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    I think most serious airgunner's would love to own a .22
    airifle but the new firearms control act is a big problem for
    any one in this country thinking of buying one.
    The law states that if the caliber is 5.6 mm or bigger, then
    a licence is required.
    Well that's my point, a .22 cal airifle has a bore size of 5.5 mm.
    So if one is to follow the letter of the law no licence should be
    necessary.I have spoken to various gun dealers about this
    fact but they are not prepared to take a chance and sell one
    without a licence.
    Martin

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    there was a small article on this topic in magnum magazine a few months back.........the point the writer made was that whether 5.5 or 5.6mm, it's known as .22 caliber. if "they" are not prepare to take this chance.................any good reason why you should????????

    get yoyrself a career 707 deluxe II in .20/5mm @ 60ftlbs. end of story.

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    In this country we use the metric system.
    This means that there is a difference so strictly
    speaking a licence is NOT applicable.
    The law is very specific and if the law makers of
    this country made a mistake writing the new FCA
    then it should be to our advantage.
    Martin.

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    I think you should tread carefully here. Speak to any lawyer (do we have any on this forum?) and they will tell you about stuff like interpretation of the act and the intention of the lawmaker, which would put a different spin on the issue. What I am trying to say is, don't build your case on the exact measurement of the size of the barrel. I would also rather go for something that is clearly within the law, as Urabus suggests, without any grey areas depending on who reads the law.

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    Something else that I should have mentioned, look at the amendment act (43 of 2003) and you will see that they say 5.6mm with .22 in brackets. That is exactly where the interpretation comes in - what you want is a .22 in terms of the act and so you will have to get a licence.

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    Thank's for the advice Kobus but I have now changed
    my mind.I don't want a .22 airifle anymore, I now
    want a .50 cal black powder rifle.
    Martin.

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    And besides Potshot in Randburg sells 5.5mm air rifles without a licence.
    They have sold hundreds and have imported them through the legal channels without a hitch....

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    i'm also looking at blk powder stuff.................6 shot revolver .44/.36 (i think).......anyone know who brings them in?

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    You should check out Magnum magazine, there are a number of places advertising black powder stuff.

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    Seems everyone's developing an obsession with guns that don't require licences, why would that be ? Are people having problems with the new firearm laws ?
    Well, I want a Anschutz Mod 55 .22LR and would also like a 6mm PPC, should I not be getting my hopes up ?

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    That's right we are because the new firearms control
    act is a piece of legislation designed to disarm the
    public.
    And it is very effective in doing so.
    Ask any one in the know and they will tell you that the chances of being granted a new licence for any
    kind of firearm is extremely remote.

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    And the SAPS are still struggling to get their ducks in a row with the administrative mechanisms relating to the new Firearms Act. I have heard that there are something along the lines of 8000 appeals lying around at the Firearms register. Nobody I know of has managed to obtain a licence (or even a renewal) since the implementation of the new act. But you can still go to certain areas and buy a 9mm pistol with full magazine for a few hundred rand. We should actually block anybody who is a politician or member of Gun Free SA from this site, just now they start with a campaign to take away our airguns again....

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    mmm, If they make Airguns illegal, i will have to do pest control with a blk powder rifle he he.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin
    I think most serious airgunner's would love to own a .22
    :O

    Yes, if it's a rimfire and no i DON'T want to debate .177 vs .22

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    Would also love to own a .22LR, but want the Anschutz Mod 54...
    I use my .177 for FT and some birds and that's where my airgun shooting stops !

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