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    I've seen that new legislature allows that no liscence is required for any air rifle under .22 cal.
    Is there any restriction on the energy output on a .177 cal?

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    Hiya

    I stand under correction here, but as far as I know there is no power limit under the SA law regarding air rifles / pistols. However if you intend on competing in Field Target or Hunter Field Target disciplines then (12ft/lbs or 16 Joules. As far as I know the UK rules apply to those disciplines. Might even get changed now that SAAFTA has formed.

    Anyone else?
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    Simon / Avion,
    under FCA (FireArms Control Act) there is no limit on the power / energy produced by a .177 or even a .20 airrifle - YOU DON'T NEED A LICENCE
    You also don't need a licence if your .22 airgun that produces less than either 6 or 8 Joules (can't remember exact output).
    SAFTAA will not allow anything but a .177 airgun in it's competitions, power limit will also stay at 12ft/lbs to stay in line with the "rest" of the world.

    My personal advice, stay away from .20 and .22 for many reasons, don't start walking on a fine line with the law and also because you will not be allowed to shoot FT with it.

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    tis going to be a prob with my gun then, how strict are the saftaa rules ganna be????
    If one had ,say, a 24ft/lbs (30J), would he be able to use that gun for saftaa in SA???

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    Refresh ... we have a problem !!!

    That gun can and will damage targets and also, under current rules it will not be allowed. I don't see the rules changing to allow it anyway.

    Question, what are u shooting ?

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    darn, there goes the bank balance, gatta get an FT rifle... I'm using the Weihrauch HW100 at the mo.
    Maybe I can get a conversion kit to reduce the power, do you know if they are available, or where to find them????

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    Can't a gunsmith just open it up and decrease the resevior capacity to lower the power output?

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    Power is adjustable, check the manual or take to
    Target Spec in Boksburg.

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    Just for info I bought HW100 from Target Specialist in boksburg and he know's how to adjust the power.

    For info if you have chrono you can do it yourself.
    Take stock off and at the back is a cap that comes off with a big allenkey skrew.
    You have to first remove the little allenkey skrew before adjusting otherwise it will not move.
    That is as simple as it gets.

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    Be carefull, there is more involved as just turn the allen key, you can damage your rifle, rather take it to Target Specialist. You need to calibrate it proberly otherwise it might be to low or still above the 12ft/lbs mark

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    My NJR sets in exactly the same way.
    It's really not that difficult.
    But you definately need a Chrony to measure the speed and only make small adjustments at a time
    Ideally the rifle should be filled as you normally do, and then before adjusting fire atleast 10 shots to stabilise the gun (especially on guns that's not regulated), after this begin with adjustments.
    To work out the power you ofcourse have to know the pellet weight so that you know at what speed it must be set.

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