Stage 2: Ignition!

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by zhuk, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    Things are moving along (well as far as is bureaucratically possible). Rang up the gunshop where I bought the safes to ask about the HS2000 (XD) which was supposed to be ordered last Nov to arrive by March; guy checked out with the importer and apparently 80 are now coming into the country, hopefully soon. The March shipment didn't show because as he explained, "Springfield asks for 50,000, Australia orders 80...and our order gets absorbed" by the overwhelmingly greater US one, and have to wait for the next year's lot :p

    Making a tedious story not all that much shorter...I put my name down for a 9mm Tactical (min legal barrel length being 5"), deposit to be lodged Friday. Don't know when they'll clear Customs...but Woot!

    Had a bit of a OMFG-moment...my 1st firearm :eek: Hard to believe after all this time really...after a year of saving.


    Yes it will take a while; have trawled through the dense bureaucratese and figured out the steps. Well I think so, heh:


    1) Request PTA from Firearms Registry
    2) Personalised application form will be sent out
    3) Fill out form with:

    name

    firearms licence no.

    safe keeping address details

    type of handgun:

    *business/employment
    *collector
    *sport/target
    *high calibre permit sporting (yes that's the restricted "evil" .45 category lol)
    *probationary sporting >>I'm in this category as my 'full' handgun licence doesn't kick in until Oct 1

    genuine reason declaration (Only above categories applicable)

    club confirmation of genuine reason/club officials' signature


    4) Return form
    5) Receive certified PTA after mandatory 28-day waiting period has passed
    6) PTA in force for 90 days before expiry (ie you have 90 days to pick up the gun otherwise you must start all over again...so tough sh1t if something goes wrong at the importation-stage lol)
    7) When received, you may acquire the particular firearm specified on presentation of issued PTA to dealer


    Then sit back & wait for the cops to call on you to check out your safe, I guess (which gives you yet another form - "certificate of inspection" or something like that)

    So yeah...its a longish road yet. But hey, last week I didn't even have a safe...


    And I hereby thank you guys for not "absorbing" my country's order this time :p lol
     
  2. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    WooHoo! Making progress there Z, congratulations. Time to start stocking up on target ammo & maybe a few snap caps.

    If you get the "XD gear" with the plastic carrying case, mag loader, bore brush, and loop "holster", make very sure that you run your finger around the inside of the loop "holster" to make sure it is clean & sand-free. A buddy got some scratches on his slide from a gritty loop, although mine was fine & scratch-free. Oh, my XD45 is the 5" barrel; it doesn't feel much different in length than my buddy's XD9 in 4". It does look a bit different though.
     

  3. Davyboy

    Davyboy New Member

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    Well

    Mine was in reverse did all that. Kept my guns for 22 years and the had to surrener prized possessions
     
  4. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    Dunno if it will come 'cased' or not, orange...they may be able to tell me at the shop tomorrow. I have no timeframe on actual delivery either - none of the 80 are actually 'in country' as yet. God knows how long Customs takes to clear such obviously evilly dangerous goods :p

    By 'loop' holster, do you mean the belt holster? Just guessing here - if so, I'm going to have to source a LH one anyway; if the importer can't get a hold of one I found a site that ships internationally - which is pretty damn rare from what I've been able to tell. Unsure if its LH though. As I'm using a double IPSC belt it really has to be a belt not paddle version.


    Thanks for the advice though, mate!




    You were obviously a grave law-abiding danger to society, goddammit...

    Hey have the bastards made any noises about taking your shotguns, yet Davy? any more action on the knee-jerk-inspections you mentioned recently? [​IMG]
     
  5. buckhuntr

    buckhuntr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    These assinine restrictions have removed any remaining shred of desire I might have ever had to move DownUnder. :eek:
     
  6. General_lee

    General_lee New Member

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    Concrats, zhuk!
    The XD (HS2000) is a very good gun, you will not be disappointed.
    It's a shame that you have to go through so much bs to be able to own that gun.
     
