CV - Paul Eksteen

Paul Eksteen

Biographical Details

Surname Eksteen
First Name Paul
Identity Number 661121 5082 080
Date of Birth 21 November 1966
Nationality South African
Home Language Afrikaans
Other Languages English
Drivers Licences Code 10 (EC 1)
Code 02 (A)
Health Excellent (Non smoker)
National Service 1985/6 - SA Corps of Signalers, Corporal

Educational Details

Secondary Education

School Pietersburg High School
Highest standard Matriculated, 1984 (Grade 12)
Special achievements School colours: Sport
School colours: Culture

Tertiary Education

Degree BSc (Engineering Geology)
Institution University of Pretoria

December 1990

Special achievements Chairman of the Geological Society UP
Committee member of the UP Underwater Club
Chairman of Manta Underwater Club
UP Colours for Sport
Northern Transvaal Colours (Underwater Hockey)
S A Universities A Team (Underwater Hockey)

Background in Firearms and Sport Shooting

I started my shooting career at the age of 6 years with a .177 BSA Mercury air rifle which I still own. Under the supervision of my father, I was taught the responsible use and safety measures of firearms with this airgun.

I started hunting during holidays whilst visiting my uncles and friends on their farms. I started hunting at the early age of 10 years on a farm near Pietersburg where I was taught the basics of hunting using an air rifle, .22 long rifle and 12-gauge shotgun.

From day one, I was taught that firearm safety and firearm control are the most important factors to guarantee me a long and successful hunting and sporting career.

My mother used to belong to the SA Women Federation and it was at one of their workshops during 1981 that I received my first formal training in the use of a handgun, shotgun and rifle. This training was done by the local (Pietersburg) Army Commando.

At this stage I also started collecting cartridges and up to this day am very proud on my extended and updated collection.

My hunting career excelled during my high school days when I started hunting on my uncle’s farm in Namibia. Here I was introduced to European rifles and rifle makers. I learned about and hunted with Mannlicher, Walther, Steyr, Sauer, BSA, Enfield, Mauser, Beretta, Aya, Hammerli, Brno, Gibbs, Sako, Browning and many more European rifles.

I purchased my first European centre fire rifle in 1982 at the age of 16. It was a Sauer Model 80 in .30-06 calibre, a rifle I still own and hunt with regularly up to this day.

Whilst at school (1982-1984) I acquainted Lulu van Tonder, Chris Insell and Gerhard Swan, local gun shop owners and big-game hunters.
I studied reloading under their supervision and guidance, and assisted them with their re-loading. This apprenticeship took me from casting bullets to loading rifle and pistol calibers.

I did my National Service during 1985 and 1986 where I received training in the Belgian FN FAL( R1) rifle (7.62 x 51 NATO) as well as with Vector’s R4 rifle (5.56 x 45 NATO).

During 1986 I bought another European Rifle, a .22 Brno. This rifle is used for hunting small game and is still one of my favorite training rifles.

In 1987 I bought my third European Hunting rifle, a Sauer & Son .43 Mauser & 16 gauge shotgun combination. This rifle dates back to the 1880s and is generally referred to as a “Cape Gun”, designed for hunting lions in Africa. This is still one of my favorite collector’s pieces.

In 1997 I joined the Defense Practical Shooting Club in Pretoria, and began the 12-week course to enable me to start competing in practical pistol shooting.

Once I had completed this course, I immediately started shooting in the Northern Gauteng leagues. I participated in my first National competition in 1999, and have been shooting at National level since then.

During the late 1990’s I also started participating in Practical 3 Gun Shooting. This involves pistol, shotgun and semi automatic rifle shooting.

I participated in my first National competition on 3-4 July 1999, and have been shooting at National level ever since.

I have won the SA Championships in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 (I have also received four International Practical Shooting Confederations Presidents Awards) as well as the SA Air Force Championships in 2002.
I have participated in all the South African 3-Gun Nationals over the last 10 years and am currently number 1 on SA’s National Log.

I have participated in the European 3 Gun Championships in Czech Republic in 2007 and finished 8th Overall.

I have participated in the European Shotgun Championships in Czech Republic in 2009 and finished 31st overall.

I have received my Northern Gauteng Provincial Colors for Practical Shooting in 2004.

I have been representing Limpopo Province in Practical Shooting from 2006 to date.

I have been awarded Honorary Colors in Practical Shooting in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 by the Military Sport Club, Polokwane. I was also awarded as the Military’s Sport Club’s Sportman of the year in 2008.

I am shooting the PPSC OIpen Championships (Holiday Inns) every year (Clay Pigeon, .22 Rimfire, Centerfire Rifle, Pistol Biancchi).
I have finished 4th overall in the above Championships in 2008, 6th in 2009, 9th in 2010 and 3rd in 2011. I have won the Handgun Division in 2010 and 2011.

I have started Clay Pigeon Shooting in 2010 and have represented Limpopo at the 2010 Chairman’s Cup in the Sporting Division.

