Rudes and Bushboy were representing Tac Shac and it proved a hit. Everybody wanted to try their SLR's.
The weather prediction of 32*C was a bit conservative. It felt more like 36*C.
The big tent had a line of microsprayers to cool it down. This helped, especially with the breeze.
Casualties: One R/O at the ProAmm cut his finger on a staple when removing a target. He got a plaster.
Marisia joined the half moon club, sustaining a deep cut on the forehead at the Big Bore range. She was attended to. After this she proved that she did not develop a flinch, by shooting a 18 mm group at ProAmm and winning the ladies division.
One lady got a blackout, probably because of the heat. She also made a full recovery, and stayed till the end of the performance that night.
(This list represents the largest number of casualties on a firearms festival - in 14 years.) Really nothing to complain about.
The kids were having a ball on the jumping castle.
By 15h00 big three legged pots made their appearance, and our butcher/cook started his magic on some open fires.
By 16h00 some of the ranges started to close. Our predictions were for the ProAmm to end at 16H30 to be followed by the grand finale of the Boer and Brit shoot. The three flags : ZAR vierkleur; Union Jack and OVS vierkleur were fluttering in the breeze - promising some action to come.
Eventually the ProAmm managed to take down the last targets at 17h15 - we were running a bit late.
Shooters and spectators started gathering for the Boer and Brit shoot. The rules are simple: 4 members per team, 16 falling plates at 100 m, standing position, no ammo limit, time from the command "fire", till the last plate is down. The "traditional" category specify iron sights (open or peep), whereas the "open" allows telescopic sights. Though it appears that you are competing against the team next to you, the real measure of performance is the time.
The action was fast and furious, spectators cheered as their teams managed to topple the last plate. The contest between old rivals: "Buller's barstids" and "De Wet's Donders" was particularly lively. This time "Buller's barstids" beat De Wet's Donders by about 10 seconds. Eventually the event was won by the "Manne met 'n plan " commando - a group who came over from the BASA range and didn't think toppling falling plates with .416 Rigbys and .375 H&H's was too expensive!
Now everybody gathered at the big tent. Juniors was handed their trophies, as the day was getting a bit long for the little ones.
John Edmond got onto the stage and told us the story of brave Rhodesia's stand against the world. The audience loved it.
On the fires the last touches was being added to the potjiekos, wors and sosaties.
Then came the prize giving ceremony where the best achievements on all the ranges were acknowledged. ProAmm grouping shoot is the main event, and everyone shooting a group smaller than 18 mm, qualifies for the national championship to be held in October at the PMP shooting range.
Tamboti Toyota Firearms Festival 2012 was over. It was only made possible by the hard work and dedication of more than 60 individuals, working for a common goal: "To celebrate firearm ownership!".
The date for the next TTFF has been set: 31 August 2013