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Old 03-19-2010, 8:05 PM
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I was just wondering if it could be legal to build one, or if there are any legal issues with doing this, any help would be appriciated I want to design my own for me, thanks in advance.
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Old 03-19-2010, 8:10 PM
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You can do it yourself.
There are also books out there with blueprints to work from.
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as long as you do not manufacture with the intent to sell, it is legal to build a firearm and you do not need to register it or put any serial numbers at all. Now as far as making it an automatic or capable of using a detachable magazine which can hold more than 10 rounds, I do not know yet. does any one else have information regarding such topics?
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Now as far as making it an automatic or capable of using a detachable magazine which can hold more than 10 rounds, I do not know yet.

Machine guns can not be manufactured for civilian sales anymore, nor can you make one for personal use.
Suppressors and short barreled rifles would require permits through DOJ as well as BATFE tax stamps.

Basically, you can manufacture anything that's otherwise legal to purchase/own in your locality.
You can make your own AR reciever, but you have to follow all the same CA laws when you assemble a complete rifle with it.
So, you can build a featureless rifle to use large cap mags, but building the reciever yourself does not get you around the 12276.1 features list.
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I was tinking like a bullpup style bolt action that way I can have a longer barrel and have the same overall length and maby a custom made 3 round ma. Any problem with a design like that here in ca
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I was tinking like a bullpup style bolt action that way I can have a longer barrel and have the same overall length and maby a custom made 3 round ma. Any problem with a design like that here in ca
Just keep the barrel at least 16" long and the overall length at least 26" and you are fine for a bolt action.
If you made it semi-auto, you would need to be 30" overall length in CA.
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OK thanks a lot for all of your input does anyone knnow how long a barrel can be before it starts affecting accuracy negatively or is it basically the longer the better, I'm sure there has to be a cut off point, thanks agin
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OK thanks a lot for all of your input does anyone knnow how long a barrel can be before it starts affecting accuracy negatively or is it basically the longer the better, I'm sure there has to be a cut off point, thanks agin

It's not so much length you have to worry about, but the ratio of length to diameter. As the barrel gets longer, the diameter needs to increase proportionally to maintain rigidity. Sounds like porn talk, but it's real science I'm pretty sure

You can have a short thin barrel that will shoot just as accurately as a long bull barrel, but the velocity will be lower because the shorter barrel doesn't allow full powder burn inside, a lot of the powder will be burned in the open air where it can't push the bullet any faster.

To get velocity, you need a long barrel that will allow full powder burn behind the bullet, but if it's too thin the barrel will have some issues that will detract from accuracy. Thin barrels will heat up faster than a bull barrel, and will often string shots vertically as the barrel heats up from multiple shots. Lightweight barrels that are relatively long can be prone to barrel whip as well, where the barrel basically acts kind of like a bull whip as the bullet passes through it. It doesn't visably whip about of course, but does move slightly which is enough to throw off a shot.

So basically it comes down to how heavy you want the rifle to be, and how far you need it to shoot. You can go with a shorter light profile barrel, a medium length/ medium profile barrel, or a longer heavy barrel. The heavier barrels can be fluted to reduce the weight somewhat without affecting barrel rigidity too much.
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