Sako P46 from 1949

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  1. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    A friend of mine in Denmark saw a P46 for sale in a local shop and wrote me about it. The price was reasonable, so I asked him to buy it for me. We'll get it to the U.S. eventually, but I was willing to buy and wait (and go to some expense to import) since, according to the records, there was exactly ONE P46 commercially imported to the U.S. by Firearms International. FI didn't import any P54's, either, that I can tell -- there was no commercial importation of any Sako 22's until Garcia started bringing in the P72 in 1972.


    Here are some photos my friend sent me of the P46. I'm guessing that the bright bolt handle finish is not original, nor the wood finish; however all of the original parts seem to be there including the ladder sight. I just love the flame-stained look that Sako did on those birch stocks.

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    Very nice Stone!

    I’ve seen a few of those and owned one myself for a brief period of time and I really do think that the wood finish is original. It looks pretty muchlike mine but better. I’ve also seen them with bolts just like yours but it willbe hard to decide if the left the factory that way?

    Nevertheless, very cool rifles!

    Congrats!

    Jim
     
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    Lovely P46 there Stonecreek.
     
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    Nice looking rifle.

    So, how much does it cost to import firearms stuff? I suppose you will be required to use an importer? What kind of fees do they charge? Do the same fees / rules apply to rifle parts like the trigger or bolt?

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    I can't even start to answer all of your questions since I have little experience in this area. I do know that commercial importers generally charge very stiff fees for handling the import of a gun.

    However, any dealer who holds an FFL is allowed to import up to 50 guns per year on behalf of individual customers. The dealer applies for a "Form 6" import permit by listing information about the individual gun or guns such as make, model, serial number, barrel length, name of seller, country of origin, etc. With the approved Form 6 he may receive the gun from overseas, enter it into his inventory, then transfer it as one normally would to the customer. Such limited "individual" imports are exempt from the regular 11% excise tax, and apparently from whatever small import tariffs exist.

    The expensive and complicated part is shipping and warehousing in a bonded facility. You would have to ask someone else about those issues.
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    Oh yeah, parts: As I understand it, you can import any part other than a barrel or frame (receiver) without a permit or license as long as its value is less than $100.
     
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    Thanks stonecreek
     
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    All that is interesting to know as I have two P46 rifles I'd like to get to the USA to sell. One 7x33 (with original ammo, once fired brass, Simplex reloading dies and 500 original Sako bullets) and one .222.
     
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    My opinion is: Wood original and bolt polished later. Nice flame birch stock.
     
  10. ricksengines

    ricksengines Sako-addicted

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    Perhaps it is time that we revisit my thread...….

    What if we could setup an Import Dealer

    We have services so why not add a service like this to our forum? This might take all of the guesswork out of importing these rare and hard to find Sako rifles that exist outside of the US.

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