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Old 01-27-2013, 14:27   #1
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Hi there,

just wanted to introduce myself, am a gun enthousiaste from the U.S. / France and currently live in Switzerland. I love the forum, very informative, learned a lot from you guys, so thank you. can't wait to come back home (Florida), you wouldn't believe here in Switzerland how expensive guns are. Just to give you an idea, I wanted to order a Glock 29, price here is 1100 CHF (swiss francs) which is about $1200. Almost 3 times the price of the U.S.! I don't get it, Austria is literally next door! and top of that, the store tells me he has to order it and it takes about 1 month! oh, and the last but not the least, Gen 4 models are not out here yet... isn't it amazing???
Ammo is about the same price but nowhere the versatility of the U.S.
oh well, I guess I'll wait until I come back home to shoot again
I the mean time, I'll keep reading you guys.

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Welcome to the forum! Wow, that's really horrible pricing...
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yea, horrible pricing. it may come from the fact that there is no poor people in Switzerland. Every single citizen here own a firearm, basically from 18 years old to 40 something you are entirely part of the military system and go for a 3 week course every year until you are discharged, so you keep your assault rifle at home, also because several times a year you have to go shooting at the range to re-qualify. Very unique system they have over here.
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Welcome. Love Switzerland. I visit often with friends in Geneva. Target shooting is a big sport in Switzerland and yes high standard of liveing. Everyone has to go into the military and then the reserves. Something they should do here!
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empty mag from the USA to Switzerland

A quick question, I guess I am not in the right section but maybe someone can redirect me to the right one:
I am coming back home in FL for a quick vacation in 2 weeks, I am thinking of buying a couple of mags and bring them back to Switzerland since everything is overpriced there. Could it be a problem in a plane even if I check them in my luggage? Are empty mags considered parts of a gun even if the gun is not present?

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Hi there,

just wanted to introduce myself, am a gun enthousiaste from the U.S. / France and currently live in Switzerland. I love the forum, very informative, learned a lot from you guys, so thank you. can't wait to come back home (Florida), you wouldn't believe here in Switzerland how expensive guns are. Just to give you an idea, I wanted to order a Glock 29, price here is 1100 CHF (swiss francs) which is about $1200. Almost 3 times the price of the U.S.! I don't get it, Austria is literally next door! and top of that, the store tells me he has to order it and it takes about 1 month! oh, and the last but not the least, Gen 4 models are not out here yet... isn't it amazing???
Ammo is about the same price but nowhere the versatility of the U.S.
oh well, I guess I'll wait until I come back home to shoot again
I the mean time, I'll keep reading you guys.

Cheers,

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I Wish. If I was Tina Turner I wouldn't have any issue with everything being so expensive over here...
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A quick question, I guess I am not in the right section but maybe someone can redirect me to the right one:
I am coming back home in FL for a quick vacation in 2 weeks, I am thinking of buying a couple of mags and bring them back to Switzerland since everything is overpriced there. Could it be a problem in a plane even if I check them in my luggage? Are empty mags considered parts of a gun even if the gun is not present?

Checked luggage you should be fine in the U.S. I have no idea about the international laws on magazines. I guess it would depend on what route you take and what countries you fly into. Yes, magazines are considered parts of a gun. You may have just as much trouble finding the mags here, let alone at a decent price.
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G30 from Austria (actually bought directly from there)

Finally I couldn't wait to come back home to shoot, so I got a G30 SF directly from Austria. It looks different than the one I had in the U.S. actually, not only the printing on the grip is different (obviously it doesn't mention Smyrna, GA) but also the finish on the gun - frame and slide - seems different, kind of "darker". Maybe they are using a different material? anybody got any input on that?

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