Legality of A Chassis Pistol in WA

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Legality of A Chassis Pistol in WA

Post by DJCoopes » 06 Dec 2018, 7:54 pm

Anyone know if one of these would be legal in WA?
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Re: Legality of A Chassis Pistol in WA

Post by bladeracer » 06 Dec 2018, 8:05 pm

DJCoopes wrote:Anyone know if one of these would be legal in WA?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfncbfd6w9s


Will your club let you use it in competition?
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Re: Legality of A Chassis Pistol in WA

Post by 1Fatman » 06 Dec 2018, 8:48 pm

As far as I know the pistol is BUT if you put it in a chassis you are breaking the law.
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Post by ob1 » 07 Dec 2018, 10:39 am

The handgun licence states: Club Use - Approved Club Activities only.

As far as I know, no club in WA is running approved activities for chassis pistols.
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Post by Gaznazdiak » 07 Dec 2018, 11:15 am

My question would be why you'd want one.

I just had a look at the Ruger Charger, looks rather unwieldy to me, basically a sawn off 10/22.
Can't see much use for competition or hunting.
I'll probably get a tune up for saying it, but it looks like something Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris might have carried under their trench coats.
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Post by ponkychonk » 07 Dec 2018, 7:05 pm

Gaznazdiak wrote:My question would be why you'd want one.

I just had a look at the Ruger Charger, looks rather unwieldy to me, basically a sawn off 10/22.
Can't see much use for competition or hunting.
I'll probably get a tune up for saying it, but it looks like something Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris might have carried under their trench coats.


Maybe that's what they are into. I look at some of the competition handguns on the market today and think "who the hell would want one of these?" Got no problem with them being used though.

On the topic of chassis's, assuming the barrel length remains over 120mm and the mag cap is still only 10, the only relevant question is: does the chassis make the firearm

"a self loading centre fire rifle designed or
adapted for military purposes or a firearm that
substantially duplicates such a firearm
in
design, function, or appearance"

So. from the chassis's I've seen, some will be okay but some won't.
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Re: Legality of A Chassis Pistol in WA

Post by bladeracer » 07 Dec 2018, 7:13 pm

ponkychonk wrote:Maybe that's what they are into. I look at some of the competition handguns on the market today and think "who the hell would want one of these?" Got no problem with them being used though.

On the topic of chassis's, assuming the barrel length remains over 120mm and the mag cap is still only 10, the only relevant question is: does the chassis make the firearm

"a self loading centre fire rifle designed or
adapted for military purposes or a firearm that
substantially duplicates such a firearm
in
design, function, or appearance"

So. from the chassis's I've seen, some will be okay but some won't.


I don't have any problem with somebody choosing to do this to their handgun if it gives then the giggles.

You are granted a permit to buy and own the handgun based on it being "needed" for specific competition, or practice for such competition.
If you then modify the handgun so that it no longer complies with the requirements of that competition, surely you are in breach of the "Permit to Acquire" and possess the handgun?
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Re: Legality of A Chassis Pistol in WA

Post by ponkychonk » 07 Dec 2018, 8:37 pm

bladeracer wrote:
ponkychonk wrote:Maybe that's what they are into. I look at some of the competition handguns on the market today and think "who the hell would want one of these?" Got no problem with them being used though.

On the topic of chassis's, assuming the barrel length remains over 120mm and the mag cap is still only 10, the only relevant question is: does the chassis make the firearm

"a self loading centre fire rifle designed or
adapted for military purposes or a firearm that
substantially duplicates such a firearm
in
design, function, or appearance"

So. from the chassis's I've seen, some will be okay but some won't.


I don't have any problem with somebody choosing to do this to their handgun if it gives then the giggles.

You are granted a permit to buy and own the handgun based on it being "needed" for specific competition, or practice for such competition.
If you then modify the handgun so that it no longer complies with the requirements of that competition, surely you are in breach of the "Permit to Acquire" and possess the handgun?


Sure, I am working on the assumption that your club is allowing the pistol to be used in the configuration you put it in. For some disciplines I know this wouldn't be a problem - e.g Varmint Pistol (Unlimited) in Field Pistol matches. As you say though, many wouldn't let you compete with a chassis'd handgun
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7.62x54R
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.303 British
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12GA Lever
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