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Thread: When does your rifle legally become a new rifle through modification

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    When does your rifle legally become a new rifle through modification

    I'm pretty new to all of this but say you knacker the barrel of the one of your rifles or want a new one (barrel)...at what stage of modification does it become a new gun? providing you only add component parts, can you literally change the whole gun in a piecemeal approach proving one of the old parts remains with a serial number on?

    Cheers

    S

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    What happens if the ONLY part you change has the serial number on?

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    In most if not all it will be when you change the action

    Dave

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    With rifles it is the barrel that is the only part that is licensed, so if you want a new barrel you must put in a new variation and make the proper disposal of the other one. The action is not 'the rifle'.

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    You couldn't be more wrong

    The action has a serial number and is a component part of a rifle.The barrel doesn't have a serial number and providing you re-barrel in the same calibre you don't need a variation.Just send your rifle to a competent gunsmith and he'll replace the barrel and get rid of the old one

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    My barrel has no serial number on it, only the action is stamped nothing on the bolt...same with my other rifles

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    Stalker308 is correct - you can have any part of a rifle you wish, without a licence EXCEPT for a barrel.

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    And even then... if its an unchambered barrel its still classed as a steel tube and NOT a firearm component!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wsm View Post
    You couldn't be more wrong

    The action has a serial number and is a component part of a rifle.The barrel doesn't have a serial number and providing you re-barrel in the same calibre you don't need a variation.Just send your rifle to a competent gunsmith and he'll replace the barrel and get rid of the old one
    Spot on. The action is the "firearm" in the legal sense.
    Quote Originally Posted by remmy700 View Post
    And even then... if its an unchambered barrel its still classed as a steel tube and NOT a firearm component!
    Also correct.

    As always, give your FLD a call and get them to confirm
    Last edited by dogtired; 19-03-2012 at 03:26.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teabag_46 View Post
    Stalker308 is correct - you can have any part of a rifle you wish, without a licence EXCEPT for a barrel.
    An unchambered barrel is an expensive straw. Once it is chambered it is then a component part and requires authotity to aquire/keep
    As in all cases, ring your FLD for confirmation. Internet sources are notoriously unreliable. Some would say purposely so
    Last edited by dogtired; 19-03-2012 at 03:27.

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