Maybe we don’t have it so bad after all.

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If my recent post about the Belgian gun show made you more than a little envious, today’s should fix you right up.

I got an email the other day from a reader in Thailand (of all places!) He had read my book and was looking for some recommendations with regard to a home defense gun. He also shared with me the gun situation in his country.

In Thailand, you must have permission from the authorities to purchase a gun. You have to submit to a fingerprint check and give them bank statements, plus have letters of recommendation from your employer. The waiting period starts at three months, and that’s if you’re asking to buy a common caliber (.22, .38, or 9mm.) If you want any other caliber, particularly if it’s larger than 9mm, the wait time goes up.

Guns and ammunition are, according to the email, incredibly expensive. A plain ol’ Ruger SP101 is the equivalent of $2,700! Once you’ve bought the gun (and it’s very likely you’ll only be able to buy one in your entire lifetime), you have to feed the thing – and if you want quality (U.S. made) ammunition, it’ll run you $3 per round. For the plain stuff.

So, stop whining about how ammo in this country is getting expensive and how much guns cost these days. Our friends in Thailand have it much worse off, and yet they persevere to give themselves the most efficient self protection tools they can.

-=[ Grant ]=-


About the Author:

Grant Cunningham is a renowned author and teacher in the fields of self defense, defensive shooting education and personal safety. He’s written several popular books on handguns and defensive shooting, including "The Book of the Revolver", "Shooter’s Guide To Handguns", "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals", "Defensive Pistol Fundamentals", and "Practice Strategies for Defensive Shooting" (Fall 2015.) Grant has also written articles on shooting, self defense, training and teaching for many magazines and shooting websites, including Concealed Carry Magazine, Gun Digest Magazine, the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors ADSI) and the popular Personal Defense Network training website. He’s produced a DVD in the National Rifle Association’s Personal Firearm Defense series titled "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals" and teaches defensive shooting and personal safety courses all over the United States.
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