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  • tv_racin_fantv_racin_fan Senior Member Confusion, JawjaPosts: 661 Senior Member
    toymachine wrote: »
    Thanks, I just wasn't sure if SBR regulations applied to shoulder fired muzzleloaders. If what I've read is correct, fixed cartridge ammunition brings about the majority of regulations, whereas loose powder and projectile are relatively unregulated. For example, modern mortars with the propellent contained in the projectile fall under the destructive devices designation, while a breech loaded cannon that uses separate projectile and powder would not. An extreme example would be 16" battleship guns that use separate bags of powder behind the projectile, though the amount of propellant required may throw a wrench in that idea. Plus it's just impractical and difficult to find a place to shoot. Of course this may all be incorrect, consult an NFA savvy lawyer or the ATF before proceeding too far.
    Arfcom used to have a pretty good DD forum, then most of it got relegated to the archives.

    Explosive rounds of every sort are regulated. Cannon which are legal shoot solid shot. By solid shot I mean no explosives. Chain shot, double shot, canister shot, beehive, grape shot, all examples of non explosive solid projectile shot.

    You can find cannon to purchase from bb sized to bowling ball (that I know of).

    Hand held mortars (shoulder fired) are also available (at least in kit form).

    Pretty much no restrictions on the federal level for muzzleloaded devises (using solid shot) but there are state regulations.
  • toymachinetoymachine Senior Member Posts: 761 Senior Member
    Right, I was thinking of Federal regulation with solid, non-explosive, projectiles. Forgot to specify. Anyway, sorry for the threadjack. ;)
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  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    Cheaper than dirt and others have an adapter that replaces the AR15 flash hider and costs $20 !

    I would buy one and use its design to make a prototype M79 golf ball launcher that uses handloaded .44 special blanks to launch the golf balls.
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
  • toymachinetoymachine Senior Member Posts: 761 Senior Member
    DoctorWho wrote: »
    Cheaper than dirt and others have an adapter that replaces the AR15 flash hider and costs $20 !

    I would buy one and use its design to make a prototype M79 golf ball launcher that uses handloaded .44 special blanks to launch the golf balls.

    I've got one of those, haven't gotten around to getting any blanks to use it yet. Been playing with the idea of assembling a dedicated upper for it with an M79 style rear sight. Slowly gathering parts, other projects and life keep getting in the way.
    "Is 'milk bottle' literally a racist term?"
    "It is now." - Jack Fraggs
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