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Winchester Trapper SBR?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by John Parker, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. John Parker

    John Parker Well-Known Member

    Hey everyone, I was at my neighbor's house today and he pulled out a Winchester Model 94 with the large lever that he's had for 20-30 years and never fired. Yeah, I know...he's got a few like that. I didn't have a measuring tape handy, but the barrel looked shorter than 16". Did Winchester ever make a Trapper that short? I've googled it but didn't come up with anything that assuaged all doubts...
    And if he does have a rifle that is under 16", would he, as the original buyer, be grandfathered in, or would he have to register it as a SBR with the BATFE (or whatever they call themselves this week?)
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    They made one many many years ago, but not with a large loop lever.
    It has collecter C&R status now and is exempt from the SBR law.

    I'd suspect if it has a large loop lever, it is a newer one somebody cut off.
    It would need a tax stamp if shorter then 16".

    Large loop levers were a Movie/TV invention in the 1950's & 60's.

  3. John Parker

    John Parker Well-Known Member

    Yeah, he bought it 20-30 years ago, so unless someone cut it down before he bought it. It's weird to think that 20-30 years ago was the late 70's and 80's...
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    We're talking prior to the 1934 FFA when they made the real C&R exempt ones.

    Anything after that would be a sawed-off SBR regardless of when it was sawed off.

  5. John Parker

    John Parker Well-Known Member

    Okay, thanks. I'm not even sure it's under 16", it just looks really short.

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