As the lockdown has been extended for a further two weeks I thought of some additional projects that will further cement domestic bliss as well as endear you to your neighbours. Firstly, as promised last posting I want to share some reloading data using houshold cleaning chemicals. Being fresh out of scouring powder I had […]


Credit/s: National Hunting and Shooting Association 1.     We advise that you first be a little patient before your rush off to take “advantage” of the announced firearms amnesty. 2.     The exact processes to be implemented by SAPS are not yet known. We also still have no knowledge of the questions which will be asked on […]

The Fireside Chat – October Edition

AMERICAN FIREARM ICON “Do I feel lucky? Well do you, punk?”- Clint Eastwood in “Dirty Harry”-1971  Clint Eastwood was immortalised for the famous quote from the film, what was equally noteworthy was that his firearm was a Smith & Wesson revolver. Smith & Wesson’s humble roots go back to 1852 when Horace Smith and Daniel. B […]

The Fireside Chat – August 2019

SIGNS FROM THE VELD  “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” – Albert Einstein  With the hunting season firmly behind us, and the post-season chores all taken care of it’s time for a bit of leisure reading. A dedicated outdoorsman, with an understanding of his natural environment will inevitably be a […]

No firearm amnesty as of yet but be prepared.

South Africans with expired green barcoded firearm licenses and white firearm license cards will need to continue waiting as on the 11th September, as the police made a proposal to the Portfolio Committee on Police that a Firearm Amnesty should be declared for the period 1 October 2019 until 31 March 2020. This unfortunately was not […]

The Fireside Chat – July 2019

BUSHVELD CUISINE“Light a campfire and everyone’s a storyteller”- John Geddes Food, and the preparation thereof covers a wide spectrum of tastes  and skills on any South African outdoor excursion. The ritual of spending time around a fire on a cold winter’s evening is a treasured highlight of the day, where stories tend to get bolder […]

The Fireside Chat – June 2019

HUNTING IN FINE PRINT “Books are the treasured wealth of the world” – Henry David Thoreau Within the realms of hunting there exists the sub-culture of the collecting of the literature associated with the sport. Welcome to the world of the ardent bibliophile. Amassing a good library is, for many people, just as much fun […]

Regulations around hunting, shooting activities et al during Lockdown Level 4

Credit: NatShoot South Africa As the uncertainty spread amongst members regarding the new regulations of level 4 lockdown, we’ve set-up questions and answers below as we interpret the new regulations published in the Government Gazette. WHAT CAN I DO? CAN I HUNT DURING LEVEL 4? NO, we cannot hunt for recreational purposes YES, if you […]

COVID19 – We are OPEN (4 May 2020)

“Tough times, don’t last. Tough people do!” – Unknown Rewind to 6 weeks ago and we at Specialised Arms & Ammunition Trading Company would have most likely laughed off the possibility of a nationwide lockdown, but the reality of this global pandemic hit home hard. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families whom have […]


Japanese firearm manufacturing giant Howa Machinery Limited released their first commercially available rifle at the 1967 Chicago SHOT Show.The Golden Bear model became extremely popular and soon dispelled any doubts about the quality of firearms manufactured in the East. Fast forward a few decades, one realises their Model 1500 has become one of the great […]

We are OPEN for Emergency Personnel

Specialised Weapons & Ammunitions Trading Company (SWATCO) has been granted an essential services permit in-line with assisting the private security sector, Metro Police Services, South African National Defense Force and the South African Police Services. Conditions of trading: A copy of your essential services certificate must accompany you to the store A copy of your […]