Is it 100% legal to build a Mauser rifle?

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The receiver is the "numbered/registered part" so just like with an AR15 you can/could assemble it yourself. Though it isn't so easy (to do properly) vs. with an AR15.

Not to mention tools. Just doing the barrel install is a whole process.

Aloha, Mark
 
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The receiver is the "numbered/registered part" so just like with an AR15 you can/could assemble it yourself (though it isn't so easy (to do properly) vs. with an AR15).

Not to mention tools. Just doing the barrel install is a whole process.

Aloha, Mark
Thanks Mark. I would definitely need to have a gunsmith connect a barrel since I have no tools and space for it. I might embark on an adventure building a Mauser and see how that turns out. I could use the one I just purchased through this forum as a template.
 

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Its perfectly legal to build a firearm from scratch as well. Can't be full auto and them other restrictions unless you have the proper license. But to build a plain jane rifle or pistol from raw materials is legal. Once its completed there are some IDing requirements Who made it and some sort of serial number identifier I believe.

I have seen some beautiful reproductions of all sorts of firearms made from scratch as well as one off designs.
 

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Provided you are perfectly legal to own a firearms....

You do not need to mark/ID it in any ways shape or form if you don't what to. Just like finishing an 80% project, there are no requirements to mark/ID it once finished.


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The Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA) mandated, among other things, that persons “engaged in the business” of dealing in firearms must be licensed by the federal government. (18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(21)(C).) This development made it illegal for an unlicensed person to make a firearm for sale or distribution. (18 U.S.C. § 923.) In addition, the law requires that firearms dealers must perform background checks on prospective purchasers and maintain records of all gun sales. (18 U.S.C § 922(t).)


However, nothing in the GCA prohibits individuals from making guns for their own personal use. A non-licensed person may make a firearm, provided it is not for sale and the maker is not otherwise prohibited from possessing firearms (such as a convicted felon). (18 U.S.C., Chapter 44; § 922 (d).) Federal law imposes none of the purchase restrictions on non-licensed possessors that it does on those who need licenses, and as a result, homemade guns need not be registered and the owner need not undergo a background check.
 
You can purchase receivers and bolts through the mail as long as it doesn't have a barrel installed, and most places ( SARCO) will not ship the barrel at the same time/same shipment! It's perfectly legal to ship right to your door, no paperwork no back ground check, no nothing!
 
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You can purchase receivers and bolts through the mail as long as it doesn't have a barrel installed, and most places ( SARCO) will not ship the barrel at the same time/same shipment! It's perfectly legal to ship right to your door, no paperwork no back ground check, no nothing!
I checked Google and anything pre 1898 is considered antique when purchasing a complete weapon. Purchasing a Mauser action without barrel would be great since barrel removal is such a pain. Thanks for the reply.
 
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eBay has most Mauser parts. I found on-line a complete schematic with all the parts for Gew 98 and K98 rifles and my rough estimates is that all the parts purchased separately would cost $1,000-$1,200 range. I would also have to pay a gunsmith to make barrel/receiver connection, and that is something that must be done by a pro. No way I would try that. I do not have neither tools nor space to do it, nor I have that type of skill.
For example, an original complete stock in excellent condition sells for upward of $200. Same for a bolt in excellent condition. One side of me wants to build one since I could be proud that I built my rifle, but another side is telling me just get a whole rifle rifle and pay $1,500-$2,000 and be done with it. I will see.
 

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touching on the 1898 "antique" thing, I wonder if that can be overruled at the state level? I bought one of those cheap Carcano rifles a while back, had to go to an FFL but it's year of manufacture is 1894. FFL didn't charge me anything and I don't know if it went on my 4473 as I was buying another rifle there, anyway.

I had to idea there were places you could just buy Mauser bits. Might be fun to build one of those rather than another vanilla AR
 

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