What part of the gun, is the gun?

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    What part of the gun, is the gun?

    I know it sounds weird, but lets say I was to buy a gun part by part. I would imagine most parts I would not need an FFL to buy i.e. the stock, barrel, trigger group etc...

    What part or parts would be considered the "gun" part of the gun? What part or parts would I have to go through an FFL to buy?

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    The receiver, the part with the serial number.
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    What ever receiver you find from anyplace will state FFL Required To Purchase.

    Example Brownell's will state that it's an FFL part.

    FFL Products require a Federal Firearms License to be on file with Brownells. We need just one copy for all future orders. If we don't have a FFL for you, your order will be put on hold until it is received. Please mail a certified copy to Brownells Inc, Attn: Gun Dept, 200 South Front Street, Montezuma, IA 50171.

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    Usually the receiver or the frame. On the Sig P250 it's the trigger assembly.

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    whichever part has the serial number on it. almost always receiver / frame
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pro2A View Post
    I know it sounds weird, but lets say I was to buy a gun part by part. I would imagine most parts I would not need an FFL to buy i.e. the stock, barrel, trigger group etc...
    It is a State-by-State deal were citizen/resident of a State to buy from another individual private citizen/resident of that State, in-State.

    In Virginia, a citizen/resident can buy any & all parts from another individual private citizen/resident of Virginia, in-State.

    I have no idea what PA law is, however.

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    What part or parts would be considered the "gun" part of the gun? What part or parts would I have to go through an FFL to buy?
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    whichever part has the serial number on it. almost always receiver / frame
    Yup! That's the answer to the question, actually asked. And true for buying from a dealer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pro2A View Post
    I know it sounds weird, but lets say I was to buy a gun part by part. I would imagine most parts I would not need an FFL to buy i.e. the stock, barrel, trigger group etc...

    What part or parts would be considered the "gun" part of the gun? What part or parts would I have to go through an FFL to buy?
    Its not "weird" at all in 1911, AR15 and several WWII style firearms circles

    its the serial # reciever part that is the gun.

    1911 its the frame. If its an STI open gun frame its the non-grip part of the frame with the rails and dust cover.
    AR15 its lower receiver
    FAL its the upper receiver
    1919 one of the side plates

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    It's not always "The part with the serial number" as some guns have serialized barrels etc. While I'm sure most posting to this thread understand this, some reading may not. But yes, generally speaking the lower receiver is "the gun".

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    It's not always "The part with the serial number" as some guns have serialized barrels etc. While I'm sure most posting to this thread understand this, some reading may not. But yes, generally speaking the lower receiver is "the gun".
    Good catch.



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    whichever part has the serial number on it. almost always receiver / frame
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    almost always receiver / frame
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