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Posted: 7/29/2003 11:21:23 AM EST
do I need to contact the BATF leting them know I'm building a rifle for my own personal use. Will I have to serialize the rifle when done? What is the procedure.
Link Posted: 7/29/2003 12:29:06 PM EST
Not unless you want your house burned down.

As far as serial numbers, I've heard arguments both ways, but the consensus is no. You are not manufacturing the weapon for commercial sale, therefore no serial number is required. Many home 'smiths add a # of some sort to aid in recovery should the weapon be stolen.

Your best bet is to search the ATF's web site for the exact text of the law. Such has been posted here before so maybe someone else can chime in with that info.
Link Posted: 7/29/2003 1:16:56 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/29/2003 1:21:08 PM EST by mg34ss]
No need to contact the ATF. I'm assuming you're not a felon. You have to put your name, the town you live in, and some kind of serial #. At least 5 digits or letters, a letter or two will help set it apart. Also the required number of US parts, etc. etc.
Link Posted: 7/29/2003 1:42:21 PM EST
You mean I have to stamp or etch my name and the town I live in onto the outside of the receiver?
Link Posted: 7/30/2003 12:05:29 AM EST
Yes. If you're name is Jonathan Livingstone Smythe III, I belive you can get by with J.Smythe. Century arms International from St.Albins Vermont uses: CAI St Alb Vt. So shortcuts are acceptable. Serial #'s like AB1234 are good because of the letters. They help your rifle to become unique.
Example of Jonathan's hypothetical #:

JLS551224 ( his birthday, 1955 Dec. 24th )

This will aid the unique caractor of a serial #.
Link Posted: 7/30/2003 3:26:56 AM EST
Link Posted: 7/30/2003 11:51:37 PM EST
Campy's right. { Sometimes I answer questions from way out in left field. } I was speaking about a home made receiver. As Campy says, a receiver you purchase will have a serial # already and you do not add anything. If you make a receiver yourself, from sheet metal, it's diffrent. I gotta get more sleep before I write stuff like that post.
Link Posted: 8/3/2003 8:41:43 PM EST
I am aware of the 100% receivers. I'm building my receiver.
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