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Old 11-19-2013, 11:28 PM   #1
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Just curious about legalities. I'm looking at building an AR pistol. Does the lower have to be registered as a pistol? I don't want to mess with laws and potentially get in trouble at a range or anything. Just looking for the right route to take.

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Old 11-20-2013, 12:08 AM   #2
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Just curious about legalities. I'm looking at building an AR pistol. Does the lower have to be registered as a pistol? I don't want to mess with laws and potentially get in trouble at a range or anything. Just looking for the right route to take.
Now I am no expert on the law, my understanding is that it does not necessarily need to have been registered as a pistol receiver so long as it was never registered as a rifle receiver. My stag stripped lower was just registered as "receiver", so it was clear.
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Register as a pistol period!

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A virgin receiver is good for any firearm with legally assembled parts. Registration is required only for the NFA specified setups, such as a pistol with a forend grip.

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If you have to fill out a 4473 on the lower have them mark it as "other item". If they mark it "rifle" and you build it as a pistol it could get you into a bind. I just built mine a few months ago, and made sure everything I was doing was legal. It must be a virgin lower, meaning never fully assembled as a rifle. And for future reference, a pistol may be turned into a rifle, but a rifle cannot be changed into a pistol. Have fun

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A virgin receiver is good for any firearm with legally assembled parts. Registration is required only for the NFA specified setups, such as a pistol with a forend grip.
Id like to say thats somewhat right but we ran into issues with these stripped lowers because they say rifle on the side . We could not use these for pistols and had 50 of them at one time .
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If you have to fill out a 4473 on the lower have them mark it as "other item". If they mark it "rifle" and you build it as a pistol it could get you into a bind. I just built mine a few months ago, and made sure everything I was doing was legal. It must be a virgin lower, meaning never fully assembled as a rifle. And for future reference, a pistol may be turned into a rifle, but a rifle cannot be changed into a pistol. Have fun
I built mine from a virgin lower that was listed as "other item" on the form 4473.
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Id like to say thats somewhat right but we ran into issues with these stripped lowers because they say rifle on the side . We could not use these for pistols and had 50 of them at one time .
Had they been stripped from production rifles?
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ATF might have a ruling on that, but your state could have another. Here in Komifornia, it has to be a pistol lower. With that comes the paper work and a tax. Or you can circumvent the entire process and build it from an 80% lower and still be legal.

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Had they been stripped from production rifles?
No they had not , these were virgin lowers but there is a issue with building a pistol that says rifle on the side of the,.
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