want 'em, we got 'em.
Moving ever closer to achieving Wild West aspirations,
Armenia had its first gun show last week.
Organized by the Union of Hunters and Fisherman
of Armenia, the show and sale attracted about
35 to 40 to the opening out for a look or a purchase
"Abroad, such exhibitions are being organized
rather often," said Sayat Davtyan, president
of the union. "In some ways this was a necessary
thing for our society. People should know what
companies in Armenia are dealing with specialized
selling of weapons and armament and to know in
general what kind of hunting weapon exists."
And Armenia's first public access gun gala was
an international affair. Russia's renowned weapon
factory from Tula (dating back to the time of
Peter the Great) was represented, as were the
Russian-made Izhmekh and Izhmash armament. The
Germans offered gas pistols from Umarex and Rg
Rion companies and the Italians were represented
by the Voltran company. Czech Republic and Belgian
weapons were available and the famous Italian
Beretta ($1,600). And, of course, America was
represented by Winchester. The TT, favored weapon
of the Russian mafia, was on sale for $800.
the idea of gun shows to Armenia.
According to Davtyan, during Soviet times it
was only the Union of Hunters and Fishermen that
had a right to sell weapons. But today specialized
companies are licensed to import and sale. Six
such companies were on hand at last week's exhibition.
Davtyan's pavilion showcased hunting weapons,
including a Tiger model carbine touted to be effective
up to 800 meters. Prices at their booth ranged
from $320 to $1,500.
Davtyan explained that in order to purchase a
gun in Armenia, the buyer must be a member of
the union and present documents to the State Police
Department, after which a buyer is given permission
to purchase a gun.
If a person has clean legal record, he can usually
make the purchase within one day.
No license is needed for buying stun guns or
tear gas, which were also available.
According to participants of the exhibition the
Izh-79 pistol, at a price of 170,000 drams (about
$300) is of great demand these days.