Simunitions is a company that makes smooth-bore conversion barrels for handguns which make them fire paintball bullets with a small explosive charge. I am trying to determine if such a weapon would be considered a class 3 weapon. The question arises because they are smooth bore, and use explosive charge to launch, even though they are designed to be safe for training against other people.
Now flare guns also have a smooth bore and use an explosive charge, but they aren't class 3. That must mean that its not classified as a pistol.
From california Penal Code,
Okay, so since a flare gun is not designed as a weapon, it's technically not a pistol, so it's not class 3.
It looks to me as though it is the same situation with these Simuntiion converted guns...once it is converted, it is no longer a weapon, and so it doesnt matter that its smooth bore and explosive powered.
According to simunitions designers, it is:
So obviously, it is not designed as a weapon or to cause harm...so a pistol that has been converted with simunitions isn't really a pistol anymore and therefore it's not a class 3 firearm.
The thing is, I'm not a lawyer...and I don't know if any of this stuff has been covered legally before...anyone know if I'm right?
The Simunitions I have used do no hav an explosive charge in them, just some "paint" that expells on contact. They use smokeless to propel the plastic bullet device, from what I know. I know the Olympic Simunitions uppers are 9mm specially modified for safety grooved uppers.
Good questions about the others. If they are smooth barreled, then they are likely to be a problem with NFA...
The above company would not let me pay for a shipment to be delivered to a Law Enforcement Agency. So obtaining Simunition maybe difficult.
This is an example of "AOW"
Thank you for the input. I am aware tha obtaining it will be difficult...I am attempting to determine under what circumstances it is lawful to purchase or own this before I make a fool of myself.