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Pre 1898 sawed off rifle

Discussion in 'Legal' started by 545days, Jan 30, 2009.

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  1. 545days

    545days Member

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    Does anyone know if I can legally build a handgun from a pre 1898 rifle receiver without crossing into NFA territory?

    The project is a rusty old GEW-88 purchased from Centerfire systems as a relic with bulged barrel, broken stock, and no bolt head or extractor. I am not cutting down a valuable antique.

    I would turn down a used .30 cal barrell, and ream it for 7.62x25 or maybe .32 S&W long (I have not thought out the bolt design yet.)
     
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  2. rcmodel

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    No you can't.

    A good friend and FFL lost his license & his business over a sawed-off French Lebel a Dough-boy had cut in two to get it in his duffel bag following the great war.

    I also know of one prosecution involving a .22 pistol made from an 1890 Winchester action.

    Once a rifle, always a rifle I guess.

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    I guess I will build a handgun caliber carbine instead.

    I recall seeing a pistol built on a Martini Henry action posted here in the last few months. Of course, it could have been built on a Khyber Pass copy of a Martini...

    I am uncomfortable with building a carbine utilizing a rifle cartridge in this action as it really does not have the built in protections for the shooter that deflect escaping from a ruptured case that the 98 Mauser and later designs employ.

    Thank you for your quick reply.
     
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    Actually it is once a pistol always a pistol. You can go from Rifle to pistol but never back.
     
  5. WardenWolf

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    No, you're reversed there, Azizza. You can make a pistol into a rifle legally, through various methods, including paying a tax and getting license to build an SBR or rebarreling it to legal length. However, the only LEGAL way to make a pistol is if the receiver has NEVER had a stock on it. Once a rifle, always a rifle. A pistol can become a rifle, but a rifle can never become a pistol.
     
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