Despite what the anti-gun lobby in the Philippine press would like their readership to believe, that gun ownership is such a burdensome expense, buying a rifle or handgun in this country is not as prohibitive as one may think it is. Put in another way, if you can afford even just a mid-level mobile phone like the Nokia E61i, you can certainly buy a decent firearm for sport or self-defense.
For example, take the .22 caliber rifles I featured in my earlier entry on the subject; the cheapest of the lot, in this case a bolt-action Marlin 925M in .22 WMR – definitely a step above the humble .22 LR – will cost you PHP 16,200. Some shotguns even cost less.
If small-bore rifles aren’t your thing, there are plenty of pistols for the taking, like this Taurus PT92 pistol in 9 x 19 mm, an exact copy of the Beretta 92, and described by an American gun magazine as “tougher than a two-dollar steak.” Price: PHP 25,160.
Like the original Beretta 92 better but find it too expensive? I found a retailer selling refurbished ex-Italian police examples of this famous pistol for PHP 19,200. Caveat emptor though.