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Legal semi-auto Stens?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by albanian, May 3, 2004.

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  1. albanian

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    I have heard that you can buy a parts kit for a Sten that will make it into a semi-auto only. If it is semi-auto and has a 16" bbl, would it be legal? Assuming that it had a fixed stock and met the overall length requirments, what would be wrong with doing this?

    The semi-auto kit includes a 80% receiver with the parts needed to make it into a semi-auto instead of a full-auto. It would be making a gun in effect, I think it is legal to do this as long as it is for your own use and not for resale.

    Someone correct me if I am wrong because it seems to good to be true. I could probably make a semi-auto Sten for less than $200! How cool would that be?:D
     
  2. Turkish

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    Sorry to say it's not as easy as that. I looked into doing the same thing myself, and found that in order to make it legal you have to completly change the firing mechanism effectivley making it a completly differant weapon that resembles a sten on the outside.
    The reason behind this is the sten fires from open bolt, which the ATF has determined is to easy to convert from semi-auto back to full-auto, same reason why they stopped making open bolt mac-10's.
     
  3. SDC

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    Valkyrie Arms in Washington is making semi-auto copies of the Sten Mk II and III ( http://www.valkyriearms.com/sten.htm ); they look sort of funky with the 16" barrel, but the MK II comes with a dummy original-length barrel, or you could shorten the barrel and register it as an SBR.
     
  4. albanian

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    I think the semi-auto receiver is suppose to change the Sten from an open bolt to a closed bolt. That is what I thought was so cool about it. I have to check with my buddy to see what he was talking about. He knows more about guns than I do. Maybe he was wrong or misunderstood something he saw.

    I will let you know what I find out because I think it would be cool to be able to get one of these guns and make it legal.
     
  5. Harry Tuttle

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    CatCo used to have a semi auto kit

    heres some linkage:
    http://firearmnews.com/directory/index.asp?CatID=53

    Ode to a Sten Gun
    By Gunner. S.N. Teed

    You wicked piece of vicious tin!
    Call you a gun?_ Don't make me grin.
    You're just a bloated piece of pipe.
    You couldn't hit a hunk of tripe.
    But when you're with me in the night,
    I'll tell you pal, you're just alright!

    Each day I wipe you free of dirt.
    Your dratted corners tear my shirt.
    I cuss at you and call you names,
    You're much more trouble than my dames.
    But boy, do I love to hear you yammer
    When you 're spitting lead in a business manner.

    You conceited pile of salvage junk.
    I think this prowess talk is bunk.
    Yet if I want a wall of lead
    Thrown at some Jerry's head
    It is to you I raise my hat;
    You're a damn good pal...
    You silly gat!
     
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