posted on Jan, 21 2012 @ 04:10 AM
Sweetnlow's got it right, even though it could have been said better.
You can absolutely buy demilitarized fully automatic weaponry from shotgun news or any one of a thousand sites on the internet. You can even rebuild
it into a functional machine gun. If you do it without the proper class FFL, may God have mercy on your soul because the ATF won't. You *will* get
By US law, an AK-47 cannot be imported in intact form. The guns are shipped here with two diagonal cuts made across the receiver. This places the
parts (by ATF ruling the rifle is no longer a firearm at this point) into three pieces. The first piece contains the barrel, front trunion, etc. The
middle piece contains the infamous "third hole" where the fire control group sits. The rear piece contains the trigger guard, mag catch, pistol
grip, and buttstock. All of the pieces including the bolt and carrier (which were removed before the first demilitarization cut was made) are placed
into a big plastic bag. Now it can be shipped directly to your door with no FFL transfer required because the ATF does not consider it a gun. That
occurs later, and what they consider a gun will shock you.
When you rebuild an AK, you start out with an 80% receiver flat. This is a flat sheet of metal cut to spec and had all appropriate holes pre-cut.
These cost you about $10, as of several years ago. No idea how much they are now. Still not a gun.
So you place your flat into your receiver jig. This is basically a mold for the metal. Place into hydraulic press and start cranking. At one point
you'll hear a loud pop from the receiver jig. Upon closer inspection you see that the flat has a bend to it, making a \_/ shape. Congratulations.
You now legally own an AK. Perfectly legal to build yourself, with one small catch. You can't sell it. It's an unserialed, homebuilt weapon.
Sorta. That's kind of a grey area with the ATF. Supposedly if you stamp it with your last name, city and state of manufacture, and a serial number
you can sell them..infrequently. However, Manufacturer of Firearms Other Than Destructive Devices *is* a class of FFL, and last time I checked it
wasn't cheap and it had a yearly renew cost. I wouldn't dream of selling a homebuilt firearm without that license. It's not worth the risk and if
you draw the gaze of that particular federal agency you *will* lose, even if you were right. They'll just drag out the trial until you're too broke
to defend yourself, then they pounce.
One other thing. Even *talking* about how to manufacture illegal firearms is illegal. "Conspiracy to violate NFA 1934 and GCA 1968." The ATF goes
for that charge every time. It's their version of your local LEO's "disorderly conduct" charge.