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The ATF defines firearms as either a pistol or a rifle and there really isn’t any grey area, at least in their minds. If they determine a device is a pistol, that means you can physically fire it any way you desire as there isn’t an illegal way to hold or shoot a handgun (yet). The BATF has explicitly stated that the SB15 does not change the classification of the host firearm from a pistol into a rifle and it’s perfectly legal to install and use it as you see fit — including firing it from the shoulder.
This is the factory configuration of the SB15. Removing the velcro strap, filling the U shaped opening at the bottom or other alterations may be illegal according to sources. Only a ruling from the BATF will clear such questions up.
I’ve been of the opinion that Sig knew exactly how we would wind up using the SB15 on our pistols but until now they’ve urged gun writers not to talk about it for fear of provoking the BATF into reversing their decision. Now that someone outside of Sig has contacted the BATF and gotten a determination letter, they’re asking writers to share this information with the community as they see it as being beneficial… and I agree, it is.
I'm actually very surprised to hear this ruling. I thought that they would use the same false logic with this as they do with every other ruling.
reply to post by buni11687
Now, hold on just one moment.
I am assuming first of all, that the particular legal ramifications of ownership of one of these weapons, depends firstly on state laws, and then after that, on the federal laws which apply across the board. Is that accurate?
Second of all, if I saw one of the featured weapons, I would assume it was an SBR, due to its small size, the presence of a stock on the weapon, and the general design characteristics, not to mention the fact that this object looks nothing like a pistol, of any kind I ever heard of.
I am not a firearms user, but I would like to think that if I was at a bank, and someone rolled up on the place with a bunch of guns, that I would be able to describe the weapons to the police later, without making a tit of myself. So, would someone please explain to me, why these objects are called pistols?
originally posted by: projectvxn
This is why NFA SBR rules are so ridiculous.
If there is a part of the NFA that needs to go its that. How is this different than putting on an actual stock?
originally posted by: sputniksteve
I just feel like this has to be an over sight by BATF and soon reversed once someone with half a brain realizes what they have done.