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SBRing a AR pistol designated "Pistol Only"

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Chipperxd, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. Chipperxd

    Chipperxd Buffalo Active Member

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    Hey all,

    So I purchased a RRA LAR15 pistol a year or so ago with the intention of SBRing it when WA laws changed. Just realized that both the upper and the lower are marked "Pistol Only". Does that mean that it cannot be SBRed even if it is registered?
     
  2. FarmerTed1971

    FarmerTed1971 Portland, Oregon, United States Well-Known Member

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    I believe so, yes.
     
  3. Chipperxd

    Chipperxd Buffalo Active Member

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    arrrgggh! that was the only reason why I bought the pistol...dang it!
     
  4. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    When is that supposed to happen? I haven't seen it even being presented other than as wishful thinking.
     
  5. Chipperxd

    Chipperxd Buffalo Active Member

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    Have no idea. heard rumors that it may be up for review next year. I guess it may just be wishful thinking...
     
  6. CleverName

    CleverName Southern Oregon Active Member

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    In the mean time, hold the buffer tube against your shoulder and shoot it like a rifle anyway.
     
  7. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    I can write "pink fluffy kitty" on a rifle or a pistol but that does not make it a pink fluffy kitty.

    I can write "pistol only" on everyone of my rifles but they are still legally rifles. Simple writing does not determine what is legal. On top of that NOTING about an upper on an AR has anything to do with the legal status of rifle/pistol/NFA, since the lower is the "firearm" according to the ATF.

    Pistols are LEGALLY turned into SBR all the time. YES you can legally make an AR lower no matter what is stamped on the side into an SBR following all NFA rules.

    I am not sure why people buy guns with extra ugly crap written on them since it has no bearing on their legal status.

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  8. Chipperxd

    Chipperxd Buffalo Active Member

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    I don't ever shoulder it. I'm fairly tall and it is just not comfortable to shoot it like that.

    I see. thanks for that information. I will keep it around after all! :thumbup:
     
  9. CleverName

    CleverName Southern Oregon Active Member

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    Does it have a carbine length buffer tube? You could try a rifle length buffer tube to make it more comfortable.
     
  10. Chipperxd

    Chipperxd Buffalo Active Member

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    Not really sure. it has whatever the standard tube is for a LAR15 pistol. mostly likely a carbine tube.
     
  11. joeroket

    joeroket Everett,Wa. Active Member

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    For the next few years it will more than likely be wishful thinking. The guys pushing it have been fairly successful in developing their strategies and arguments for past legislation but I think this one is going to be one tough sell.
     
  12. 22many

    22many PNW Well-Known Member

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    I ran into the same thing years ago when I picked up a rra lower for cheap. The lower was sold as a "pistol" but after doing some research I believe you can turn it into a rifle but once that is done you can't go back. Once the stock was on you were committed to keeping it a rifle. This was of coarse in Oregon and I don't know what your current laws are in Washington.
     
  13. cyclesarge

    cyclesarge Eugene OR, DUH! We're ALL in the NORTHWEST Well-Known Member

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    What he said. The only reason they put "Pistol Only" on them is to appease the squeamish. It has no bearing on what the firearm is. Regardless, it is also perfectly acceptable (with the proper approval) to convert any pistol to SBR, when you see a Glock SBR it's perfectly clear that the firearm USED to be a pistol.
     
  14. 22many

    22many PNW Well-Known Member

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    The ATF just ruled that you can go back and forth now as far as building a pistol to rifle and then back to a pistol. There is a thread that pinkhamr just posted in the legal and political section about it.