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Old April 13, 2019, 01:20 PM   #8
raimius
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So then a rifle with a barrel of 16" and a 26" plus overall length is still a rifle or been turned into a AOW? Anything I read on rifles seems to indicate it is a gun that can be fired from the shoulder. Dose a handgun become a rifle at the point it's barrel is 16" or longer and it's OAL 26" plus or when you attach a shoulder stock to it or both.
It is a rifle if it is designed (or redesigned) to be fired from the shoulder. Generally, that means having a stock. The barrel length only matters in figuring out if it is a NFA SBR or normal Title 1 rifle. The OAL issue is for NFA AOW vs. non-NFA "firearm." If it is not a rifle or shotgun AND is designed to be fired with two hands AND has an OAL under 26in, it is most likely an NFA AOW. If it is not a rifle or shotgun AND is designed to be fired with two hands AND is over 26in OAL, it is most likely an non-NFA "Firearm."

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"...a virgin receiver..." Is irrelevant.
Not necessarily. Converting what was originally a rifle back and forth to pistol status may run afoul of US federal firearms law.

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"...can a pistol be made into a firearm..." A pistol is already a firearm unless it uses BP.
This is the NFA subforum. We are talking about US federal firearms laws and their associated definitions. A pistol is different than a non-NFA "Firearm" under federal law. That is why, in the US, the Mossberg Shockwave is not a "pistol" nor a "shotgun."
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