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requirements for buying a black powder pistol?\

Discussion in 'Legal' started by HardKnox, Jan 13, 2008.

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  1. HardKnox

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    i know that antique black powder pistols and black powder rifles don't require a background check, but what about SAA revolvers or cowboy pistols in 45 colt?
     
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    Nope, any repro that takes centerfire or rimfire ammo is a no go. You will need an original (made before 1898) or stick with a muzzle loader.
     
  3. GW

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    requirements for buying a black powder pistol?\


    Muzzleloader or cap and ball?
    The only requirements are 18 years and sufficient funds
     
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    Where in Federal law does it state you must be 18 years old for a muzzleloader? They're not even treated as firearms.
     
  5. The Lone Haranguer

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    The distinction here is that these use self-contained cartridges, which makes them subject to all the restrictions. Even with a cap-and-ball, there can be state or local restrictions, as it is still a weapon.

    Going slightly off topic, I've seen a black powder revolver in the Cabela's catalog that looks much like a Colt SAA. It does not, however, fire .45 Colt cartridges. It is a cap-and-ball.

    This is no longer catalogued.
     
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    Dixie Gun Works has had one of those since at least 2003
     
  7. GW

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    Here in California, you must be 18 to buy BP and percussion caps
     
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    Either a Remington cap'n'ball or a replica of same. Those were solid-top as early as 1858, and a damned good design that needed very little tweaking to be turned into a cartridge design later. Conversion cylinders then and now are common for these.

    Let's talk about that: you can buy a "felon OK" cap'n'ball revolver, such as an 1858 Remmie clone or the Ruger Old Army, and get a cartridge conversion cylinder for it, both ordered mail-order. It's a bit of a loophole. It's thus legal for a non-felon to buy (as two pieces) a working cartridge revolver purely mail-order, but it's wildly illegal for a convicted felon to do so or at any time have a cap'n'ball gun and a conversion cylinder. Likely you'd get busted just for the conversion cylinder, along with any modern or semi-modern metallic cartridges.

    This is all referring to Federal law. Some state laws may add restrictions and aren't being discussed here!
     
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