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The Noveske Shorty Uppers: The Blaster

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster.

Ever seen the Star Wars series where everyone who isn’t rocking a glowing sword or handgun of some sort is sporting a compact laser spitting blaster weapon? Well the closest thing to that long long ago and far far away technology that we have today is a super short upper and Oregon’s Noveske Rifle Works is the place to get them.

What is a super short upper?

Well kids, you see the National Firearms Act of 1934 prohibited many of the really fun things that are out there. This included suppressors, machineguns, pen guns, can guns, and oh yeah, short barreled rifles and shotguns (SBR/SBS). This meant that if you had a rifle with a barrel shorter than 16-inches, you had to register it with Uncle Sam and pay a one-time $200 tax so that the Man knew who had it and where it was.

Since then, new privately owned machineguns were banned after 1986 but SBRs, SBSs, and suppressors are still legal, although they still have the antiquated $200 tax on them. Of course back in 1934 that sum of money was about $3500 in today’s scratch, so let’s just be thankful the ATF hasn’t adjusted that cost for inflation (and please don’t get the bright idea to point that out to anybody!). These so-called NFA or “Class III” items (after the level of FFL dealer that can trade in them) have grown massively in popularity over the past decade.
This can be said especially about super-short barreled AR uppers, of which the Grants Pass, Oregon firm of Noveske is one of the industry leaders….

Noveske Rifleworks Diplomat

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