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X-NewYawker
08-04-2008, 10:06 PM
Just got back (an hour ago from LAX) from a trip to Salzburg, Austria, and found some interesting things -- A Gun store in Vienna (Springer's, and old time custom gunmaker)

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p54/Fasanoland/IMG_3624.jpg

which along with hunting rifles and shotguns --

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p54/Fasanoland/IMG_3643.jpg

Had new and used handguns:

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p54/Fasanoland/IMG_3638.jpg

So I asked how one went about owning a pistol here where they make the GLOCKS -- the salesman told me it was legal to own a handgun, but you must first go see "the Doctor of Psychiatry" and then if you are apprved you can buy two handguns to keep in your home, and if you register as a "collector" you can buy more -- and while many of you (us) complain about the high cost of German firearms, check out these price tags --

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p54/Fasanoland/IMG_3631.jpg
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p54/Fasanoland/IMG_3630.jpg

That's 670-1100 in EUROS -- and while I was there these past seven days it took $1.70 US to buy ONE Euro. That means some of these standard Glocks are over a thousand and the HKs are over $1600 US! Our weak dollar is killing the price of imported guns -- that's why Glock and so many others have opened US factories.

Jeff P
08-04-2008, 10:25 PM
I wonder if they have a large tax on their pistols? Did you get one of those key chains? Perfect for the gun safe key.
It looks like a very nice shop, it reminds me of the gun shop, downstairs at Roos-Atkins in San Francisco. With all those long guns displayed.
Boy, am I old.

tonelar
08-04-2008, 11:23 PM
That's amazing... Your second picture reminds me of the SF Gun Exchange on 2nd.
P.S. don't forget that "other" Austrian gunmaker; STEYR.


It looks like a very nice shop, it reminds me of the gun shop, downstairs at Roos-Atkins in San Francisco. With all those long guns displayed.
Boy, am I old.

You're not that old;
I remember when Dave Sullivan's (Golf, Tennis and Skis) on Geary had a gun counter. I bought .22LR ammo downstairs at the GETS sporting goods store when I was 12-13. I'd save my pop the walk from the car on Sat mornings on our way out of town.

Saigon1965
08-04-2008, 11:29 PM
Speechless -

aplinker
08-05-2008, 2:42 AM
Very cool.. thanks for sharing. Nice pics.

jazman
08-05-2008, 9:27 AM
Man, what a beautiful shop, along with beautiful merchandise.

mike452
08-05-2008, 9:44 AM
very nice... I've never seen a gun store in any of the countries I visited.

X-NewYawker
08-05-2008, 10:00 AM
Whenever I travel (and I've been lucky enough to have been to almost every continent - the first thing I do is get in a taxi and ask to be taken to a gunstore. In Israel it was in a guy's house -- Availability of Gun ownership is the thermometer by which the health of a country can be divined.

Anyone have a foreign gun story?

Stanze
08-05-2008, 10:00 AM
Austria is on my list of places to visit, mainly to see the Mozart stuff; but I'll gladly check out the gun shops there as well.

This thread makes me wanna take my GLOCK 17 to the range!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZy0Dz1tk8E

ojisan
08-05-2008, 10:11 AM
Anyone have a foreign gun story?
I was in Hamamatsu Japan doing a little souvineer and gift shopping on a busy street in daytime. The street was full of toy and hobby shops. I looked down the steet as I exited a store, and saw a guy with a all black combat pump shotgun waving it in the air, running back and forth and acting crazy. Of couse, no guns with me in Japan, felt my blood pressure shoot up, but then I noticed everybody on the street started laughing at the guy with the gun. No real guns in Japan so everyone knew the guy was joking (except me!). They have very realsitic looking air guns there for sure, I found the shop that had the guns the guy was playing with. Looked almost like the Austria shop long guns photo except Japan style. :eek:

