About MSA Company

About Magnum Shooting Academy

Professional and affordable firearm training is done by our highly qualified trainers. Magnum Shooting Academy is an accredited Training Provider that can facilitate firearm training in four different categories which are: Handgun, Shotgun, Rifle and the Semi-Auto Carbine.

Our Vision

We measure success by:

  • Learner Proficiency
  • Striving for a more proficient Firearm society
  • Successful training and development in our field

Mission Statement

Magnum Shooting Academy will make use of accredited training materials that are aligned with the SAQA unit standards, which will be delivered to the learner in an outcome-based approach with the aim of making the learner completely proficient in the skills thereof.

Magnum Shooting Academy will ensure that the learner’s assessment is measured against the unit standards, and will be true, fair and just.

These courses and skills will be aimed at developing everyone from the individual seeking firearm proficiency, to the security industry and the tactically minded.

Our courses are of the highest quality, affordable and accessible.


James Bristow – Director of Training & Development

Military Service – 2 Signal Regiment – Electronic Warfare Station Pta
NAFTA Instructor / ex Board Member
ITA – Advanced Instructor
USA ASP – Tactical Baton / Handcuff Instructor
Driving Instructor / Offensive & Defensive
SASSETA – Assessor
SASSETA – Moderator
SAQA / Professional Tactical Firearms Instructor
PFTC Verifier - Professional Firearm Trainers Council 
Firearms Training Counsellor – International Firearms Academy
James Bristow – Director of Training & Development
James Bristow – Director of Training & Development

The Magnum Shooting Academy Story

In early 2001 I found myself at my job, bored, wanting to start a different career, and wanted a new change. I began to study firearms and training, making a difference in people’s lives so they could protect themselves, creating an immediate difference in our surrounding communities.

From humble beginnings, training friends, to actual clients. With my mind focused on corporate branding to lead us into the international training market.

It begun in my back room in my house, I started with four chairs & tables in a make shift classroom. Humble beginnings to say the least.

I really love to shoot all and every type of firearm I can get my hands on, but my true happiness this business is to teach others. When a new student attends training with me and I see the progression and the change of “what just happened to me”, this in itself is priceless. I believe that my true calling is to teach and really change students’ perspectives, mostly by changing their knowledge, skills and make some difference in their attitude.

Magnum Shooting Academy still offers a high standard of training and has been doing so since 2002, offering services to the public, security companies, SAPS, Traffic Police, government departments, game rangers, anti-poaching units, Close Protection Officers and International clients alike.  

Magnum Shooting Academy is accredited with all the industries governing bodies, this allows us to facilitate training in our field of learning that is relevant to the public, security and Official training also for Government departments. We offer training from basic modules all the way to Advanced, management levels and bespoke training.