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Old November 20th, 2020, 07:33 PM #1
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Legally switching calibers?

So I went in to register a P220 my father in law gave me as a present. He also has a caliber exchange kit to swap the slides to a 22. I asked DC MPD about registering it as a 45 and 22 and was told I can’t do that because the caliber is unique to the gun and I’m doing it. Has anyone else tried this?

Worst case I’ll just keep the slide and 22 ammo in VA. It was for cheap range shooting anyways.

BTW. They’re getting people in for appointments the day after they get the gun now. And the wait time between registration and pickup is now a week. Not sure if this is because registrations are going down or MPD has ramped up staffing. Looks like a mix of both
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smh

You can legally change calibers all you want. no registration necessary.

the registration of regulated firearms has nothing to do with crime prevention (since most guns used in crimes are illegally obtained).
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I'm a little unclear what you are talking about. You took the gun to the mSP for the transfer? The serial number is on the frame once they get the serial number go ahead and do whatever you want with a caliber conversion. The 7 day wait is standard and I haven't heard of any hold ups on that since the 2013 debacle.
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I'm a little unclear what you are talking about. You took the gun to the mSP for the transfer? The serial number is on the frame once they get the serial number go ahead and do whatever you want with a caliber conversion. The 7 day wait is standard and I haven't heard of any hold ups on that since the 2013 debacle.
I made the same argument on the frame being the part that is registered. However I was told that the gun can only be registered in one caliber. So since I won’t have a registered 22, if I am ever caught with 22 ammo I would be breaking the law.

Earlier in the year it was more like 2 weeks between the first and second appointments.
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I made the same argument on the frame being the part that is registered. However I was told that the gun can only be registered in one caliber. So since I wonít have a license with a 22, if I am ever caught with 22 ammo I would be breaking the law.

Earlier in the year it was more like 2 weeks between the first and second appointments.
Total bullshit. You can make it whatever caliber you want. They sell drop in conversion barrels in all kinds of calibers. Christ, the BGOS runs strong. Who told you this?
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I made the same argument on the frame being the part that is registered. However I was told that the gun can only be registered in one caliber. So since I wonít have a registered 22, if I am ever caught with 22 ammo I would be breaking the law.

Earlier in the year it was more like 2 weeks between the first and second appointments.
Register it as a 45 since that is what it was built as and then do whatever you want. I have 40 S&Ws that get changed to 357 Sig all the time. You are not going to get in trouble for caliber exchanging it, you just cannot register a handgun as multi cal.
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Total bullshit. You can make it whatever caliber you want. They sell drop in conversion barrels in all kinds of calibers. Christ, the BGOS runs strong. Who told you this?
The MPD people at registration.
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So since I wonít have a registered 22, if I am ever caught with 22 ammo I would be breaking the law.
Nope...

If you have a registered gun of any caliber, you are legally allowed to own ammo of different calibers...
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Register it as a 45 since that is what it was built as and then do whatever you want. I have 40 S&Ws that get changed to 357 Sig all the time. You are not going to get in trouble for caliber exchanging it, you just cannot register a handgun as multi cal.
Thanks! What about ammo since I donít own a 22? Technically you need to have a firearm registered in that caliber to own the ammo in DC correct?
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Nope...

If you have a registered gun of any caliber, you are legally allowed to own ammo of different calibers...
Ok that seems different than what they were telling me there but it is MPD
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