What is the step where a flat becomes a receiver that must be sent to an FFL?
What i have seen is that once a flat is bent, its a full receiver.
Not disagreeing with any previous posts.
If it is a shell, no holes at all, it is not a receiver.
If it is a flat, not bent, but has holes, it is not a receiver.
Any combination of the above, and it is potentially a receiver.
An abundance of caution is my advise. If in doubt, treat it like it was a receiver.
Just my $0.02
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Ok, great advise. Thanks, Better to be safe.
The way you get a letter from ATF saying your product is "not a receiver" is send a sample in and they make a decision. The savvy businessman sends in several samples in varying degrees of completion and finds the exact point where ATF says "this is a receiver" and sells the product one operation shy of that point. Flats originally were just that, flat. Then apparently ATF approved some with pre-bent top rails and everybody sells them that way now.
If the flat is bent in any way beyond what the maker put in it, you have most likely crossed over the line and made a receiver. If more bends were allowed, someone would be selling them.
Makes sense to me.
I ask because I have an AK Builders flat that was bent but then nothing more for a kit that I ended up selling. Don't want to have wasted the $35 for the flat.
And if someone else sends in the identical item the next week, they'll make another decision, which may not be the same. This is why there is no official "80%", nor is that term used anywhere by ATF.The way you get a letter from ATF saying your product is "not a receiver" is send a sample in and they make a decision.
Better to waste $35 than get in trouble with the ATF.