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Converting Mosin-Nagant to pistol

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Halv, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. Halv

    Halv Active Member

    I saw a few pictures and videos of these little cannons, and became interested. For how inexpensive the 91/30 is, I want to pick up another one and convert it to a pistol. One video I watched, the guy said he has it registered as an SBR, but if you take off the stock, would it be possible to re register it as a pistol and avoid the tax stamp?
  2. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus


    Federal law says that what you describe wouldn't be a "pistol", it would be a "firearm made from a rifle". That is defined as a firearm which was designed and intended to be fired from the shoulder that has been modified to have either a barrel less than 16 inches, or an overall length of less than 26 inches.

    The only way to do it is with a tax stamp.

    Whether a receiver is a pistol or rifle is determined at the moment it's first put together. Buy a bare AR lower for example and you get to choose. Buy a rifle and the manufacturer got to choose, you can't undo his decision and say now I want it to be a pistol.
  3. Halv

    Halv Active Member

    Thanks, I kind of figured I wouldn't be able to, but I'm glad I have the details now.
  4. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    And of course to make it more bizarre you CAN go the other way. You can take a pistol and make it into a rifle, if you make the barrel length 16" and the overall length 26".

    But it's a one way trip, you can't ever go back to pistol.

    Gun laws give me a headache.
  5. tyeo098

    tyeo098 Well-Known Member

    The only exception being the Thompson Contender.
  6. VT Deer Hunter

    VT Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    The mini Mosin Nagants are called an Obrez and would make horrible psitols. Its illegal to make one anyway.
  7. VT Deer Hunter

    VT Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    How about a Mosin revolver. Its made by the same people but its legal and a real pistol?
  8. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Unfortunately not even that one. After ATF lost before the Supremes they decided that the Supreme Court ruling ONLY applied to a very small number of TC kits sold complete with parts to build BOTH a rifle and pistol, purchased together in one box from the manufacturer.

    They decided, completely on their own of course, that TC firearms sold individually did NOT come under the ruling in the case.

    No one has challenged that since I don't believe. This link has a copy of the ATF letter on the subject. Like I said, gun laws give me a headache.


    Notice that they have taken the position that how it comes from Thompson is the deciding factor. The kits came from Thompson "undecided" I guess is the best way to put it so they get a pass (according to ATF).
  9. Hypnogator

    Hypnogator Well-Known Member

    I think you're thinking of the Nagant revolver. It's often incorrectly referred to as the Mosin-Nagant, because of the service rifle, but it isn't.

    It isn't the same thing at all.
  10. tyeo098

    tyeo098 Well-Known Member

    But its in a horrible and expensive calibre.

    Apply for the stamp, pay your $200, make an Obrez:

  11. kingpin008

    kingpin008 Well-Known Member

    Incorrect. It's perfectly legal to make one, it's just somewhat expensive and requires some gov't hoop-jumping. THR member PTK has a Mosin-Nagant pistol, if I remember correctly. Looks like a fun little boomstick.
  12. stickhauler

    stickhauler Well-Known Member

    Somehow I think your idea of "fun" is much different than mine. The full sized rifle kicks like an angry mule, that "fun" pistol has to be something like being gored by a bull that's kicking you in the gonads at the same time. But then again, I don't care for pain.
  13. dogtown tom

    dogtown tom Well-Known Member

    Moisin Nagant- $100
    ATF tax stamp for SBR- $200
    Hacksaw- $15
    Having a $300 useless gun now worth $20, that you will never, ever be able to sell- Priceless:evil:
  14. Frozen North

    Frozen North Well-Known Member

    No way! Ouch!! My Mosin Nagant kicks like a mule!
  15. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Well-Known Member

    must post

  16. kingpin008

    kingpin008 Well-Known Member

  17. BBQLS1

    BBQLS1 Well-Known Member

  18. kingpin008

    kingpin008 Well-Known Member

    Why not?
  19. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    I saw the Tacticool short bbl Mosin Nagant over on 7.62x54r.net, so funny. The Obrez is a nifty little part of Russian history. I can not imagine the recoil though.
  20. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    "During the Russian Revolutions and Civil War partisans cut down the barrels and stocks of Mosin Nagants to create a 7.62x54r "pistol" known as an "obrez"."

    That makes the firearm clearly of historical interest, not that there really needs to be an answer to "why", but since you asked nicely.

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