Katana, another historical tidbit. Thank you.
Moin,Moin. wrote:How strict are the gun laws in Georgia and how expensive is indulging in shooting sports.
Gun laws are quite reasonable here. If you are a citizen, all you need is your national ID, a certificate from your doctor that you are physically and mentally fit and an application to the police who will process it in less than a week.. Then buy the guns you want and simply register them. There is no limit on the number of guns you can buy. They recently introduced a requirement that arms and ammunition must not be stored in such a way that they are accessible to children.
In my case, i.e. non-citizens, the procedure is the same but they need a no objection certificate from the concerned embassy. That means that the concerned embassy should state that they have no objection to being issued a firearm licence in Georgia.
Re prices, everything is imported here and some EU countries still consider this country as a conflict zone, owning to a border dispute with Russia, and have some restrictions placed on arms export. That and for a few other reasons, prices tend to be higher than say what one would pay in UK or any other comparable EU country. BTW, Georgia is not in EU. The prices are, however, a lot lower than India. A nice CZ-75 in used but excellent condition can be had for a $1000, steep compared to USA but peanuts compared to India. A Glock for $1300+. But, there are a lot cheaper options in the form of Turkish guns and pistols.
One could get a TT or a Makarov pistol for say about Rs. 25,000.
One could buy Dragunov or SKS but full-autos are not allowed.
12 bore cartridges - cheaper ones tend to be around Rs.15/-, Eley Trap/Skeet loads at around Rs. 20/- and the expensive ones around Rs.30+. Rifle cartridges are steep. For example a .308 cartridge costs about Rs.75+. But other rifle cartridges can cost a pretty penny.
Primers, powders, brass- all can be bought easily.
Hope that gives some information.