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smokeeater495
June 23, 2002, 20:54
I AM CONTEMPLATING BUILDING A STEN MARK III FROM A PARTS KIT FOR A FRIEND. HAS ANYONE PUT ONE TOGETHER? HE FOUND A RECEIVER TUBE THAT NEEDS THE HOLES DRILLED, TEMPLATE INCLUDED. ANY ADVICE OR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IS APPRECIATED.

kotengu
June 23, 2002, 21:04
Unless you are a licensed manufacturer and your friend is in law enforcement with a letter from his department requesting the Sten for duty use it is illegal for you to build a fully automatic weapon of any kind.

There are MANY modifications you would have to make to the Sten design to make a legal semi-auto version, and you can't use the original-sized tubing for a receiver, so I'd stay away from the "tube with templates" salesmen.

Go here for more info on Stens in general: Yahoo Sten Forums (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sten9mm/)

Go here for info on working on that MKIII: STEN MKIII Site (http://stenmkiii.tripod.com/)

And fo here for info on a semi-auto kit that's awaiting BATF approval: Semi-auto Sten (http://www.semiautosten.com/)

Good Luck!!!

Bergoobob
June 23, 2002, 21:14
If I understand what I read ........the MK2 is much easier to build than the MK3........That is why the MK2 costs over a hundred bucks now and the MK3 is $35 or so.......Bob

smokeeater495
June 25, 2002, 21:20
I APPRECIATE YOUR ADVICE. I CHECKED WITH THE LOCAL ATF OFFICE. THEY CONFIRMED THAT I CAN NOT BUILD AN AUTOMATIC WEAPON. ITS A SHAME THAT SURPLUS DEALERS ARE READY TO SELL PARTS KITS AND THAT RECEIVER TUBES WITH " TEMPLATES ATTATCHED" ARE READILY AVAILABLE. ATF CONFIRMED THAT TO HAVE A KIT AND AN UNFINISHED RECEIVER IN MY POSESSION IS A NO NO. THEREFOR IT SEEMS THAT A $200.00 PARTS GUN COULD TURN INTO TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN LEGAL BILLS AND A POSSIBLE FELONY CONVICTION, NO THANKS. I GUESS I'LL NEED TO FIND A DIFFERENT PROJECT TO HOLD MY INTEREST.

FWRA
June 25, 2002, 22:52
Originally posted by smokeeater495
I APPRECIATE YOUR ADVICE. I CHECKED WITH THE LOCAL ATF OFFICE. THEY CONFIRMED THAT I CAN NOT BUILD AN AUTOMATIC WEAPON. ITS A SHAME THAT SURPLUS DEALERS ARE READY TO SELL PARTS KITS AND THAT RECEIVER TUBES WITH " TEMPLATES ATTATCHED" ARE READILY AVAILABLE. ATF CONFIRMED THAT TO HAVE A KIT AND AN UNFINISHED RECEIVER IN MY POSESSION IS A NO NO. THEREFOR IT SEEMS THAT A $200.00 PARTS GUN COULD TURN INTO TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN LEGAL BILLS AND A POSSIBLE FELONY CONVICTION, NO THANKS. I GUESS I'LL NEED TO FIND A DIFFERENT PROJECT TO HOLD MY INTEREST.



Smokeeater495----

I GUESS I'LL NEED TO FIND A DIFFERENT PROJECT TO HOLD MY INTEREST.

Not trying to be a smarty pants but here's a project:

The button right under the "Tab" key is the "Caps Lock" key. Punch it once and those SHOUTS will then become gentle words that will even soothe the savage beast.

Thanks!

FWRA