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NFA question

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by xtarheel, Oct 3, 2012.

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  1. CoRoMo

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    Not on a machine gun. And not on a SBR.

    As Sam posted,
    By all indications it is either a machine gun or an SBR made in 1980. Like Sam states, it would have been made, distributed, and dealt according to law in 1980. Unless the grandpa stole the gun or cut the barrel, it is quite likely registered in the NFRTR to him. I'd operate under that assumption until the ATF responded to the attorney's letter. I'd also want that Thompson at the Florida residence rather than Illinois.

    I know that not everyone would, but I'd hold off screwing up what might be an extremely valuable item until I knew what it was.
     
  2. Sam1911

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    This is complicated. IF a weapon is a Title I "Other Firearm," like a PGO shotgun or a belt-fed semi-auto that has no shoulder stock, then barrel length actually doesn't matter. All that matters is the 26" OAL. There are a few shotguns with receivers and pistol grips (especially the "birds-head" style grip) that will let you run a barrel under 18" and still make 26" overall. That's still a legal Title I weapon. (Though it isn't a very common thing to see.) Any hand-held (no shoulder stock) weapon that is greater than 26" overall would transfer as an "Other," not a handgun.

    Yes, they actually DID reverse that ruling and now as long as the gun started as a handgun or an "Other Firearm" you may shift back and forth between Title I handgun and Title I long gun at will. :cool:

    This is still true. If your gun started as a rifle, or a shotgun then it MUST be put on a Form 1 in order to go below either the 16"/18" barrel length rules or the 26" OAL limit. As said before, however, if it started out as a handgun or "other" that is not the case any more.
     
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