Love the show. Been into NFA weapons for 20+ years.
I have a dumb, sincere question:
In the episode with the Browning .50, a semi auto parts kit was made full auto because Will wanted one " for him ".
My understanding is even an Class II SOT has to have a letter from a Law Enforcement Agency requesting such a full auto be made , if they are "considering" it may be of use to the Department. ( Reference the "Masterkey" episode, where the Officers tested the MasterKey and ordered several )
So how do you take a semi auto .50, convert it to a machine gun, for personal use / collection?
Would there have to be a law Enforcement letter requesting the gun be built, and then its kept ( by the SOT manufacturer) a a non sell-able dealer sample after that?
Are details like this lost in the editing to keep the fast pace of the show moving?
This question is meant with the upmost respect to all here and Red Jacket.
BATFE 27 CFR-479.105)d reference
(d) Dealer sales samples. Subject to compliance with the provisions of this part, applications to transfer and register a machine gun manufactured or imported on or after May 19, 1986, to dealers qualified under this part will be approved if it is established by specific information the expected governmental customers who would require a demonstration of the weapon, information as to the availability of the machine gun to fill subsequent orders, and (***) letters from governmental entities expressing a need for a particular model or interest in seeing a demonstration of a particular weapon. (***) Applications to transfer more than one machine gun of a particular model to a dealer must also establish the dealer's need for the quantity of samples sought to be transferred.
(e) The making of machine guns on or after May 19, 1986. Subject to compliance with the provisions of this part, applications to make and register machine guns on or after May 19, 1986, for the benefit of a Federal, State or local governmental entity (e.g., an invention for possible future use of a governmental entity or the making of a weapon in connection with research and development on behalf of such an entity) will be approved if it is established by specific information that the machine gun is particularly suitable for use by Federal, State or local governmental entities and that the making of the weapon is at the request and on behalf of such an entity.