View Full Version : Voluntary registration of a home built pistol and "conspicuous" markings?

08-17-2011, 3:00 PM
I'm thinking about the felony un-registered concealed weapon charge vs. the misdemeanor registered concealed weapon charge.

For safety's sake I think it would be prudent to mark and voluntarily register any easily concealable home built pistol so that you don't run the chance of getting a felony for forgetting to lock your gun case on the way home from the range.

ATF has regulations relating to the markings required to sell a gun but I haven't found any information on how to mark a gun so that it can be CA registered.

I would ideally like to satisfy the ATF requirements but I would like the markings to be located in a place where they can not be easily seen during an e-check. I've heard of some guns marked underneath the grips and I would like to do something like that but that may fail to be "conspicuous" which seems to be an ATF requirement.

If I can't be "conspicuous", I don't care so much about that as being marked enough to CA register it.

So are there any requirements to make a serial number visible when a pistol is assembled?

I've already read: http://calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=86627

It does not answer my specific question, I thought I would try asking here first because it's a legal issue, perhaps the threads can be merged after a solid answer is found.

08-18-2011, 8:11 AM
So a question:
If I am looking to volreg a home built pistol, I would assume that I should fill out the form as the dimensionally compliant single shot version? Before I decide after test firing that I would like the barrel a little shorter?
Volreg form has single shot and barrel length options.

08-18-2011, 9:53 AM
I would guess since registration is not required it doesn't matter when you choose to voluntarily register. Doing it after a semi-auto conversion should not matter.

Knowing how databases work, there are probably far more registered semi-auto pistols so you might get a little more "security through obscurity" if your registration is semi-auto.

08-18-2011, 9:58 AM
Here is a great thread on the hole registration process


08-18-2011, 9:59 AM
And if you build a 1911 from an 80% frame -

Can you list it on a CCW even though it's legally unregistered...?