I bought my first black powder gun in 1986 and my second one in 2002. I have been reloading and shooting these guns with local black powder since then. I am fully aware of the pros and cons of these firearms and have got vast experience in the different loads being used, the cleaning and maintenance problems, the safety factors, etc.

Over the past 15 years, I studied a vast amount of literature and grew my collection of relevant books and magazines to over 300 units. I read and collect various magazines and books on caliber selection, ballistics, hunting, reloading, firearm manufacturing, optics, training, etc.

During overseas travel, I try to visit as many Firearm Manufacturers as possible and have been fortunate to visit the London offices of Holland and Holland as well as Purdey, the Austrian gun makers in Ferlach as well as factories in Germany, Switzerland and the CZ factory in Czech Republic.

Niels van Rooyen, the Manager of Holland & Holland of New Bond Street in London has taken me on a thorough tour of the Holland & Holland factory, holding safes, gun collection, etc and has invited me to a bird hunt next time I visit the United Kingdom.

Gerd Hauptmann from Karl Hauptmann Jagdwaffen of Ferlach, Austria, took me through his factory and also introduced me to his engraver where I had a variety of grip caps engraved for some of the rifles in my collection.

Josef Just of Ferlach took me on a tour of the barrel factory in Ferlach where most of Europe’s .50 Browning barrels are being made. He also showed me the production of the world famous octagonal barrel of Ferlach for hunting rifles as well as the pressure testing and various other tests being done on every barrel manufactured in Ferlach.

I have also visited Dr Eckart Lindner, an avid collector of European Firearms at his home in Rothenburg, Germany. He hunts annually in South Africa and we would get together at these occasions and share knowledge regarding our mutual fields of interest – firearms.

On a visit to Luzern in Switzerland, I have met Fritz Stampfli of Stampfli Waffen, and have spent a full day in his gunshop, looking as his Master Gunsmith assembled a fine rifle built on a Mauser action for one of his International customers.

During my visit to Czech Republic in 2007 I have visited the CZ factory in Uhersky Brod and have been their guest for two days where I was given a full tour of the factory and was also allowed to shoot any of their products in their indoor shooting range.


I am an active member of the SA Defence Force Shooting Club, Polokwane, and am also affiliated with the SA Practical Shooting Association (Membership Number 220), and have Dedicated Sportsman Status with this Organisation.

I am an active member of the Polokwane Pins Extreme Shooting Club, and am also affiliated with the SA Pin Shooting Federation (Membership Number LPSA193), and have Dedicated Sportsman Status with this Organisation.

I am a member of the RSA Cartridge Collectors Association.

I am a member of SA Hunters’ and Game Conservation Association, 1999-2009 (Membership Number 019635), and have Dedicated Hunter Status with this Organisation.

I am a member of the SA Arms and Ammunition Collectors Association: Northern Gauteng Chapter, 2004-9 (Membership Number M0031), and have Dedicated Collector Status with this Organisation.

I am a member of Bosveld Wapen & Ammunisie-Vereniging, 2008-2009 (Membership Number B303), and have Dedicated Collector Status with this Organisation.

I am a member of the Clay Target Shooting Association of South Africa (Membership Number 4803), and have Dedicated Sportsman Status with this Organisation.

I am a member of the Handgun Hunters Association of South Africa, membership number 120.

I am registered as a Bona Fide Hunter (1997/2710).

I am registered as a Bona Fide Sportsman (1999/4585).

I am an Accredited Firearms Instructor, 2005 (International Training Academy Advanced Instructor No. I44105).

I am an Accredited Occupational Directed Assessor, 2005 (Behaviour Systems Development (Pty) Ltd).


  • Attended and passed a Close Quarters Combat course with Henk Iverson during 1998.
  • Attended a Basic Practical Shooting Course with Corrie Grovè and JJ Kriel of the SAAF in 1998 to be able to participate in Northern Gauteng Leagues and SA National Competitions in Practical Shooting.
  • Attended and passed an Advanced Combat Course (Handgun) by Roger Stockbridge (CRS Technologies) in 2001.
  • Attended an Advanced Practical 3-Gun Shooting workshop by Jonathan Fouche (Shooting Stuff) in 2002.
  • Received Northern Gauteng Provincial Colours for Practical Shooting in 2004.
  • Attended and passed at Advanced Level a Firearms Instructors course with Andrè Pretorius (ITA) in 2005.
  • Received Limpopo Province Colours for Practical Shooting in 2006/7/8.
  • I have won the South African 3-Gun Championships (S.A. Champion) in 2001,2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
  • I am a qualified Range Officer and have been utilised as a trainer on Club level for the past 10 years.
  • Attended Sig Sauer Academy’s Advanced Training Course for Instructors by George Harris in May 2009.


Underwater Hockey

  • Represented the University of Pretoria, and SA Universities during 1988 – 1991.
  • Represented Northern Transvaal on Provincial level from 1988 to 2002.
  • Represented South Africa from 1995 to 2002 on International level.
  • Retired from playing underwater hockey in 2002 on International level after the International Underwater Hockey World Competition in Calgary, Canada. (We brought home the silver medal.)