On the April trip, we used Gracie Travel, had Anne at Air2000 and her guys gather us up , run us thru customs, to and from. Customs pulled every gun, opened all the ammo, counted every round, matched the head stamped brass to the firearms. Wrote everything down in a ledger with copy’s of our SAPS permits. Pretty easy leaving SA.
Returning to SA in September/October we breezed thru, they barely looked at the firearms, and never looked at the ammo……… so you never know who is going to be checking and how through they will be.
Having both handguns scoped and 9”&12” barrels, I felt much more at ease. Many of my hunting handguns are 7 1/2” barrels. Maybe, it would passed thru un-noticed, or, it could have been confiscated, and myself detained. Neither of which I wanted to experience.
Is it a law? Or is it just a recommendation? I don’t know. I have no desire to tempt fate.