Re: Do NFA regulations apply to antique firearms?
That "readily available ammo" applies to copies of antiques.
For example, if I have a Model P Colt single action that was made in 1895, chambered in 45 Colt (which is available everywhere), it is an antique because it was made before 1899.
If I have another Model P made in 1901, in 45 Colt, it is NOT an antique. Too new.
But if I have a third Model P, made in 1995, but it's chambered in .450 Ely or .44 Henry RF (which several of the originals were), then it qualifies as an antique, since it is a replica of a gun made prior to 1899 that does not fire fixed ammunition that is readily available in the normal trade.
Back when I bought my Uberti S&W Russian, it could have been shipped to me directly (although the distributor refused to do that, and insisted on sending it to an FFL) because 44 Russian ammunition had not been made for some 50 years or more. So I had a replica of an antique gun that fired ammo "not readily available". Then Black Hills started making 44 Russian ammo, and it no longer fit the definition of "antique".
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Last edited by Alpo; 10-25-2011 at 10:07 AM..