All you need to know about firearms in Ecuador

#1 28 November 2010 19:49:20

3lckr
3lckr
Quito

All you need to know about firearms in Ecuador

You CANNOT legally bring your weapons to Ecuador. Why did I put legally? I wouldn't know any illegal way to do it... Anyway, firearm imports are closed indefinitely by our "beloved" Correa, and import of any other type of weaponry is complicated and expensive. That means the following:
- You have to buy it here, which is not hard at all (considering you have at least a residency) only expensive. You will be asked for at least $2000 for a used Glock17, $1000 for a used CZ or Taurus, a used Mossberg short barrel pumper - $700, a used custom made STI with optics - approaching that of a nice used car. You probably won't be able to find nothing brand new, as imports have been banned for more than 2 years.
- It is not difficult at all to find a place to practice. You affiliate yourself with one of the shooting clubs (either police or military) and basically use the club grounds for free. Many Ecuadorians I know practice IPSC and Steel Challenge. Many are very good at it. Recently an Ecuadorian won a World Class IPSC match in Australia. There are Pichincha Open IPSC style matches in Quito on a monthly basis. This is all great. What you're not gonna like is ammunition prices. I buy second grade reloads (9mm para, FMJ 124gr) from Santa Barbara ammunition factory at $16.00 per 50. A box of brand new first grade will run you $25.00. A brand name - $35-$40. I don't know, when I was in US, I was buying Blazer non-reloads .40 FMJ for $9.00 a box...
- Shooting is definitely for the upper class here (kind of like golf clubs in the rest of the world), a lot of military and police as well, so the people you'll know and the connections you'll make will serve you in the future one way or another, as Ecuador is all about connections, nothing is done fairly here;
- Currently, there are no carry permits for carrying legally. You can have it in your house, locked and unloaded in the trunk of your car, or on the range. Damn... why I keep saying legally? (Maybe because when you walk your dog, I'd highly recommend you to carry one anyhow...).
- If you have a nice Gerber, Benchmade or Spyderco blade in US, try to find a way to bring it alone, because in Ecuador there is only cheap chinese sh...t, excuse my language.

Last edited by mango7 (29 November 2010 17:11:22)

#2 21 December 2010 14:35:33

mappam
mappam
Melbourne, FL

Re: All you need to know about firearms in Ecuador

This is sad news to me. I thought you COULD bring firearms into Equador?

My husband and I have an extensive collection of guns - some really old and collectable and some new for hunting or range use.

Hubby is a member of a "Cowboy shooting" club and loves this as a hobby.

Would this mean that we would have to put all of our collection into storage in the States? And not bring anything with us?

#3 21 December 2010 14:55:34

3lckr
3lckr
Quito

Re: All you need to know about firearms in Ecuador

Finding ladies is from easy to very easy (depending on your personality) for anyone especially with caucasian looks. Even if you are short, bold and otherwise ugly - Latin America is your last chance!
I met my wife in a cafe in Mariscal area in Quito. I heard that other expats meet women at dance clubs, someone presents someone, through friends, even on the street.
However, the reason I mentioned sex tourism is the following. With all due respect to locals, the female crowd is NOT stunning in Ecuador. There are beautiful women, don't get me wrong, my wife is one of them... but, it is not like walking in Moscow, Kiev, Medellin or Caracas - real fashion show there... In Ecuador, you'll have to look a little harder. Besides of being attracted in general to the Latin type (I know some guys who just don't. Read also my cultural differences post to get some idea about Latinos in Latin America).
Sex tourism on the other hand is being served mostly by Colombians: much higher quality there.
Anyway, you won't need any guidance, I'm sure you'll sort things out when you get here.
Good luck.

#4 21 December 2010 15:01:43

3lckr
3lckr
Quito

Re: All you need to know about firearms in Ecuador

Mappam. Yes, this is a sad thing but true.
I mean in a screwed up society like the one here anything is possible, but I imagine you'd need connections on the level of the army commander to try to do something, not even talking about the costs and legality... I know, guns enter the country because I see some military officers with new guns on the range all the time... But, get here first, get to know people, then see for yourself if the effort is worth it.
Good luck.

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