its not considered a firearm until you possess the materials to make it fire. Once you have those materials it needs to be on your permit, or its a felony. yes, nys sucks.I just bought one from carbelas and i didn't have to put it on my permit. They mailed it right to me. No FFL.
you can own it you just can't use it. unless you have the permit.I'm confused .. I thought a BP pistol was legal to own/possess and use ... or is that only for revolver type BP pistols. I don't own any and not sure I'd want to, but I have seen a few single shot BP pistols that were very nice.