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    Importing Firearms from India?

    My day job requires that I travel to and spend a good deal of time in Delhi, India. While here, there are two things that I have thought about importing back to the states. The first item, is one of the older model Royal Enfield motorcycles (see here). The second item is a firearm. Since I'm much more comfortable with motorcycles, I need some advice on the firearms.

    • Is there a specific Indian make/model pistol that I should try to find and possible import back to the states?
    • Is there a specific non-Indian make/model pistol, that might be used in India, that I should try to find and possible import back to the states?
    • Assuming that I can manage the "Indian" specific issues of acquiring the gun, how do I handle getting the gun into the states?
    • Do I ship it back via FedEx?
    • Do I properly pack and transport it myself?
    • What do I need to do to register the gun?


    Thanks in advance,
    Fish Tattoo

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    You will likely find the import red tape daunting. You need to find a dealer with experience importing. The pistol will have to meet ATF import criteria under GCA '68.

    Unless it's a collector-grade piece, it's probably not worth it.
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    Are there collector items in India?

    Thanks Mike. I guess that drives the question, is there anything worthy of collecting from India?

    -FT

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    Yes they made some very nice Black Power rifles, The workmanship, designs, and decorations make them worth while collector items. I have a friend in a town not far from where I live that has about 10 different rifles from India, many more from the near east and North Africa. They are beautiful guns.

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    I spent some time in India--good call on the Enfields! However, the only thing I ended up bringing back to the US was a solid month of putrid breath and a few parasites. Oh, and a nicely crafted ashtray from Pondicherry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
    You will likely find the import red tape daunting. You need to find a dealer with experience importing. The pistol will have to meet ATF import criteria under GCA '68.

    Unless it's a collector-grade piece, it's probably not worth it.
    +1 not worth the hassle.

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