Sorry if this has already been covered before, I tried looking but didn't find a thing.
OK, long post, well.. So, I have been thinking about doing a homemade, along the lines of the FAR(by Boltsniper). Which is fine, I have the idea almost 100% sorted out and materials in the post. The issue comes from the legal side of things, being in the nanny state of Victoria, of if it classes as an illegal firearm. Sounds stupid I know but take a look at the Firearms Act 1996 specifically these parts;
"category A longarm means any of the following-
(a) an airgun;"
"air gun" means a gun that:
(a) can propel, or is designed to propel, a projectile:
(i) by means of any gas or mixture of gases, including air but not including a gas or mixture of gases generated by an explosive, or
(ii) by means of a spring, and
(b) is operated or designed for operation by means of a trigger or similar device.
(a) any article consisting of a cartridge case fitted with a primer and a projectile, or
(b) any article consisting of a cartridge case fitted with a primer and containing a propelling charge and a projectile, or
(c) blank cartridges, airgun pellets, training cartridges or gas cartridges, or
(d) any other article prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this definition."
"What is a toy firearm?
Toy firearms are items that cannot be mistaken as working firearms by the general public, and do not have the functionality of a working firearm. They are manufactured as a plaything or for providing amusement; and their method of operation (if applicable) falls outside the definition of a firearm in the Firearms Act 1996; and they have a resemblance to a firearm, however their appearance cannot be mistaken for a working firearm by a reasonable person due to their shape and size; and/or the barrel and/or butt is of a colour not normally associated with a working firearm (e.g. fluorescent, or multi coloured); and/or it is made using material of a kind not associated with a working firearm—such as wood or transparent/coloured plastic.
Examples of toy firearms
Water pistols and foam dart guns that are made of transparent or florescent plastic/wood, and that smaller or larger than working firearms are examples of toys."
OK, so from what I can gather is that if I use a metal barrel and breech, combined with a magazine feed and air compression via the spring, I will have made a category A or military class firearm?? Is this assumption correct? or should i seek legal advice?
According to that, anyone who has done a brass breech mod could be subject to a visit from the police, seems strange to me.
The final build of my homemade will be similar to the FAR, excepting that the barrel/breech/shells will be brass and other minor differences(including bright paint). Does that cross the toy/imitation/firearm line? I don't think a reasonable police officer would arrest me over it but i would like to have my bases covered before building this. last thing I need with a baby on the way is a fine and/or possible jail time over a toy...
Thanks for any input guys. Much appreciated.
P.S. Reference links to the specific pages that have been quoted would have been linked but I haven't been a member for long enough, sorry!