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C&R question

Discussion in 'Legal' started by eastwood44mag, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. eastwood44mag

    eastwood44mag Well-Known Member

    OK, so the rule of thumb is 50 years, but there are always exceptions to the rule. Here's my question:

    If a firearm is at least 50 years old, and in original-issued condition, under what terms would it NOT be eligible as a C&R? I know that modifications can screw things up, but if there have been no changes, is there anything that can disqualify it?

  2. Neo-Luddite

    Neo-Luddite Well-Known Member

    The only sure thing is to get a ruling from ATF and have it added to the list.
    What CAN disqualify it is whatever the ATF decides can disqualify it. I know that's not the hard and fast answer you want--but my understanding is that the C/R list is not hard and fast. As a result, we get seemingly odd things added (Yugo SKS with a grenade launcher, night sights, and flash hider has been a recent one). There isn't a 'point' system or anything like that that I'm aware of.
  3. Car Knocker

    Car Knocker Well-Known Member

    Auto or select-fire that has never been on the registry.
  4. eastwood44mag

    eastwood44mag Well-Known Member

    Looking at semi-auto or manual-cycling guns, only. I'm not a stamp collector (yet)
  5. jrfoxx

    jrfoxx Well-Known Member

    also, short-bareled shotguns and rifles, I beleive.Otherwise, if its on the ATF's list, OR is 50 or more years old and hasn't been modified in certain ways, it's a C&R.
  6. Gordon Fink

    Gordon Fink Well-Known Member

    I believe the restrictions on modification apply only to curios, but the BATFE has made exceptions (e.g., Yugoslavian m1959/66 in California). Any firearm over 50 years old is a relic, regardless of condition.

    ~G. Fink
  7. tulsamal

    tulsamal Well-Known Member


    Any significant modification changes its status. So if you buy a 60 year old bolt action rifle and then replace the stock and shorten the barrel, it isn't C&R any more!

    Can't help it. I didn't make the rules.

    The basic idea is that it was a collectible rifle before. "Original condition." Now you have just turned it into a deer rifle and it is regulated like any other modern bolt action.

  8. Rumble

    Rumble Well-Known Member

    Gregg: out of curiosity, do you know what would a C&R FFL do with a gun that they bought as C&R, but then say, replaced the stock and shortened the barrel on?

    I don't have the inclination or skill to do significant modifications to my guns, but assuming I did, would I need to log the rifle out of my bound book, to myself? This is a scenario I never really thought of (not being a tinkerer).
  9. tulsamal

    tulsamal Well-Known Member

    C&R stuff seems to confuse people. That's wrong as well. There is a LOT of C&R full auto stuff.

    Read Section IV at the top and then scroll down to the full list toward the bottom. Whole lot of machine guns. You still have to do the transfer paperwork but C&R status can make things easier at the end.


  10. tulsamal

    tulsamal Well-Known Member

    The way I understand it, there is no reason to log the rifle out of your bound book. You bought it as C&R and you haven't sold it. You keep it on your book but you can no longer sell it as a C&R firearm. So don't make a bunch of modifications to an old bolt action and then sell it as a C&R firearm and ship it across state lines. If you want to sell it you will have to go FTF in state or transfer it out of state using an FFL just like a modern gun.

  11. Rumble

    Rumble Well-Known Member

    Makes sense. Thanks!
  12. tulsamal

    tulsamal Well-Known Member

  13. ilbob

    ilbob Well-Known Member

    That is not so. FA firearms can be C&R. They still are FA firearms and you still have to go through the same rigmarole, you can just have it shipped to you direct without going through a dealer.

    here is an example from their list.

    ANY firearm over 50 years of age has been decreed by law as having C&R status. However, the BATF has also decided that it does indeed have to be substantially unmodified. I am not sure what modifications they allow and which are not allowed.

    But they also by declaration have determined many modified firearms of that vintage also meet the requirements, and many that are far less then 50 years old.

    They have an incomplete list on their web site. Sometimes they decide a single firearm with a specific SN is C+R.
  14. EOD Guy

    EOD Guy Well-Known Member

    I don't believe there is any such thing as a "curio" in either the law or the regulation. The same thing applies to the term "relic." The only references are to "curios or relics."
  15. Gordon Fink

    Gordon Fink Well-Known Member

    Curios are the listed firearms, which are sometimes less than 50 years old. Relics are firearms over 50 years old. If a firearm has not been listed, how can one determine if it has or has not been modified without doing a mountain of research?

    Being 50+ years old is the default definition. I see sporterized military rifles and even bare receivers transferred as C&R firearms all the time.

    ~G. Fink
  16. eastwood44mag

    eastwood44mag Well-Known Member

    So, can anyone explain this to me:

    If you can find a Romanian Tokarev that's over 50 years old and hasn't been modified, why is it not C&R eligible?
  17. Lone_Gunman

    Lone_Gunman Well-Known Member

    Some modifications to a C&R gun are OK and it will still be considered a C&R by the ATF. The problem is that it is not real well defined what constitutes enough of a change to make the ATF reconsider.
  18. tulsamal

    tulsamal Well-Known Member

    I've seen the same thing. I've seen places selling Garand and 1903 receivers and saying they were C&R.

    They were still wrong!

    I always avoid those because I would really hate to put something in my book and have to look at it for years knowing full well I was in the wrong!

  19. tulsamal

    tulsamal Well-Known Member

    The Toks I've seen like that have had a small hole drilled behind the trigger guard for a sliding safety. No longer original; no longer C&R. Places like SOG would love to be able to sell them as C&R but even they know the rules better than that.

    Only ones without the safety are C&R. If you remove the safety, you still have the drilled hole and that still seems to be "enough" of a modification.

    I would like to have one myself but the safeties are worthless. Worse than worthless. If I could find one without the hole for a good price, I might buy it.

  20. Gordon Fink

    Gordon Fink Well-Known Member

    Tulsamal, a quick review of the BATFE site produced this.

    I see that this is a restriction on importation. Is the limitation specified anywhere else?

    ~G. Fink

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