Yes, you are correct.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?
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
Just dreamin' about this one. Something like a 270 WSM or 270-375 Ruger with a 160 class high bc bullet.Roy, Roy, Roy,,, One project at time....OK?
You missed the point.......if you list a bare action as a handgun on the 4473, you have made a false statement on a federal document!!I think its better safe than sorry, if its going to be a handgun anyways... you dont want to travel to a different state and find out your gun is not registered right. Besides, if you wanted to turn it into a rifle later there is no issues going from a pistol to a rifle...
I went with a 7wsm and with r17 it is pushing 168's @ 2850 Still need to play with the 180's I've got.
First, Look in box #18 ATF Form 4473, July 2005 revision It's handgun, long gun, or BOTH, not "other firearm". I do not see "other firearm" anywhere on the form 4473 you "quoted"...
Second, When My FFL went to check BOTH the guy on the phone from the ATF said when it got transfered to an individual it had to be designated as either a handgun or a long gun. According to you, when a guy buys an action for a rifle build he would have to mart the BOTH box, and wait 48 hours just like a handgun? Because that would not
Third, How many bolt action pistols do you have that have been built on undesignated actions? Cause I still love MINE
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