is it possible to convert an ar 15 rifle to an ar pistol

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by bushyspikemaster, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. bushyspikemaster

    bushyspikemaster New Member

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    ok i just bought an ar 15 and i was just wondering if i can change it to a pistol by changing the upper i am new to the m4 world so i dont know that why i am asking ?:)
     
  2. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    Well if you did change out the upper to lets say anything shorter than a 16 inch barrel you would have a SBR and have to pay a $200 fee to own it.

    This is because unless you specifically purchase an AR15 pistol version then it is considered a rifle.
     

  3. bushyspikemaster

    bushyspikemaster New Member

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    so all i have to do is pay $200 and its good what do have to do to the gun to make the change?:)
     
  4. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    I'm not 100% sure if you have to pay a tax on it or not. I'm looking at the ATF's website and I'll get back to you shortly.
     
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    If it has a stock and a barrel shorter than 16" then its a shirtbarrel rifle subject to nfa registration and 200$ tax stamp. You must do the paper work and recieve the tax stamp in hand before purchasing the new short barrel. The reciever has to be engraved with your information as a short barrel rifle.

    There isnt much point to converting to a pistol as once registered as such you may not put a rifle stock on it. Only a sbr can swap between short and long barrel.

    If you choose for some wierd reason to convert it through the batfe to a pistol its a pistol for good.

    Pistol lowers are cheap and much less than the cost of the paperwork and effort to convert from rifle to pistol.

    Still cant put a stock on a pistol with a barrel length less than 16".

    If you possess a short barrel for an ar15, while in possession of a standard ar15 rifle reciever, less than 16" and do not also own a pistol lower or a short barrel rifle lower or a registered m16 or full auto sear your in violation of nfa law.

    So if you want to go that route make sure you have an appropriate lower before you buy the barrel.
     
  6. bushyspikemaster

    bushyspikemaster New Member

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    ok cool thanks i am goin to look into making it a sbr sounds alot easier :)
     
  7. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member

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    "Forget about doing it in California"


    Jim......
     
  8. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Not Legally !!!!!!!!!
     
  9. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    You really should-
    You about to send him to prison!

    The OP should look up laws himself & not ask questions here of this nature -
     
  10. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    ooops didnt see you were in commiefornia prolly should forget the idea your never gonna find a cleo to sign for it even if its legal there.

    if you do find one its best to consult an attorney familiar with nfa law in your gulag state