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    Default 300 aac blackout build questions

    I'm starting to build a 300 blackout. I want this gun to be an SBR and eventually suppressed. I want to use it for hunting close and I'd like to shoot subsonic plus suppressed.

    My questions are since I plan on having a 9.5" barrel plus a ~8.5" suppressor plus the stock 1) Will it have to be registered as a SBR if the overall length is greater than 26"? 2) Can the stock be adjustable as long as the overall length stays at least 26"? 3) (most important) What freaking forms do I have to complete? I went to the BATFE website and it wasn't a lot of help. I found Form 1 and the Certificate of Compliance forms but I feel like I am missing some.

    Thank you for any and all help.

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    I thought someone with a little more expertise might have been able to help you. You need to do better research than a post on a forum. Misinformation off a forum is not going to keep you from committing a felony. The "Billy told me it was okay" defense will never be a viable defense if you fail to fulfill the requirements of any NFA item. As they say ignorance of the law is no excuse.

    My understanding is any barrel length under 16" -OR- a rifle overall length of 26" requires a NFA stamp.

    A 9½" barrel with an 8½" (removable) suppressor is still an 9½" barrel. Permanently weld the suppressor on then it becomes an 18" barrel. If then the overall length is less than 26" it requires a stamp. If it's over 26" then you're good to go. It can be adjustable but the shortest possible length has to make the overall length over 26".

    As far as I know the form 1 is what you need and $200 in your pocket and oh yea jumping through the hoops then at the end the $200 won't be in your pocket anymore but you will be the legal owner or an SBR months later.



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    Thanks for the reply. I HAVE been researching and the laws are very difficult to understand and not just "interpret". I understand the whole "ignorance is not an excuse". I was asking because I'm sure someone here has waded through this mess and could offer some insight.

    The way I also understand the law is the barrel length under 16' barrel OR a total length less than 26" fully collapsed (stock).

    I plan on the suppressor being permanently attached but if I still have to get the SBR tax stamp then it really doesn't matter and I'll have it removable.

    I will have to have the "tax stamp" for the suppressor regardless. Form 1 is the application for the suppressor and the SBR (I think) and yes the fee is $200.

    I plan on going to our local BATFE office and speaking to an agent. I think straight from the horses mouth is the way to go honestly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fixitfred View Post

    My understanding is any barrel length under 16" -OR- a rifle overall length of 26" requires a NFA stamp.
    True, but only for a rifle. An AR pistol can have a shorter barrel length and be legal with no NFA stamp required. BTW, it doesn't make any sense to me either.
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    A coworker told me that it is legal to go from an AR pistol to a rifle but not from a rifle to a pistol. BATFE really, REALLY needs to clean up the regulations.

    I know that an AR pistol can not have a "stock" but a "brace" is okay. A brace is a support device that does not line up with the barrel and receiver but is offset---the way I read it anyway.

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