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  •  Well It's The Modular Design Of The AR Family (2+ / 0-)
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    Araguato, eXtina

    because it's a military gun.  An AR breaks open like a double barrel shotgun for cleaning and service. In the consumer market, this is used to facilitate the interchange of parts and accessories.  

    You can change the barrel on a gun, and a barrel isn't registered because it's an interchangable part.   Some people want a shorter barrel, a longer barrel, a heavier target barrel.  If you have the coin, you can actually buy an upper in a different caliber.

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    by bernardpliers on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 08:27:13 PM PDT

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    •  OK, I get it (or think I do) (1+ / 0-)
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      eXtina

      I used to own a hand gun with several field-interchangeable barrels of different  lengths.

      But the value of the gun was not in the barrels (well, I think the longest barrel which I didn't own may have been pricey), so this makes sense.

      But IIRC, the serial number on my gun wasn't on the barrel, but on the frame, so I guess it is different from the stolen gun.  And certainly the main economic value was in the frame.

      It seems a no- brainer, anti-theft proposition that all significant sections of guns could have serial numbers to make a stolen gun less parts-able.

      Aren't significant, valuable parts of cars made that way: air bags, trannies, radios etc.? (They are in our old cars, I'm pretty sure.)

      Thank you for the explanation about definition of lower assembly and reason (ex-mil. design).

      Araguato

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      This is not unique to the AR, or black guns, or even century old bolt action and semi automatic rifles.  Just about every firearm made since even before the Revolutionary War is modular.  Had to be, because you had to maintain them in the field.

      The AR is just easier than most (in some respects) to customize.  It's not necessarily easier to strip than, say, a Garand.  Considerably more parts, for one.

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      by Patrick Costighan on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 08:28:54 AM PDT

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