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according to my recent reading of the statute on ATF web site any rifle made in or before 1897 would qualify as an antique. my question is, if this the case and if so can a gun be shipped to a non license holder in another state. in question is a 1940 tikka with a 97 tang date. opinions and references to statute please. thanks.
 

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1898 is the year. And as long as someone is able to purchase in their state, the rifle can be shipped without an FFL. BUT, this my change state to state, I just go by what Ohio allows.
 

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Also, the tang date/ receiver date is technically the rifle, so you SHOULD be safe to ship, but it is a case where someones own interpretation of the law can dictate what is the actual date of the rifle.
 

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Bear in mind too, not all states follow federal statue. Some states' definitions of firearms make no distinction between a "firearm" and an "antique" (and thus a non-firearm under federal law.)
 
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