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Legal question about my AR nd barrel length

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by .45FMJoe, Nov 22, 2004.

  1. .45FMJoe

    .45FMJoe Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    So now that the ban is over I want to un-neuter my Bushy M4A3. The only gunsmith around my area that I could find is about 45 mins away and will charge about $200 to replace the muzzle brake with a threaded flash hider and replace the front sight post housing. I can get a complete barrel assembly from Bushmaster for like $200 so I'm just gonna go that way. Now, when I bought the M4 I bought the one with the contoured barrel for an M203 I'll never own. I plan on keeping that as it is aesthetically pleasing to me. I do not, however, want the 2.5" long flash hider. I want my rifle to look completely mil-spec. So can I register it with the ATF as an AOW? If so, does anyone know how I would do that and how much it would cost? Thanks guys

  2. Cyanide_357

    Cyanide_357 Member

    May 31, 2004
    I think you mean SBR, since you want you AR to have a barrel shorter than 16 inches. Basically a 14 inch barrel with out the flash hider thing bringing the length back up to 16 inches.

    I believe it will cost you a $200 tax stamp to register your rifle as a SBR. But other than that, I can't help you.
  3. KW

    KW Member

    Nov 20, 2003
    If you want to do a barrel + muzzle device of less then 16" you need to register the weapon as a SBR with the ATF. If you don't want to deal with them, your options are either a 14.5" barrel with a phantom or vortex, or a 16" barrel with an A2. Check out www.cmmginc.com. In their uppers section they have some really nice pics of these various configurations.
  4. Badger Arms

    Badger Arms Senior Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    Harnett County, NC
    My choice would be to have the barrel cut down to 15" By your gunsmith and then have a conventional (M4 standard birdcage with closed slots on the bottom) flash hider pinned & welded in place. This would be a mere 1/2" longer than a true M4 and would still be legal. IIRC, an M4 with flash suppressor has a 15.5" total barrel length. For that extra half an inch, is it worth the extra $200 and hassle?
  5. Redlg155

    Redlg155 Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    NW Florida
    I'd pay $200 for an extra half an inch! :D

    Seriously though..I'd go for the same thing as Badger suggested. No use getting the govt involved in getting a tax stamp just to have a shorter barrel.

    Good Shooting

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