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Posted: 8/15/2001 4:20:44 PM EDT
Theres a thread over on "build it yourself" about stens,if one were to buy a kit,build it with a 16" bbl, and weld the selector [as catco did]what would this be ? What do they mean by a "bolt and striker"? what is a regular sten bolt like ? Thanks for any input!
Link Posted: 8/15/2001 4:52:18 PM EDT
It would be illegal because it is an open bolt gun. A standard STEN is of the open bolt, fixed firing pin variety. There is no hammer to strike the firing pin. The firing pin is just a small chunk of metal on the bolt face, it does not move. And CATCO did not just weld the selector. They also redesigned the bolt and receiver. The CATCO gun has a closed bolt, inertial firing pin design with a hammer.
Link Posted: 8/15/2001 5:23:31 PM EDT
Just when I was gettin all exited about havin someyhing neat, I find out one more time that nothing can be as simple as it might appear !
Link Posted: 8/15/2001 5:48:34 PM EDT
Technically simple, yes. Legally, a TON of trouble. It would be so easy to buy a good quality STEN kit, a receiver tube with template, a barrel extension and weld the selector permanently in semi auto. The stupid rules about open bolts are the sticking point. Try a Marlin Camp 9. You can get thirty round mags for it ( not in California though). 9mm high capacity carbine. Might be worth a look.
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