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Can I turn a pistol into a rifle

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by 64tinc, Jul 15, 2010.

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  1. 64tinc

    64tinc Member

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    Can I get a gunsmith to silver solder a long flash hider on a barrel to make it 16" overall barrel and then will it be considered a rifle so I can add a stock?:confused:
     
  2. dogtown tom

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    Yes.......but how long is your barrel right now?
    And what is the pistol.
     
  3. 64tinc

    64tinc Member

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    Pistol is the 556p and barrel is 10 inches looked at MFI and they make long adapters that have a fake can over it to make it look cool not just a pencil sticking out.
     
  4. Aaron Baker

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    Just be aware that according to the ATF, you cannot legally turn it back into a pistol once you've made it into a rifle.

    Aaron
     
  5. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

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    Yep, that's the current ATF interpretation. According to them it's a one way trip. I'm not sure they have a legal leg to stand on, but who wants to be the test case....
     
  6. Chedderbob

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    This can be done paperwork and tax free, correct?
     
  7. Clifford

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    I believe that you can turn a pistol into a rifle with no paperwork. But I believe you need paper work to turn a rifle into a pistol.

    I'd check first thou, just to be sure.
     
  8. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

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    Yes there is nothing required to do a rifle conversion but you can NOT ever go back without a tax stamp.
     
  9. USMACHINEGUN.COM

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    You can change it into a rifle but to reach the length, you have to permanently attach the muzzle brake or other device. Cannot just be threaded on. To go back to a rifle as was just mentioned, you have to file a form 2 or form 1 plus the stamp and its an SBR. Just got through our ATF inspection last week and I asked that question specifically as its a common one.
     
  10. rcmodel

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    If I had a working SIG 556 Pistol?

    I would sell the dang thing for enough money to buy a rifle.
    Somebody will be dumb enough to pay big bucks for it!

    What point would there be in welding a bloop tube to a 10" 223 barrel?

    You are still giving up all that velocity with the short barrel, and velocity is the only thing that makes the .223 rifle effective.

    rc
     
  11. FIVETWOSEVEN

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    If your in a SBR friendly state, make it a SBR. A 556 Shorty is hopefully in my future.
     
  12. jmorris

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    I agree with both RC and FIVE, if I am going to have a 16" barrel hanging out there I want the velocity and once you have a single SBR you will likely have more.
     
  13. btwiceborn

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    velocity is still 2300-2400 with a 10.5 inch barrel and m855 ammo. that is a 20% drop in velocity, and none of that comes back when putting an extended flashider on it.
     
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