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Old 02-07-2013, 10:46 AM
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Default voluntary 80% registration

I know I do not have to, but how would I voluntarily register a home-built pistol?

I remember there used to be a great how-to article on the subject, but I cant find it using search.

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Why would you?
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what is the point of an 80% built when ur just gonna register it?
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If he decides to sell it down the line maybe.
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If he decides to sell it down the line maybe.
That was my thinking. This is regarding a 1911 80% and I plan on competing with it so im going to be travelling a lot with it. I just figured that if i ever get pulled over, if the gun was registered to me, my stop will be a lot quicker and less hassle.
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Why do an 80% then. Just buy or build a pistol that requires FFl from the get go.

The idea of the 80%, at least in my mind is so "THEY" don't know about it.

Wish I had some 80%s.
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Old 02-07-2013, 6:21 PM
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Before you dump the money into an 80% 1911, you should ask around and make sure it will really turn out competition quality.
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I know I do not have to, but how would I voluntarily register a home-built pistol?
You are not required to register any firearms you build yourself for personal use.

However, if you are going to do it and/or if you sell it in the future, you will need to engrave the following info onto your home built firearm.

Required info:
Make (your name)
Location of where the firearm was made (city/state/country)
Model
Caliber
Serial Number

Engravings need to have a minimum depth of 0.003" and need to be no smaller than a print size of 1/16".

The engraved info will be needed for the Firearm Ownership Record, which you will need to complete and send to CA DOJ BOF along with the required fees, in order to register your home built firearm.
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You are not required to register any firearms you build yourself for personal use.

However, if you are going to do it and/or if you sell it in the future, you will need to engrave the following info onto your home built firearm.

Required info:
Make (your name)
Location of where the firearm was made (city/state/country)
Model
Caliber
Serial Number

Engravings need to have a minimum depth of 0.003" and need to be no smaller than a print size of 1/16".

The engraved info will be needed for the Firearm Ownership Record, which you will need to complete and send to CA DOJ BOF along with the required fees, in order to register your home built firearm.
Thanks. Thats the info i was looking for.
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Make (your name)
does it have to be your full name i.e. john doe or john jack doe? or can it be initials or just first name or just last name?
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does it have to be your full name i.e. john doe or john jack doe? or can it be initials or just first name or just last name?
BATFE says it needs to be one or the other:
1. The name of the person or company that made the firearm
2. The recognized abbreviation of the name of the person or company that made the firearm.
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Why do an 80% then. Just buy or build a pistol that requires FFl from the get go.

The idea of the 80%, at least in my mind is so "THEY" don't know about it.

Wish I had some 80%s.
On an AR pistol for example, unless you are LEO it is illegal to buy a stripped receiver through an FFL in CA and build it into a pistol. You have to buy a pistol lower from a private party transfer, buy a complete AR pistol (likely not exactly how you want it), or build from 80%. I believe this is also the case for 1911 frames but I haven't built one so not 100% certain.

Some advantages of registering are:

* Allows you to sell the pistol later
* If you are for some reason busted for having the pistol concealed, pistols registered to you are misdemeanors, while unregistered pistols are felonies per CA law (which means loss of gun rights nationally)
* AR pistols specifically are a "scary" looking firearm that not all LEO's are aware are legal here - Having it show up as registered to you can help to difuse a LEO encounter
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