Tuesday, July 2, 2013

What is a Pistol? The ATF Definition

This is from the ATF website:

Gun Control Act Definitions

Define: Pistol

Defined Under: 18 U.S.C., § 921(A)(29) and 27 CFR § 478.11

The term “Pistol” means:

A weapon originally designed, made, and intended to fire a projectile (bullet) from one or more barrels when held in one hand, and having:
  • a chamber(s) as an integral part(s) of, or permanently aligned with, the bore(s);
  • and a short stock designed to be gripped by one hand at an angle to and extending below the line of the bore(s).
This illustration shows the primary characteristics exhibited in the pistol category.
Since pistol configurations differ significantly, various models in this classification may exhibit any of the illustrated components in a revised configuration, but not necessarily all components shown will be incorporated in any given design.

Various pistol types: single shot, multi-barrel, and semiautomatic.


This illustration is from the ATF Website:

It shows the primary characteristics exhibited in the Pistol category.

Since pistol configurations differ significantly, various models in this classification may exhibit any of the illustrated components in a revised configuration, but not necessarily all components shown will be incorporated in any one given design.


A diagram showing various parts of a pistol and their defined names: the muzzle, grip safety, ejection port, etc.


-- per the ATF

http://www.atf.gov/firearms/guides/importation-verification/firearms-verification-gca-pistol.html


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