Legal semi-auto Stens?


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albanian
May 3, 2004, 11:55 PM
I have heard that you can buy a parts kit for a Sten that will make it into a semi-auto only. If it is semi-auto and has a 16" bbl, would it be legal? Assuming that it had a fixed stock and met the overall length requirments, what would be wrong with doing this?

The semi-auto kit includes a 80% receiver with the parts needed to make it into a semi-auto instead of a full-auto. It would be making a gun in effect, I think it is legal to do this as long as it is for your own use and not for resale.

Someone correct me if I am wrong because it seems to good to be true. I could probably make a semi-auto Sten for less than $200! How cool would that be?:D

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Turkish
May 4, 2004, 05:06 AM
Sorry to say it's not as easy as that. I looked into doing the same thing myself, and found that in order to make it legal you have to completly change the firing mechanism effectivley making it a completly differant weapon that resembles a sten on the outside.
The reason behind this is the sten fires from open bolt, which the ATF has determined is to easy to convert from semi-auto back to full-auto, same reason why they stopped making open bolt mac-10's.

SDC
May 4, 2004, 07:37 AM
Valkyrie Arms in Washington is making semi-auto copies of the Sten Mk II and III ( http://www.valkyriearms.com/sten.htm ); they look sort of funky with the 16" barrel, but the MK II comes with a dummy original-length barrel, or you could shorten the barrel and register it as an SBR.

albanian
May 4, 2004, 05:20 PM
The reason behind this is the sten fires from open bolt, which the ATF has determined is to easy to convert from semi-auto back to full-auto, same reason why they stopped making open bolt mac-10's.

I think the semi-auto receiver is suppose to change the Sten from an open bolt to a closed bolt. That is what I thought was so cool about it. I have to check with my buddy to see what he was talking about. He knows more about guns than I do. Maybe he was wrong or misunderstood something he saw.

I will let you know what I find out because I think it would be cool to be able to get one of these guns and make it legal.

Harry Tuttle
May 4, 2004, 05:31 PM
CatCo used to have a semi auto kit

heres some linkage:
http://firearmnews.com/directory/index.asp?CatID=53

Ode to a Sten Gun
By Gunner. S.N. Teed

You wicked piece of vicious tin!
Call you a gun?_ Don't make me grin.
You're just a bloated piece of pipe.
You couldn't hit a hunk of tripe.
But when you're with me in the night,
I'll tell you pal, you're just alright!

Each day I wipe you free of dirt.
Your dratted corners tear my shirt.
I cuss at you and call you names,
You're much more trouble than my dames.
But boy, do I love to hear you yammer
When you 're spitting lead in a business manner.

You conceited pile of salvage junk.
I think this prowess talk is bunk.
Yet if I want a wall of lead
Thrown at some Jerry's head
It is to you I raise my hat;
You're a damn good pal...
You silly gat!

Kestryll
May 4, 2004, 07:33 PM
One of the people on calguns made a sten kit, if it's legal here you can probably get them in a happy meal in other States.
http://calguns.net/eve/ubb.x?a=tpc&s=888602736&f=332609466&m=1426029975

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