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Pre-1899 SBR?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by PAC 762, May 8, 2006.

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  1. PAC 762

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    Does anyone know if a pre-1899 "antique" rifle can have the barrel cut down below 16" without filing a form 4 and paying the tax? I just saw something online and the author said they were regulated the same as muzzel loaders.... got me thinking a little. :evil:
     
  2. Hkmp5sd

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    Under federal law, firearms manufactured prior to 1898 are considered "antique" firearms and therefore do not fall under the NFA regulations.

    NOTE: I am not a lawyer, do not play one on TV and will not serve your jail time should this information prove inaccurate or you are nailed under some state or local regulation. :evil:
     
  3. Jim Watson

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    While the ORIGINAL 14" Trapper lever actions and some other SBRs fall under C&R status on an INDIVIDUAL "cleared" basis, just being an antique does not mean it is OK for you to saw off a cartridge rifle.

    If in doubt, check with the Feds:
    http://www.atf.treas.gov/firearms/curios/sec3.htm
     
  4. dmckean44

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    C&R weapons fall under completely different rules than pre-1899 antiques. It'd be best to contact the BATF in wrinting and ask.
     
  5. PAC 762

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    Thanks, but I think my state laws are going to get in the way. :(
     
  6. Third_Rail

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    It works, but only if you can prove that it was like that before 1899. Them's the breaks. I would just use a muzzleloader - no NFA restrictions.
     
  7. Bartholomew Roberts

    Bartholomew Roberts Moderator Emeritus

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    Another issue (as you noticed) is state laws, even if you are exempt from the NFA, you may still be subject to state laws.
     
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