legality of making a rifle a sp? now with pics!

Discussion in 'Specialty Handgun Hunting' started by kyyotestalker, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. kyyotestalker

    kyyotestalker Member

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    i know this has been touched on several times but i need more info, i know its been said that a rifle cannot be made into a pistol but if i keep the 26" rifle barrel and only change the stock to a pistol grip with no other mods would this be a rifle since it is longer than 26" oal and has a barrel longer than 16" or am i reading the laws incorrectaly?
     
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  2. Sharpshooter243

    Sharpshooter243 Well-Known Member

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    Re: legality of making a rifle a sp?

    The only way to make a rifle into a pistol is to have it registered as a Short Barreled Rifle(SBR) and that is a $200 tax stamp. If it is even legal in your area. You can have a pistol grip w/ butt stock and a 16" barrel but all you've got is a shorter rifle. It's usually more cost effective to sell the rifle and build a pistol off of a none designated receiver(savage target action) or buy a XP off of gunbroker.
     

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    Re: legality of making a rifle a sp?

    If you maintain a barrel length of at least 16" and the overall length is at least 26", then, yes, it is legal.
     
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    Re: legality of making a rifle a sp?

    I would love to see the holster for that one.:D

    +1 on what buzzgun said.
     
  5. kyyotestalker

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    Re: legality of making a rifle a sp?

    here is the run down from what i have found out! once the reciever has been designated as a rifle that weapon can never be considered a pistol by legal definition, it is either a rifle meaning it has a 16+ inch barrel and is 26+ inch in overall length or an SBR/short barreled rifle which is any rifle with a barrel length under 16 inches and/or an overall length under 26 inches! thanks everyone for the help!
     
  6. kyyotestalker

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    the only thing left to do is a final paint job and a shorter harris bi-pod! going to range monday to see how it handles and to get a range report! thanks for all the info! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    That forend is really short. I like mine as long as possible for stability. You should look into a russo lee six style stock, he can inlet for many actions... otherwise its a cool idea. I needed mine to be a pistol so I could hunt in a handgun/sluggun only area.
     
  8. kyyotestalker

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    i have been looking at the russo stocks! but just wanted to make a cheap one for now untill i know if im gonna like shooting this as an sp befor i spend 325 for a stock i might not use! and yea the forend is to short i didnt think to measure it before i cut, note to self measure twice cut once!
     
  9. tomestone

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    Hello kyyotestalker good idea looks like something I could build.I;m going to look for a rifle.What cal.is yours? :)brad
     
  10. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Re: legality of making a rifle a sp?

    Not hyjacking but I have a question. I live in NY no SBRs allowed but they sell bolt action pistols, as pistols. So I guess I could not convert a rifle here I would have to buy a whole new gun? Is that right?
     
  11. kyyotestalker

    kyyotestalker Member

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    cal. is .204 RUGER
     
  12. tomestone

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    hello kyyotestalker I checked out your range target report 400+ yards, good for you. Keep it up I was thinking 250-300yds I was way off. Have a good day:) brad
     
  13. lazylabs

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    Does it meet the OA length requirement to still be a legal rifle? Like was posted before I believe there is a barrel length AND OA length requirement.
     
  14. tomestone

    tomestone Well-Known Member

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    Hello lazylabs In Canada restricted firearm means: has a barrel less than 470mm in length
    a firearm that is designed or adapted to be fired when reduced to a length of less than 660 mm by folding,telescoping or otherwise. Taken from Canadian Firearms Safety Course Student Handbook. So you are right their is a OA length requirement.Thanks :)have a good day.brad