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Purchasing a rifle from Italy

  • 16-03-2023 6:03pm
    Registered Users Posts: 17

    Just wondering if anyone has experience of purchasing online from Italy, or specifically from "thegunstore dot eu"?

    They seem to have good value on a .38 lever action and when I asked them (via Chat option on the site) they have no problem shipping to Ireland but will only give me a final price after I add to the Basket and I'm just wondering if anyone here has used them before? They are looking for 50% deposit which is probably reasonable under the circumstances. I know there are lots of threads talking about buying in Germany and so I expect similar paperwork requirements.


  • Registered Users Posts: 872 ✭✭✭Wadi14

    Thegunstore Reviews | Read Customer Service Reviews of (

    They are cheap for a reason, if you throw a line out some one will bite.

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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 1,331 Mod ✭✭✭✭otmmyboy2

    Yup, scam site.

    Same as:


    If the price looks like US prices just converted to Euros, with no markup, it is a scam 😋

    Even their site text is a carbon copy of similar US sites which offer to ship firearms to your door(illegal unless you have an FFL):

    We work closely with a large network of FFLs around the country to ensure a safe and secure transaction that prioritizes their own inventory, supporting our nation’s gun stores and your local community.

    There have been a lot of similar sites popping up in the past 3-4 years or so.

    Never forget, the end goal is zero firearms of any type.

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    S.I. No. 21/2008 - Firearms (Restricted Firearms and Ammunition) Order 2008 - Firearm types restricted

    Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 - Firearms banned & grandfathered

    S.I. No. 420/2019 - Magazine ban, ammo storage & transport restricted

    Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2023 - 2023 Firearm Ban (retroactive to 8 years prior)

  • Registered Users Posts: 273 ✭✭kunekunesika

    Always learning something new 😃 thanks

  • Registered Users Posts: 17 Mochualeix

    Thanks for that, I probably should have done a little more research before even posting the question. There were a few red flags looking back and the responses were more "American English" than Italian English.

    Thanks again folks, I may just get a bigger piggy bank.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,918 ✭✭✭✭Grizzly 45

    It's a nightmare to buy anything in firearms from Italy!

    Not so much the paperwork which is an EU norm,but the legalised "graft" you pay to get the damn thing out of the country.

    Their security to deliver it to the airport to put it on the cargo plane is utterly over the top. It requires a police escort,not a local lad chucking it in the back of the squad car and driving it off to the airport or following the courier truck. But 4 [FOUR] fully ARMED and kitted out lads to follow the courier right up to and almost into the plane itself! That "service " seems to be price dependent on the value of the gun! I was looking at getting a Franchi PARA.22 rifle once.The rifle was worth about 400 euros. The "fees" amounted to ship it to Ireland at 600 euros!!!

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