South Africa's most popular firearms for self-defence

gertvanjoe

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Didn't realise it's as much as that, so definitely not like in the movies.
No :) another popular movie trope is some rambo blasting peeps with a shotgun from the hip sending them flying. You know that Newton law about action reaction. Well bless his hip if that was true.
 

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No :) another popular movie trope is some rambo blasting peeps with a shotgun from the hip sending them flying. You know that Newton law about action reaction. Well bless his hip if that was true.
Yeah, I'm aware of that one. :laugh:
 

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How does this list compare with the most popular firearms for robbery and hijacking?
You'll find that the list includes more exotic (read "illegal to own") firearms, like fully auto ak-47; police issue R4/R5, etc. Especially CIT heists use superior firepower to this. Concealment as per the law is generally not a priority there.
 

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Could we get the Top 10 Stolen Guns Used to Rob, Murder and Maim in SA article?

#FridaySarcasm
 

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As with anything, there are some things to look at when buying a firearm for self-defense purposes.

Let's start with cost. The price of the piece is one thing, but also keep in mind that there is no point in having it and not being able to use it PROPERLY. So, spending time at the range, shooting hundreds of rounds to improve your proficiency is something that is also not free. What does ammo cost? Can you afford those .50 rounds for your Desert Eagle that kicks like a donkey?

As per the law, a firearm is to be conceal carried. Inner waistband holsters, typically. So, the CZ 75B in picture would certainly not sit comfortable with your flea market Levi's. Handguns generally have different frame sizes - full frame (1911; CZ 75; etc), compact frame (Glock 19; CZ P07; CZ P10) and sub-compact frame (S+W Shield, Walther PPS, Glock G43). Smaller pistols conceal easier, but might not handle as comfortably.

Reliability.
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If you are interested in this type of thing, visit your local shooting range. There will be instructors and weapons you can rent, so you wouldn't need to bring your own. You can even move up to competitive shooting (IDPA, etc).
 
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AntennaMan

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That list is about as relevant as John Welch and SAGA.

Most are too big, sub-standard calibre, or brands without decent support in South Africa.

As others have mentioned, get 9mmP. It's relatively affordable, and there is a decent selection of quality defensive rounds available. 9mm short (.380 ACP) is sub-optimal for self defence.

Get a Glock, CZ or S&W. Then you know spares and accessories will always be available.

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And I doubt there is any evidence in SA to back up the claim that most defensive situations are resolved in 3 shots.
 

AntennaMan

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As with anything, there are some things to look at when buying a firearm for self-defense purposes.

Let's start with cost. The price of the piece is one thing, but also keep in mind that there is no point in having it and not being able to use it PROPERLY. So, spending time at the range, shooting hundreds of rounds to improve your proficiency is something that is also not free. What does ammo cost? Can you afford those .50 rounds for your Desert Eagle that kicks like a donkey?

As per the law, a firearm is to be conceal carried. Inner waistband holsters, typically. So, the CZ 75B in picture would certainly not sit comfortable with your flea market Levi's. Handguns generally have different frame sizes - full frame (1911; CZ 75; etc), compact frame (Glock 17; CZ P07; CZ P10) and sub-compact frame (S+W Shield, Walther PPS, Glock G43). Smaller pistols conceal easier, but might not handle as comfortably.

Reliability.
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If you are interested in this type of thing, visit your local shooting range. There will be instructors and weapons you can rent, so you wouldn't need to bring your own. You can even move up to competitive shooting (IDPA, etc).
Glock 17 is not compact. The Glock 19 is compact.
 

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Define gas gun. CO2 pellet gun? Forget it. wasting your time.
Blank firing gun? Illegal...and useless. Forget it.
OC/Pepper Gun? Inferior to a real one, but if you have to get one, get the JPX or the Byrna.
 
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