Hey. Bunch of questions for you guys!
I have a G1 FAL. It has US made stocks, pistol grip, fire control parts and receiver. My smith told me that I was legal with that (7 US parts). Now for the questions:
1) I have the flash supressor that came w/ the kit. When the ban is over, can I put it on?
2) If OK to put on the supressor and if I need another US part to be compliant, what would you recomend? I see in Tapco US made charging handles for $5, would that cover it? What about the US made gas pistons? I'd be looking for a cheap US part, and easy to swap out w/ the original.
3) Regarding parts that are US made, what about the dust covers that are made for mounting scopes? Would that count as a compliance part or not? Are there specific parts that you can use to be compliant, and other parts that don't count?
Thanks for your help with the "rookie" questions!
Edited to add- TAPCO has all the parts you might need - Gas Piston is a NO BRAINER
OK - After the BAN expires
Yes - it will ALL Be about Parts count !
Read this thread on the FAL FILES board ( just easier not to repeat stuff here )
Are there still threads on the barrel? If so, then you're not legal right now.
No threads on barrel, this is the suppressor that is pushed on and then rotated to lock on a nub on the bottom of the barrel.
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
Washington, DC 20226
MAY 11 1998
Dear Mr :
This refers to your letter of April 13, 1998, in which you ask about modifications to certain semiautomatic rifles.
Title 18, United States Code (U.S.C.) section 922(r) prohibits assembly of certain semiautomatic rifles from imported parts. The implementing regulation in Title 27, Code of Federal Regulations, part 178, section 178.39, provides that no person shall assemble a semiautomatic rifle using more than 10 of imported parts listed in paragraph(c) of this section if the assembled firearm is prohibited from importation under section 925(d)(3) as not being particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.
Certain firearms including the MAK 90 semiautomatic rifle were prohibited from importation, on April 6, 1998, and they cannot now be assembled from imported parts as provided in the cited sections. Such firearms which were imported or assembled prior to April 6, 1998, in compliance with the cited section may still lawfully be possessed.
Adding a pistol grip and buttstock to a MAK 90 rifle using more than 10 imported parts would still constitute assembly of a semiautomatic rifle subject to the provisions of 18 U.S.C. section 922(r) and 27 CFR section 178.39.
Adding a thumbhole stock to an AK style semiautomatic rifle using more than 10 imported parts would now also constitute assembly of a semiautomatic rifle subject to the cited sections.
A MAK 90 style rifle having a thumbhole style stock with a pistol grip, but none of the other features listed in the definition of a semiautomatic assault weapon in 18 U.S.C. section 921(a)(30)(B), would not meet the definition of a semiautomatic assault weapon. The "grandfather" exemption in 18 U.S.C. section 922(v)(2) applies only to a semiautomatic assault weapon which
was lawfully possessed on the date of enactment of the statute. A rifle which did not meet the definition of a semiautomatic on September 13, 1994, does not qualify for this exemption. A firearm which became a semiautomatic assault weapon after September 13, 1994, is subject to the prohibition in section 922(v).
We trust that the foregoing has been responsive to your inquiry. If you have further questions concerning this matter, please contact us.
Curtis H.A. Bartlett
Acting Chief, Firearms Technology Branch
Lippo is correct. If you already have 7 US parts, you're compliant even if you add the imported/original flash hider.
This is your part count as the BATFE will see it.
furniture/pistol grip= 2 parts
fire control= 3 parts (hammer, trigger, safety sear)
reciever= 1 part
muzzle brake= 1part
The fix is easy get a US made gas piston, when the ban sets put whatever you want or nothing on the muzzle.
Thanks all! I will get the gas piston, then slap the flash supressor on when the ban is gone!