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DISCREETLY IMPORT MARKED

penguin1penguin1 Member Posts: 146 ✭✭
edited June 2019 in Ask the Experts
$4600 for this posted on GB. Any buy a DISCREETLY IMPORT MARKED handgun?



KORTH (DYNAMIT NOBEL)
MODEL: SPORT
CALIBER: 357 MAG
BLUED
6" BARREL
MADE 1977
CONDITION:
excellent
DISCREETLY IMPORT MARKED

Comments

  • mark christianmark christian Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 24,511 ******
    edited November -1
    There was a time when import markings were tiny and often stamped in obscure areas.

    Compare the stamping on my old Bulgarian Makarov with the newer stamps:
    bulmak.jpg
    RussianMakarovtarget-1.jpg

    Which of the two markings would you call discrete?
  • rufesnowrufesnow Member Posts: 250 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Korth's have always been, very expensive handguns. Due to U.S. law, all firearms have to country of origin/importers markings. Doesn't matter if it's $300 for a Turkish pistol or $4600 for a Korth. If you want to import and sell it in the U.S. The size and location of the markings have to adhere to the BATF's, CS regs.

    When the law first went into effect in the mid 80's. Their was no standard size or location for the import markings. It was up to the importer. I've owned imports from the 80's/90's time frame. Where the markings were virtually indistinguishable. Unfortunately for us collectors, the BATF wised up. And started mandating the minimum size and location of markings. That's why your $4600 Korth's, country of origin/importers markings, are so obtrusive. It was the only way, that the feds would let it in.
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