Denel PMP hosting shooting competition

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Denel PMP will this weekend host the ProAmm National Grouping Championships after 3 600 shottists participated in preliminary rounds across the country.

Phaladi Petje, the CEO of Denel PMP, said the intention of the competition is to raise awareness about the quality of locally manufactured ammunition and support a culture of responsible participation in gun-related activities. PMP is the organiser of the competition.
“This is also an event which showcases the world-class quality of PMP’s range of hunting ammunition. The amazing accuracy achieved by the marksmen and women is testimony to the quality of the products manufactured by our local ammunition industry,” Petje said.

To qualify for the finals participants had to shoot a 3-shot grouping of 18 mm or smaller over a distance of 100 metres. Only standard hunting rifles could be used with PMP’s Standard and ProAmm ammunition.

Petje said the competition has been part of the Southern African hunting scene since the launch of the ProAmm range in 1996. There is close collaboration between PMP and local hunting and conservation organisations to promote the event and the South African ammunition industry.

The required 18 mm grouping is exceptionally difficult to achieve. More than 64 400 rounds were fired at 16 600 targets during the duration of the competition with only 5.4% of participants achieving the desired tight grouping.

The accuracy of the keenest competitors in this year’s event was, however, among the best ever with the top shot, Frans Fourie of Ventersdorp, achieving a measured grouping of a mere 1.8mm with his three shot grouping. With this record grouping he won himself a 30-06 Krieghoff rifle with a Swarovski scope to the value of R50 000.00.

Petje said men and women will compete on equal footing at Saturday’s event to be held at PMP’s Elandsig range to the west of Pretoria. In addition to the overall victor there, will, however, be separate winners in the ladies and junior categories.

The most proficient shottist will receive the winner’s prize consisting of a CZ De Lux hunting rifle equipped with a Leupold scope, with a total value of R25 000.

Although PMP specialises in military ammunition, it also manufactures a wide range of sporting and hunting ammunition for target shooting, hunting and self-defence. A lot of its products are destined for the export market, with Africa a growing opportunity as PMP now makes 7.62 mm calibre ammunition for AK-47 assault rifles as well as a 23 mm range widely used by African defence forces.

Last month Petje said he intended to double PMP’s turnover to more than R1-billion within the next five years in response to the strategic requirements in the local market and growing presence in the rest of Africa.

The company is currently busy with a plant renewal process to modernise its machinery to improve operational and cost efficiencies whilst enabling it to expand production on a number of new and existing products.
“We are also increasing our R&D capacity to ensure PMP becomes the ammunition solution partner of choice both in South Africa and across the continent,” said Petje. “Innovation is at the core of our activities and we are working with Armscor, the CSIR and local universities on various research projects and new product developments.”

Locally, the company is ready to deliver on the recommendations of the 2014 Defence Review which calls for high levels of self-sufficiency in the provision of ammunition to the SANDF and the security cluster. “We have 75 years of experience in this industry and will definitely be able to meet these requirements,” said Petje.