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Posted: 6/19/2007 1:10:05 PM EST
an open bolt semi auto rifle for ones own personal use?
I always assumed it would be but now I have my doubts. Can amy of our brighter legal minds help?
Link Posted: 6/19/2007 3:11:11 PM EST
I believe the ATF determines them as Machine guns do the the ease of conversions. The Mac 10 had some semi open bolts a couple decades ago but they later classified them as machine guns due to ease of conversion.
Link Posted: 6/19/2007 4:16:03 PM EST
Sorry dude, open bolt is a nogo.
Link Posted: 6/20/2007 12:04:21 AM EST
Yeah no dice. Open bolt semi-auto's were banned back in the 80's since they were too easy to convert to auto. However you can find pre-banned semi-auto open bolt guns such as the MAC-10 and Kg-9 pistols, but they are more expensive since they are collectable.
Link Posted: 6/20/2007 3:43:51 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/20/2007 3:44:46 AM EST by Villafuego]
Actually, there is nothing that specifically "bans" open bolt firing weapons....it's just that 99.9% of open bolt guns fall within the definition of "readily convertable".

If you designed an open-bolt system that did not meet the "readily convertable "definition, it would be perfectly legal.....but probably more trouble than it was worth!
Link Posted: 6/20/2007 4:38:48 AM EST
The alphabet boys declared one of their "rulings" that open bolts were no longer permitted, this happened back in the early 1980's. There are some Mac's and a few other factory produced open bolt floating around that were grandfathered. Saw an open bolt Mac-10 not too long ago, they seem to bring $900 to $1100.

Link Posted: 6/20/2007 6:08:41 AM EST
So the "readily convertible" clause applies to individuals and not just manufacturers.

Thanx for the help guys.
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