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Status on Airtronic USA RPG-7s?

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by sv51macross, Jun 7, 2010.

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  1. sv51macross

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    For those who are not aware, Airtronic USA is making a RPG-7 variant domestically with various 'upgrades' such as picatinny rails and an AR-15 style grip. They also make the anti-tank rocket rounds.

    http://www.airtronic.net/products.html

    Question; do they sell to civilians? The problem with the normal RPG-7 is that importation is prohibited, correct? And this would potentially allow armed citizens to acquire the sort of firepower that some antis deride militia-supporters for not having.
     
  2. Quiet

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    It's a DD.
    All NFA rules apply.
     
  3. sv51macross

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    ...I knew that.


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    Augh!
    http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=6&f=21&t=316549

    TCBA_Joe wrote:
     
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  4. NOLAEMT

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    nice.
     
  5. PTK

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    Not only are they absurdly civilian un-friendly, a real Russian RPG-7 is cheaper than what they want. I've seen RPG-7s for ~$5k.
     
  6. sv51macross

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    But can a civilian get stamps for and import a Russian/foreign RPG-7/warheads?
     
  7. Gord

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    I assume PTK is referring to RPG-7s already in the country.
     
  8. PTK

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    That I am.
     
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    That's pretty wild - only $5k? How much is ammo? :)
     
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    IIRC, most of the RPG-7s in the country are "trophies" brought home by troops, but a relatively recent presidential or congressional order (I forget) put an end to those permanently, which has most likely cut off all new RPGs. A lot of the ones floating around have stuff written on them in Arabic, and either say "Allah ackbar" or mundane info like "company #3," depending on who you ask.
     
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    What other alternative is there? It is possible, and even for some, remotely financially feasible to feed a real M203 HEDP, or at least build a small stash. But there is no way to give a citizen real anti-tank capability. The RPG-7 is the most effective way to do so. Is there no other alternative for medium-range anti-armor?
     
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    High explosive ammunition isn't generally available to the public. The rare HE rounds that are come with a $200 tax stamp and ATF approval for each and every round.
     
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    I know of no RPG-7 rockets available to the public at all. If there are a few rockets out there, they are probably priced at several times the cost of the tube.

    There are some M203 HEDP available to the public. They are not advertised. You would buy them from a private party and there aren't very many. They are also extremely expensive.

    You can't just go out and buy HE from a manufacturer. They will not sell to the public.
     
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    ^
    ...Oh.
    Damn.
    So, you have to know someone who works at the plant? Or like MGs/RPGs, there are a fixed amount that constantly deplete?

    And I knew about the tax-per round. I thought that the HEDPs were around $170 a pop plus tax.
     
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    There are plenty of RPG-7 AT rockets for sale. None advertised, none from any one HE manufacturer - and they're not difficult for someone who knows what they're doing to make, either. The one I fired off a while back was less than $40 (plus, yes, the $200 stamp he paid) to make. And that was for a one-off, too - I expect they'd be under $20 each plus stamp if you made a bunch.
     
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    Not a bad price. When I was in Cambodia in 05 you could shoot an RPG-7 at a cow for $200.00.
     
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    If he made it, he's an FFL with a Class 2 SOT or it was totally illegal. I think the point is regular guys can't get them. He would not have had to pay the tax.
     
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    That is quite disturbing...
     
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    An unlicensed individual can make a DD on a Form 1 with the $200 tax.
     
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    Hah, no, an individual can make DDs, explosive included, if they get a $200 tax stamp each, AND, in the case of the explosives, hold an HE user's permit. I know this for a fact, as I've done so. ;)
     
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    ^ How involved is a HE permit? I know that registered HE needs a separate magazine (what does this mean, standalone bunker X-yards from other buildings?) but what else?
     
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    Not a whole lot is involved. I'd already taken pyrotechnics classes, so I don't know if those are needed or not.

    If you have the land for the magazine, money for the user's permit or manufacturing license, local zoning permits if required, and a clean background, there isn't any cause for the permit or license to be denied.
     
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    Assuming one wishes to disable a tank within the CONUS, I'm not certain high explosives, nor a permit for them are exactly necessary, or desired. At the point one is attempting to disable tanks, questions of legality become somewhat moot, don't they?

    Frankly, the weapon to which tanks are most vulnerable in the CONUS is called 'bad publicity.'
     
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