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Old 04-30-2012, 6:52 PM
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Default General question about gun assembly and aftermarket parts.

This is probably one of the more newb questions you'll ever see, but bear with me.

The other day I was looking at one of the many "post your gun pix here!!!" threads when one of the posts said something along the lines of "here's my 10/22, no stock parts left!" Basically the individual had tinkered and modded until everything in the gun was aftermarket or perhaps custom-made. This got me thinking. I'm fairly certain just building a gun from scratch would be illegal, someone else can verify that for me, but how does the law differentiate between modifying an existing gun until no stock parts remain and buying a bunch of aftermarket parts and assembling them to form a complete gun and buying a complete gun with them?

Maybe the person who originally put this idea in my head had something left of the original gun... but what is the most one can change in a gun (a rifle, since I believe handgun grips are the important part for ... DROS? purposes, and new grips have to be registered as separate guns? I'm not sure on that) while still being the original gun? Are there parts one should not swap out to avoid getting in trouble with the law, or if they were to change out everything does it require a new DROS or whatever the correct... thing... is?

A lot of questions, I know. But I'm certain my next gun is going to be a 10/22 and with all the aftermarket options out there I plan on customizing it out the butt, so I'd really like to know what's what as I plan every detail of my future purchase.

Came here for the gun porn, stayed for the... well yeah the gun porn made me stay.

My posts should be taken with a grain of salt as I am in no way an expert on anything.

Currently interested in purchasing a Ruger 10/22 in the Santa Clara County area. Preferably the compact/wood stock version. Leapers UTG Quadrail would be a major plus.
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