Booked with the Small Arms Factory, Kanpur in mid September with DD of Rs. 6000/- and a request letter along with copy of the Arms License, duly attested by a Class I Gazetted Officer, endorsed with NPB Revolver / Pistol.
SAF Kanpur responded back in November asking for the balance amount along with another copy of the Arms License. Sent the DD for the remainder amount.
Silence till December 5, when I requested my Bro-in-law (in the Army) to speak to the GM and get the weapon released. Got the info that the revolver stands released and can be collected anytime. However, if the laser sighted one is required, then wait till mid Jan. So I decided to wait to get the new stuff.
Got the NOC from Delhi Police to bring in the weapon from Kanpur. Only required if the license is not valid for UP State.
Reached Kanpur early morning and went to DC Office for the Transport License. It is a well oiled mechanism and for about 100 bucks, the guys get it done for you.... it is quite a cumbersome process if u do it on your own... the bank, the treasury, the forms and stuff AND within 10am to 12pm. I simply paid Rs. 400/- in all, where about Rs. 280/- was the official deposit. Got the TL by about 12.30pm. Have made the contact so that one just sends papers by courier and the guy will deliver the TL straight at the SAF in the morning. So technically no need to go to Kanpur one day in advance.
Next day, started at 7.45am for SAF, Kanpur. Costs 60 bucks one way by autorickshaw and the guy will wait for your return if you pay Rs. 150/- in all. In SAF, mobile phones ARE NOT ALLOWED. So if you are alone, it can be a problem, as in my case, had to give it to one of the security guards along with 50 bucks.
In SAF, it takes about 2-3 hours for the documentation and physical verification of docs. One should carry all concerned papers in original, as the officer has to be satisfied with all the papers. They give out about 25-30 revolvers in the first shift (pre-lunch). No problem there. They do not give ammunition. The stuff about the laser sight was all crap.
Also made contacts with guys selling beautiful holsters for the revolver. Got about 4-5 for myself...all types - waist, shoulder, slinging etc. etc. The prices are DIRT. The most expensive was the shoulder type for about 450/-. Rest range between 250-350. Holsters can be sent by VPP by the guys.
Hope haven't missed out anything. Yes, purchased the bullets from KK Sharma Arms, Laxmi Nagar, Delhi.
Now, no place to fire the revolver to see if sparks fly out from anywhere !!!