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After reading every post I can find regarding making an M1A compliant, these are my thoughts . . am I missing something obvious in the following reasoning??

It is my understanding that it is the combination of semi-auto + the detachable magazine that forms the basis for NY SAFE's "potential" for any rifle being defined as an "assault weapon" . . it becomes an "assault weapon" under NY SAFE when ONE other feature is added in addition to the two features previously stated. I.E.: . . a pistol grip, flash hider, threaded barrel, brake etc . . EXAMPLE: The basic Ruger Mini-14 (no extra features other than semi-auto + detachable magazine) is not considered an "assault weapon" under NY SAFE.

Using the logic above (I am an Engineer, I can't help it) if you were to cut off the mag release on your M1A then the magazine, once inserted into the receiver, cannot be removed unless the rifle is field stripped (disassembled). Now it does not have a removable magazine, therefor it does not meet the basic definition spelled out in the first paragraph above (semi-auto + detachable magazine).

My conclusion: Any standard M1A with the ONE modification, cutting off the mag release tab, is NY SAFE compliant and does not require registering.
 

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i think in addition to cutting off the tab, i have heard of one guy removing the mag latch spring and replacing it with portion of a hex wrench cut to size. that would render the latch immovable and the magazine fixed in place except for disassembly.

if you hit the m14forum i there is a thread about "my m1a compliance project" or something like that. i think that is where i saw the hex wrench idea.

edit- fulton armory sells a mag latch with the tab removed. i think they call it a CA bullet button
 

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My conclusion: Any standard M1A with the ONE modification, cutting off the mag release tab, is NY SAFE compliant and does not require registering.
This is the same idea as the MR2/ARMagLock and those who replace their AR mag release with a washer and bolt. In theory, you are correct, but it is an untested theory in practice or in court. In other words, you probably wouldn't be arrested and even if you were, you probably would win in court. However, no such solution (or any other) has been approved in writing. The M1A comes without a pistol grip or collapsible stock, so it's easier just to remove the flash hider and keep your ability to use detachable magazines.

This has a muzzle brake which should be gtg for now?

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Again, in theory, brakes are GTG (assuming that they are permanently attached, because threaded barrels are a no-no), but only because they used the wrong "brake/break" in the law. However, they may fix that mistake at some point, which would require removing it anyway. Plus, you better hope that you don't run into a gun-ho cop, who is ignorant of the difference between a muzzle brake and a flash suppressor or a compensator. In fact, what is the difference between a muzzle brake and a compensator? When I googled it, the first thing that I read said, "A muzzle brake or recoil compensator is a device ..."
 

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Neuter politicians not rifles.
 

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I know they make a mag that fits in and won't drop out again unless you do something with it.it doesn't hurt the gun at all and makes it into a top loader. If you want pm me and I'll give you my gun Smith's number if your interested
 
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