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ak47762
09-10-2010, 10:45 PM
Is it possible for one to build a pistol? Much like how ARs are built, IE get a upper and lower?

Would that be a legal means of attaining a pistol if you were under 21?

Really wanting a 1911 now but fuuuuuuuuuu waiting 3 more years :(

Josh3239
09-10-2010, 11:05 PM
There is no law against building your own guns but you must follow all federal, state, and local laws. Including getting around the California handgun roster.

In the case of something off the roster such as an AK or AR, when you get a receiver it must be DROSed as a rifle. If it is built as a pistol out of state and imported temporarily as a single shot pistol it can then be DROSed as a pistol. The only other way is to buy an unfinished receiver typically called by how much of the receiver is built, usually 80% receivers are used. 80% receivers are 80% complete but still require work therefore are not considered handguns/receivers/frame/etc. Depending on the frame or receiver, it could require bending, welding, heat treating, milling, drilling, etc.

The law doesn't outlaw ownership of a handgun for someone between the age of 18-20, it just outlaws going through an FFL. So yes, building a receiver/frame would be a legal avenue.

A 1911, AR pistol, or AK pistol build is certianly possible but it would require some work. You cannot just buy a frame/receiver and call it a pistol, it doesn't work that way in CA.

ak47762
09-10-2010, 11:27 PM
Yeah I can't find any places to buy 80% receivers really... damn was a interesting idea though.. :/

Wish in CA we could just FTF transfer without FFLs for pistols

brb waiting 3 more years

Quiet
09-11-2010, 1:39 AM
Under Federal and CA laws, it is legal for a grandparent/parent to gift a handgun to their child/grandchild who is between 18-20 years old.

jtmkinsd
09-11-2010, 2:13 AM
Yeah I can't find any places to buy 80% receivers really... damn was a interesting idea though.. :/

Wish in CA we could just FTF transfer without FFLs for pistols

brb waiting 3 more years

There are plenty of places that sell 80% lowers...http://www.ar15-kits.com is just one of them...trick is YOU have to do the work...you can't just take the paperweight to a gunsmith and ask him to finish it for you.