Am I correct in understanding that if an action is purchased that has never been part of a rifle it may be used to build a pistol without any legal issues?
Yes, you are correct.
Oct 29 1992
Dear Mr. XXXXX:
This refers to your letter of October 1, 1992, in which you inquire
about the legality of manufacturing a handgun which utilizes a rifle
26 U.S.C. Chapter 53 # 5845(a)(4), the National Firearms Act (NFA),
defines the term "firearm" to include a weapon made from a rifle if
such weapon as modified has an overall length of less than 26 inches
or a barrel or barrels of less than 16 inches in length.
Utilizing the receiver of an existing rifle for the purposes of
manufacturing a handgun would constitute the making of a firearm as
defined above. Individuals desiring to make such a firearm must first
submit an ATF Form 1, Application To Make And Register a Firearm and
pay the applicable $200 making tax.
If an individual were to obtain a rifle type receiver that had not
previously been utilized in the assembly of a rifle, a handgun could be
made and not be subject to the provisions of the NFA. Verification
must be obtained from the manufacturer of the receiver to establish
We trust the foregoing has been responsive to your inquiry. If we may
be of any further assistance, please contact us.
Edward M. Owen, Jr.
Chief, Firearms Technology Branch
I've been seeing this talk about a dealer "designating an action" on a couple of forums........might be required by state law, but NOT by federal.
The current form 4473, that you fill out when buying a firearm from an FFL, lists 3 possible types of firearms.....specifically, handgun, long gun or "other firearm"......the form explains that "other firearm" definition includes "frame, receiver, etc"........the dealer does not "designate" anything.......if you buy a bare receiver......it should be listed on the 4473 as an "other firearm".......it is not legally a handgun or a long gun until it is assembled as such......that's why a person MUST be 21 to buy an "other firearm".......
Just dreamin' about this one. Something like a 270 WSM or 270-375 Ruger with a 160 class high bc bullet.
Assembling a 6 BR as one project.
Still designing components for the bullet project. Its coming along. Learning machining is the critical path item. Plenty of time while the bedding on the 6 sets up to do other things.