This is a discussion on just bought demilled H&R M14. now what? within the The M14 forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; Howdy all. I just bought a 1 cut demilled M14 receiver. My question is: Can this receiver be made legal? and do I want to?...
NO. BIG NO,, It's only good for a paperweight.And actually,by the letter of the law,a one cut demil is illegal.There are supposed to be 3 torch cuts displacing 3/8ths of an inch of material with each cut. Now,,BEFORE everyone jumps on me about this info,I had the opportunity to buy a 1 "saw cut" receiver back in 1989.I took pics of the 2 halves and wrote a letter to ATF.Their reply came back after about 6 months or so and included that written info above and a mimeograph copy picture of what they consider properly demilled.You end up with a total of 5 small pieces as the cuts were diagonal.I had also asked "what if" I remove the 3rd leg,,,answer NO GO,also asked "what if" just to make a dummy gun,answer NO GO as a 1 cut was not a proper demil.
It is just a novelty and a relic. If it still has the bolt lock on it and it wasn't destroyed by Captain Crunch when they destroyed it, you have three parts you can use on an M-14 project.
The bolt lock, its pin and spring.
Other than that, like someone already mentioned it would make a great paper weight. It's also a memento of just how stupid our inept government actually is for turning something of such great historical value and military usefulness, into nothing but worthless junk scrap metal.
I bid on that same one but was maxed out at 300. for 200 more you coulda got an lrb 14sa receiver .it looks like itd be a good display piece and for reference thats why i wanted it. legalities aside its nearly impossible to make it into a sound in spec receiver after being cut especially with a torch like that one was.
I used to have that bug bad to reactivate one. i really looked into it and studied welding but found that the metalurgy of a reactivated one even if it was legal would be questionable even if it was done really good and sent off to be stress releved and re heat treated and thats if you could find the right companies to contract those services which arent cheap by any means and those companies usually do lot treatments for big machine shops and dont deal with small one time projects. it could be made to work but after all that expense a commercial forged receiver would be a much better route
You are the one who asked the questions, if you don't like the answers check with ATF. Even if it doesn't apply to other guns you've worked with, it does with this one. There are no recent legal builds allowed by ATF from either demilled or deactivated (removal or welding of the full auto appendage). It's just not worth it.
You're new here, how about a more civilized response to those you don't particularly agree with.