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To: BwanaNdege
It looks like “spud guns” are exempt for this definition, as are mortars & “bazookas”.

"designed to expel a solid projectile or projectiles by the action of an explosive or a burning gas"

I wouldn't push that "spud gun" thing too far as potatos are "solid projectiles" propelled by a "burning gas". You could try those 20oz. soda bottles and squeeze by under a technicality.

It looks like mortars and bazookas might sneak by because the projectiles are explosive not solid.

That would seem to give a pass to any sort of artillery firing explosive rounds. Federal (BATF) rules, however limit rifled bore size to .500" or less. Anything larger is a "destructive device" and requires an ATF Form 4 w/ a $200.00 excise tax stamp.

Smooth bores are OK and as long as you stay away from "solid shot" you can build yourself a cannon (the fastest way to convert black powder into fun!).

Regards,
GtG

22 posted on 02/16/2013 1:44:12 PM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray
Oops, I missed that bit about fixed cartridges. Spud guns get a pass. Still wonder about explosive shells being OK as the smaller mortars use something like a shotgun shell for propellent. It would seem to give a pass to any modern muzzle loader, smooth bore or rifled.

G

23 posted on 02/16/2013 1:57:09 PM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray
I figure that this phrase, "...and that is designed to use fixed cartridges", will exempt spud guns.

At least until some bureaucrat or "investigative reporter" see this:

"Spud Gun Bullet thru Car Fender"

24 posted on 02/16/2013 6:09:41 PM PST by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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