Let's be clear, the problem is not the initial design. The problem is the modification to make it full auto. You should keep in mind many semi-auto long guns can be switched to a full auto configuration with some tinkering and additional parts. If it came to a point that the BATF was looking for the early trigger packs, they would probably be collecting other things as well.Ed-Ohio said:1.) I find and purchase an early version with the secondary sear. I am happy, but somewhere down the line, it is declared an illegal set up and at best I will be required to remove it, send in my trigger pack for modification, or worst case, recieve a demand to surrender it or even a "visit" to pick it up.
It is possible you might find someone who would swap. However, as long as you are not trying to obtain or install a prohibited part, I do not see where you will create a legal problem for yourself. The part FN removed is not the part that makes it go full auto, but it is one that you would want for the shooter's safety if he /she was firing on full auto.Ed-Ohio said:2.) I purchase a later rifle with said sear removed, and being the somewhat paranoid person, locate said sear, or find another less paranoid owner with a rifle that has the sear and swap trigger packs with him, thus restoring the rifle to its original design. Also possibly opening myself up to legal issues.
There are additional safety devices built into the gun to prevent an out of battery firing, but let's assume they all fail for the purpose of your question. FN like other top firearm companies normally would stand behind their product if their product self-destructs due to a construction defect. Think of it this way, as a business decision, it is cheaper for them to give you a new rifle than it is for them to respond to a lawsuit that has some merit and could be a source of bad PR for them.Ed-Ohio said:3.) I purchase a new rifle without said sear, ignore my previous experience with all things mechanical ( my own Murphys law, if it can happen, it will happen and it will happen to ME ) fire the rifle and have it fire out of battery, destroying my $2000 investment, even if not injuring me. What are the odds FN will cover this.
That's just crazy talk.... :lol:Ed-Ohio said:4.) I just save myself the stress, take my money and buy yet another high end AR-15.