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Buying a SWFA SS scope from outside US

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Category: Scopes
Forum Name: Rifle Scopes
Forum Description: Centerfire long gun scopes
Printed Date: January/19/2019 at 04:35

Topic: Buying a SWFA SS scope from outside US
Posted By: machi
Subject: Buying a SWFA SS scope from outside US
Date Posted: December/01/2013 at 23:21
Hello to all, thank you for the forum which really has a lot of info on scopes, really came in handy

I was wondering if it is possible to buy a SWFA scope from outside US. I have been told that is impossible to export a scope, but i have also read that you could export if you ask an export permit or the like. I really like these scopes in particular, because they have everthing i would like (mil mil and focus from 10m) as an airgun shooter and also their price looks good. Scopes are really expensive in my country, so i usually end up with chinese scopes. For example a Hawke sidewinder 4-16x50 would cost 1500 dls, used.

any thoughts?

Posted By: trigger29
Date Posted: December/01/2013 at 23:32
As far as SWFA goes I think you're out of luck. They won't sell you one. Sorry. I'm pretty sure the do NO out of country sales.


"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Posted By: machi
Date Posted: December/02/2013 at 21:27
thanks for the reply, after i posted i found the explanation of why they dont export. but still im a bit curious. If i buy a scope in person in the US (have friends that go there a lot), it would be illegal to take it out the country? SWFA says that scopes being in contracts with the US are prohibited, but scopes that are not in contracts? i have also read some of the info on exporting things from US, scopes seem to need an export license to my country, how would a person do to gain such a license? (maybe only shops or exporters have the oportunity).

Posted By: billyburl2
Date Posted: December/02/2013 at 22:11
The SS scopes do have NSN's, they are being used by our military

If it is tourist season, why can't we shoot them?

Posted By: machi
Date Posted: December/03/2013 at 08:57
Ahhh i didn´t know that! thanks for the info. Its a pity i can´t buy scopes in the US, there is a lot from where to choose, and different qualities too. Here you have to choose between chinese or expensive european scopes...

thanks to all

Posted By: Scrumbag
Date Posted: December/04/2013 at 13:33
Machi, where are you? Within the EU?

Was sure I had a point when I started this post...

Posted By: machi
Date Posted: December/05/2013 at 13:30
Im in Argentina, South America. Here it is legal to import optics, as a matter of fact i have recently imported one from China, for a spring air rifle. I recently started to participate in Hunter Field Target events and wanted to upgrade to a better scope. SWFA 10x with side focus seemed a really good option i heard similar scopes where used in UK for HFT.

Posted By: Skylar McMahon
Date Posted: December/05/2013 at 16:03
Originally posted by trigger29 trigger29 wrote:

As far as SWFA goes I think you're out of luck. They won't sell you one. Sorry. I'm pretty sure the do NO out of country sales.
That is correct.
We cannot export, nor will we assist in exporting.
SWFA, only conducts business within the US.

Amat Victoria Curam

Posted By: bugsNbows
Date Posted: December/05/2013 at 16:14
Playing by the rules huh Skylar!!!

If we're not suppose to eat come they're made of meat?

Posted By: Skylar McMahon
Date Posted: December/05/2013 at 16:15
Ric, unfortunately we all do. But I'm a better man for following the rules.

Amat Victoria Curam

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