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My First Draco and its Transformation.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by blo0dyhatchet, Apr 4, 2010.

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  1. blo0dyhatchet

    blo0dyhatchet Member

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    I had a good friend of mine come home from a recent gun show with a Draco, and I loved it. He then told me what he paid for it and I had to have one. I sold off one of my WASR underfolders and called around pawn shops and gun stores, till I found one in stock for a good price and went and got it.

    $399 NIB. Got it home and went to my favorite pawn shop and picked up some accessories. Synthetic Hand Guards, a Tri Rail, and a small laser. Got everything on it and went ahead and polished the bolt as well.

    Future plans include making it an AOW and getting a front grip, adding a sling at some point, just need to browse around and get some ideas, getting an ergo hogue style grip, and more magazines.

    Pics below, what do you think?
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  2. blo0dyhatchet

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    I have searched around about the vertical grip and wonder if anyone has gone this route. "A person may also send the handgun to a person licensed to manufacture NFA weapons. The manufacturer will install the fore grip on the firearm and register the firearm on an ATF Form 2. The manufacturer can then transfer the firearm back to the individual on an ATF Form 4, which results in a $5.00 transfer tax. If the manufacturer is out of State, the NFA Branch will need a clarification letter submitted with the ATF Form 4 so that the NFA Branch Examiner will know the circumstances of the transfer. Questions can be directed to the NFA Branch or the Firearms Technology Branch."

    Has anyone gone through this route? What was the total cost you were charged?
    Thanks.
     
  3. Girodin

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    I'd think your money would be better spent making it a SBR (unless your local laws preclude this option). Just adding a VFG is not that useful IMO. I'd much rather have a stock even if the above scheme could save you some money.
     
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  4. Prince Yamato

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    Get the Romanian side-folding stock and make it an SBR. The Draco is basically a copy of a Romanian military rifle. The rifle has the Romanian side-folding stock.
     
  5. blo0dyhatchet

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    I do not want to do an SBR, just a pistol with a vertical forward grip.
    From what the quote above reads, its a $200 dollar tax stamp to put through your paperwork and do the AOW yourself. It mentions taking it to a manufacturer and having them do it, then paying the $5 transfer fee... It sounds as though if you take it to a manufacturer, transfer it to them, have them install the vertical grip for said fee, and transfer it back to you for the $5 transfer fee, you would be good to go.
     
  6. dom1104

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    you AK people and your silly eastern european schemes :)
     
  7. blo0dyhatchet

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    Lmao! Muh hahahaha. If it works, and saves me $195 bucks.... I'm all for it. I have emailed a few places kind of local to see what they say.
     
  8. Apple a Day

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    So, how does it shoot?
     
  9. blo0dyhatchet

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    Shoots great :). Had a few issues one the first mag, but now she is butter.
     
  10. nalioth

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    It sounds really good, doesn't it?

    The lady or gentleman manufacturer who attaches your VFG is going to charge you dearly for labor. That is over and above the $5 NFA tax.

    My suggestion is to pay the $200 and get it taxed as an SBR, and then you can put anything you want on it (you do not have to put a stock on an SBR) at any time.
     
  11. WardenWolf

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    Before you bother to get it registered as an AOW, write the ATF and ask them if installing a vertical foregrip on this pistol would classify it as an AOW. I have heard reports that pistols such as the Draco and PLR-16 are considered a pistol but not a handgun by the ATF, and therefore do not become an AOW when a foregrip is installed. I strongly recommend writing and waiting for a response.
     
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