View Full Version : Searched, but need some help...AP ammunition

10-27-2007, 9:01 AM
From my reading, I have gathered that AP handgun ammunition is illegal. Ok, but what about rifle? It doesn't say anything specifically about rifle ammunition, as long as it is primarilly designed to be used in a rifle. Am I reading correct? Does it matter what type of core the ammunition has?


10-27-2007, 9:18 AM
Thanks a bunch. Just wanted a second set of eyes on it.

10-27-2007, 12:40 PM
What would constitute AP in the eyes of the law?

M. Sage
10-27-2007, 3:27 PM
What would constitute AP in the eyes of the law?

...designed primarily to penetrate metal or armor...

In handgun ammo, I've never seen a California definition other than above, but the ATF defines it as a projectile made entirely or mostly of, or with a core made entirely or mostly of steel, tungsten or brass (IIRC on the last one). Steel-cored rifle ammo: OK. Steel-cored handgun ammo: AP, even if it's mild steel and therefore not really AP. Also note, that the Feds consider 7.62x39mm "handgun ammunition," thanks to the AK pistols out there, but they've specifically exempted 5.56 from that category... Steel jacket/lead core is ok.

Also, this ignores things like 7.62x25mm, which doesn't need a steel core to go through most common body armor.