Single Shot Exemption Explanation
OK. Here it is. Here is how the Single Shot Exemption (SSE) works here at Direct Action Solutions.
For starters, the SSE transfer process cannot be done on every pistol that is not listed on the California Roster of Approved Handguns. Most of the guns we offer require purchasing extra parts to make the gun meet the dimensional requirements needed to make the pistol eligible for SSE, which means the pistol must have a minimum barrel length of 6 inches and an overall length of 10.5 inches.
Since most guns don’t fit these dimensional requirements, the solution is to purchase a new barrel from manufacturer or source one from an aftermarket company. In some cases this may cost as much as $500.
After we have found and purchased a barrel, it will need to be lengthened so it meets the SSE transfer requirements. Usually lengthening the barrel will help us meet both the barrel and overall length dimensional requirements. The final modification is to manufacture a block for insertion into the magazine well to change the pistol from a semi-auto magazine fed firearm to a single shot firearm that can only be loaded one round at a time. With the longer barrel installed in the slide and the block installed in the magazine well, we now have a Single Shot Exempt pistol, meaning this pistol is now exempt from the California Roster of Handguns and also legal to sell in California.
When you come into purchase your SSE pistol, it will be configured with the longer barrel and magazine block installed. You will start your ATF and Department of Justice (DOJ) paperwork and your ten day waiting period. When you return to pick up your firearm, you will sign and complete all the necessary documents and receive your SSE pistol. The gun is now yours.
Once the pistol is legally in your possession, you can legally modify it back to its intended original configuration. This means you can remove the lengthened barrel and magazine well block and install or use the original barrel and magazines that came with your gun. This step may require some tools, which we can provide for your use if you desire.
Once completed, your gun is fully functional, just as it was when it started out life as a Glock Gen4, HK45 or any other pistol not on the California Roster of Handguns.
Please visit our Single Shot Exempt Pistols page to view our current offering of pistols.
One final note to all of this: because of the extra costs and logistics incurred by DAS to lawfully transfer a non-rostered handgun via the SSE process, please do not assume that we can just get any gun and perform the SSE transfer for you. We only offer this service for firearms that we know are popular and will sell. For instance, the HK45 is a very popular firearm so it was an easy choice for us. The factory HK barrel we purchased for SSE transfers was $475, so we need to sell quite a few to spread the cost of that barrel out over multiple transfers and justify the purchase. The 1911 barrel we made for SSE transfers will fit most 1911 models out there so if you want to purchase a 1911, the only real issue is availability of that particular 1911 model.
Please check our website for all the SSE options we have before sending us an email asking us to SSE some random or rare pistol with that requires equally rare and expensive parts to legally transfer. However, if there is a pistol that you simply cannot live without and are willing to incur the costs necessary to make it SSE transferable, then give us a call and we will make it happen for you.
You can visit our contact page with any questions or comments.
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