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Posted: 11/17/2012 9:35:16 PM EST
Is there any difference between an ar lower marked "pistol" and a regular lower?
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 1:48:34 AM EST
no.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 8:00:28 AM EST
The word pistol.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 12:00:37 PM EST
Physically the hammer might be different, other than that no.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 2:56:27 PM EST
Yes, if you Put a 16 inch barrel on your pistol lower and a butt stock you can turn it back
into a pistol if you wish. Once a rifle always a rifle.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 8:07:30 PM EST
Originally Posted By Fairplay:
Yes, if you Put a 16 inch barrel on your pistol lower and a butt stock you can turn it back
into a pistol if you wish. Once a rifle always a rifle.

That seems contradictory. Isn't putting a buttstock on it making it a rifle?
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 4:12:55 AM EST
"Once a rifle, always a rifle," is no longer the strict law of the land. Since a stripped AR receiver is not a pistol or rifle, it's transferred to you as (iirc) "other."

According to an ATF ruling last year, if you build it into a pistol first, you may then convert it into a rifle later, and back to a pistol after that, and back and forth as you wish.

If you build it into a rifle first, then it cannot be turned into a pistol ever.

Please read this: http://www.atf.gov/regulations-rulings/rulings/atf-rulings/atf-ruling-2011-4.pdf

This holds for any pistol or rifle, not just AR-15s. You may now take a Glock 17, stick it into one of those carbine chassis with a shoulder stock and barrel at least 16 inches long and overall length of at least 26 inches; while in the chassis it will be a rifle. Later, when you take it out, it will be a pistol again.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 7:13:49 AM EST
Okay, so that probably should have said, "If first a rifle, always a rifle."

Thanks for the info!
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