I probably should have inquired more about the 922(r) parts counts prior to purchase, but I should be able to work with what I've got. After I received the rifle, I sent Legion an e-mail asking for a listing of the compliance parts (note, it was sold to me with a US-made Tapco mag). I got the following response:
Okay, so I need at least one more US-made part, as I understand it; not a problem, as I was planning to buy and install an Midwest Industries handguard anyway. So, I sent this e-mail reply, just to double-check my parts compliance:This rifle it is only compliant with US made mags. We only used a US made fire control group (3 parts), US made pistol grip (1),and the mag (3 parts). If you want to use foreign mags, you would need to use a US made floor plate and follower in the magazine.
His reply left much to be desired, and so far as I understand the law, he doesn't seem to understand 922(r) correctly:I am planning to buy and attach a US-made hand guard made by Midwest Industries. By my count, that would allow use of foreign-made magazines. Am I correct in this understanding?
After the US-made hand guard, my parts count should be:
(3) Front Trunion
(5) Bolt Carrier
(6) Gas Piston
(7) Butt Stock
(4) Pistol Grip
(5) Hand Guard
This leaves me with 3 unused foreign parts slots, which should allow the use of a completely foreign magazine, bringing my foreign parts count to the allowed 10, correct?
To which I replied:From my understanding, you need to have at least 6 US parts on a rifle.
He finally replied:Common misconception. What actually matters is that you have no more than 10 foreign parts (from the 922(r) list) on the rifle. A typical AK-47 has 16 parts that 922(r) cares about (all the ones I listed above, plus a muzzle attachment). That means that yes, typically, an AK-47 needs 6 US-made parts. However, the firearm I purchased from you does not have a muzzle attachment, so it only has 15 parts. Ergo, I should only need 5 US parts to be in compliance, at least as far as I understand the law.
http://forum.saiga-12.com/index.php?/to ... nd-rifles/
http://thegunwiki.com/Gunwiki/BuildSaig ... Compliance
In searching on the topic today, I found a blog post by Cheaper Than Dirt that seemed to side with my interpretation (so long as you have no more than 10 foreign parts), but also not (stating you had to have 6 US parts), as it spoke under the assumption that all AK-47's would have 16 applicable parts. Mine doesn't have a threaded muzzle, and as such does not have a muzzle device; thus, it only has 15 parts.Our understanding is that if it has a muzzle device than you need 7 parts not 6. That is why I said you needed 6 parts. ...
Note, I do intend to contact the BATFE before using anything other than a magazine with at least one US part in it, after adding the US hand guard (which would give me 6 parts, until I get clarification).
So, AK-lovers, is my understanding correct, and after replacing the Russian-made hand guard with a US-made one, I'll be good-to-go on using com-block steel mags?