Those often-mentioned delays getting into South Africa with a gun these days may not be all the fault of local authorities, according to subscriber Kirk O'Keefe who made the following observation in a recent Hunt Report: "On arrival in Johannesburg, it took 1½ hours to get my RSA gun permit, largely because two Americans in the line in front of me had failed to get a US Customs Form 4457 on their way out of the country, which meant they did not have an acceptable proof of ownership of their firearms. They also had not filled out their SAP 311 Forms in advance. Moreover, one of them had three firearms, one of which was a semi-automatic shotgun. Needless to say, his lengthy, loud argument failed to convince the courteous and calm black police officer to change the nation's policy banning semiautomatics of any kind."
The hunters mentioned above must not be Hunting Report subscribers, because we have reported extensively on the procedures for entering South Africa. In fact, we have even made the aforementioned SAP 311 Form available on our web site in a downloadable form (www.huntingreport.com. Click on "World Hunting Update"). If you are going to South Africa, you should indeed download this form and fill it out before you arrive. You should also get your US Customs Form 4457 stamped on the way out of the country, as this serves as the equivalent of a gun license. Customs Form 4457 is not downloadable, but information about it is available on our web site. A word to the wise here should be sufficient.