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Old 03-04-2013, 02:34 PM   #21
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I'm sorry but I just couldn't do that.

At best I'd able to go with 3 - my 1911 45ACP, Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum, and Ruger Mark II .22 cal.

If I had to go with 2, logically the .357 and .22 make the most sense, but I'd never be able to part with my 1911, so I guess I would have to move.

Makes me shiver to think about such a law....

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1911 and a ruger 22/45

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Two nines?? Just curious,, why? Wouldn't you want a bit more variety if you could only have two?

The 226 for open carry in the field. The 239 for CCW. The 9MM will kill anything I need to engage with a handgun.
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The 226 for open carry in the field. The 239 for CCW. The 9MM will kill anything I need to engage with a handgun.
I see,,, I spend prob 70% of my life in the woods.. For my job and hobbies, but can't see a 9mm stopping a bear so I've opt for the 357
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I do see many German hunters carry 9s in the woods. Yet, the most popular caliber is .357. Taurus is the most affordable revolver I would purchase over here. Smith and Wessons are very expensive:1000€ or more. I find the .40 caliber to be very successful. It will protect me from any mammal I may encounter. I have seen a deer turn around and look at a hunter who just shot it in the back of the head with a 9mm. 10mm is rare over here, with only Glock as an option. Ammo is expensive. I am very fascinated by the different choices posted. Yes, the law does suck and we are heavy regulated. Maybe I will post some more crazy German laws. Please let this be a warning, the US may be next. Oh, the gun and hunting laws over in Germany were created by the US military after WW2. Ironic?

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Of the handguns I currently have, the choice would be easy...

S&W 686+ Mtn Gun
Ruger SR22

If I could make a swap for something I don't have, I would forgo the Ruger in favor of a S&W scandium 317 kit gun (j-frame 22LR w/ a 3" barrel and adjustable sights).

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I chose a Sig Saeur p226r 9mm for two legged animals while at home and comp
You can't go wrong with the Sig. Do you not need to be in a target club to get a handgun in German or for humane dispatch. ? Some of the gun laws in Germany seen to be similar to the uk example.
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are barred from obtaining a firearms ownership license.
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You made excellent choices. I know nothing about game animals in Germany so I can not comment on the 40 cal. The sig 9mm is a good self defense weapon. The 40 cal is enough to finish off anything in the US. Not that I would want to face a wounded dangerous animal with any pistol.

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You need to belong to a club and have a hunting license (which takes a long time and is expensive. Consists of a very long test on laws, conservation, wildlife, diseases, German hunting history etc. you have to take a final shooting test with pistol, rifle- sitting while shooting at running boar, rifle-supported standing while shooting at standing boar, shotgun-skeet, shotgun-running rabbit. The test is based on percentage of hits. 3 out of 5 with rifle. A hit with the rifle is the heart chamber. This is not easy at 100 meters and the target is running! The license is expensive and you need insurance). You can also get a competition license which is a weekend course, but you must shoot 18 times a year. You also have to get a weapons card from the German ATF. This costs too. Every time you buy a gun you turn in the license to add the new gun. You keep a copy though. It takes forever for initial license and the updated one. You cannot take your pistol home until you have original license in you possession, but you can take home a long gun. You just report it within two weeks and turn in your license for the update. You have to have a special safe for your guns. The pistols are kept away from rifles in a locked compartment within the safe. Ammo must also be locked in box/compartment within the safe. Please feel free with other questions.

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I thought the firearms laws in Germany were not as strict as the uk but in some aspects they seem stricter. Good luck you can't go wrong with Sig and h-k good Germain engineering. Have you tried the CZ 75 nice pistol. ?
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