West coast
08-05-2008, 10:14 AM
Sweet pictures!!!!:)

xjrat
08-05-2008, 10:27 AM
I went to Austria a few weeks ago and was lucky enough to
get a tour of the Steyr Arms plant... That was the COOOOOLEST thing.
The factory is AWESOME and to see them making AUG's and to see a stock
pile of them just sitting there ready to go was a beautiful thing. I also
watched them HAND bed each wood stock rifle. I also watched them testing
a new not yet released SSG.
The history hall of weapons was out of this world, to see one of EVERY make of their weapons since 1860's WOW:eek:
I can say that Steyr Arms is a TOP NOTCH company with very friendly staff that treated my wife and I like family even though I am not dealer or anything, just an owner of a M40-A1...
The Austrians like to hunt and are very resptful of nice firearms. When you travel through the country side and look at almost EVERY field you can see hunting blinds every where.
I have a few pic's on my blog and will put some more up soon but you can see how BEAUITFUL the town of Steyr is...
http://xjrat-blog.blogspot.com/2008/07/steyr-austria.html

gose
08-05-2008, 10:34 AM
Just got back (an hour ago from LAX) from a trip to Salzburg, Austria, and found some interesting things -- A Gun store in Vienna (Springer's, and old time custom gunmaker)

which along with hunting rifles and shotguns --

Had new and used handguns:

So I asked how one went about owning a pistol here where they make the GLOCKS -- the salesman told me it was legal to own a handgun, but you must first go see "the Doctor of Psychiatry" and then if you are apprved you can buy two handguns to keep in your home, and if you register as a "collector" you can buy more -- and while many of you (us) complain about the high cost of German firearms, check out these price tags --

That's 670-1100 in EUROS -- and while I was there these past seven days it took $1.70 US to buy ONE Euro. That means some of these standard Glocks are over a thousand and the HKs are over $1600 US! Our weak dollar is killing the price of imported guns -- that's why Glock and so many others have opened US factories.

Salzburg is a really nice place. I lived there briefly before moving here... They have a couple of nice gun stores there as well as a killer brewery :)

And as for the Austrian gun laws... Austria is the only country in Europe (afaik) where the right to own guns is in their constitution. With "good cause", getting a CCW isn't too hard either.

Also, if you're a competitive shooter, getting more than the two "home defense" guns, isn't too hard. Getting "evil" AR15s and Sig55xs is also possible, but the only thing you can't get is pump-action shotguns. Semi-autos are still ok though...

Icarus
08-05-2008, 5:27 PM
Great pictures. The only shops that I can remember that looked like the one in Austria are from years ago. Kerr's in Beverly Hills and Abercromby and Fitch in NYC. They were both primo places to go see the top grades. I understand that there are similar shops in Texas and the midwest. Any one know of any in SoCal?

daves100
08-05-2008, 9:04 PM
When we pulled into Djibouti Africa, i asked a cab driver to take us to look at guns, was told we go about 30 minutes out of town. My buddy freaked ( so did i ) cab driver was wacked out on KHAT = COT.

Changed my mind real fast....

X-NewYawker
08-05-2008, 9:31 PM
Asked the Israeli cab driver in Tel Aviv to take me where I could buy guns. He took me to some guy's HOUSE who had Galils and FALs stacked in a closet. Cool. Couldn't get them home so didn't buy.

CenterX
08-05-2008, 9:43 PM
So, if you bought one could your carry it while in Israel, and sell it just as you leave - kind of like a car?

csmintel
08-05-2008, 10:01 PM
ahh.... the memories from cold war....the Vienna...nice pictures.
:cheers2:

X-NewYawker
08-05-2008, 11:15 PM
ahh.... the memories from cold war....the Vienna...nice pictures.
:cheers2:

More nice:

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p54/Fasanoland/IMG_3569.jpg
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p54/Fasanoland/IMG_3578.jpg
These are AIRGUNS:
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p54/Fasanoland/IMG_3627-1.jpg
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p54/Fasanoland/IMG_3629.jpg

leitung
08-06-2008, 12:06 AM
Well I know where I am gonna move if the US is no longer an option....Thanks for the pics!

Moonclip
08-06-2008, 2:47 AM
Great pictures. The only shops that I can remember that looked like the one in Austria are from years ago. Kerr's in Beverly Hills and Abercromby and Fitch in NYC. They were both primo places to go see the top grades. I understand that there are similar shops in Texas and the midwest. Any one know of any in SoCal?

Fine gun room at Bass pro Shop. A small version of the fine gun room at Chino Hills Turners. Perazzi USA headquaters is in Azusa IIRC. Has a gun room. Also there is some other "baller" high end gunshop in Covina or west Covina I think.

A guy sometimes sets up at guns shows in So CAl with quite a few tables of high end rifles and shotguns.