requirements for buying a black powder pistol?\


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HardKnox
January 13, 2008, 04:33 AM
i know that antique black powder pistols and black powder rifles don't require a background check, but what about SAA revolvers or cowboy pistols in 45 colt?

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Mojo-jo-jo
January 13, 2008, 04:43 AM
Nope, any repro that takes centerfire or rimfire ammo is a no go. You will need an original (made before 1898) or stick with a muzzle loader.

GW
January 13, 2008, 05:32 AM
requirements for buying a black powder pistol?\


Muzzleloader or cap and ball?
The only requirements are 18 years and sufficient funds

PTK
January 13, 2008, 08:51 AM
GW

Where in Federal law does it state you must be 18 years old for a muzzleloader? They're not even treated as firearms.

The Lone Haranguer
January 13, 2008, 10:17 AM
... but what about SAA revolvers or cowboy pistols in 45 colt?
The distinction here is that these use self-contained cartridges, which makes them subject to all the restrictions. Even with a cap-and-ball, there can be state or local restrictions, as it is still a weapon.

Going slightly off topic, I've seen a black powder revolver in the Cabela's catalog that looks much like a Colt SAA. It does not, however, fire .45 Colt cartridges. It is a cap-and-ball.

This is no longer catalogued.

Kaeto
January 13, 2008, 05:12 PM
Dixie Gun Works has had one of those since at least 2003

GW
January 13, 2008, 08:01 PM
Here in California, you must be 18 to buy BP and percussion caps

Jim March
January 13, 2008, 10:27 PM
Going slightly off topic, I've seen a black powder revolver in the Cabela's catalog that looks much like a Colt SAA. It does not, however, fire .45 Colt cartridges. It is a cap-and-ball.

Either a Remington cap'n'ball or a replica of same. Those were solid-top as early as 1858, and a damned good design that needed very little tweaking to be turned into a cartridge design later. Conversion cylinders then and now are common for these.

Let's talk about that: you can buy a "felon OK" cap'n'ball revolver, such as an 1858 Remmie clone or the Ruger Old Army, and get a cartridge conversion cylinder for it, both ordered mail-order. It's a bit of a loophole. It's thus legal for a non-felon to buy (as two pieces) a working cartridge revolver purely mail-order, but it's wildly illegal for a convicted felon to do so or at any time have a cap'n'ball gun and a conversion cylinder. Likely you'd get busted just for the conversion cylinder, along with any modern or semi-modern metallic cartridges.

This is all referring to Federal law. Some state laws may add restrictions and aren't being discussed here!

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