A customer bought his SKS at an Estate Auction, (never fired it) and sent us the bolt and trigger group for FP Kit inst. and 922r Compliant Hammer/Sear/Trigger inst. (wanted to be sure the gun he had just bought was safe and in good shape) Installed the FP Kit, no problem. Pulled the trigger assy. out of the box and asked myself why it had a screw in the bottom, just in front of the trigger guard. Oh!!!!! And there's a part that has been altered, and another, and there's another, the 4th alteration I see that someone had done to make it full-auto! Four alterations that definitely insured full-auto function! And the "correct" way only requires 2.
And the screw is totally unnecessary! (when that stuff hits the fan, I'll fill in the blanks)
Considered welding up the hole in the bottom and replacing the 3 parts that had been altered, and destroy the altered parts, and gun would again be legal and all would be well with the world. Boy was I mistaken! Once a semi-auto rifle has illegally been converted to full-auto, it will always and forever be a machine gun to the ATF, and can never be reverted back to semi-auto function. It must be destroyed. What a crock this is. It's all about 2 words in the definition of a "machine gun." Readily restorable
It seems the ATFs opinion is that once one has been converted, even if it's reverted back, it will always be easier to make full-auto again.
So I'm going to repeat what I've said before. DON'T DO IT, GUYS!!! (Yeah, I'm yelling so the dummies that think it would be cool can hear me)
It's highly illegal, (10 yrs federal
time) can not
legally be reverted back to semi-auto use, and the SKS was not designed for the rigors of full-auto use.
And when you're buying a "new to you" semi-auto rifle, be sure and check that it truly is, semi-auto. If you're unfamilar with how to easily do this, let us know and we'll describe what you need to do. The people selling them at Auctions and Trade Days/Bazaar type locations can Not
be relied on to sell you a legal firearm!!!!
The people running the Auctions sell many guns, and they generally sell for 2 to 3 times what they are worth, because the buyers know that no paperwork is involved. And sellers at Trade Days/Bazaar type locations do the same thing. The ATF has been informed of these goings on, and they don't do a thing about it. But they hear one report of a machine gun, and they jump into action like terrorists were about to attack America again.
When "right and wrong" do not equate to "legal and illegal" well, it just don't seem right.