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Feb 18th, 2021
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With Gun control laws in South Africa becoming tighter and stricter ,an effective alternative to self-defence is by using Pepper/blank guns. They are great for additional defence(over and above your side arm),are less lethal and requires NO LICENCE OR PERMIT.

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 every member of the family can have one and be trained to use it to great effect. It can really save your life as we all know that crime increases and you do not want to get caught in a 'sticky' situation. It can save your life.

Several police agencies across the world use these guns as less lethal alternative during riot control.

a bit of education

The legality of blank guns and blank ammunition in South Africa 

The ammunition you get are blanks or pepper. Only to be used in self-defence. THEY ARE LEGAL TO BE CARRIED AND NO LICENCE REQUIRED. The weapon has an angle piece in the barrel hence no projectile can be fired out of the barrel.(this is what makes blank guns and amo legal)

What's the purpose of blank ammo?
A blank is a type of cartridge for a firearm that contains gunpowder but no bullet or shot. Blanks use paper or plastic wadding to seal gunpowder into the cartridge. When fired, the blank makes a flash and an explosive sound (report), the wadding is propelled from the barrel of the gun, and the firearm's action cycles.
Is it illegal to have a blank gun?
In most cases, blank guns are treated legally like real firearms except in their purchasing. With this being the case, there's no reason a felon can't own a blank gun legally.
What is the point of a blank gun?
A blank is a firearm cartridge that generates a muzzle flash and an explosive sound (muzzle report) like any normal gunshots, and the firearm experiences a recoil capable of cycling its action, but without shooting a projectile (e.g. bullet or shot).
Can you shoot blanks in a real gun?
Frankly speaking, Blank Bullets can be fired from any gun, including proper guns as well as those specifically meant to shoot only Blank Ammo. ... Live ammo has a cartridge with a primer at the back and loaded with gun powder. The other end of this shell is jammed with a projectile, which is in fact the actual bullet.
Do blanks look like real bullets?
This is typically what a blank will look like. It won't have the protruding projectile extending out of the casing like this: Blanks will vary from caliber to caliber but that's pretty much it in a nutshell. Blank CARTRIDGES don't have a BULLET.


  • Are blank guns legal in South Africa?

    According to the explosives act, the end user does not recquire any licence or permit to purchase or carry blank and pepper cartridges.

    Blank guns are excluded from the firearms control act.

    Blank Guns are flare guns, what makes a blank gun a flare gun? A blank gun with a attachment on the barrel houses a pencil flare, the flare is triggered by the front firing blank gun.

    A blank gun is a non lethal alternative to a firearm, it looks, feels, sounds and most importantly works like a firearm.

    Blank cartridges are for firing warning shots to deter intruders.

    Pepper cartridges are purely for self defence, it is most effective within 6m.

    The contents of a pepper cartridge have a very fine synthetic powder and not a ball or a pellet, see below as to why.

    If a blank gun fired any projectile (lead, pepper ball, nylon ball, cermaic ball, rubber ball ...) it would need to be licenced in South Africa as it uses a 9mm pak cartridge, it would be no different to a firearm and it would be better to get a firearm instead of a blank gun.

    Precautions are still required because fatalities and severe injuries have resulted on occasions when blank cartridges have been fired at very close ranges.

    Attempting a conversion is dangerous for the user since the materials and production methods involved in the making of blank-firing replicas are not the same as those of firearms designed for live ammunition.

    1) p a knall blank guns are made weaker then firearms (this fits in with our fca)

    2) according to the fca to be classified as a firearm the device must be able to fire a projectile

    3) according to the fca for a device to be classified as a firearm it must be able to easily be altered to fire a projectile

    4)according to the fca you must be able to fire a projectile at 8 joules to be classified as a firearm by means of burning propellants through a barrel!!!! How do you measure the velocity of powder? Powder is not a projectile!
    5) the fca exempts flare guns from being a firearm even if they meet the criteria of being a firearm. But they don’t

    5.1)A flare gun is a blank gun with a attachment at the muzzle to hold a pencil flare

    6) blank guns are partly made of magnesium(barrels), anyone with half a brain knows what magnesium is used for and how it will withstand a projectile

    (refer to my first point ) (refer to point 3)

    7) no off the shelf ammo in the country will be able to fit into the magazine or chamber of blank guns

    8) the barrels of blank guns are narrowed to prevent users from firing projectiles

    9) most models of blanks guns have steel rods placed vertically and horizontally in the barrel for preventing users from trying to fire projectiles over and above point 8

    10 barrels plugs are placed in all blank guns at the muzzle end not only for someone to differentiate between a firearm and a blank gun but also to make the product unusable, when you remove the barrel plug the air flow through the barrel is interrupted which stops the slide from pushing back allowing the catch to hook the rim of the used cartridge, eject and allow a new round to be placed in the chamber

    BLANK / PEPPER PISTOLS ARE NOT TOYS, THEY SERVE A PURPOSE TO DETER/DEFEND & BUY TIME, they are also not firearms but as far as saftey goes it should be treated as one even though it does not fire a projectile. Do not expect the performance of a firearm from a blank/pepper pistol because by definition they are not designed to perform as firearms. Emptying multiple/several magazines filled WITH CARTRIDGES CONSECUTIVELY IS ABUSE of the product. One can also not make any alterations to the product as that will void the  limited warranty, Stripping the product voids the warranty, Removing the barrel plugs or rods from the barrel also voids the limited warranty and is also illegal.



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