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Ithaca Auto Burgler Gun

Discussion in 'Legal' started by 44-henry, Jul 15, 2009.

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  1. 44-henry

    44-henry Member

    Jul 13, 2005
    I was looking at some old articles concerning the Ithaca Auto Burgler gun and am looking for opinions on something. Do you think it would be legal to make a reproduction of one of these if the barrels were rifled instead of smoothbore? I really couldn't see any reason why it wouldn't be, but it seems like it would make an interesting project. Of course one would have to rifle the barrels before cutting them to size, but other than that it would seem to be a pretty straightforward process.
  2. Quiet

    Quiet Member

    Apr 29, 2007
    bouncing between the 909 & the 702
    The Ithaca Auto Burgler = AOW

    Making one with rifled barrels in might make it a DD.
    Depends on the caliber.

    US Code Title 18 Part 1 Chapter 44 Section 921
    (a) As used in this chapter—
    (4) The term “destructive device” means—
    (B) any type of weapon (other than a shotgun or a shotgun shell which the Attorney General finds is generally recognized as particularly suitable for sporting purposes) by whatever name known which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter;
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2009
  3. 2RCO

    2RCO Member

    Aug 15, 2007
    This law really should be kicked as being in direct violation of the Second Amendment. The Heller Decision could be used as a precedent.
  4. MatthewVanitas

    MatthewVanitas Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    Burlington, Vermont and Montreal, Québec
    If you made it in .410 with rifled barrels it'd just be a pistol. Cobray sold (still sells?) a low-quality miniature sXs .410 shotgun with rifled barrels and it's completely legal as a pistol.

    I was actually pondering before that you could theoretically get one of those Czech or Turkish budget shotgun makers to do a batch of .410 shotguns, with short rifled barrels and a pistol grip. Technically it wouldn't be any harder than exporting a regular 9mm pistol to the US (which both countries do). Unless there's some issue of pistol importation points from the 1968 GCA.
  5. Tactical Rancher

    Tactical Rancher Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    I think the rifled .410 option sounds great!

    Other options are to use a significantly reduced-length butt-stock and pay for the NFA tax stamp.

    OR, make it a muzzleloader pistol which is exempt from NFA regulation as an "antique weapon."
  6. clarence222

    clarence222 Member

    May 12, 2006
    If you are wanting a .410 why not get a Taurus Judge. They are available with 3" chambers now.
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