How to bring a Antique Rifle to USA

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Meltdownblitz, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. Meltdownblitz

    Meltdownblitz New Member

    Hi I have an old Antique Rifle that I would like to bring to the USA from El Salvador to sell in the USA. How can I bring it here and what procedures would I have to take? Thank you.
  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    It depends on the rifle. An antique black powder muzzle loader will be easier than a WWI era bolt action. Check at for information about importation.

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    First, you should be certain that what you call an antique is LEGALLY an antique. Under US law, a firearm that uses loose powder and ball (like a muzzleloader) is an antique regardless of age IF it does not readily convert to the use of fixed cartridges. All other firearms must have been made prior to 1-1-1896 to be considered an antique. Old does not mean antique. This is important, because laws differ for antique firearms.
  4. Meltdownblitz

    Meltdownblitz New Member

    Thank you mods for your response. I have a few specs on the gun here.

    Windchester made in 1860
    model 1870
    44 MAG

    What other info would I need about it? Sorry I don't deal with guns much, its my cousin's and it'll make more money selling in the USA.

    Thanks again.
  5. deadin

    deadin Member

    That sounds like a replica of an old Winchester design and made in a modern chambering. It will not qualify as an antique and will need to be imported through a dealer with an import license. ($$$)
  6. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

    OK---several things wrong here. Winchester made in 1860? The Winchester
    Repeating Arms Company didn't EXIST in 1860. Why do you believe it was
    made in 1860?

    Model of 1870? Setting aside the improbability of a model 1870 ANYTHING
    being made in 1860 (10 years before)----there is no such thing as a
    Winchester model 1870. Closest you will come is a Model 1873.

    44 magnum? The 44 magnum cartridge came on the scene in the mid
    1950's. Not antique, not even really old.

    Good pictures would help, but at the minimum CAREFULLY make a list of
    every marking on the gun, and the marks location.

    If I were a guessing person, I might guess that you have a 1873 rifle.
    You might have mistaken a patent date (on the barrel) for the date
    of manufacture? And just MAYBE the brass shell lifter is stamped "44 cal"?
    If so---post the serial number. Someone will be along shortly and tell you
    pretty much to the day when it was made.