02 June 2014

Curio And Relic

I just registered something...

To be recognized by ATF as a C&R firearm, a firearm must fall into at least one of the following three categories:
  1. Firearms which were manufactured more than 50 years prior to the current date, but not including replicas thereof;
  2. Firearms which are certified by the curator of a municipal, State, or Federal museum which exhibits firearms to be curios or relics of museum interest; and
  3. Any other firearms which derive a substantial part of their monetary value from the fact that they are novel, rare, bizarre, or because of their association with some historical figure, period, or event. Proof of qualification of a particular firearm under this category may be established by evidence of present value and evidence that like firearms are not available except as collector's items, or that the value of like firearms available in ordinary commercial channels is substantially less.

Isn't the present value of every pre '86 transferable because of the Hughes amendment, and therefore derive a substantial part of their monetary value from being rare?

I am tickled that every transferable could be a C&R eligible gun (yeah I know they're doubtlessly ruled as not).


  1. https://www.atf.gov/firearms/faq/curios-relics.html#obtain-nfa-firearms

    Much like Full-auto trumps all other NFA rules (so you don't need an extra tax stamp to convert an M16 into a pistol or M4) NFA trumps C&R.

    Except it doesn't hence the SBR, and SBS C&R guns...yeah ATF is all about consistency.

    1. The main advantage of C&R and NFA is skipping the intermediate dealer stop for interstate transfer of said NFA item. And saving gobs of time because you can skip it.

      Not that I can afford a single C&R eligible NFA item, but it's nice to know.

  2. I'd like to watch them forced to explain that they mean actually rare, and not rare because of legislative fiat.

  3. Sounds like fully auto and silenced to me.

  4. I think that even without the NFA rules, the M-60/MG-42/M-240/M-2/BAR machine guns would still be rare. They would just cost too much in ammo.

    But I would like to be the only kid on my block with one.


Try to remember you are a guest here when you comment. Inappropriate comments will be deleted without mention. Amnesty period is expired.