Guest post by Jean
I first got my C & R license about 10 years ago when I was an editor of a beach town newspaper in north carolina. I had read up about it before I became the news editor and it sounded like a good idea to get certain guns directly through the distributor. Basically what a C and R license is a Collector’s License of Curios and Relics. The guns you are allowed to get are labeled C & R (Curios and Relics guns) by the ATF. You get the paperwork from the ATF and here is a link to help you get started.
Basically what you do is you get the application from contacting the ATF as follows: Calling the BATF at 404-417-2750 or 866-662-2750. After you fill out the application they issue you a license that’s good for several years. The fee is pretty cheap as well. One of the things you need to do is go to your local law enforcement officer and fill out paperwork that they sign off on you (basically you get registered at a local law enforcement division). With me, I was working at a local beach community as the editor of the local newspaper and I got paperwork from the ATF and had the Police Chief sign off on me. It was no big deal.
Then you get the license from the ATF which you keep in a safe place and make a bunch of copies of. Then you take the copies and sign them and send them to Distributors like J and G Guns, Southern Ohio Guns or SOG, AIM, Century Arms and others. Here’s a link that can help you find distributors:
A gun distributor I have used extensively and has decently priced guns is SOG. I have also dealt favorably with AIM and Century Arms. I’m looking forward to dealing with J and G Guns. Take the time to update your license which the ATF will keep you appraised of, make sure to keep a record book which you will be told to do when you get your license and you should be good.
Here are some guns I recommend purchasing that are good buys for the money: Mosin Nagant rifles- One of the cheapest and most reliable guns on the market. The biggest drawback to them is the recoil. I recommend the 91/30 Model which is the longest because I suspect their recoil is the lightest. I’ve had several M44 models and they kick like mules but like most bolt-action guns are very reliable. Another gun I also recommend getting is the CZ-82. That looks and acts very similarly to a pocket 9mm gun like a Kel Tec but is considerably more affordable and shoots different ammo 9×18 (which is similar in velocity and recoil to a .380). Here are links to both guns from J and G.
I think if you want to acquire a battery of low price self-defense guns, the C and R license makes sense because almost all of the guns that are labeled C and R collectable guns are mainly ex-military guns which were designed as survival guns to begin with. Also by going the C and R route you go through the distributors only and avoid retailers who might rip you off. The cheapest C and R gun for the money is the Mosin Nagant. You should be able to buy 1000 or more rounds of non corrosive ammo plus the gun from a place like J and G for less than 200 dollars easily.
For a little less than 300 dollars, you should be able to get over 3000 rounds of corrosive Tokarev ammo (7x62x25) plus a Romanian Tokarev or a CZ-82 plus over 100 rounds of non corrosive ammo (9 x 18) from J and G. Those are good guns that you would have to spend over 300 to just get the comparable gun (9mm say) and even have to spend extra to get over 50 rounds of comparable ammo.
What do you think is a C & R license a good idea for the survivalist? Let us know in the comments below.