Need Opinions (off Topic - A Little)
Posted 20 May 2004 - 08:47 PM
Has anyone ever seen a semi-auto OPEN BOLT sten?
It says that the bolt was altered to prevent full auto fire.
Is it legit? It would have to have been made before 1981 if it is?
I would like to own it, but not if it's illegal.
I am not making acusations, I just need info.
Any input would help.
Posted 20 May 2004 - 09:16 PM
Posted 20 May 2004 - 09:37 PM
Posted 20 May 2004 - 09:54 PM
Note the long barrel.
Posted 20 May 2004 - 10:18 PM
1.as per MP-40,open bolt designs are forbidden.
2.it could be "readily converted" to full-auto by replacement of a standard FA BOLT.
I just assembled an ATF approved semi-auto sten kit from SEMIAUTOSTEN.COM. The ATF letter with the kit stated it required the following modifications from the original FA design:
1.closed bolt design
2.tube receiver to be smaller than original to prevent replacement by full-auto bolt.
3.steel rod welded adjacent to chamber that would prevent placement of full-auto bolt.
4. modification of location of bolt handle slot in receiver tube so that full-auto bolt could not be placed in receiver.
5.16" barrel or barrel extension permanently affixed.
Hard to tell from the pictures,but might be worth asking the seller if this weapon meets these criteria.IMHO PROBABLY SHOULD AVOID,BUT WORTH FINDING OUT MORE INFO.
Posted 20 May 2004 - 10:22 PM
Posted 20 May 2004 - 10:24 PM
I looked on the internet and found a Catco semi-auto. It has a smaller tube and does not have the "hook notch" safety like a full autosten does.
T-Man, maybe you can shed some light on this "iffy" gun.
Posted 20 May 2004 - 10:35 PM
Posted 20 May 2004 - 10:41 PM
Ironicly, in looking for info on this gun; I have found 3 NFA registered stens for about $3,000.
Thanks for the info guys.
Posted 21 May 2004 - 09:22 PM
The gun is on consignment. The owner bought it at a gun show years ago.
70s-80s? As far as I can tell it is a British or Canadian military gun
converted to shoot semi auto only. It does fire from the open bolt. The
bolt is different from the original but looks like it was an original that
has been extensively altered. As far as age, the ser# is 32534 and was
manufactured by "E&Co" the Brits/Canadians/Australians made approx 2 million of the from 1942-1944.
This gun may have been legaly manufactured under see ruling 85-3 at this website:
Unfortunantly, the ruling does not indicate that any of the open-bolt semi-auto stens were "grandfathered."