Author Topic: Ammunition for 556/308 handguns like SIG P516/P716 556 and .  (Read 1200 times)

flex28

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Ammunition for 556/308 handguns like SIG P516/P716 556 and .
« on: August 21, 2015, 07:05:47 PM »
As there are several handguns like the SIG P516 - 556 cal. And the SIG P716 - .308 cal. which use what is sometimes considered rifle type ammunition and the A T Gov.  have tried to claim this ammo may be " armor piercing l , is it legal to posess and use standard 556 and 308 ammunition in these firearms m
What if someone has both rifles AND handguns in these and other larger caliber ammunition ?
Is it better to register these handguns as SBR/NFA items ?
Is it even questionable as to owning these firearms and the appropriate ammunition ?
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TexasLawShield

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Re: Ammunition for 556/308 handguns like SIG P516/P716 556 a
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2015, 10:32:32 AM »
flex28,

There are two different standards with regard to “armor piercing ammo”.  The federal law uses the phrase “may be used in a handgun” and Texas state law says “used principally in pistols and revolvers”.  This has cause some confusion with regard to ammo such as the kind referred to in your post.  Under Texas law these rounds are not principally used in pistols and revolvers, therefore there is very little possibility a person would be prosecuted and if they were they would have a very good defense.  With regard to the federal law, the ultimate answer would depend on how the ATF has classified the ammo, since they have the power to interpret federal law just as they attempted with the proposed reclassification of M855 ammo earlier this year.   There is nothing wrong with the firearms themselves, the ATF says that they are handguns, and they do not need to be registered as SBR.  Further, the description of the firearm does not determine whether or not a particular type of ammo meets the definition of armor piercing.
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