Magazine modification

Magazine modification

This is a discussion on Magazine modification within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Not sure is this is the right spot but here goes. I live in NY and 10 round capacity or less is law. If I ...

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    Magazine modification

    Not sure is this is the right spot but here goes. I live in NY and 10 round capacity or less is law. If I buy a weapon (handgun) with a 12 round magazine, can I modify the magazine to permanently hold only 10 and be legal? Weld spacer into mag or such.


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    Sell the 12 round magazine and find a ten rounder for the firearm. Modifying magazines seldom works out for the best anyway.

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    Don't most guns sold IN NY, already require they only be sold with a 10 rd mag?
    Glock makes 10 rds mags for most of their guns just for states like yours that only allow 10 rd mags. I suspect other makers also have 10 rd mags available for usually higher capacity guns too. Modifying a mag on your own would probably not work well, as suggested above.

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    Are you talking about buying a new gun? If so you don't have to worry, it is not legal for a dealer to sale a gun with a magazine larger than 10 round capacity. Not sure about the limitations on buying a pre-ban gun with pre-ban magazines from a private owner, you'd have to check the law on that. Perhaps the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association could answer that for you.

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    I agree with the above. Ive seen pre-ban mags being sold at gun-shows without any issues.

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    Just load 10. If its a Keltec P11 12 rounder then PM me....:-)
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    Check the mag and see if it has LE ONLY stamped on it. Is it a new magazine? I believe as long as LE ONLY isn't on it.....just don't keep it as a carry mag.
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    The problem with converting a higher cap to 10 rounds is that the conversion has to meet the legal requirements that the magazine cannot be converted to a high capacity.

    If you look at how manufacturers produced 10 round mags during the Clinton AWB, it was not a simple 'plug' that limited capacity, it was a design that would be essentially impossible, if not, impractical to modify.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllAmerican View Post
    Just load 10. If its a Keltec P11 12 rounder then PM me....:-)
    just because he only loads 10 in a higher cap mag will not meet the legal requirements
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    Quote Originally Posted by 64zebra View Post
    just because he only loads 10 in a higher cap mag will not meet the legal requirements
    64zebra, you are correct. Most restrictions state something to the effect of no magazine "capable" of holding more than 10 rounds. The wording may vary, but that's the intent.
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    Changing the mag from 12 to 10 just ruins the mag and keeps someone that is able to carry 12 from doing it. Find someone to trade with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakota97 View Post
    64zebra, you are correct. Most restrictions state something to the effect of no magazine "capable" of holding more than 10 rounds. The wording may vary, but that's the intent.
    and someone could get into a LOT of trouble thinking they can just download the mag, everyone please check with all your state AND local laws on mag capacity
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    Thanks for all the info. The guy I bought it from supplied me with the 9 round mag instead of the 12. I am all set.

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    Question for Archer51

    When you say it is illegal for a dealer to sell a new gun with a magazine with greater than a 10 round capacity, are you referring to Virginia or the US in general? If either, do you have a reference for that requirement / law? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkstar View Post
    When you say it is illegal for a dealer to sell a new gun with a magazine with greater than a 10 round capacity, are you referring to Virginia or the US in general? If either, do you have a reference for that requirement / law? Thanks!
    OP is from NYS, I was referring to their state law. VA does not have a 10 round restriction on magazines.

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