The "Bug- A- Salt" Gun Insect Eradication Device!

Phil White
by Phil White

This review has what is probably the most unlikely origin of any “gun” review I’ve ever done. That said this gun is a fun way to wipe out those pesky bugs around the house!

Features and instructions

A couple of weeks ago I was working about 3am proofing articles and such. I had the television on for a little background noise while I worked. While I was typing away I heard the announcer say “The Bug A Salt has 80 shots with it’s pump action”. My reaction was huh its 3am and there can be some unusual commercials on but I had to see this advertisement from the start.

Sure enough about half an hour later the commercial came on again. The announcer proceeded to tell the TV audience about the Bug A Salt gun for the purpose of shooting mainly flies with a shot of regular old table salt. You pump the charger and set the spring which fires a short stream of salt and knocks flies out of the air! I admit the longer I watched the more amused I became. Ok, yes it got my interest I admit it. The next night these same ads were shown and I thought ok Steve has to see this. As it turns out Steve knew about them from writing a review on the first version a few years ago.

Thumb safety

The next day I called the folks at Bug A Salt and told them I’d like to write an article on the Bug A Salt 2. They were kind enough to send a yellow one and a camo model. They also included a jar of ammo (salt) and targets (a jar of maggots) so you can grow your own targets of course. No I’m not kidding they are called “Fuggin Maggots” in the picture below.

Brew your own targets in 24 hours

Range Time (well more or less)

How the gun works is first pour any table salt into the pictured reservoir of sorts then you reach under the gun and pump the action like you would a regular pump shotgun (apply Vaseline to the slide rails for smoother function). After you pump one time the safety comes on and the BugASalt is ready to be a bug-killing machine! You simply find a flying, crawling or otherwise pesky critter release the safety and fire away dispatching them with one shot of salt. Rack the slide and do it again. The range is listed at 3 feet but this model 2 worked at 4 feet. The company does print on the box for adults only so you have an excuse to buy one for yourself instead of the kids. You better check with the wife or significant other before you start brewing up the “ammo” and turning them loose in the house. I did my hunting out in the wild rather than turn flies loose in the house.


It does take practice to nail those flying targets! Honestly it’s so much fun if you don’t try one of these you are missing out on some inexpensive recreation. Prices start at $39.95 for the yellow and $44.95 for the Camofly version. They also have a grill master special with a cooking apron with logo, bottle opener and of course the BugA Salt.

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Each Bug A Salt comes with a note from the owner.

Phil White
Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I'm retired as associate editor since December 14th 2017. My replacement is my friend Pete M email: you can reach Pete for product reviews etc.

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  • Shooter2009 Shooter2009 on Aug 11, 2015

    Great idea. Downside -- salt is all over the place.

  • Jo Tempers Jo Tempers on Aug 11, 2015

    I was unimpressed with my Version 1 Bug-A-Salt. It couldn't kill flies 2 inches away. I tried various improvements from the internet (course salt, extend barrel with rolled up paper). I ended up giving it away. I should have asked for a refund.