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Full auto AR-15 vs M16

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by eurohacker, Jul 8, 2005.

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  1. eurohacker

    eurohacker member

    I am wondering why people pay $10 000 for a 20 year old M16 when full auto AR-15's can be had much cheaper?

    Let's see. An AR-15 can be had for $700, right? $200 NFA tax. The full auto-sear is what, $50? So that's 10 times cheaper!

    What is the catch? Are full-auto AR-15's suckier/less reliable?
  2. Commissar Gribb

    Commissar Gribb Well-Known Member

    because the ATF stopped taking Form 1s to make full autos in 1986

    therfore you end up paying $700 for the rifle and upwards of $7-900 for the sear because it has to have been registered before the cutoff.

    if it were as easy as buying the parts and putting them together, everyone would have full autos.
  3. Dmack_901

    Dmack_901 Well-Known Member

    It's illegal. All Full-Auto AR15/M16 type rifles are around $15,000. By putting an unregistered auto-sear into an ar15 you'd be manufacturing a machine gun. And that is a BIG no-no.
  4. Commissar Gribb

    Commissar Gribb Well-Known Member

    20 years and a federal conviction IIRC.
  5. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Staff Member

    Drop-in auto sears (DIAS), registered as machineguns, currently go for about $7000-10000 and don't run very well either.

    If new machineguns could be registered, you'd see $800 M16's; just look at Colts military/LEO pricing...

  6. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

    eurohacker, you've posted several dozen thread questions now that would easily be answered by a quick use of the search function. You may want to try that out.
  7. DrDremel

    DrDremel Well-Known Member

    The reason people pay the 10 grand is because they are registered and it is the only way to legally own them for non-govt use. buying the pieces and putting one together yourself will get you 20 years in jail.
  8. kal

    kal member

    Only in peace time. ;)

    What about those semi auto MGs? They fire from a closed bolt and have a striker installed. Isn't it impossible to make these semi auto MGs full auto because of thier internal design? Regular MGs usually fire from the open bolt position and they dont have strikers/hammers.
  9. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Staff Member

  10. eurohacker

    eurohacker member

    Sorry, I didn't know the '86 cutoff applied to sears as well.

    THEORETICALLY, would it be difficult to acquire/manufacture an illegal sear?
  11. HighVelocity

    HighVelocity Well-Known Member

    I've got this yellow sunflower thingy that spins and keeps moles out of my garden. That's 100% legal and really cheap too.
  12. Too Many Choices!?

    Too Many Choices!? Well-Known Member

    To the above post.....

    :uhoh: :scrutiny:!!
  13. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Staff Member

    Why don't you call 1-800-283-4867 and find out?
  14. Sistema1927

    Sistema1927 Well-Known Member

    I don't think that anyone is going to touch that with a ten foot pole.

    This is "The High Road", and condoning illegal acts is "low road" material.
  15. eurohacker

    eurohacker member

    Even though I see no harm in discussing such things for educational purposes, and while I am not a person who equates law with ethics, I respect your opinion. Sorry if I offended you.
  16. GunGoBoom

    GunGoBoom member

    Answering a theoretical question is not the same thing as condoning an illegal act - not even close. That's like answering the question "so if I pointed a gun at a person I don't like and pulled the trigger, it would likely kill him?". Answering correctly (yes) does not make one a condon-er of criminal acts. Just FYI. But I understand, it's not a great idea to even discuss it really. And I don't know the answer the question - don't care really - just pointing out a mis-statement of facts. Actually I do know that it would be quite easy to manufacture the FA parts, if one were so inclined, simply because they're small metal parts and dremels are cheap and available. But I have no idea if it's easy to acquire one, either legally or illegally. In any event, no point in the USA to do so, since you can't legally place them in a weapon, thus manufacturing a FA weapon without a class III. And since the usefulness of FA is quite limited, and the legal penalties quite steep, it would be pretty senseless.
  17. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    for rational people, perhaps. but it certainly dramatically increases your chances of being harrassed by the atf
  18. Monkeyleg

    Monkeyleg Well-Known Member

    I ran into a guy at a gun show two years ago who said he had a license to manufacture his own full-auto's. (He had a Sten with him that he said he'd built from parts). He said it cost $500 a year for the license, and that one of the provisions of the license was that the full-auto's could not be sold.

    I'd never heard that before. Bullfeathers, or is there such a thing?
  19. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Staff Member

    A Class II (Manufacturer of NFA Firearms) licensee can build NFA weapons. Post-86 machineguns can only be transferred to LEO/mil, however.
  20. Commissar Gribb

    Commissar Gribb Well-Known Member

    all the full auto parts are relatively easy to find and for the most part are inexpensive -however they're for replacement in licensed weapons.

    anyone can own the individual parts and the rifles (save people who can't pass the yellow sheet test) however owning them TOGETHER- that's a federal crime
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