Arrow Shooting AR-15 Upper Receiver

Crazy slingshot guy builds one:

Hmmmm unregulated auto receivers in Germany.  Who knew?  He must really love slingshots if he picks those over auto firearms.  What a waste of a auto receiver though haha man.

Joerg-SpraveMy first thought was that it looked really front heavy, but in the comments he addresses that and says that front part is made out of really light wood similar to a cigar box. There are a few different expensive “cross bow” type AR-15 upper receivers on the market you can google if you’re in the market for something for that platform that shoots arrows.

Thoughts?

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Mr farrell May 13, 2013 at 02:01 am

Joerg is the man!

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Tobias P May 13, 2013 at 03:13 am

>>Hmmmm unregulated auto receivers in Germany. Who knew?<<

Actually, Jörg is partially right and partially wrong there. While AR-15 lower receivers are unregulated in Germany as opposed to the US, if you own both the full auto lower and a fitting upper, it is probably going to be construed as intention to create a weapon that is prohibited. The same has happened to people buying full-auto backplates for their Glocks. Jörg does not have one, so he is on the save side.

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denver chris May 13, 2013 at 03:39 am

I was looking for info along these lines. I presumed if one was widely available, the other wouldn’t be, kind of akin to suppressors and rifles in the UK.

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Tobias P May 13, 2013 at 06:50 am

Yep, you guessed right. I’ll elaborate a bit more: In the case of the AR-15, the uppers are restricted in Germany. From a technical perspective that makes more sense than the US way of looking at it, because the upper is the hard part to build. That’s why not many bothered about the 3D-printed lower, btw.

But: If you own one upper, you are allowed to buy more uppers in the same or a smaller caliber (makes starting with .50 Beowulf more interesting, right?) without an additional permit.

You have to have them registered, of course, and they will count against any limits (e.g. sport shooter being restricted to 2 guns every 6 months) or limitations (e.g. 16.75″ barrel limit for sports shooters) that may be there.

Still, in the special case of the AR-15, you could technically have 1 rifle with 10 uppers and 10 lowers. But since the restrictions on the amount of allowed guns are pretty relaxed, that is not a huge exploit.

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denver chris May 13, 2013 at 11:15 pm

I guess it’s kind of sad that my first conclusion is that if one’s ok, the other isn’t, when both should be ok. And to make things even stranger, WTF with the calibers? I am unable to figure out the logic of that.

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Calimero May 14, 2013 at 02:43 pm

Mhhh … upper receivers are not restricted in Germany, are they ?

My understanding is that on an AR15, only two parts are “restricted” (EWB/WBK) : bolt (but not the carrier) and barrel.

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Tobias P May 15, 2013 at 01:10 am

@calimero
That is even more correct. The flimsy aluminum upper shell itself is also not restricted. When I said “upper”, I meant the whole assembly with the shell, containing bolt, bolt carrier and barrel, because that is what is usually swapped: A replacement upper, “Wechselsystem”.

If you take it apart even further, yes, barrel and bolt are the relavant pieces. I don’t know for sure about the bolt carrier.

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Bubba May 13, 2013 at 06:47 am

European laws are strange. Rifle lowers are usually freely available, even the fully auto ones.
But upper, bolts and barrels usually require a license to own.

For handguns, barrels, frames, slides, and cylinders all usually require licenses.

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radion39 May 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Or maybe an airsoft AR15?

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