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    AmEngRifles,

    The real problem is that the MG quasi-ban that's been in place since '86 was designed to combat a condition that no longer exists, but now that the law is on the books good luck getting the Congress to repeal it. Hell, look at the mess Prohibition made of the US and it still took them 13 years to realize their mistake. And at that, the politicians who passed the 18th Amendment over President Wilson's veto didn't have the stones to vote on it themselves; the 21st Amendment was passed by state conventions!



    Sorry for the rant, but the machine gun import ban really vexes me. You wouldn't believe what I'm going through to try to build a SEMI-auto L4! The kicker is there's a company in Southwest England that is sitting on all the parts I need, but wont sell to anyone outside of the UK. WHO IN THE UK CAN BUY THEM???? Oh, and DEACTIVATED guns in the UK can't be imported to the US either...

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    I know exactly the company of which you speak of. No sales outside of the UK, and no sales to anyone in the UK without the proper permits, paperwork and 3 hoops to jump through............

    I've been bloody fortunate in having my L4 built with a "conversion kit" that IMA had imported back in the early 80's
    L4 Barrel, 7.62 bolt ,ejector block and 4 L4 mags for the princely sum of $200............

    I wish I had bought a dozen of them !!!

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    The greatest LMG to ever see service in the British Army...........................

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    The greatest LMG to ever see service in the British Army...........................

    Never have such truer words been said. But I'm biased so I'd leave it at 'the greatest LMG to ever see service - ever' Not only that, unless I learn to the contrary, the longest serving bit of kit in the British Army too. August 1938 until February 2002 and by default, to June 2008. Someone said Bedford trucks but it's not comparing like for like..............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longshaor View Post
    AmEngRifles,



    The kicker is there's a company in Southwest England that is sitting on all the parts I need, but wont sell to anyone outside of the UK. WHO IN THE UK CAN BUY THEM???? Oh, and DEACTIVATED guns in the UK can't be imported to the US either...
    Not a problem buying parts from them.......but probably not the parts you need.........and we can't have ! (unless you are section 5 )

    ATB Kevin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev G View Post
    Not a problem buying parts from them.......but probably not the parts you need.........and we can't have ! (unless you are section 5 )

    ATB Kevin
    Which company is this? What is their rationale in not selling to US customers even if we have an approved ATF Form 6?

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    The company was/is Helston Gunsmiths, who were boasting the largest stockpile of L4 parts in the UK. Apparently they've revamped their website and the L4 stuff is no longer on display. It's kind of a moot point though as the parts I need are banned from import to the US courtesy of my elected idiots. My tax dollars at work, eh?

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    Not to jump the thread.... or the proverbial shark, but I have an interest in a SA Bren. While not being able to afford the real McCoy... I did get two torch cut kits via a group buy on Weaponeer.
    I also was able to afford 1 Semi Auto conversion kit from said site. My thought being to combine two torch cuts into one.... or duplicate the SA conversion kit on the second gun.

    I do know that many people shy away from "build your own" for technical and $$ reasons. Whereas a "name brand" build has some sort of value/ warrenty.

    Sorry to hear that it didn't work out as planned.

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