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anthonywwalker 12-09-2012 8:26 PM

Just need to be pointed in the right direction
I know there has to be a discussion on this issue somewhere in these forums but I've had no luck finding it and since I don't want to be "that guy" who starts another thread on something that's been discussed ad nauseum, I'll just ask to be pointed in the right direction. Here goes.

I know that California's laws as to what constitutes a "zip gun" can be fairly broad. With that in mind, I'm interested in building an MP5 clone with a simple blowback operation, .45acp, tube receiver on a G3 lower. I would prefer to build it as a pistol instead of going with a long barrel and fixed stock.

The hurdles I see are obviously mag capacity and bullet button, but since it would be a clone and similar, but not exact, in appearance to an MP5, would it fall into the realm of zip gun?

It seems that California's laws make home built designs exceptionally open to prosecution and I obviously do not wish to run afoul of the law over a range toy. Worse case scenario is that I'll have to wait until I retire to a more gun-friendly state and stick to building AKs.

As I stated, I figure this has been discussed multiple times, so forgive me for starting another thread on the same topic and please point me in the right direction.

antix2 12-09-2012 10:28 PM

I'm not sure why you think an MP5 (clone, blowback or not) would be a zip gun. Take some time and read the flow charts towards the top of this page, decide if you want a pistol or rifle, then build away.

(If you go rifle with lighted fore grip make sure the light can clear the bbl extension.)

kcstott 12-10-2012 5:58 AM

Minor design changes to a weapon is no big deal. People have rechambered the AR15 to blowback operation and 9mm and .45acp, AK's built in .50 Beowulf. Minor design changes wont get you in trouble as long as the design changes are not major NFA violations or AW violations.
Build off the flow chart and you will be fine and have a leg to stand on if need be.

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