The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > NFA Guns and Gear

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old August 9, 2011, 09:24 AM   #1
C0untZer0
Junior member
 
Join Date: April 21, 2011
Location: Illinois
Posts: 4,555
Is it possible to buy a barrel in Germany while on vacation and bring it back ?

I know someone who flys to Germany regularly.

I am wondering if it's possible for her to pick me up a 10" Glock barrel made by IGB.

I'm not sure what all is involved in getting it back into the states or if it's even possible.
C0untZer0 is offline  
Old August 9, 2011, 11:35 AM   #2
PTK
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 20, 2008
Posts: 442
Why not just call the BATFE and ask them directly? It tends to be a good idea to ask those who enforce the law if what you want to do is legal. For what it's worth, they've helped me repeatedly in the past, and are extremely friendly and helpful.
PTK is offline  
Old August 9, 2011, 11:50 AM   #3
chack
Junior member
 
Join Date: May 24, 2011
Location: dixie
Posts: 477
My understanding is that in Germany, the barrel is the regulated item instead of the receiver like in the US. If that's the case I assume you won't be able to buy one there much less bring it into the US.
chack is offline  
Old August 18, 2011, 12:51 PM   #4
gyvel
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 30, 2009
Location: Northern AZ
Posts: 5,229
I believe, as far as the U.S. is concerned, it's just a part that's not regulated by any laws here.

There is a distributor in Canada, but they sure are expensive.

I guess the plasma treatment allows you to shoot lead reloads safely in a Glock.

Getting it legally in Germany, however, is another matter. Don't know German laws regarding barrels.

Last edited by gyvel; August 18, 2011 at 01:03 PM.
gyvel is offline  
Old August 18, 2011, 08:50 PM   #5
T. O'Heir
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 13, 2002
Location: Canada
Posts: 3,250
All firearms and parts are heavily controlled anywhere in Europe. Your buddy wouldn't be allowed to buy anything without a German export permit and very likely a U.S. import permit.
The ATF doesn't have anything to do with import/export regulations.
__________________
Spelling and grammar count!
T. O'Heir is offline  
Old August 19, 2011, 08:25 AM   #6
Rifleman1776
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 25, 2010
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 3,309
TO is right, buying it in Germany then trying to ship it will consume your vacation going through red tape.
Then to get it into the U.S. the Customs Service could get you embroiled in a whole 'nuther set of complications.
IMHO, not worth the bother.
Rifleman1776 is offline  
Old August 19, 2011, 10:25 AM   #7
mapsjanhere
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 6, 2009
Location: Albuquerque
Posts: 2,352
In Germany, most gun parts are regulated as "vital parts", including all barrels. You can only buy the barrel when you have an entry for the gun in your gun ID card.
__________________
F 135 - the right choice
mapsjanhere is offline  
Old August 20, 2011, 11:22 AM   #8
gyvel
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 30, 2009
Location: Northern AZ
Posts: 5,229
Quote:
Then to get it into the U.S. the Customs Service could get you embroiled in a whole 'nuther set of complications.
I don't think the U.S. cares at all about barrels, do they?
gyvel is offline  
Old August 20, 2011, 11:32 AM   #9
PTK
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 20, 2008
Posts: 442
What laws we have concerning items made and already imported and transferred inside this country are vastly different than those of importation and exportation themselves - getting items from overseas, even if they aren't regulated here, can prove to be frustrating.
PTK is offline  
Old August 20, 2011, 12:53 PM   #10
Rifleman1776
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 25, 2010
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 3,309
Quote:
I don't think the U.S. cares at all about barrels, do they?
I don't think bureaucrats care about anything except proving they are bureaucrats and have the power to give good citizens a hard time. Not worth risking the possible hassle, IMHO.
Rifleman1776 is offline  
Old August 20, 2011, 08:43 PM   #11
Jim Watson
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 25, 2001
Location: Alabama
Posts: 11,069
Quote:
My understanding is that in Germany, the barrel is the regulated item instead of the receiver like in the US. If that's the case I assume you won't be able to buy one there much less bring it into the US.
I heard an account by a US Army officer of a guy who took advantage of that to buy AR lowers in Germany and the rest of the gun in the US. His gray market caught up with him and got him a court martial.
Jim Watson is online now  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:32 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.08471 seconds with 7 queries