Just so its clear. I have no vested interested in promoting the Riflestore. I have exchanged emails with Mike ref the rifle store possibly importing the SWS 2000 ( now that rifle is worth a look at, the web site could use some work but i have played with some of the prototypes and i have given advice to the company on what they need to do to field a fully capable sniper weapons system on based on this rifle. (www.sws2000.de
) However, Mike is a friend of a friend of mine and my friend says that Mike is an ok, straight guy, and the word of my friend is as good as they come.
It seems to me that by the time we get anything from the USA to Europe we can just exchange the $ for a pounds sign. now that would seem to add up as the HS rifles run between $1900 and $2100 ish..:taking $2000 as a figure for the cost in the USA
so we start with 1110 GBP. add postage. 50 GBP = 1160GBP, + 10 % import duty = 1276 GBP + 17.5% VAT(223.30 GBP) = 1499.30GBP. + postage tp proof house, proof and return. another 30 to 50 GBP = 1540GBP ish. + telephone calls to from the USA another 10 quid 1550 GBP. + an hour of Mikes time 20 = 1570. i bet i have forgotten some charges, but they have to pay over heads for premises, electric,income tax etc etc,but i figure they are making probably about 250 quid on a rifle, a little more if they get a good trade deal. call it 300.
If we take a Remington 700 PSS price in the states and then take what they cost in the UK we find exactly the same mark up. If it makes you feel any better, The Duke, which is the gun shop importing HS into Germany are charging 4200euro (2800 GBP) for the tactical take down and 3500euro(2332GBP) for the sporting rifle. which is a good 400 quid more than i figure the rifle store are after.
I know i could personaly import a rifle to germany by getting the serial number on my ticket and just picking it up. I also know that the gun laws for hunters here in germany are a bit more sensible than they are in the UK, but we here have to do a compulsary hunters course that costs between 1000 - 2000 GBP and takes up to 8 months of evening school and weekend classes.
anyway.. make your own minds up, if you are happy with the price.. ok.. but a decent service counts for a lot and i would rather pay a little more and have good service.. i will certainly never buy from the sportsmans gun center again, once bitten twice shy.