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Common Springbuck

Springbuck / Springbok

The Springbuck is brown and white antelope-gazelle found in the South Western parts of Africa. Before the 1994 democratic elections in South Africa it was one of their national emblems. The South African rugby team still uses it as part of their emblem and are still recognised all over the world as the Springboks. The marsupialis epiphet derives its name from the pocket like skin flap that runs along the middle of its back from the tail onwards. Male animals trying to show their strength or to attract mates will go on a stiff-legged trot, while jumping in the air with and arched back and lifting the flap along its back. This ritual is known as stotting or pronking in the Afrikaans language.

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Firearms & Gunsmiths

You can’t go to war without a weapon.

This saying is also appropriate for each and every hunter.  The best planned hunting trip will result in big failure without the proper equipment.

In the modern day and age there is a wide variety of firearms and hunting equipment available to hunters.  How much of these aids you decide to use is more times than not decided by the size of your wallet. Some of the equipment can be considered necessities, where others can be considered luxuries.

Gun Politics in South Africa

In South Africa, owning a gun is conditional on a competency test and several other factors, including background checking of the applicant, inspection of an owner’s premises, and licensing of the weapon by the police introduced in July 2004.  This was however a contentious issue among hunters.  Since 2004 it is evident that the police could not cope with all the admin relating to these applications under the new law.

At a stage the waiting period for a new firearm license was around 2 years.  This has however decreased dramatically during the last year.  A successful application should take around 6 months.

In South Africa there 7 different types of licenses

  1. Licence to possess firearm for self-defence
  2. Licence to possess restricted firearm for self-defense
  3. Licence to possess firearm for occasional hunting and sports-shooting
  4. Licence to possess firearm for dedicated hunting and dedicated sports-shooting
  5. Licence to possess firearm in private collection
  6. Licence to possess firearm, and permit to possess ammunition, in public collection
  7. Licence to possess firearm for business purposes

For a list of downloadable application forms please visit our downloads page.

Civilians are  not to own certain types of weapons namely:

  1. Any fully automatic firearm
  2. any gun, cannon, recoilless gun, mortar, light mortar or launcher manufactured to fire a rocket, grenade, self-propelled grenade, bomb or explosive device
  3. any frame, body or barrel of such a fully automatic firearm, gun, cannon, recoilless gun, mortar, light mortar or launcher
  4. any projectile or rocket manufactured to be discharged from a cannon,recoilless gun or mortar, or rocket launcher
  5. any firearm—
    • the mechanism of which has been altered so as to enable the discharging of more than one shot with a single depression of the trigger
  6. the calibre of which has been altered without the written permission of the Registrar;
  7. the barrel length of which has been altered without the written permission of the Registrar

Below is a list of Firearms retailers and Gunsmiths.  For more information please visit the website or click on the name for the SA Hunt and Game website.


Company Name
Contact Person
Telephone Number
Cellphone Number
Fax Number
E-Mail Address
Strand GunsWestern CapeSomerset West / StrandValdor Uren(021) 852-3136072 629 4663(021) 852-3136strandguns@gmail.comNo Gunsmith AvailableNo Website Available
VGK FirearmsWestern CapeParowCobus Janse van Rensburg(021) 939-2391083 321 2626(021) Gunsmith AvailableNo Website Available