How to get a firearm licence in South Africa - and the battle against new gun laws

rambo919

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Lock your bedroom door at night. Or/and install a security gate to cordon off the sleeping area.

That way they can never surprise you in your bed.
The one major benefit of living in a small town..... no one has cages within cages installed cause breakins are nowhere near as bad as in cities. Most people don't even have alarm systems.

Except for the wealthier people perhaps.
 

alanB

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So, can anyone recommend a good firearm competency training centre in Durban?
Most good guns shops will either have an association with a training organisation, or run their own training. So perhaps start with them?

If you are not used to handling firearms, it would probably be better to take a general shooting course in which you get some general training and fire hired guns yourself a bit, before undergoing the competency training - it will all make much more sense and seem more relevant then. That also helps to select the weapon that suits your needs best.

The competency test is a bit like a diving test, it's probably better that you have spent some time driving a car under supervision a bit, before you take the specific training for that test, if you see what I mean.
 

Afon Kulikov

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Just ask your friendly neighbourhood police officer, they usually have a great selection and license not required.
 

Oldfut

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Hey, we all want to be that fat old badass in his underwear raging as he chases intruders out to the street while firing at the bastids.
Aye, I know/knew Rudi Visagie who killed his own daughter popping off at what he thought was a car thief; very sad. Not the only one. Have an advance alarm then wait.
 

victory321

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More reason to get rid of the corrupt ANC
License the person, Register the firearm, is the Only way forward, otherwise this government must go!
 

Foxhound5366

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At least 50% of the entire process could be digitized. Everything is still paper-based. How many more decades will we sit with paper-based application forms, before someone FINALLY decides to switch over?
 

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At least 50% of the entire process could be digitized. Everything is still paper-based. How many more decades will we sit with paper-based application forms, before someone FINALLY decides to switch over?

They cannot afford to use paper, and the can afford less, moving to a digital system because corruption has disappeared the funds required.
 

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I have purchased the material for all 4 proficiencies. I have booked to write in November. Could someone please elaborate on the process when I go for the theory exams. How many exams is it? Is it multiple choice? I am a little confused on what I will be tested on. For certain I know there is a multiple choice law exam which is closed book. Is there another exam? Thanks.
 

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I have purchased the material for all 4 proficiencies. I have booked to write in November. Could someone please elaborate on the process when I go for the theory exams. How many exams is it? Is it multiple choice? I am a little confused on what I will be tested on. For certain I know there is a multiple choice law exam which is closed book. Is there another exam? Thanks.
4 proficiencies would be 5 exams, one law and the balance would be handgun/shotgun/bolt action/semi auto or whichever combo you signed up for.
The test will consist of the questions that you answer in each proficiency book, so for example you may be asked to name the parts of a cartridge or handgun in the handgun proficiency and you may be asked to name the parts of a shot shell and shotgun in the shotgun proficiency for example.
Pretty sure(been a while) there is some multiple choice, some true or false and a fair bit of writing/labelling questions.
The bulk of the exam comes straight out of the open book test questions you do at home.
 
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Georgios

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4 proficiencies would be 5 exams, one law and the balance would be handgun/shotgun/bolt action/semi auto or whichever combo you signed up for.
The test will consist of the questions that you answer in each proficiency book, so for example you may be asked to name the parts of a cartridge or handgun in the handgun proficiency and you may be asked to name the parts of a shot shell and shotgun in the shotgun proficiency.
Pretty sure(been a while) there is some multiple choice, some true or false and a fair bit of writing/labelling questions.
The bulk of the exam comes straight out of the open book test questions you do at home.

Thanks for the info. I have two books. 1 law book and 1 combo book. In both books there is a formative examination at the back which I have completed.

Just for my understanding, on the day I will write a law exam and a combo exam. Are both these exams closed book? I assume studying the exams in the books will be the best.
 

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Thanks for the info. I have two books. 1 law book and 1 combo book. In both books there is a formative examination at the back which I have completed.

Just for my understanding, on the day I will write a law exam and a combo exam. Are both these exams closed book? I assume studying the exams in the books will be the best.
They are meant to be closed book afaik, i assumed you had 4 different specific books though and a law one, how long is the self test in the combo book ?
0-200 questions ? some diagrams etc ?
 

Georgios

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They are meant to be closed book afaik, i assumed you had 4 different specific books though and a law one, how long is the self test in the combo book ?
0-200 questions ? some diagrams etc ?

65 questions in the combo book and 45 questions in the law. I answered various questions about all 4 types. Had to label a pistol, shotgun and rifle. There were some questions on a shotgun cartridge and a pistol cartridge. There was a question on how to maintain a rifle. It had many steps worth quite a few marks.

So basically study these exams in the material to write the actual one on the day which is closed book.
 

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65 questions in the combo book and 45 questions in the law. I answered various questions about all 4 types. Had to label a pistol, shotgun and rifle. There were some questions on a shotgun cartridge and a pistol cartridge. There was a question on how to maintain a rifle. It had many steps worth quite a few marks.

So basically study these exams in the material to write the actual one on the day which is closed book.
Pretty much that yes, when you are reading it and answering questions dont be too quick to answer, make sure you read and understood the question or the question may trip you up, they may ask the same question you had in the book but in a different manner.
Also once you do your test shoot, make sure you obey ALL safety rules or you will be failed, and worse than that if you dont follow them at all times you may endanger yourself or others.
Should be no sweat if you read the book,answer questions and understood the intent behind the law and training.
 

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I have purchased the material for all 4 proficiencies. I have booked to write in November. Could someone please elaborate on the process when I go for the theory exams. How many exams is it? Is it multiple choice? I am a little confused on what I will be tested on. For certain I know there is a multiple choice law exam which is closed book. Is there another exam? Thanks.
Make sure you know all the parts of the 4 different classes of firearms.
Study the law side
You do law first if passed then you do firearm section if passed you go shoot all 4 Good luck.
I've recently done all 4 at NSN haven't had time to submit the 3 for compentcy yet.
 

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The closed book questions will basically be the open book questions you did originally. So know those, and you'll be fine.
 
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