Pistol® is a total herbicide for pre- and post-emergent application. It controls a broad spectrum of annual and perennial broad-leaved weeds on natural surfaces not intended to bear vegetation, permeable surfaces overlying soil, and hard surfaces (railway ballast only). It can be applied once per year at a rate of 4.5 l/ha.
Packaging may vary
|Active Substances||Diflufenican and glyphosate|
|Areas of Use||Natural surfaces not intended to bear vegetation, permeable surfaces overlying soil, hard surfaces (railway ballast only)|
|Mode of Action Group||Inhibition of pigment synthesis and Inhibition of EPSP synthase|
Pistol® is a fast acting and effective herbicide which both controls existing broad-leaved and grass weeds and provides ongoing residual activity to prevent new weeds from germinating.
Pistol® is rainfast within one hour, increasing potential spraying opportunities. In addition, the residual activity means that herbicide application frequency is reduced as surfaces can stay weed free for up to six months.
The systemic action of glyphosate means that it is translocated throughout the whole plant, proving effective control of both seedlings and established weeds. Diflufenican is a residual active substance which sticks to the surfaces forming a barrier which prevents weed germination.
The 5 litre bottle is sufficient to treat 1.1 ha.
Pistol® gives post-emergence control of both seedlings and established weeds as well as pre-emergence control by forming a surface barrier that prevents germination.
A selection of the plant species that are controlled by Pistol® are listed below (please read the label for the full species list):
|Grasses||Annual Herbs||Perennial Herbs||Woody Plants|
|Annual meadow-grass (Poa annua)
Couch grass (Agropyron repens)
Rough stalked meadow-grass (Poa trivialis)
|Annual nettle (Urticaria urens)
Canadian fleabane (Erigeron canadensis)
Chickweed (Stellaria media)
Common groundsel (Senecio vulgaris)
Fat hen (Chenopodium album)
Mayweed (Tripleurospermum inodorum & Matricaria recutita)
Knotgrasses (Polygonum spp)
Red dead nettle (Lamium purpureum)
|Buttercup (Ranunculus spp)
Mouse-eared chickweed (Cerastium fontanum)
Common daisy (Bellis perennis)
Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea)
Cranesbill (Geranium spp)
*Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
*Dock (Rumex spp)
Field forget-me-knot (Myosotis arvensis)
Perennial thistle (Cirsium spp)
Plantain (Plantagao spp)
Sow thistle (Sonchus spp)
Speedwell (Veronica spp)
Willowherb (Epilobium spp)
|Cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa)|
*Perennial weeds such as dandelions and docks emerging from established root-stocks after application will not be controlled.
Where to use
For use on:
When to use
Pistol® can be applied from February until the end of July when weeds are actively growing and have not begun the process of natural dieback.
How to use
|Maximum Treatments||Pack Coverage||Application Method||Application Rate||Water Volume||Spray Quality|
|1 per annum||1.1 ha||Conventional knapsack sprayer||4.5 l/ha||200-500 l/ha||Coarse|
|Vehicle mounted sprayer||4.5 l/ha||200-500 l/ha||Three star drift reduction nozzles|
|Knapsack with CDA applicator||4.5 l/ha||200-500 l/ha||Volume Median Diameter at least 300 microns|
Bio-Chemical Mode of Action: Diflufenican belongs to the inhibition of pigment synthesis group of herbicides.
Pigment inhibitors work by interfering with pigment production, leaving the chlorophyll unprotected from sunlight. As a result, the cell contents are destroyed rapidly.
Mobility: Diflufenican is a residual herbicide with xylem mobile activity which means that as susceptible plants come into contact with the active substance, it is absorbed through the leaves and roots then moves upwards through the plant within the xylem (water conducting tissues).
Application timing: Pigment inhibitors should be applied pre– or early post-emergence. They are most effective when target plants are small.
Bio-Chemical Mode of Action: Glyphosate belongs to the Inhibition of Enolpyruvyl Shikimate Phosphate Synthase (ESPS) group of herbicides.
ESPS herbicides work by shutting down the shikimate pathway which is used in the production of the proteins it needs to grow and survive.
Mobility: Glyphosate is a systemic penetrant which means that the active substance can be translocated downwards through the plant within the phloem (sugar conducting tissues) and upwards through the plant within the xylem (water conducting tissues).
Application timing: ESPS herbicides are best applied when the weeds are actively growing. They are generally more effective when target plants are younger and in their vegetative phases.
Resistance: As of 2018, 38 weed species distributed across 37 countries and in 34 different crop and 6 non-crop situations had been identified.
For further information on the Pistol Herbicide, speak to a technical sales advisor on +44 (0)1902 440250.