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Old May 9, 2012, 07:15 PM   #1
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making a rifle into a pistol(Legally)

Rossi has the new wizard switch barrel system out, but no pistol frames.

Is there any way to legally change a rifle to a pistol? Cutting the stock to a pistol grip is easy enough, but what hoops would have to be jumped through from the legal end?

It seems at the worst I could file the papers to "build" a handgun and then re-serial the item or something.
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Old May 10, 2012, 01:58 AM   #2
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You can't make a rifle into a pistol. The best thing to do is wait for this:
http://www.rossiusa.com/2011newcatalog/?catalog_page=12

With a rifle, the only thing you can do is make an SBR or build something resembling a pistol with a long barrel.

There's nothing you can do through paperwork or reserialing.

If stripped receivers were available from the factory, it would be easy. But they aren't.
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Old May 10, 2012, 11:30 AM   #3
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Making pistol out of Rifle does not work always and can spoil the thing
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Old May 10, 2012, 11:44 AM   #4
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I called Rossi a while back and they aren't so sure they will be following through with the pistol version.

I don't see how converting this could ruin it.
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Old May 10, 2012, 11:54 AM   #5
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I don't see how converting this could ruin it.
It will slowly rust in an evidence locker.
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Old May 10, 2012, 12:17 PM   #6
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i always wondered the same thing?
i saw a picture that someone took of a mosin rifle and turned it into
a pistol about the size of a ruger charger.
-i would guess that most rifles,turned into pistols would be worthless
but could be fun to try?

-so you guy's say no way
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Old May 10, 2012, 01:02 PM   #7
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well, yes the evidence locker aside.
I am calling the local ATFE office.
Columbus office pushed me to Cincinnatti and they just take VMs. Have to wait.

The picture of the Mosin pistol conversion I have seen is supposed to be a WWII resistance conversion.

Braztech also, maybe I can get them to send me one without a stock registered pistol. Never know.
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Old May 10, 2012, 01:49 PM   #8
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Talked to an unimaginative person at Braztech. Will call back another day.
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Old May 10, 2012, 02:03 PM   #9
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File the paperwork and pay the tax for a short barreled rifle.
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Old May 10, 2012, 02:53 PM   #10
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Can't use a rifle for deer in Ohio, NFA is alot of paperwork to cross state lines. NFA SBR does me no good.

Better to stick w/ the encore.
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