Originally Posted By USMCMidn:
my point was its dangerous if you could easily buy a 37mm under barrel "flare" launcher for your weapon and convert it without a paper trail to a M203 (Putting a riffled real 203 barrel, and all the parts like the firing pin and etc in it...)
Or can you not do that (successfully convert it) I would feel a lot better if you couldnt.
and the fact that it is highly illegal still doesn't matter if you could do it or not because i am sure if it could be done ppl would do it.
People do all sorts of illegal things and dont give a shit about it. It doesn't mean its right, and it doesn't mean they don't get caught either.
Can you convert a 37mm launcher? depends on what its made from. Most launchers (like the Spikes Tactical one) are NOT designed to withstand the pressure of a 40mm round, and even IF you were able to modify one to fit a 40mm round into, it would probably rip itself apart.
If you take an M-203 receiver and have it made with a 37mm barrel, then im sure you could re-barrel it. But how are you going to find the barrel. How are you going to find the ammo?
40mm chalk and paint rounds are not un-common, but getting the HE rounds requires a 200 dollar stamp for EACH ROUND (not to mention the forms to fill out), as well as a proper storage facility to keep them in.
You feeling safe has nothing to do with it. 37mm flares are a common style of flare, and many people like to have them on their AR's.... Is it just 'dress up' for most? maybe. Or maybe its for having a flare launcher for being in the woods and such, for emergency.
Not only is converting one extremely illegal (as already stated, 10 years in prison) but in 99.9% of the cases extremely dangerous. 37mm operates at a much lower pressure than 40mm rounds do (even the chalk rounds and training rounds) and can blow the gun up in your face.