actualy it likely is still a rifle even if its hack sawed in two. Im not sure a saw cut constitutes destroyed. however I belive that the procedured for destroying a civilinan rifle are much differant than demiling a FA import. for instance some citys just dump them in the ocean as is. some run them through a metal grinder/shreddder some have a company demill tham and the parts can be sold.In the US, the receiver is the serialed part.
In other countries, they number everything.
You bought parts, not a rifle.
If you're worried about it, sell it to me for $200
If your LEO is saying dont do it Id be care full. your already on the radar and if you do it thay may challange it if you go against there advice. He is likely wrong but i also see why he is cautiong you. that trunion number is going to come back as registerd to your buddy regardless of what you do they will run it and also what ever is on the new reciver if you buy a 100% reciver. the new reciver will technicaly be the fire arm but that dont mean the parts you posses are not also considerd a fire arm. there may or not be a law against destroying your own fire. simbly cutting it in two may or may not be enough, and if hes mailing it to you then be care full because if its considerd still a fire arm then you illeagly shipping and transfering a fire arm.
I have never been convinced that in regards to imoorted SARs and Saigas that the trunion is technicaly not part of the actual reciver. were talking a registerd fire arm were the actual serial number to register it is on the front trunion and no were on the reciver. ( yea I now that demilled kits the numbers mean nothing but those were never technicaly a fire arm n the USA) I keep thinking that at some point the ATF will simply rule that the trunion is perminatly riveted part of the reciver no differant than a milled. I honestly was suprised the were not always that way.
so if you pull the trunin off of a perfectly good sagia and dont destroy it Do you now have a illeagle fire arm with obscured numbers??? think about it, you have a reciver that is 100 precent with out proper markings. the reciver is the fire arm and if you have a reciver and no marking look out. How would you prove were it came from ect. Im just playing devils advocite here. I have heard of smiths who solder a wire to the reciver and the trunion when doing conversions or custom work so that the numbers are never removed from it. if I took your saw cut rifle repaired the bends and welded it back together I doubt that id be able to claim its no longer the same rifle. this is defferant tan doing a reweld on a milled formerly FA kit as that rifle has been properly demilled and torch cut acccording to law.
Honestly Im suprised that they are allowed into the country with only a serial number on the trunion in the first place. technicaly the trunion is susposed to be a seperate piece there for im suprised there not considerd improperly marked.
Id definatly document the build and possably turn in the parts to a LEO . if nothing else it may help avoid issues down the road especialy if you show you sought LEO advice regarding the procedure.
years ago I enquired about saw cutting a mauser action in half and then rewelding it in hopes of making a NEW virgin reciver that could then be built as a pistol. I was told by a LEO not the ATF that it would not consitute being destoyed. They may have been wrong but I didnt risk it. I keep looking at those cheap nagents and keep thinking about writting a letter to the ATF as to what it nessacry to demill one of those to be only parts.
Id love to see a ATF letter/opinion about this.