  7. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    It was a toss-up really between the HS and the M&P9 (which the shop DID have in stock). The S&W felt good in the hand, but couldn't get past that insane overtravel (and yes I know the pronounced trigger-grittiness evens out with time...but it really sets your teeth on edge in the meantime lol). Didn't really want to have to get a trigger job done on the travel problem straight away - presuming I could easily find a smith to do it which is doubtful. Only 2-3% of firearm owners own pistols at all here, so to say we are a distinctly under-resourced minority is putting it lightly...

    So, the HS wins :)


    Imagine having to go through that same proceedure every time you want to get a new firearm...I'm sure that legislation was written to separate the truly determined from those more apathetic :rolleyes:


    Now if only I could shoot whenever I wanted! Ahh well, have to be thankful that we still have handguns at all, unlike the oppressed citizens of Her Majesty :(
     
  8. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I hope you get the plastic case & what Springfield calls the "XD gear" i believe. I use the case for transport to the "range" & such, and the mag loader is VERY helpful with the XD45, though my friend's XD9 is not as difficult to load.

    The "loop" holster is the belt holster. It doesn't look like much, but it does hold the pistol on your belt and put it at a nice angle and cover the trigger area. Mine is right-handed.

    Post us some pics when you get it.

    edit* [​IMG] This is a pic of somebody else's XD tactical/5" in the same kind of holster. Not bad for a freebie holster, IMO.
     
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  9. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    Nice pic :)


    Thanks for the qualification re 'loop' holster - national terminological differences, heh. Pretty much everyone uses belt holsters in my club; I think they do a better job of holding firm when you're running/moving a lot etc. That one looks very much like the H&K holster I've been using.

    Don't know if you get the case here, since it's not Springfield therefore not branded 'XD'...but there will very definately be pics when the time comes!

    Going to the shop today, place deposit & find out when the import might be likely. Next stop the PTA :D
     
  10. canebrake

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    zhuk New Member

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    OK...the lowdown!

    Got a great (for our ridiculous prices) deal - $950 (usually $995-1080) with the usual 2 mags, loader etc. $1250 all up with 4 extra magazines (not particularly overkill for IPSC heh)

    A case may be available; LH holster...hmm, much more difficult. The shop is going to try their best to source one; really crossing my fingers on this. Not much point looking for anything online as I would have to have a 'Prohibited/Restricted Imports licence'! (for a piece of moulded plastic, ffs!) Even if I got someone to buy one elsewhere and send it you'd still run into the same trouble trying to get it into the country, apparently. The guy serving said someone once tried to import a scope from OS and he had a hell of a time trying to get Customs to release it :rolleyes:


    The more I find out about our laws (and personally I thought I couldn't be surprised anymore :p) the more I hate John bloody Howard lol


    The shop gave me a whole bunch of blank PTAs, so there's one thing I can get onto straight away. Also, they can extend a permit if the gun hasn't been imported/cleared Customs by the end of the 3-month expiry date, which is kinda useful.

    Hopefully won't have to wait that long...


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  12. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Good job on the extra mags! The first thing i picked up for my XD45, other than ammo, was 4 extra mags at a gunshow. I keep a couple loaded with some hollowpoints, one in the pistol. It is a real time saver when i go target shooting; i can load up all six in the air conditioning before i even leave to go shooting. 6 x 13 = more than a couple of target changes.

    I'll keep an eye out for an extra holster. I will say, my XD fits most of the "generic" holsters i've tried in the larger sizes.
     
  13. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    Yeah better too many than too few huh.

    I've been using 4 mags with the club gun and sometimes get dangerously close to running out before the end of the stage. Of course my crap shooting has a lot to do with that, heh.


    Real nice of you to offer to look out for a holster, orange. But as I found out yesterday, I wouldn't be able to import it :rolleyes: not without crawling over bureaucratic broken glass...and even then success would be touch-and-go. The guy in the shop said nah don't even bother trying! Pity you just can't go into a shop and have everything there laid out to choose...most gunshops you'd have no idea if they carried handguns at all. Very hush-hush & hidden out the back lol

    Very much appreciate the offer though mate :)