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  zeljko

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Posted: April 29 2008 at 10:21pm | IP Logged Quote zeljko

Does anyone know what the rules are for reusing a cut receiver? Is it legal to re-weld a cut receiver from a kit and using it as a compliance part. I have a yugo m76 I would like to do that to but don’t know if its legal, does anyone know if it is or what the rules / laws are?

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Let me start by saying that I am not a lawyer and the following is as I understand the laws. Do your own research before you start rewelding a receiver.

Receivers can be rewelded, but certain things have to be done to them when you weld them back up. Because the receiver was destroyed by being cut up, it becomes a US made part when you reweld it. If the receiver was a machine gun before it was cut, it has to be rewelded with a blocking bar or rail installed to prevent full auto parts from being able to be put back in. There is a saying: "Once a machine gun, always a machine gun". That means you can't reweld to the same specifications the receiver had before it was destroyed. The blocking bar or rail has to be installed prior to finishing the reweld of the receiver. It has to then be submitted for aproval by the compliance branch of the BATFE.

If the receiver was a semi to begin with (like an M1 Garand), then there are no bars or rails required to be installed. It falls under the same catagory of a self made firearm and you will have to comply with the aplicable laws and regulations for manufacturing a firearm for personal use.

In the case of the M76, while more economical to reweld the original receiver, it may be easier to simply purchase a new receiver that is US made for your build. That also allows you to be able to sell it later if need be and it is finished. If you reweld, you can't sell it unless you are a manufacturer with the ability to paper the receiver and have paid the excise tax.

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Posted: April 30 2008 at 7:00am | IP Logged Quote TbcSEOD

It is possible (usually) but you need to check into the the ATF website an look around - there are ALOT of little things that can land you in a lot of trouble quickly when it comes to rewelds - I have done a few and have some more to do but I start from scratch and fully research it each time, The ATF will not accept "I didn't know" as a answer.

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Posted: April 30 2008 at 9:27am | IP Logged Quote guns1977

Generally, when rewelding the receiver there are already semi approval like the Bren, Dshk, Dp28 etc. Rewelding a cut receiver with no semi approval is a big no no. The m76 has the "safety sear hole" I believe, and the ATF see's it as a machine gun. Ideally you would need to send it off for semi approval so you would be in the clear, or sell me the demilled receiver and use the money as part of payment for a US receiver

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seriously if you want to sell the demilled receiver pm me

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Posted: April 30 2008 at 9:59am | IP Logged Quote tommerr

I find the idea of re-welding receivers a bit too uncomfortable for this old fart. The exception may be the Bren. The Bren is well documented with "must do" steps. All others are possible but proceed with great caution. The original bolt must be blocked before the receiver welding is finished. I also recommend that you convert the fcg and the bolt before proceeding. In my book; safety first and legality follows immediately.

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tommerr wrote:
I find the idea of re-welding receivers a bit too uncomfortable for this old fart. The exception may be the Bren. The Bren is well documented with "must do" steps. All others are possible but proceed with great caution. The original bolt must be blocked before the receiver welding is finished. I also recommend that you convert the fcg and the bolt before proceeding. In my book; safety first and legality follows immediately.

Exactly (CYA). At no time in the process do you need to have a partial rewelded full auto receiver. Semi all the way

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zeljko wrote:

<SNIP>Is it legal to re-weld a cut receiver from a kit and using it as a compliance part.<SNIP>


The basic answer is yes -but- it needs to be done according to a previously approved design or you would be well advised to submit your new design to the ATF for classification.

The ATF has ruled that a foreign made receiver that is reconstructed to an approved design is considered to be a US made part and thus can be one of your compliance parts.



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