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Imported Air Rifles

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Gollum, May 21, 2015.

  1. Gollum

    Gollum Donator

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    Ok I have been reading about bringing air rifles in from the NL and it sounds a good way to save a few bob. However the pessimist in my cries what happens if theres something wrong with it when it arrives? Does anyone know what the likes of http://www.db-schietsport.nl/ customer service is like in such a case?
    Thank from the man whose glass is always half empty.:D
     
  2. Trident

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    I don't know an answer to your question, but I think it's amazing that the British sellers of airguns haven't cottoned on and simply set up mail-order companies in Europe, but still have shops in the UK where they can carry out after sales?

    Or is it that they were all so convinced the VCR was for our own good?

    Or or should that be their own good?

    I'm not sure :rolleyes:
     
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    I recently bought an HW97k from the Dutch company that you named above. I saved a fair bit if cash, but to be honest I can't answer your question as regards customer service in the event if problems. I can say the service I received during the purchase was excellent, the guy that dealt with my transaction was called Dave Wilson, I presume he's a brit but can't be certain of that.
    Would I deal with DB Schietport NL again.... No problem, thinking of buying an HW30s plinker off them if I can sell my S200!
     
  4. audi swift

    audi swift Man up & pull the bloody trigger.... HFT 101.

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    I imported one of my rifles from Germany no issues nothing apart from being some what cheaper then the uk. hell I ordered a scope too from the EU & it was with me within 4 working days !!.
    but if our prices in the UK had been all most like the EU prices or a tad bit dearer even, then I would have brought from the uk but they are not so I did not :rolleyes:.

    I don't know the place you have listed sorry to say.
     
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  5. biotaw1

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    I've just ordered an HW50S from that place, dealing with a chap called Dave Butler so sounds like another Brit. Can't comment on customer service yet although it has been delayed somewhat. Don't entirely blame them for that as they did say they had to get new stock in but if they chuck a free tin of pellets or something in the box I'll be singing their praises:p

    With all the talk on here about importing guns recently I'd not be surprised if they've seen a sudden upsurge in UK orders.
     
  6. bhodge

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    I've noticed that they now actually list UK spec HW97k rifles on their website, when I bough mine (Easter Saturday) they only listed the Dutch spec rifle. I bought one of those but had a UK spec spring fitted by them. I've no doubt that listing UK rifles is a result of the weak Euro/£ exchange rate.
     
  7. Peter Norris

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    Over the past 3 months I have imported 3 Weihrauch rifles from Germany. I did not use the Dutch site as at the time they only had FAC rated, there are different criteria between Holland and Germany. Service was always perfect and delivered direct to home by DHL with full internet tracking.
    As anticipated they all required the usual internal de-burring and polishing and I fitted a 12ft.lb spring while they were in pieces.
    Saved a fortune and Germany has a much wider choice of stocks / sights etc. I will be ordering another one soon.
    Good luck.
    Peter.
     
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    The advantage of importing the HW50S is that it's <12ft.lbs at full power so no need to change the spring. Probably why they're running out of stock on them!
     
  9. Blackmax

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    I've just bought an HW80, £240 from Sprtswaffen Schneider, as far as warranty's concerned, what's to go wrong and in any case most of us strip them straight away and fit a Tinbum kit or suchlike.

    My next project will be an HW100 for £600 new, it'll need a bit of adjustment and a couple of parts changing but that's all part of the fun.

    If your that worried got for a cheap gun first time such as an HW30 or HW50 as you will never loose on it and progress from there.

    Make the most of it while the pound is strong against the Euro.
     
  10. Ouch!

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    I used Euroshooting in the Czech Republic and it was a breeze.
    I also recommend transfewwise to send your money and they don't charge the earth for converting your currnecy into Euros.

    Ouch!
     
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    Thanks Ouch lol
     
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    I can see a lot more people Importing guns after the exposing of certain Organisations/Inividuals making moves to have S/A guns banned . I wouldn't be surprised if they try to get these cheaper guns coming in from the EU also stopped. Nothing like looking after yourself at the expense of the very people they represent/make there living/business from.
     
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    Does make me wonder what the profits are on each rifle for UK dealers are?
     
  14. biotaw1

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    Maybe not the dealers but somebody is making an awful lot of money somewhere. A lot of these guns can probably be bought wholesale for about half what UK dealers end up charging us.
     
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    When talking to my local RFD he was saying he could not buy the Airforce CP-1 pistol from the UK importer/distributor for the price the euro sellers are retailing them at....this must be the same for many pistols/rifles
     
  16. Darren Petts

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    Many official importers are well into the category of "Rip Off Merchants". I'll shed no tears at their passing if we all import our own stuff. I would have honestly thought there was a massive market for some retailer to stick two fingers up to these rob dogs and mass import on the grey market their entire stock
     
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    It looks like a cartel - and we all know it, and have done for years - I wonder why nothing is ever done about it like they have done with cars and the like....?
     
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    Very little, tbh.


    Yup.. generally the price you see for any European product for sale in Europe will be less than a UK distributor will pay for it cost from the "official" importer - this goes for rifles, pistols, pellets... Rip-off Britain, and the importers / wholesales are the ones taking the huge cut.

    Comparisons between the HW97 and TX always make me laugh - it's always highlighted that "they're a similar price"; only over here. In Germany the HW97 costs around 25-30% less; and hence is actually a significantly cheaper gun to produce (which explains why it's generally bettered by the TX200 in most respects).


    Agree completely - the problem is that the airgun industry is far smaller, incestuous and controlled compared to that for cars. What do you suggest we do to try and combat the situation?
     
  19. biotaw1

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    Some of the problem is presumably the fact that UK dealers can no longer post guns out to customers. That means that we don't really have full competition between dealers as most of us are limited to buying from one or two RFDs that are in reasonable driving range.
     
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    Several forum board users work in UK retail

    Mark up is worst in any trade

    Retailers do not have much choice unless able to Directly Import Guns

    There is No World Wide Warrenty on UK Sold Guns Etc - UK distributor covers Warrenty out of their Share

    VCR Bill Stopped Mail order of Guns - In Efforts to Stop under age and illegal ownership

    As some will find that European Carriage is far cheaper than UK - Should they have to return guns to country of supply

    BOB/R
     

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