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Why the plug in an EMF Hartford rifle???

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Grunt, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. Grunt

    Grunt Well-Known Member

    So I brought out the .38 Special/.357 Magnum 1892 EMF Harford rifle with it's 24" barrel. I got this rifle for my ex years ago and it wasn't shot all that much. Anyways, I went to load it with the listed 12 rounds but was only able to load 10. Anyways, I pull the magazine cap off and find a plastic plug was screwed onto the end of the cap. No big deal to screwing it off but why would EMF have put it on there in the first place?:confused:
  2. DurangoKid

    DurangoKid Well-Known Member

    The plug made the rifle legal for sale in California.:uhoh:
  3. DPris

    DPris Well-Known Member

    No, it's actually there to meet Italian legal requirements, believe it or not.
  4. DPris

    DPris Well-Known Member

    My apologies, when I posted the above I was thinking EMF now sells the Italian 92.
    Looking it up, they're still carrying the Brazilian 92.

    The Italian leverguns made after a certain date are required to be exported with no more than a 5-round capacity, according to Armi Sport/Chiappa. That's why their 92s have a plug limiting them to that.

    The 10-plug quite likely is for California.
    My error. :)
  5. firesky101

    firesky101 Well-Known Member

    It is not for CA. Penal code 16740 defines large capacity magazines and specifically exempts "A tubular magazine that is contained in a lever-action firearm." Though probably in a round about way the manufacturer knows that 10 is not a problem in any state so does it that way.
  6. RPRNY

    RPRNY Well-Known Member

    Regardless of Italian, Brazilian, or Californian jurisdiction, the answer is that someone in compliance at the manufacturer or importer was acting on an opinion by Counsel. Likely, as noted above, the manufacturer was befuddled (takes some doing for an Italian or Brazilian given the laws and governments they have to deal with!) by the multiple laws and restrictions in various US jurisdictions and simply plugged at 10.
  7. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Italian Export restrictions, and state Import restrictions.

    We can't have none of those hi-cap assault cowboy rifles creeping across our California or Massachusetts borders!

  8. DurangoKid

    DurangoKid Well-Known Member

    Yes, everyone knows having 9 rounds in a firearm is very safe. The gun goes from a safe sporting firearm to a dangerous Urban Assault Weapon when you add that 10th round.:confused:
  9. soonerfan85

    soonerfan85 Well-Known Member

    Probably a former auto worker now working for the gun manufacturer put it in there just so someone would start a thread like this one. ;)

    I want a 20 round lever action rifle like The Rifleman shoots on TV. Those Hollywood guys get all the neat guns that shoot forever without reloading.
  10. Rob0321

    Rob0321 Well-Known Member

    Just going to throw this out there:

    Perhaps it is 12 rounds .38, 10 .357?

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