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    Default Sanity Check - Beltfeed Parts Count?

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    Do we need US parts for 922r compliance? EZFEED's inquiry to the ATF indicates that you do... I think...

    http://www.weaponeer.net/forum/forum...p?TID=318&PN=1

    *OR* do items like belt-feed rewelds not qualify because they aren't on "the list" of restricted firearms? I would need to check the list to be sure the PKM and MG-42 isn't on the list, but then again these fall under the "no machinegun laws"... thinking this through, that would lead me to think that this entire category of "deactivated MGs" don't need ANY parts count?

    As a comparison, I would guess that rewelding something such as a VZ-58 *IS* subject because they are on the list?



    If the parts count DOES apply to MG42s and PKMs, how does the MG42 semi conversion with welded receiver satisfy the parts count? Is the trigger group and receiver enough? I'm trying to understand, because I'm trying to plan if the PK kit needs US-built parts.

    On the PK, it shouldn't be a problem as it should be really close to a stamped AK in parts numbers, maybe closer to a FAL in that it does have a FAL-style charging handle which is considered on a FAL to be a 922 part. So maybe 7 parts total? The belt feed stuff doesn't count for 922 compliance.

    I'm thinking off the top of my head, we have a US-built FCG (trigger, hammer, sear); US-built gas piston; US receiver; and part #6 could be the pistol grip. That is a real close match to US pistol grips I have in my box. Part #7 could be the muzzle device perhaps. There really isn't a handguard and the buttstock is so nice I'd not want to remove it. Not sure what other parts could be replaced with US parts. The charging handle could be milled, that's a real easy part to duplicate, easier than the FAL. That would make 8 US parts.


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    Orin [7.62x51] got a letter from the ATF saying that the MG-42 was a "firearm " , not a rifle ,hence 922 does not apply . It's a sticky on the MG42 board
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    since, at least on a 1919, the only nonbsporting feature is the pistol grip, no bayo lug, no magazine, no flashider, i would think it doesn't.
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    the main point was that it's not designed to be fired from the shoulder ,as a rifle would be.
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    Wow - that was a fast response... thanks, Will!

    So the short answer is "no parts count required".

    That is great news for us... EZFEED's response on p.2 basically summarizes it that "any" of these crew-served or tripod-mounted weapons (PKM, DSHK, MG42, etc) isn't a rifle and therefore we don't need to worry about US parts count.

    GREAT NEWS!

    Here's that thread. I've saved the letter on my site for posterity

    http://www.panzer46.net/mg42board/viewtopic.php?t=1721
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