Self Defence Pistol
No Licence or Permit Required
Pepper Pistols For Self Defence
With gun control laws in South Africa becoming tighter and stricter, an effective alternative to self-defence is by using Pepper Guns. They are great for additional defence (over and above your side arm), are less lethal and requires no licence.
You also do not have to keep it locked up in a safe (where it is of no use to anyone) and you can get as many as you want. They are relatively cheap to buy and to operate and each member of the family can have one and be trained to use it to great effect. Several police agencies across the world use these guns as less lethal alternatives during riot control.
This is not a lethal firearm and does not fall under the FCA, therefore it is legal to own and no licence is required.
The barrel is blocked off and it does not fire a projectile.
Blank Cartridges -
Warning Shots / Firearm Training / Film Production
Pepper Cartridges -
Frequently Asked Questions
No you do not need a licence.
A gas pistol is a non-lethal weapon used for self-defence and other purposes. It is typically a close-to-exact replica or conversion of a traditional handgun made to be able to fire tear gas cartridges only. Effective range is up to 6 meters depending on calibre.
For legal purposes various techniques are used during manufacture/conversion to prevent the use of live ammunition, such as using calibres exclusive to gas cartridges, welding obstacles into a non-removable barrel and using malleable metal alloys.
Gas pistols are also used in weapons training, and as starting pistols, self-defence weapon and flare guns.
The effects of pepper spray are temporary blindness which lasts from 15–30 minutes, a burning sensation of the skin which lasts from 45 to 60 minutes, upper body spasms which force a person to bend forward and uncontrollable coughing making it difficult to breathe or speak for between 3 and 15 minutes.
The duration of its effects: the average full effect lasts from 20 to 90 minutes, but eye irritation, redness and tears can last for up to 24 hours It is considered a less-than-lethal agent.
Pepper spray (also known as capsicum spray) is a lachrymal agent (a chemical compound that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and temporary blindness) used in policing, riot control, crowd control, and self-defence.
Its inflammatory effects cause the eyes to close, taking away vision.
This temporary blindness allows you to more easily restrain subjects and permits people in danger to use pepper spray in self-defence for an opportunity to escape. It also causes temporary discomfort and burning of the lungs which causes shortness of breath.
Non-lethal weapons, also called less-lethal weapons, less-than-lethal weapons, non-deadly weapons, compliance weapons, or pain-inducing weapons are weapons intended to be less likely to kill a living target than conventional weapons such as knives and firearms.