We gave up on target shooting while sailing because of regulations
. Even for the US, I believe you’re only allowed to take a gun in for max. 6 weeks then get it out again.
So we sold our competition guns when we left Holland
... hurt the heart and the wallet.
is another issue though and within 2 years we had a shotgun aboard in case of looters, pirates etc. We only needed it once since we got it but that made it worth having (never needed the fire extinguishers during the same period, but replaced them all with new anyway).
We are close to departing for the Bahamas and will take a shotgun and a handgun, which is perfectly fine if you can legally own a gun where you come from. Max. 250 rounds ammo for each gun though. Just check the regulations
for every country you go. I believe there is only one country that you can’t arrive with a gun and that is Mexico
. Other places you are expected to bring your own gun or are forced to rent otherwise (or stay aboard).
We now have competition guns again but will not take those along. I recommend a shotgun that can be handled by all crew (we have a 20 gauge) and a simple, not to expensive but reliable full size handgun like a CZ P09 or Glock 17 etc. Not sure if the handgun is allowed in PR though...