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H&R Handy Gun .410

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by fscott1979, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. fscott1979

    fscott1979 Portland, OR New Member

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    A friend of mine inherited a H&R Handy Gun from his grandfather a few years ago. It is in .410 with a 12 inch barrel. The information I have been able to find mostly says it is illegal because it was never registered in 1934 or 1968 but this information all seems to be more that six years old. Does anybody know if there is a way to register the gun now? I know it has been added to the curios and relics list, but I'm not sure how that applies here.

    Also, how much trouble would it cause, were somebody to come around looking for it? He is in Oregon, if that is a factor. Just trying to help find a way to legally keep his grandfather's gun.

    By the way, if you work for the government and are going to come look at my house, don't bother. This isn't a wink, wink, nudge, nudge, "my friend" kind of thing. I really don't have it, sorry to say. It is a fun little gun.

    Thanks for any help you all can provide.
  2. OPAWY

    OPAWY NorthCentral Wyoming Member

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    Change out the barrel.
  3. EMP9596

    EMP9596 Two Trees West of Camas, WA. Active Member

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    It is a section IV Curios Or Relics. There are a few exceptions for genuine estate weapons handed down through a family.
    Both the Handy Gun and Handy Rifle that has a removeable shoulder stock are listed.

    I am not going to advise on this but start your search with Estate Firearms Transfers.

    H & R Handy Gun: http://www.atf.gov/firearms/guides/identification-of-nfa-firearms.html

    Notice: All “Any Other Weapons” have a mandatory tax of $200.00 for making. Transfer of an “Any Other Weapons” is an additional $5.00.

    Any Other Weapon
    Distinctive Characteristics
    Smooth bore shot pistol designed and manufactured in present condition, commonly referred to as a “Handy Gun.”

    Rate of Transfer Tax

    ATF Online - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

    You can also call the Seattle Office. Voice (206) 389-6860
  4. fscott1979

    fscott1979 Portland, OR New Member

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    Thank you. That should be enough to get him going in the right direction.
  5. wingshooter26

    wingshooter26 Dallas,TX New Member

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    Regarding the Handygun, I do not claim to be an expert on ATF rules and regulations but here is what I have found out (I used to have an FFL): The Handy gun was first produced in the mid to late 1920's, and was a legal firearm until the NFA of 1934, when shotguns with a barrel length of less than 18" were outlawed. From what I understand, not all Handyguns became illegal. Some were grandfathered and became "Curios or Relics", depending on date of manufacture and serial number, and therefore can be legally possessed. The Handyguns that fall into the other category, "NFA or Any Other Weapon", are contraband and cannot be registered or legally possessed under any circumstance. Someone who has the latter and keeps it does so illegally whether or not they are aware of the law. I think the difference is that production of the Handygun actually continued through and after passage of The NFA of 1934.
    Please correct any errors if anyone who has more accurate info sees this.