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Bringing In An Air Pistol From Canada

Discussion in 'Air Pistols' started by Bad Actor, Jun 27, 2019.

  1. Bad Actor

    Bad Actor Member

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    Hi people

    I'm going to Canada week after next and wondered if I could bring back an air pistol to the UK.
    I've seen a Crosman Vigilante revolver that's rated at 435fps with bee bees.

    Would this be legal for the UK?
    I've had a Google but still none the wiser as they quote grain etc which affects the numbers.
    Just wondered if anyone had brought anything back without problems at customs.

    Also, any recommendations for what I could bring back legally that may not be available in the UK?

  2. rmwesley

    rmwesley Engaging Member

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    If it is less than 6 ft. lbs then no problem. Needs to be in a locked bag. Need to warn airline in advance. Be prepared for a £120ish handling fee.

    Edit... sorry just realised what you were asking. The pistol will likely get inspected by the on-duty firearms officer when you land. The times I have brought something back, I have had to explain to him/her what the legal limit for airguns is and how it is calculated. This involved bringing up an online calculator on my phone, plugging in the FPS quoted for the gun and the weight of a JSB Exact pellet from the Pellpax* website to show the pistol was < 6 ft. lbs. Job done.

    435 feet per second with a 8.4 grain pellet = 3.5 ft. lbs. = UK legal

    * other online pellet websites are available.
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2019
  3. tommy gun

    tommy gun Posting Addict

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    newcastle upon tyne
    wait till you get back and by 1 here only £80 save all the trouble
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  4. td_boy

    td_boy Donator

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    Canadian limit is 500 fps irrespective of calibre or pellet weight.
    435 fps with BB's is the same rating as here - so save a whole lot grief and just get one here ;)
  5. QuoVadis69

    QuoVadis69 Donator

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    Apart from the pistol's specs it must be in a secured ( lockable ) airline approved case.
  6. Bad Actor

    Bad Actor Member

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    Ahh, ok guys.
    I think you are right for the sake of saving a few quid and no hassle at customs.
    I may as well get one here.

    Thanks for the info :)

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