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SBR Encore

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by Gdbyrd, Feb 27, 2012.

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  1. Gdbyrd

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    How does the SBR treatment work for an Encore? Is it registered to the frame or to an individual barrel? I did a short search online and it says that you can't list Multi under caliber anymore.

    I've got a TON of pistol barrels for my Encore, and some of them would be dandy with a rifle stock.
     
  2. Saakee

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    the receiver is the registered component, barrels are just hunks of metal with some bits scraped out in a nice pattern.
     
  3. TurtlePhish

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    So are receivers, if you think about it. ;)
     
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    You would register the receiver as a SBR and it would forever and always be a SBR, regardless of the barrel in place or the lenth of the barrel.
     
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    The difference being that the receivers are serialized and controlled while barrels are generally not.
     
  7. Sam1911

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    Well...sort of.

    Once you register the receiver as an SBR, it is a legal SBR -- when configured as such -- until/unless you notify the BATFE to remove it from the registry.

    However, if you replace the barrels of your SBR with a >16" barrel, it isn't an NFA-regulated weapon and can be taken across state lines, even to states that don't allow SBRs, loaned to someone else to use, etc.

    http://www.atf.gov/firearms/faq/national-firearms-act-short-barreled-rifles-shotguns.html
    Some of that is a little convoluted -- regadring who possesses the short barrels when -- but not to bad.
     
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    If you are starting with a pistol, you can build the SBR and put the stock on it, but I don't believe that you can go back to it being a pistol under current guidelines. You CAN put a >16" barrel on it and drop the SBR part, but I think you have to commit to it permanently being a rifle. You would notify the ATF at that point and they would annotate the registry accordingly (in theory, at least).

    If you were to put a >16" barrel on the pistol and then add the stock, you would simply be configuring a non-NFA rifle. You could take the stock back off and then the long barrel (in that order) and put it back into pistol configuration. But when you 'make' the SBR, the game changes.
     
  9. Sam1911

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    I don't know about that. With the recent change in their policy on the whole "once a rifle, always a rifle" issue, I think this might be incorrect.

    If you read the ATF's pages (I quoted above) on SBRs/SBSs, that doesn't sound like what they are saying.
     
  10. jmorris

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    Even before the recent change concerning mechtech/glock conversions allowing an owner to go back and forth, contenders themselves were exempt from the "once a rifle" idea. They even sold them with barrels long/short and stocks/pistol grip so the owner could swap between the two.

    In the case of United States v. Thompson/Center Arms Co. (1992) is how they were exempt, never could figure out why the BAFTE didn't allow others to do the same. In any case they changed their mind, for the better this time.
     
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    Yeah, yeah, I know. It was a joke. :p
     
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    Personally I'm planning on going on a drug store robbing spree with my T/C. I'll be known as the 7-30 Waters bandit. I just hope the officers give me time to reload between rounds.
     
  13. Sam1911

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    Actually, what the ATF said was IF the Contender was sold as a kit -- and a very few were -- they could go back and forth. Otherwise, no.

    All water under the bridge, now.
     
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