Germany’s “Cabela’s”

On a recent hunting trip to Germany, I came across what can only be called the Deutschland equivalent of Cabela’s. Frankonia was stocked with everything one would expect from a European sporting goods store. Classic shooting stools, brass hunter’s horns and loden wool hats and garments were plentiful. Also plentiful were guns, including guns I really did not expect to see in Germany such as a Norinco SKS that, at €249 ($272) was even a decent price.

The SKS located in the "mil-surp" area. Notice the excellent shape the rifles are in.

The SKS located in the “mil-surp” area. Notice the excellent shape the rifles are in.

They were a lot prouder of AR-15 rifles where a DPMS GII Hunter that has a US suggested retail price of $1,699 was listed at €2,499 ($2,729), but hey, they had AR-15s! In addition to traditional drillings, shotguns and bolt-action sporting rifles there were handguns including Glocks, Walthers, HKs and even a CZ RAMI like the one I reviewed here previously. There were several milsurp rifles that Marky would appreciate and even a rack of muzzleloaders.

There are several flaming (and on-going) hoops you have to jump through to own a gun in Germany, but it is possible. Not all gun owners are created equally, though, as there are several levels ranging from sport shooter to gun collector that determine how many and what kind of guns you can own. Bottom line—Germany and Frankonia were nice to visit, but there were two Ruger AR556 rifles waiting for me when I got home and all I had to do to get them was write a check.

 

 

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Mayer began his outdoor industry career in 1993 on the NRA Technical Staff where he became American Rifleman magazine first Shooting Editor. Mayer left NRA and entered the business end of publishing in 2003 as Advertising Account Executive for Safari Club International SAFARI Magazine and Safari Times newspaper. In 2006, Mayer was named Publisher of Shooting Times magazine where he was also tasked with launching and leading Personal Defense TV, the first television show of its kind.

In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.
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  • Mikial

    Very interesting article. My wife grew up in Austria and is now a permanent US Resident and working toward her citizenship. She loves her EDC Beretta and was the one who wanted our .44 Mag Desert Eagle. One of the things she hates about Europe is all the stupid laws. Let’s remember that in Germany there is an approved list of names you can legally name your child, and simple male circumcision is illegal and punishable by law.

    But having said that, we do know people in Germany who own guns, but they have to keep them stored at their gun club vault. Not especially helpful if some “immigrant” breaks into your home some dark night.

    • Wait! Circumcision is illegal in Germany? Seriously? Even after the Nazi’s were whacked?

      Marky

      • Mikial

        Yup, they just passed it as law a couple of years ago. It’s even illegal if you take your child out of the country to have it done and then come back. Once a doctor notices it, or it comes to light some other way (don’t ask me how), the parents will be charged with child abuse.

        Europe is a bizarre place.