View Full Version : pre ban configuration question

January 11, 2000, 07:00 AM
so a semi automatic rifle with the ability to accept a 20 round mag and a pistol grip and a threaded barrel end able to accept a flash hider is consider an assault rifle.
If this gun was in this, more than 2 banned feature, configuration before 1994, it is considered a preban SAW. (semi auto assault weapon)

if one were to purchase a preban gun with 3 features, is it legal to add on the remaining features?

Could you strip a 3 feature preban AR down to the lower
and legally build a 16 inch threaded barreled, flash hid, collapsable stocked SAW with a bayonet lug?

seems to my reading of the the law "once a SAW always a SAW"


"walk softly and carry a big stick, one that goes bang in .308 is fine"

January 11, 2000, 08:41 AM
DZ, it may vary from state to state but you are correct on all accounts as far as federal law.

If it is a pre-ban, you may have any number of the pre-ban features.


GOA, TSRA, LEAA, NRA, SAF and I vote!

Jeff White
January 11, 2000, 08:50 AM
If it's pre-ban it can have all of the evil features you want, even if it didn't have them to start with.

For instance a preban Colt AR that didn't have the bayonet lug (Colt removed the bayonet lugs on many of their rifles a couple of years before the ban)could have one added without breaking the law.

However if the pre-ban was never in pre-ban configuration (say a flattop bench rest gun with free float tube, but no flashhider or threaded barrel or bayonet lug) could not have "evil" features added because it was never in the configuration of a semi automatic assault weapon, even though it was manufactured prior to September 13, 1993.

Corey Sattler from Olympic Arms wrote a great article on this in Small Arms Reveiw a while back. They also have a great FAQ on this on their website.


John Overbey
January 11, 2000, 10:35 AM
It must have been in an "Assault Weapon" configuration prior to the ban. Regardless of when it was manufactured, if it didn't have enough features to be considered an "AW" prior to the ban, adding those features to it now would be considered "manufacturing an assault weapon". This is why bare lower receivers made "pre-ban" but not assembled until after the ban are still legally "POST-BAN" and cannot be fitted with the offending cosmetic parts. In your situation though, as long as it was ASSEMBLED as an "AW" prior to the ban, you can feel free to add as many "evil" parts as you'd like to your grandfathered firearm. Hope this helped.