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    When does an "Antique" become "restricted"?

    I have a couple cap'n'ball antique (pre.1898) revolvers (non-firearms); if I replace the original c'n'b cylinder with a modern one that converts it to "cowboy cartridges" does it now become a restricted firearm? If I replace the original (?) percussion nipples (damaged and worn) with new ones; does that now make them "firearms"? Comments?

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    It shouldn't. The receiver is the firearm according to Canadian law. As long as it was built before 1898 and is not registered at a restricted firearm, you should be fine.
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    Thanks, BSD! Essentially, you are saying that the part that has the handle and trigger is considered the "receiver" and as long as that part meets the "antique" definition I should be ok? Thanks again.

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    Yup, my 1878 SAA is an antique and it's in .44 Special.

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    yup...barrels,springs,cylinders etc are just accoutrements, the frame is the big deal.
    ex: Like kk's saa my 1858 (C1861) Remington new model army .44 percussion was still antique with a Kirst conversion cylinder and plate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edenchef View Post
    I have a couple cap'n'ball antique (pre.1898) revolvers (non-firearms); if I replace the original c'n'b cylinder with a modern one that converts it to "cowboy cartridges" does it now become a restricted firearm? If I replace the original (?) percussion nipples (damaged and worn) with new ones; does that now make them "firearms"? Comments?

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    It's a shame that this doesn't apply to our modern shogun and rifles. The barrels do indeed make a difference.
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    How so?

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    Cut the barrel of your favorite semi centre-fire semi down and BAM!
    According to the Criminal Code, a restricted firearm is:
    1. a handgun that is not a prohibited firearm,
    2. a firearm that
      • is not a prohibited firearm,
      • has a barrel less than 470 mm in length, and
      • is capable of discharging centre-fire ammunition in a semi-automatic manner,

    3. a firearm that is designed or adapted to be fired when reduced to a length of less than 660 mm by folding, telescoping or otherwise, or
    4. a firearm of any other kind that is prescribed to be a restricted firearm

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    Make sure not to convert it to any of these calibers:


    manufactured before 1898 that can discharge only rim-fire cartridges, other than .22 Calibre Short, .22 Calibre Long or .22 Calibre Long Rifle cartridges;
    manufactured before 1898 that can discharge centre-fire cartridges, other than a handgun designed or adapted to discharge .32 Short Colt, .32 Long Colt, .32 Smith and Wesson, .32 Smith and Wesson Long, .32‑20 Winchester, .38 Smith and Wesson; .38 Short Colt, .38 Long Colt, .38-40 Winchester, .44‑40 Winchester, or .45 Colt cartridges.

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