Section 16 Endorsements

Firearm Endorsements

A firearm endorsement is a declaration from SAPSA that a specific firearm is fit for the purpose of IPSC sport shooting. This document is fundamental to a license application under Section 16 (Sport Shooting).

This endorsement letter goes hand-in-hand with a Dedicated Status letter. Both should be included in a new firearm license application under Section 16.

Dedicated Status

Dedicated Status (DS) is the second fundamental part of Sport Shooting, specifically for licensing firearms under Section 16. Dedicated Status is achieved by:

  1. Being a paid up member in good standing to an accredited sport shooting club (such as Vektor)
  2. Being a paid up member of a relevant province
  3. Being a paid up member of SAPSA
  4. Collecting 6 dedicated points

Normally a new shooter would start sport shooting with his/her self-defence pistol, participating in club shoots until 6 points are accumulated (one point per sanctioned club shoot) and then applying for a Section 16 licence.

Procedure for Applying

The procedure for applying for endorsements and DS letters are very strict, with many checks and balances.  It is however not complicated at all, simply follow these steps:

  1. Double check that you have achieved Dedicated Status (6 points) in this calendar year (or the previous year if you have not achieved it in the current year yet). If you are a Vektor club member, you can check the club ranking log on this site which also records the dedicated points achieved at Vektor club shoots as well as provincial leagues and Nationals, or your personal member profile where your points are also recorded.
  2. Login to your account on the SAPSA website (
  3. Navigate to the “Profile” menu where you can request a Dedicated Sport Shooter letter and/or an Endorsement letter.