California Legal Firearms

California Legal Firearms

You may have thought those poor dears out in the Golden State were bereft of AKs and ARs and pretty much anything else fun to shoot. Never count our American ingenuity when it confronts government stupidity. Californians may not be shooting exactly what you are, but they're shooting things their legislators never imagined and laughing all the way home. Read more about it in the 1/20/12 issue of SGN.


California legislators thought they could keep out ARs an AKs with a stroke of the pen. They didn't count on the ingenuity and resourcefulness of gun owners.

The DPMS A-15 is California legal, unlike its predecessor, the "Panther", which is banned. The only difference between the two is the stamp on the receiver.


When a tool is required to remove the magazine, it's considered "non-detachable", as is the case with this MSAR. The tool need not be complicated.


Silly, but California legal. After purchase, the owner removed the long barrel and dummy magazine and had the LCP restored to its original configuration.

This Masterpiece Arms MPA930 SST has a wooden block screwed into the magazine well, making it legal for sale in California. A buyer then can remove the block.

Retailers like Tracy Rifle and Pistol owner Mike Baryla have to know the ins and outs of California's quirky gun laws, which confuse even those who enforce them.

Century Arms uses a fixed 10-round magazine with a follower button and hold-back to allow feeding through the ejection port. It's not fast, but it's legal.

No magazine button? That's because this Century AR has a fixed 10-round magazine and is loaded by driving out the rear pin and swinging the upper receiver open.

An evil AK that no Californian can own? Nope, the perfectly legal Arsenal SGL23. The difference is a magazine catch that requires the handy little Arsenal tool.

The Atlantic Firearms Mini Draco pistol is presumably just the sort of gun legislators sought to bar from California, but with a bullet button, it's legal.

The IO, Inc. Hellhound is a very well-equipped AK variant that, with a Califonia compliant bullet button, you can enjoy just like anyone elsewhere in America.

Surely this MAC-10 lookalike can't be had in California! Wrong. It's supplied with a dummy sled magazine. Substitute a real magazine and you're in business.

These Saiga rifles from J&G will accept a 10-round magazine, but not the original 30-round AK mag. With a conventional buttstock, they are California legal.

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW OUR CURRENT ISSUE

From Our Family

Historical Handguns: The Model 1917 Smith & Wesson Sixgun

Garry James - November 09, 2018

Designed as a supplemental sidearm in World War I, this .45 ACP sixgun was made to commercial specs and is still a great shooter.

First Look: Springfield Armory XDM 10MM

G&A Staff - October 10, 2018

Featured in the December issue of Guns & Ammo, Springfield Armory has launched its full-size XD(M) in 10mm. It is being made available with either a 4.5-inch or 5.25-inch barrel.

G&A Celebrates 50 Years of Dan Wesson

Eric R. Poole - November 16, 2018

Dan Wesson commemorates its 50th Anniversary with a limited number of engraved, blued-'steel Model 1911s.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Firearms News stories delivered right to your inbox.