AR Pistol lower to Rifle

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by ShagNasty1001, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. ShagNasty1001

    ShagNasty1001 New Member

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    Can an AR Pistol lower with pistol buffer tube be turned into a rifle with a stock and a 16+" upper added?
     
  2. highpowerguy

    highpowerguy New Member

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    If the lower is marked multi I believe so if it is stamped pistol I do not think so. I know that if the lower is marked rifle then you cannot. maybe someone else can shed some light on this. If I built it from a stripped multi lower I wouldn't hesitate but if it was a pistol when I got it I would be hesitant.
     

  3. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    Yes you can if the lower isn't marked pistol.
     
  4. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    it comes down to what it was sold as. if at the sale the firearm (lower) was listed as a pistol, then yes you can convert it to a rifle as long as it meets all the legal requirements for a rifle.

    Once it is a rifle, or if it was sold as a rifle, then it cannot be legally converted into a pistol, because converting a rifle into a pistol is illegal.

    One of those strange quirks in ATF rules.
     
  5. ShagNasty1001

    ShagNasty1001 New Member

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    I asked if it was marked as pistol and he said yes, so there for I couldn't turn it into a rifle?
     
  6. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    Does not matter if its stamped pistol or not , so long as it has atleast a 16" total length barrel it can wear a stock . Anything less than a 16" barrel with a stock is considered a class 3 item and will get u locked up in the pokey and a very very hefty fine without a tax stamp . There is the exception that a 11" barrel with a pinned 5" flash hider does make it 16" .Just remember this when u buy one built as a rifle it is always considered a rifle and cannot be converted to a pistol . Pistol however can go either way without issues
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2013
  7. ShagNasty1001

    ShagNasty1001 New Member

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    Awesome to know. Another question, slightly off topic, how are Delaware lowers?
     
  8. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    Delaware machine lowers are good lowers . Remember ,99% of the lowers are all the same just a different roll mark
     
  9. bigjim

    bigjim New Member

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    If you build it into a rifle, don't forget it needs to be at least 26 inches total length, but that should not be a problem.

    Jim