France import

Posted by: battle

France import - 03/24/20 03:39 PM

How difficult? How do you go about bringing one over? I bring from UK, but never from France.
Posted by: Ted Schefelbein

Re: France import - 03/24/20 04:48 PM

It’s gotten really tough. I was having a problem with carriers being unwilling to transport over a decade ago, and that was before the French government got so heavy handed about being involved in exports of firearms. The UN small arms treaty that is but a liberal wet dream in this country, is the actual law in France.
God help you if there is an ivory bead, a rosewood buttplate, an inlay of Madagascar weasel sphincter, or, whatever the prohibited material du jour might be.

There is nothing in Europe I want bad enough, today, to attempt an import.

Nothing.

Best,
Ted
Posted by: wingshooter16

Re: France import - 03/24/20 09:43 PM

Having brought two guns and two sets of barrels in from France over the years, with the change in French gun laws I don't even look at NaturaBuy any more.

Mike
Posted by: KY Jon

Re: France import - 03/25/20 12:12 AM

I like having to sign a statement that I will not use the imported gun to make a nuclear device or weapon of mass destruction. Talk about red tape. Or maybe I just have the wrong apps loaded onto my cell phone.
Posted by: L. Brown

Re: France import - 03/26/20 10:14 AM

Originally Posted By: wingshooter16
Having brought two guns and two sets of barrels in from France over the years, with the change in French gun laws I don't even look at NaturaBuy any more.

Mike


Mike--I remember how badly you wanted those guns. Glad you got them before gun laws changed!
Posted by: wingshooter16

Re: France import - 04/06/20 03:22 PM

I absolutely love them, Larry. Perfect match for me.
Posted by: Carl Baird

Re: France import - 04/06/20 06:10 PM

I can't believe the Madagascar Weasel Sphincter is now on the list? What crap!!! I may have to hide a couple of my guns?
Posted by: Argo44

Re: France import - 04/06/20 08:40 PM

Due to relatives and connections...I have the opportunity to get one (1) gun out of France at some point in time. This sold for about 800 euro a couple of years ago...If I can track it down it will be THE gun.




It has a certain advantage in that it has some gold inlay on it. If I ever go hunting with Ted, I'll take this gun. You see, gold on guns make Ted upchuck. While he's on his fours talking Irish (O-rourk, O-ralph), I'll be getting all the shots. smile
Posted by: Ted Schefelbein

Re: France import - 04/06/20 10:48 PM

Careful what you wish for. What gun you choose to miss your birds with is no concern of mine.

I’ll be interested to hear how you pull it off. Don’t even think you will show up in France and bring it home with you.

Best,
Ted
Posted by: BrentD

Re: France import - 04/06/20 11:00 PM

Argo those barrels look to be a mile long. A lot of it may be camera angle but they must be 32".

Nice gun but why does it turn your head so?
Posted by: Ted Schefelbein

Re: France import - 04/06/20 11:46 PM

Top lever hammer gun with Damascus tubes. If it is French or Belgian, it is a bit of an odd bird. The French moved away from Damascus a long time before the English. When you see Damascus tubes on a French gun it is usually on an older opening system than a top lever hammer gun.

Really neat. Love to see Gene try a couple of Ruffed Grouse flushes with a hammer gun.

Best,
Ted
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If Lonny had enough shots in him to settle the DTs and got
his heater smoked before the flush, he could try too.
Posted by: Argo44

Re: France import - 04/07/20 10:09 AM

FUSIL DE CHASSE à percussion centrale, chiens extérieurs, deux coups, calibre 12-75 (18). Canons damas juxtaposés de 76,5 cm de Didier Drevet. Platines gravées " L. Chalet à Saint Etienne ". Crosse en noyer quadrillé, marquée sur une pièce de laiton aux armes couronnées de Poncins. Dans un étui jambon en cuir " Count de Poncins ". Fabriqué en 1887.
N°5275 - 1887. Poids : 3,370 Kg.

Shotgun, center-fire, hammer gun, double trigger, 12 gauge 3" chambers. SxS Damascus 30" barrels by Didier Drevet. Side plate engraved "L. Chalet at Saint Etienne." Walnut Stock checkered marked on a brass plate with the crowned arms of Poncins. In a chestnut leather case "Count of Poncins." Made in 1887. 7 lbs 7 oz.

It's black powder proofed. I think what appeals to me so much is the simplicity and beauty of the lines. It has Damascus (check) and is a hammer gun (check). It's also a Saint Etienne gun with 30" barrels and 3" original chambers. With the weight it had to be a pigeon gun of sorts (note flat file rib). Saint Etienne is close to Saint Chamon, where my wife's family lives - almost home. I'm sure I'd find a way to shoot low pressure modern loads with it. Didier-Drevet was a legendary barrel maker.
Posted by: BrentD

Re: France import - 04/07/20 10:21 AM

Those sound like all the right reasons to me.

I once spent 4 yrs tracking a Joseph Lang double rifle for lesser reasons than those. It was worth the hunt.

Good luck.