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Thread: Benelli M1 legality?

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    I know this is slightly off-topic for a site like this, but I figured I might be able to get a straight answer from one of you guys, as most of us own more than just pistols.

    I'm in the process of purchasing a Benelli M1 12 gauge for my father. He's dead set on wanting a factory pistol grip and extended magazine tube. He was told that the only way to legally own such a combination would be to purchase a "pre-ban" M1.

    The one that I've located has a build date of July 1994. The current owner states that the pistol grip and extended magazine tube are factory options, and he's listing it as a pre-ban firearm.

    Questions:

    * Do I need to be shopping specifically for a pre-ban M1 to be legal?
    * Is the pistol grip+ extended magazine tube a legal combination?
    * Is anyone able to verify that a July '94 build is infact pre-ban? (The girl that answered the phone at Benelli was not sure exactly when the ban began)

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    The AWB took effect Sept. 13th, 1994. If the build date is July 1994 it is pre-ban.
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    The whole pre-/post-ban issue is moot since the AWB law expired. People may try to gouge buyers a bit with pre-ban nostalgia, but you can legally get a newer piece with the same features since the law expired.

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    Excellent. Thank you very much for the information, gentlemen.

    Pops is going to be a happy man when this thing shows up.

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