UZI Talk Life Member
- Mar 9, 2006
- Southern New Hampshire
Possible to do anything you want. If you’re just doing it to your own piece, the ATF probably doesn’t care. Might make it impossible to transfer and one less piece on the registry when they become aware. If you’re talking about developing a product for market, seeking ATF approval, some posters here can probably give you some cautionary tales.
This was posted on another thread. Instead of derailing that thread I thought that it would be better to start a different thread.
This post was something that I forgot to comment about. Whether you modify one or 1,000 registered receivers, the ATF does care. The only thing that changes is the odds of being caught. It is my understanding that the ATF has settled on 80% of original for whether firearm receiver is still a firearm, with a focus on fire control and mechanism (the recoil spring). There is a separate issue of proper destruction with a machinegun receiver.
It is my understanding that for a machinegun receiver to be legal for a private individual, that receiver would have been made and registered by May 19, 1986. The ATF position is if they determine that there is less than 80% of the original receiver remaining, that machinegun receiver is no longer transferable.
Of course the ATF is not going to prosecute what they are unaware of. Is a private individual who modified their machinegun receiver likely to be caught? No, but to legally defend the penalties that would occur would probably cost more than a Colt M16A2. Beyond the money is going to Federal Prison for 10 years. The only penalties for driving around without insurance is lesser than owning a questionable legal machinegun. The odds are are very low that I would be at fault in a major accident with loss of life, but I have no plans to cancel my auto insurance. This is a personal decision.
This is a forum for adults. I am certain, the ATF does care what and how you modify your machinegun receiver. If that is a risk you wish to take, you are responsible for the consequences if found out. I just wanted to be clear that I feel that the post above was incorrect, and why I think so.