wow, now you have me thinking. all tom knapps guns, the trick shooter for benelli, had the long mag tubes so he could shoot his trick shots. i wonder if he has a class 3 lic? i was also wanting to covert my m1 to a m4, now not sure.
I was thinking the same thing, in part. If you own the parts, and potential sum of the parts could be illegal, thats all that is needed.I thought it was just illegal to sell to someone with the amount of parts, not to own...
You can add an extension as long as you keep the correct parts count. I built 2 FN FAL metric rifles from imported parts, but had the required amount of US parts (7) installed. The US parts on my Fals are receiver, piston, trigger, hammer, sear, hand guards, pistol grip, and buttstock. Thus having the correct amount of parts to comply with 922r. Each firearm has a different amount of US parts needed to comply, like Yugo SKS needs 7 parts. For those of you that change any part on it thus taking it of the C&R status, for example if you install a Tapco stock without adding the 6 other US parts you are breaking the law. The AK needs 5 US parts to be compliant. So as long as you keep your Benelli with 4 or more US parts, you can add a mag extension. Just ask Benelli what parts are US on your gun.Has anyone received a response from the ATF regarding the legality of adding a +2 mag extension to a stock/pistol grip Benelli M1??
Yep, that's true, but the fact that the Benelli M4 isn't a box or drum magazine fed weapon is the problem. But by replacing the spring and the follower in the tube you'd have 2 of the parts needed towards 922(r) compliance(provided those were Italian made to begin with.)I have been told that an american made magazine actually adds 3 "domestic" parts...wouldn't that actually solve the problem if true?
There is a company in Mexifornia* that makes a kit to get the M4 into compliance as they have all three part need to add the 7 round tube extender? Let me look at my shot show stuff and I'll post the name of the company.As mentioned in a previous thread, a Benelli M4 followed me home from a gun show. I was a little perturbed about the 5 shot magazine capacity as the military version can hold 7.
I have searched and found a magazine extender. HOWEVER, I also found out why Benelli artificially limited the magazine capacity to 5. It seems that because it contains imported parts (duh, from Italy), it violates an import ban unless the magazine is limited to 5. And because of ATF regulation 922r, I cannot legally add the extender because it has too many imported parts.
Here are some threads that explain it in more detail.
Benelli M4 & 922R
ATF Response to Legality of Full Length Mag Tube on Benelli M4
The gun is still NIB and I am seriously considering selling it because of this limitation. Had I known about this beforehand, I don't think I would have purchased this firearm. The other option is to keep it and just use/enjoy it with 5 rounds in the magazine. Ugh. :aargh4: