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    WWII machine guns?

    Are WWII era machine guns/sub-machine guns legal to own if you pay for the $200 tax stamp? I'm specifically interested in the BAR, Thompson, Grease gun, MP40, and the StG 44.

    I'm thinking about getting into WWII reenacting and would like to eventually have all of those weapons so I could rotate through them based on the event.
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    They are legal in 34 states. If its legal in your state, you are good to go.

    Be advised though, WW2 specimans that shoot full auto will cost 4 to5 figures.

    About the cheapest thing you can get is a Sten.

    MP-40 and StG 44's or anything German for that matter will cost a fortune.

    There was a Doctor here in town that collected them so I was fortunate to shoot them all. I was standing at the range putting several hundred rounds through a MG42 and another Doctor offered him 250,000 for it, as it was a battlefield pickup that had all the proper markings on it. He turned it down because it is nearly impossilble to replace.
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    They are legal to own, but they are considered full auto weapons with all the NFA requirements. They are also not cheap (think 15k FA premium + cost of gun).

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    They are legal in 34 states. If its legal in your state, you are good to go.

    Be advised though, WW2 specimans that shoot full auto will cost 4 to5 figures.

    About the cheapest thing you can get is a Sten.

    MP-40 and StG 44's or anything German for that matter will cost a fortune.

    There was a Doctor here in town that collected them so I was fortunate to shoot them all. I was standing at the range putting several hundred rounds through a MG42 and another Doctor offered him 250,000 for it, as it was a battlefield pickup that had all the proper markings on it. He turned it down because it is nearly impossilble to replace.
    Yeah I know they are expensive. This will be SEVERAL years down the road, just wanted to make sure it was even legal cause isn't there some kinda time limit on it where you can't own any full auto weapons that were made after a certain year? I wasn't sure what the year was.
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    I think what your referring to is 1986. Full auto weapons made after that date cannot be transferred to non government agencies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Supertac45 View Post
    I think what your referring to is 1986. Full auto weapons made after that date cannot be transferred to non government agencies.
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    Find a class 3 dealer once you've got ten or fifteen grand saved up. A good dealer will explain things and help you find the right gun.

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    Some states will not allow you to possess Class 3 weapons,make sure you live in a free state,and the prices don't get cheaper, in fact they usually increase.I shot a sten gun about a month ago,for what that thing cost my friend and how cheap it's made It's a real shocker,they were produced as cheap and fast as possible,in the 1940's they probably didn't have more than $10.00 in parts
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    You must have more expendable cash than I do. Original transferable machine guns aren't cheap, bordering on what I would call prohibitively expensive. If it's just for re-enacting, there are blank-firing replicas out there for considerably less. But if you're that hardcore, that you want to use an actual WW2 machine gun, more power to you.


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