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Everyone starts somewhere when it comes to firearms. For many it's exposure to them through their working environment or circle of friends. The terminology that's bandied about however can leave one wondering if you're actually able to keep up in a simple conversation. Here's a list of some of the commonly used abbreviations and what they mean. If we've missed any feel free to add in the comments section below:


1 Up Carrying a weapon with a bullet in the chamber
AD Accidential Discharge
AIWB Apendix Inside Waist Band
Ammo Ammunition
AR ArmaLite Rifle
BERM Backstop of the range
BPV Bullet Proof Vest
Carry Ammo Ammunition suitable for self defence
CFR Central Firearms Registry
DA Double Action
Ears Ear protection
EDC Every Day Carry
Empty Chamber Carrying a weapon without a bullet in the chamber
Eyes Eye protection
FCA Firearms Control Act
FLASH Firearms Liquor Alcohol and Second Hand 
FMJ Full Metal Jacket
FPS Feet per second
FTE Failure to extract
FTF Failure to fire / Failure to feed
IDPA International Defensive Pistol Association
IPSC International Practical Shooting Confederation
IWB Inside Waist Band
JHP Jacketed Hollow Point
ND Negligent Discharge
OWB Outside Waist Band
RO Range Officer
SA  Single Action
SADPA South African Defensive Pistol Association
SD Self Defence
SMG Sub-Machine Gun
SO Safety Officer

The GOSA Mandate

GOSA has a direct mandate from it's members. We keep it clear and simple so that we focus on what is important to protecting your rights;

1. Ensure the transparent and even application of the Firearms Control Act

2. Monitor CFR and lobby the authorities to ensure that they keep to their deliverables

3. We lobby members of Parliment and interest groups continually to grow our support base

4. We deliver rational and impassioned argument with a sound legal basis to national government in the interest of protecting the rights of firearm owners

5. We provide clear interpretation of the FCA and related acts as and when required

6. We are prepared to challenge injustice in court when required to protect the firearms rights of our members

7. To actively grow the membership of GOSA 

8. To constantly enhance the public image and perception of firearm owners

9. To challenge inaccurate and misleading reporting in the media on firearms related matters

10. To be YOUR voice for firearm rights

To achieve the above, we need a number of different elements. We need an Exco that drives our projects and daily activities. We require a strong membership - we are and always will be only as strong as our member count - the numbers are vital if we are to be taken seriously at the level of national representation. Finally - we need funding. Your GOSA annual subs go directly towards keeping the wheels on the go. It's imperative that we build a suitable war chest so that we can continue the fight for our rights. 

If you aren't yet a GOSA member, PLEASE - take a moment to sign up online now. The process is quick and rates are highly affordable - less than 100 rounds of ammo a year to protect your rights!

Many of my friends have asked me if they should buy firearms for personal defence. It's actually not an uncommon question for anyone who carries a self defence weapon.

Carrying Empty Chamber

By Harold F. Callahan*

When I was still pretty newly out of Police College, I could tell the level of my Warrant Officer’s authority by the size of his moustache and that look in his eye that said, “Blougat! As jy hier gaan rondfok sal ek jou soooharddonner you maa gaan dit voel!” 

Our mandate is clear:

Ensure that the CFR sticks to it's mandate
Transparency in firearms legislation
Equal treatment before the law 
Reasonable and Rational Licencing requirements

GOSA - We fight for YOU

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