do i have to register a new upper for my ar

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by bushyspikemaster, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. bushyspikemaster

    bushyspikemaster New Member

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    im hella mad i bought a ar the other day with the 6.8 spc upper not realizing the ammo is retarted expensive and now i want the basic .223 so i am just wondering if i can go online and just buy a new upper or do i need to get it registered and if anyone lives in northern california and want to trade uppers hit me up its brand new bushmaster m4a3 6.8 spc 16'' barrel
     
  2. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    It is Kalifornia, so.....

    I would think that the only part of the AR that is considered a firearm is the lower receiver. Does Cali require registration of AR's now.....Didn't when I lived there.

    Check with the Calif DOJ, call them or go online....they will set you straight.
     

  3. bushyspikemaster

    bushyspikemaster New Member

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    sorry i should have said do i have to go threw the same procedures you dont have to register but pass a background check so does that apply to changing uppers? thanks
     
  4. TheSadPanda

    TheSadPanda New Member

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    I never lived in California, but it my understanding ,just as DR said, that the lower is the only part that you need to pass a background check on. The uppers are not numbered, so you should be ok to trade it out and/or buy a new one.
     
  5. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Be sure to ask online dealers, they should know the ins and outs legally of states they sell to. But it's your state and the onus is on YOU, so make sure before buying!

    Normally you wouldn't expect any extra CA requirements on upper receivers except for the flash hider, threaded barrel, bayonet lug and of course barrel length.
     
  6. NickySantoro

    NickySantoro New Member

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    Only time you have to go through crap is for the serial numbered part which is the lower. The serial numbered part is considered to be the firearm, the rest being accessories.
     
  7. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    Quoted as fact for Kalifornia!
     
  8. TacticalPrecision

    TacticalPrecision New Member

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    Cali has the barrel restrictions that you need to be aware of, I think it reqires a welded flash hider/muzzle brake so that if you have the 16" version it meets the restrictions.

    Other than that Cali, like other states I don't believe requires registration of the upper as the Lower is what is the actual firearm, as the gentleman before me stated.
     
  9. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    Just make sure you dont buy an under 16 inch barrell.

    Some folks make that mistake and htink the upper will already have the flashhider pinned/welded if its a 14.5 and usually its not.
    Stick to 16 inch barrrell or longer unless you know what you're doing.
     
  10. AR10

    AR10 New Member

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    I have an AR with a short barrel and a soldered on long flash hider. Make a nice looking gun.
     
  11. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but they will not let you buy an under 16" barrel without the ATF paperwork and a tax stamp......
     
  12. hoovco

    hoovco New Member

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    A barrel is just a hunk of metal until you attach it to something. You can buy a short barrel just like a long barrel.
     
  13. longunner

    longunner New Member

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    You could just give it to me.....:p
     
  14. AgentTikki

    AgentTikki New Member

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    I'm from the City of Lost Angels, Kommiefornia.

    No, you don't need to register an upper even if your lower is stampped 6.8 spc, and you get a 5.56 or 9mm etc etc upper.

    I would like to warn you though, that your have to change the barrel AND bolt to convert it to 5.56, not just the barrel.

    Game on.
     
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2013