Fisher Firearms has been serving the shooters of South Australia, since the mid-1970’s when we first opened on Glen Osmond Road, Parkside. We’re a family owned business and we moved to our current location in 1981 where we are still offering our customers personalized service and the best prices available.
We have a large warehouse and we are able to carry a large amount of stock at very competitive prices. We often have gun stock coming through our store, and our staff are happy to help you find the best gun option for you.
We care about our customer buying the right gun for them, which is why we’ve taken the time to put together this guide to buying a gun. We want you to be equipped with all the information you need to choose the right used gun for you and to be confident you’re aware of your safety responsibilities.
We’re always here to help — you can give us a call on +61(08) 8362 8977 or visit our website.
Before you can consider buying your gun, you’ll need to obtain a gun licence. We’ve included everything you’ll need to know about licencing below. For further information about firearms classes or purposes of use contact the SAPOL Firearms Branch.
First of all, take a look at the SAPOL Firearms Licence page for accurate information about the application process and fees.
Licencing classifications differ depending on the type of firearm you and use you have for it. The licencing you’re looking to apply for will determine the training you will be required to do.
A firearms licence is first broken up into classes (A, B, C, D & H), with each class representing a different type of firearm.
Each class is then broken up into 12 categories :
Your local police station will forward your application to the SAPOL Firearms Branch, who will undertake a background check to consider if you are a suitable person to hold a firearms licence. You will need to bring 100points of ID.
If you are considered a suitable person, Firearms Branch will send you a ‘training letter’ advising you of the training you will be required to undertake.
Training locations will differ depending on the category of your licence, e.g :
After your background check, you’ll need to undertake the necessary training according to the class of firearm and its category. Some information about training for the various categories is included below.
CATEGORY 1 – SHOOTING CLUB
Training for this category is done through your local club. Each club has a training instructor who can assist you in obtaining this type of licence.
Please note a club can only train for the classes of firearm it shoots. For example,
You’ll need to make sure that your club shoots the types of firearms you’re interested in prior to undertaking the training. Most clubs shoot A, B and H so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Training will consist of both practical and theory sessions. Requirements will vary depending on the class of firearm and local club by-laws—please check with your club for details.
Once you have completed the training, the club will sign off the licence application for the appropriate licence class.
CATEGORY 2, 3, 4 & 5 – TARGET USE, HUNTING AND PAINTBALL, Primary Production
Training for Category 2, 3, 4 and 5 is completed through TAFE SA.
These courses are one full day and have a theory and practical component. The courses are coordinated at Regency Park and held at Wingfield Range and a number of country areas across the state
For further information about TAFE SA Courses, you can phone 1800 882 661 or visit TAFE SA Courses.
Prior to starting any training for Category 2, 3 & 4, please note :
Applicants wishing to apply for hunting on their licence will also need to apply for a hunting permit with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR). Information and permit applications can be found at Information: DEW
If you’re hoping to start shooting in club competitions you’ll need to update your licence application to include Category 1.
When your training certificate is received from the Club, TAFE, or otherwise, the Firearms Branch will send you a ‘data card’. You’ll need to take this to a photo point, provide your 100 points of identification and pay the prescribed licence fee.
Upon payment, an ‘interim licence’ will be issued.
You should receive your photographic licence within 6 weeks.
Please note for handguns :
The legislation now prohibits the purchase of handguns within the first 6 months from the granting of a Class H firearms licence for club use.
For the second 6 months of a new Class H licence for club use, the purchase is restricted to the following;
1 air or gas operated pistol or a .22 calibre pistol or 1 centre-fire pistol or,
1 air or gas operated pistol and 1 .22 calibre pistol or,
1 air or gas operated pistol and 1 centre-fire pistol
This restriction does not apply to muzzle loading or percussion cap and ball handguns. Refer section 15A (4e).
The club secretary may keep the graduated access provisions in mind when issuing purchase chits however the Adjudication staff within Firearms Branch will monitor this aspect.
You’ll cover gun safety during your training, but we’ve included some quick reminders about gun safety here.
Remember to :
It is your responsibility to keep your firearm safe, secure and locked away from people or children who should not be able to access it. Serious legal punishments are in place for being careless with a gun e.g. leaving a loaded gun where a small child can access it.
Modern, quality firearms don’t just fire on their own—even if dropped or bumped. Human error is the cause of the majority of gun accidents. Keep this in mind when handling your firearm, and be careful not to put others at risk.
Here we’ve included some basic information and terms to help you get an initial understanding of guns. This will all be covered in your training to achieve your gun licence.
The purpose of a gun is to accelerate an object (the bullet) to very high speeds so that it can hit something far away with enough force to destroy it.
How that happens is similar to how a car engine works :
Almost every gun is built around this principle—the differences between guns lie in things like how they load the ammo into the barrel and what size ammo they use.
Pistols or handguns: These are small and can be held in one hand. They’re good for targets 5-50 meters away. Pistols are used for club competitions and matchs.
Shotguns: Shotguns have long barrels and require two hands. They’re good for targets 1-75 meters away. They’re commonly used by hunters or people who shoot clay pigeons.
Rifles: These are large, long barreled guns that come in a large variety of shapes and sizes. To fire, they’re held up against a shoulder and fired with both hands. They’re good for targets 100-500 or more meters away.
Keep in mind that each type of gun needs its own type of bullets—for example, you can’t put ammunition for a shotgun into a pistol.
If you’re a new shooter, we recommend starting at your local gun store. You’ll get the benefit of staff who have sourced the guns from reliable sellers and you can try out different options before buying. You’ll also get the bonus of a friendly face who can answer any questions you have.
Don’t be intimidated by going into a gun shop. The owners are there to help you find the right option.
We recommend avoiding used gun sales through private parties, especially if you’re new to shooting. It can be hard to tell if a used gun is in good shape just by looking at it—you really have to know what you’re doing. Guns endure explosions, cleaning chemical, moving parts and plenty of use, so chances are any used gun you’re looking won’t be in the best shape.
A gun store will be able to help you identify any defects and stock used guns that they know are worthy of a sale and safe to use in the future.
We recommendto come in and handle the firearms before you buy so you’re comfortable with how the gun feels in terms of grip in your hands, and so you’ll be comfortable with spending the money on a gun.
Quality, durability and performance matter in guns and your local gun shop will be able to tell you about the pros and cons of different options.
We hope this guide has made it easier for you to decide whether buying a used gun is for you. If you have any questions, we’re happy to help— you can give us a call on +61(08) 8362 8977 or visit our website.