So, I've got one of these:
It's a .44 caliber black powder revolver - a replica of the 1860 Colt Army. I own this completely practical tool because I'm a whole lot like this guy:
Let me tell you gentlemen, shooting this thing is a shitload of fun. It takes FOREVER to load....measure your powder, poor it into the cylinder, put in a patch, put in a ball, rotate the cylinder, pack it. Repeat this five more times. Then slather bore butter in all the cylinders to prevent a chain fire. Then add a cap to each nipple.
Five minutes later you're finally ready to shoot. All your hard work is rewarded with a thunderous ka-boom, a thick cloud of white smoke and a thoroughly demoralized milk jug.
I highly recommend you pick one of these up. You can snag one for a couple hundred bucks at Cabela's. It's black powder, so no FFL is required. They'll mail it right to your house and you can start making splinters. No fuss, no muss.
Which brings me to the point I wanted to discuss. I was looking around the internet and found this:
What you're looking at is a cylinder and ejector conversion kit from Kirst Konverter that allows you to modify this cap and ball revolver to fire cartridge ammunition (.45 Long Colt). It's kind of like when Jesus turned water into wine:
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know I just said the gun is awesome as-is. Nevermind that factoid for a moment. Also, please disregard the fact that this kit is more expensive than the gun itself.
The point is that you can buy the revolver without going through an FFL and you can also buy the conversion kit without going through an FFL. So you can have a "real handgun" that was purchased legally with no background check or BATF involvement of any kind. This probably just falls into the category of things that aren't on the gun Nazis' radar because it's not commonly seen and nobody has ever screamed about it.
Now, I'm not sure why anyone would want to spend upwards of $500 to own a single action revolver that's still old school as hell just to avoid a background check. Even the most brazen criminal would have to have an impressive sense of flair to embark on an evening of carjackings with 3 pounds of cowboy revolver stuck in his wasteband.
Nevertheless, I thought the legal aspects were interesting. There was a discussion in another thread recently about making plastic guns on a $10,000 printer. For those of you rebels who were fascinated by that, this is probably a safer and more cost-effective way for you to stick it to the man. Enjoy!