What is really "tricky" about the "letters" is that they come in two catagories:
1: "Letters" allowing only "that-Company" to make an item within the written guidlines from BATF....and...
2: "Letters" allowing the "individual the letter was addresed" to make an item within the written guidelines from BATF.
Has anyone ever read about BATF's written "Decisions" which translates into something/decision that effects everyone (I can not recall the exact term for the other written BATF papers)......which are not "Letters" ?
I guess what I am trying to say here is that BATF can "allow" in writing for someone (or a Company) to make something.......but it is not open to everyone. An example of this might be for "me" to request a model change of a Class III weapon from BATF......or for "me" to build something....which they reply to "me". Later, BATF could argue that they did not "allow-you" to do the same thing.
Anyway, "BATF-Letters" are "addressed" to individuals and/or Companies............"BATF Firearms Decisions" are printed in the FFL Newsletter and then added to the Regulations later.
What makes all of this a "Gray-Area" is that under Federal Law.....you can make a semi-automatic rifle for your own use as long as you stay within the guidlines of the "Laws" (Federal, state, local, etc.).
Be safe, RichardS.mailto:Blanksguy2001@chartermi.net
PS:.......do you still have that "warm-feeling" ?