What is the difference between pre-ban and post-ban rifles?
I'm working on my first rifle and I see references to pre and post ban rifles, particularly with barrels. Can you guys tell me the difference and is the difference significant enough to choose one over another? I'm using a Rock River upper and lower.
The federal law expired, so there is no difference anymore except in states with their own bans like California, New York, Massachusetts - maybe a few more.
What it meant was that if a rifle could accept a detachable magazine that held more than ten rounds, it could have at most one of the following features: pistol grip, flash suppressor or threaded muzzle which could accept a flash suppressor, folding/collapsing stock, grenade launcher or bayonet lug.
With the AR platform, most chose to keep the pistol grip. so "post-ban" uppers were produced that had the bayonet lugs shaved off, and which either had no barrel threads, or had permanently attached non-flash-suppressing muzzle brakes with a different outer diameter than the standard A2 flash suppressor (which was considered a grenade launcher for NATO slipover rifle grenades). Lowers were no longer produced with collapsible stocks - they either got fixed standard stocks, or fake collapsible stocks that were pinned to a fixed position.
You live in a free state, buy whatever you want.
Post ban no generally do not have bayonet lugs or threaded muzzles.
Some states still have restrictions, TX does not.
Most people want the ability to screw on a comp or flash suppressor.