FFL required for Black Powder Pistols?


March 5, 2004, 10:27 PM
I was browsing the Cabelas catalogue, and I would LOVE to have one of these black powder pistols. They look like they would be a load of fun, and a nice addition to my collection. I'm just not sure if they need an FFL transfer? The website states that Illinois and Michigan need to go through the FFL center, but does that mean that all other places can ship it right to your door without FFL? This is the one I was looking at, it's looks like a nice piece of stainless.


EDIT: The final price would be around $400 right to my door. I think that's great for a cool stainless BP pistol. Does anyone have any experience firing these?

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March 5, 2004, 10:30 PM
You can buy black powder firearms (technically, muzzle loading firearms. Doesn't need to actually use black power) without a FFL unless your state requires it. Federal level doesn't care.

Old Fuff
March 6, 2004, 01:00 AM
Two points:

While the Federal 1968 GCA exempts muzzle loading firearms (including cap & ball revolvers) many state and/or city laws don't. Therefore be sure to check and see what's required where you live.

While these guns are not controled by federal law, most states take the position that if you carry one loaded and ready too shoot it is considered to be a fully-functional handgun and subject to all laws and regulations that apply to a modern cartridge firearm. Again, check and see what's what where you live.

4v50 Gary
March 6, 2004, 09:59 PM
My first BP gun, a Ruger Old Army, was mail ordered. :) I simply ignored the California law that said all guns (including black powder) must be purchased through a dealer.

March 7, 2004, 03:07 AM
Check www.dixiegunworks.com too. The repeated complaint I hear about Cabelas is the S/H. They also DO NOT ship BP anything to California nd they have restrictions on shipping to many other geographic areas. I don't buy from Cabelas due to their policies.

March 7, 2004, 07:54 AM
i want on eof those revolving carbines!
Anyone have any experience with those?

4v50 Gary
March 7, 2004, 09:55 AM
No experience with revolving carbines but keep your non-dominant hand off the forearm. One of Berdan's Sharpshooters lost his index finger when it chain fired and the incident was well known in the corps. As the majority of letters only allude to the safety concern and don't mention the accident, most historians don't know of it (or haven't included the incident in their histories) but I will cite (or quote) it in mine.

March 8, 2004, 10:22 PM
DrDranke -

Cap and Ball revolvers are a load of fun. I upgraded my 1851 Navy back in November (from ASM to Uberti). Got it from Dixie Gun Works. Then in December danged if Dixie didn't put have a sale on 1861 Navies at about half price. Just had to get one of those too. The sale flyer stated that the price was good while supplies lasted, but they back-ordered it and honored the price. Took a couple of months, but it finally came in. Both are great quality - finish, metal-to-metal, wood-to-metal fit etc. Needless to say, am pleased with DGW.


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