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Old 11-03-2016, 07:57 AM   #1
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Thumbs up ciao (hello) from Italy

Hello to everybody,
writing from Bergamo (northern Italy, close to Milan) and just purchased my first kimber (ultra raptor II).
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Old 11-03-2016, 08:02 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum from northern Illinois calcifer and congratulations on the new Ultra Raptor.
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Old 11-03-2016, 08:10 AM   #3
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Benvenuto! Welcome from the state of Georgia. Is the process of obtaining a gun difficult in Italy? It's great that you chose a Kimber, the Raptor is a beautiful pistol! Congratulations and let us know how it runs for you with photos and range report.
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Welcome from South Florida Calcifer.
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Old 11-03-2016, 08:33 AM   #5
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Benvenuto!
grazie !
and thanks to everybody for the warm welcome.

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Is the process of obtaining a gun difficult in Italy?
No, it isn't, as long as you are not a criminal (background checks are very accurate). But there's a limit on the total number of firearms that a citizen can own. max. 3 "common" weapons (short barreled and easy concealable guns), max. 6 "sport" guns , unlimited hunting rifles.
Better than nothing.... :-)
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Old 11-03-2016, 08:40 AM   #6
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Ciao from Northern Illinois, USA. I have been spending quite a bit of time in Turin this year for a client project. Great people, beautiful area. Look forward to hearing more about your experiences and perceptions of the Raptor.
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Old 11-03-2016, 09:06 AM   #7
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Welcome aboard! About a decade ago, we spent two weeks in Rome and on the Amalfi Coast. Drove a FIAT rental for a week on the coast(great roads!!!)...never made it north at all unfortunately. One of my other forum addictions is FIAT500USA(even though our 500L was actually made in Serbia). My first car out of college was a 1979 FIAT Strada.


It would be interesting to hear about the availability of American-made weapons as well as the state of the ammunition market. We take so much for granted here in the States(less so in the last 8 years!) with easy access and reasonable prices for both.
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Old 11-03-2016, 09:46 AM   #8
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Welcome aboard! About a decade ago, we spent two weeks in Rome and on the Amalfi Coast. Drove a FIAT rental for a week on the coast(great roads!!!)...never made it north at all unfortunately. One of my other forum addictions is FIAT500USA(even though our 500L was actually made in Serbia). My first car out of college was a 1979 FIAT Strada.


It would be interesting to hear about the availability of American-made weapons as well as the state of the ammunition market. We take so much for granted here in the States(less so in the last 8 years!) with easy access and reasonable prices for both.
Hi Rick, an Italian cars lover... good to know !

Concerning the availability of US made weapons in Italy.... well... today a good 70% of the European weapons are manufactured in the US. You are the biggest retail gun market in the world, and your protectionist policy is a win! You have obliged almost all the european manufacturers to build a production plant in the US, so now we are in an incredible situation.
I bring you an example : beretta M9A3. Italian gun, US made. If I want to buy it I have to wait 60 days and I pay it something about 1800 Eur. How much do you pay it there ? Better not to know.
Same thing for a Sig Sauer 1911. German weapon, US made, close to 2000 Eur.
CRAP !

No problems for the ammunition. The FIOCCHI historical plant is 25 miles away from my home. The ammunition price is almost the same as in the US.
We do only have the stupid and nonsense limit to possess a max. of 200 pistol rounds and 1500 rifle rounds. No limit for the 12 gauge rounds. And the home reloading is quite common.
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Welcome to the site from Tennessee! Interesting laws over there. After reading your rules, thankful to be in Tennessee.
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Old 11-03-2016, 10:55 AM   #10
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Interesting laws over there. After reading your rules, thankful to be in Tennessee.
and, believe me, we are one of the most liberal Nations in Europe, concerning the gun laws...
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