​An important notice from the Canadian Firearms Program concerning the importation, possession and domestic sale of receiver blanks is available at http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/pol-leg/receiver-carcasse-eng.htm

Receiver blanks are firearms as defined in Section 2 of the Criminal Code for the following reasons:

  1. A receiver blank is a nearly complete receiver of a firearm and falls within the adaptability clause of the definition of firearm.
  2. The manufacture of a receiver blank has proceeded to the point where it is no longer useful for any purpose other than the receiver of a firearm; receiver blanks are only destined to be firearm receivers.

Receiver blanks are available as separate components but are often sold as part of a kit, which includes the receiver blank plus the all necessary equipment and tools to complete the receiver and the spare parts to assemble the receiver into a working firearm. They can be classified as non-restricted, restricted or prohibited based on Section 84(1) of the Criminal Code. The most common in Canada are for Colt M1911, SIG 226 and Glock 17 pattern handguns (all restricted firearms); and receiver blanks for AK-47 and AR-15/M16 pattern rifles (both prohibited firearms).

When a receiver blank is inspected by the Canadian Firearms Program and determined to be a firearm, it will be published in the Firearms Reference Table (FRT).

Future import and retail sales of receiver blanks will be available only to individuals or businesses that have the appropriate firearms licence. Restricted and prohibited receiver blanks must be registered. The table below identifies many of the receiver blanks known to be in circulation. Variations of the products listed are possible. The classification listed in the table applies to the unmodified receiver blank. The classification of a firearm made from one of the receiver blanks may differ. For more information, please contact the Canadian Firearms Program at 1-800-731-4000.

Affected products

Make and model designationClassification of the unmodified receiver blankRemarks
AK-47 assault rifleProhibitedMany variations possible
AK-74 assault rifleProhibited
AMD-63 assault rifleProhibitedVariation of the AK-47
AMD-65 assault rifleProhibitedVariation of the AK-47
AR-15 (M16) rifleProhibitedThe receiver blank can be made into either an AR-15 rifle or an M16 assault rifle
Beretta 92 pistolRestricted
Beretta AR70 assault rifleProhibited
Carl Gustav m/45 submachine gunProhibited
CETME rifleProhibited
Colt M1911 pistolRestrictedMany variations possible
CZ 26 submachine gunProhibited
FBP 9 submachine gunProhibited
Galil assault rifleProhibited
Glock pistolRestrictedMany variations possible
HK 91 rifleProhibited
HK G3 rifleProhibited
KP 44 submachine gunProhibitedSimilar to the PPS-43
Krinkov assault rifleProhibitedVariation of the AK-47
MG 42 light machine gunProhibited
M249 light machine gunProhibited
M3 (M3A1) "grease gun" submachine gunProhibited
PKM machine gunProhibited
PPS 43 submachine gunProhibited
PPSH 41 submachine gunProhibited
Ruger 10/22Non-restricted
SIG P226 pistolRestricted
SIG P228 pistolRestricted
SIG P229 pistolRestricted
Sten Mark II submachine gunProhibited
Sten Mark III submachine gunProhibited
Sten Mark V submachine gunProhibited
Steyr MPi-69 submachine gunProhibited
Suomi submachine gunProhibited
Swedish K submachine gunProhibitedSimilar to Carl Gustav M/45
Tantal assault rifleProhibited
Vz58 assault rifleProhibited
Vz61 Scorpion submachine gunProhibitedMany variations possible
Yugoslavian M56 submachine gunProhibited
Zastava M72 light machine gunProhibited
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