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Is it legal to own an M79?

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by bushmaster1313, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    I just read about the M79.

    Are they legal to own?

    what are they classified as?

    Living in NJ I am sure I could not have one even if legal in other states
  2. medalguy

    medalguy Well-Known Member

    Destructive device (DD) and they are legal to own. They do require registration and transfer tax on sale or purchase, and are very expensive. VERY expensive. Not sure about NJ state law.
  3. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    NJ will not let you register a 10/22 if it has a flash suppressor and a bayonet lug (Legislature is very concerned about flash suppressed drive-by bayonetings)

    Not much chance of registering an M79!
  4. 22lr

    22lr Well-Known Member

    You have enough money you can own a Bofers 40mm anti-aircraft cannon! Perfectly legal in the right state, just prohibitively expensive for most of us.

    But ya, the boarders are open! RUN!
  5. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    Please don't tell the New Jersey Legislature that a Winchester Model 12 is a better weapon than a 10/22 with a bayonet lug.:cool:
  6. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Well-Known Member

    M79. 40mm. Gun is a DD and most rounds are DDs too. All 40mm grenade rounds would be considered DDS individually taxed and registered too.
  7. MasterSergeantA

    MasterSergeantA Well-Known Member

    Actually, you can buy the practice rounds without DD paperwork. They have the orange powder in the nose under a blue plastic cap. But they are backed up by a solid slug of aluminum and, while not explosive, WILL penetrate a car door. :evil:
  8. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Well-Known Member

    I think flares don't match the DD defintion either. (By grenades above I meant high explosives.)

    Since military munitions are made in 40mm and no military munitions are supposed to be made in 37mm, there is a lot of civilian interest in 37mm relicas of M203. etc. and at least one webside featuring 37mm M79 stuff: http://www.37mm.com/
  9. If an M79 has had the barrel removed, and had been declassified and reclassified with BATF, it can be registered a single barreled shotgun, but the barrel has to be at least 18" long. What this means is, you have a legal, regular M79 receiver, but putting a regular M79 barrel on it would make it illegal. You can also fabricate one with a smoothbore 37MM barrel, which would look just like a an M79, but could not fire 40mm ammo, and could be classified as a flare gun. The next best thing is buying a CZ RV85 flare gun. A very cool, all steel and wood single shot that fires 26.5mm flares and such. Not sure how NJ would look at that, but it is NOT classified as a firearm by BATF, and can be ordered through the mail. [​IMG][/IMG] [​IMG][/IMG]
  10. Strykervet

    Strykervet member

    Impact had one under the class3 stuff for sale. They are DD's and they are a lot of fun, even with the marker rounds. Since I can only have suppressors, AOW's, and DD's, I'll probably end up forking over for one one day. They are VERY accurate weapons.

    I've shot the 203 and the 79. The 79 was more fun, the 203 sucks because it is heavy and not used all that much --but carried everywhere that M4 goes! I'd like one of those 6 or 8 shot revolver 40mm launchers they had on Future Weapons. THAT is cool.

    Not sure what I'd use it for, but most NFA stuff has to be regarded as mostly a dangerous toy anyways.
  11. MasterSergeantA

    MasterSergeantA Well-Known Member


    You are correct and I misunderstood your earlier answer. I have a 37mm launcher mounted under the barrel of a Kel-Tec PLR-16 pistol and the 37mm market continues to grow.
  12. redbeardsong

    redbeardsong Well-Known Member

    A friend of mine has a 40mm grenade launcher for his SBR AR-15. He's got a stand-alone pistol grip for it as well.
  13. Strykervet

    Strykervet member

    M79, destructive device. $8200 at Impact Guns.
  14. dprice3844444

    dprice3844444 member

    37mm is a form 1(gas cartridges),40mm is nfa,i think
  15. MasterSergeantA

    MasterSergeantA Well-Known Member

    Actually, 37mm flare guns are not even considered "firearms" under federal law. The 40mm is considered a "destructive device" largely because anti-personnel and explosive rounds are available. Since no lethal rounds are commercially produced for the 37mm, they are considered a non-problem. But if you take a 37mm round and somehow alter it...like load it with lead shot...to be lethal, you are looking at a visit to Club Fed.
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  17. mortablunt

    mortablunt Well-Known Member

    Yes, it is legal. You just need thousands in money for the thing itself, ATF form 4 approval, Destructive Device registration, the $200 tax stamp, and to get each piece of ammunition registered as a destructive device. It is only MG's that have the cap on them. Technically, it is legal for a civilian to buy MANPADS.
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    RS14 Well-Known Member

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  19. mboylan

    mboylan Well-Known Member

    High explosive rounds are a non-starter. You need a licensed government approved storage facility. You also need a license to handle high explosives.
  20. rodinal220

    rodinal220 Well-Known Member

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