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manufacture of firearms

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Bezoar, Apr 26, 2008.

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  1. Bezoar

    Bezoar member

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    Can a person get a booklet or manual on the current ATF rules and regulations of making firearms at home?
    I know muzzleloaders are legal, but im curious as to rules regulating

    -falling block pistol based on 1861 sharps black powder rifle
    -early break open shotgun actions used for a pistol
    -early breach loading military cartridge rifles like comblain, snyder conversions, adn the like being turned into pistols
    -volcanic pistol and others based on lever action mechanism


    Im just curious as to whats currently legally doable these days. I know i could get an Encore but i just dont get that warm fuzzy feeling of happiness from them. So far i just seem toget that from certain falling block pistols costing a few grand each.
     
  2. Car Knocker

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    http://www.atf.gov/firearms/faq/faq2.htm#a6
     
  3. PTK

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    These fall under the NFA as short barreled shotguns and short barreled rifles, respectively.
     
  4. Historic Arms LLC

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    To answer your original question....

    ATF does publish:

    "FEDERAL FIREARMS REGULATIONS REFERENCE GUIDE"

    ATF PUBLICATION #5300.4

    Your other questions in order asked:

    If percussion fired, not a firearm. If modern cartridge a firearm, except if frame or receiver was manufactured prior to 1898, then back to non-firearm.

    Actually I have seen a version of the H&R Handy Gun in 38 special, it was just a pistol. If rifled barrel such as for .45 long colt, and just so happened to take a .410 shot shell, just a pistol.

    If the frame or receiver was made before 1898, it is exempt from the law. If the frame or receiver was made today, a firearm, and just a pistol if virgin receiver used.

    Hope that sheds some light for you,

    Len
     
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