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Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by MGGLOCK9, Sep 20, 2020.
I was looking at a military surplus rifle and the ad said "C&R eligible."
It means that if you have an 03 Curio and Relic FFL you can purchase the firearms on the C& R list and have them shipped directly to you.
Older guns, like the M1 Garand, some SKS rifles, Enfields, Mausers, Mosins, Lugers, Tokarevs, etc....
Right. As opposed to antiques which are what, manufactured prior to 1898?
SOME SKS rifles; Russian, Yugoslavian, Albanian, Romanian; with a few notable exceptions, not the Chinese rifles.
Correct; the C& R pickings are pretty thin these days, but back in the day I was buying Mosins and Tokarevs and Bulgarian Maps and Mausers very reasonably ( like $60 for a Mosin 91-30 with all accessories in NRA "excellent" condition, shipped....a Yugoslavian M 57 Tokarev WITH a 1200ish round case of ammo was like $189....
Curio and Relic Certain weapons over 25 years old are considered Antiques and can be purchased with a C&R license rather than FFL
I think it’s 50, unless they changed it.
Funny I've never gotten my C&R license but I was just digging around the dark corners in the back of my safe I found two long forgotten cosmoline coated hex receiver garbage rods with bayonets numbers matching with a 49.99 price tag on them. I picked up out of a crate many moons ago.
With this current ammo crisis I wonder how hard it is to find 7.62x54r ammo.
Brownell’s gives a decent discount to C&R FFL holders.
I’ve got a pile of it in spam cans. Trade me a rifle for one. I got a carbine to shoot that stuff and it made me black and blue. Those Russians are tough!
You are correct, to be eligible for C&R status a firearm must be a minimum of 50 years old, but there are exceptions...
Directly from the BATFE website:
To be recognized as C&R items, firearms must fall within one of the following categories:
Firearms which were manufactured at least 50 years prior to the current date, but not including replicas of such firearms;
Firearms which are certified by the curator of a municipal, state, or federal museum which exhibits firearms to be curios or relics of museum interest; and
Any other firearms which derive a substantial part of their monetary value from the fact that they are novel, rare, bizarre, or because of their association with some historical figure, period, or event.
BATFE webpage explains it here...
Also, for a firearm to be classified as an "Antique" it must have been manufactured in or prior to 1898.
---> 10% off most everything - except firearms.
As ranger 1968 said
Even some of the original Armalite and Colt AR15 and M16 rifles from the 60"s are C&R now.
In addition to firearms over 50 year supply old, the BATFE has also a limited number of guns younger that are considered eligible. For example any colt woodsman pistol or derivative ( match target, huntsman etc) regardless of age is curio and relic eligible. While in the past most focus in the C&R community has been on military surplus rifles, commercial guns that qualify are great to collect as well.
60’s era smith and Wesson revolvers are a favorite of mine, so having a C&R is handy for these.
You're right it is 50
Another oddball on the C&R lost is the CZ82. A curator of a museum wrote it up because of its polygonal rifling. I bought one a few months ago .
I bought 2 CZ 82's back when they were cheap, Century had a deal for them at 2 for $300 shipped ; they are great little pistols.
As long as they're at least 50 years old, even the Chinese SKS rifles are C&R eligible.