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Converting AR pistol to carbine?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by clearconscience, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    So from what I understand if you have a AR pistol you can convert it to a rifle, but you can't switch a rifle designated lower to a pistol?

    Is this correct? Or does it have to stay whatever the lower is designated as in that platform?
     
  2. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    You are correct.

    There is no such thing as a "designated" lower though.

    If the lower was originally built in a configuration meeting the definition of a pistol then it will forever be such (but you can legally do other things with it). If the lower was originally built into a configuration meeting the definition of a rifle it can only ever legally be a rifle or NFA to a SBR.