Hi, and welcome to the forum!
This is a stunning find. I am not jealous (MUCH! ) PIAT's are hard to find now here in the UK. They command about £1,500 or about $2,500 here. Rounds here are about £140/£150. I have shown my inert round on the forum.
Have a look at some of the threads about using Oxalic acid. Using this may bring up a lot of the original paint.
In Arnhem during the anniversary commemorations I have carried one of these for several miles on the march.
That must have been a fantastic experience to participate in the Arnhem anniversary events. I'm not envious either!
Terrific item. I know of a gent here in the States that has TWO for sale! Is there anything illegal about owning this at all? Does anyone know if the Communist State of California has any laws prohibiting the owning of such an item?
Any advice is welcomed! Thanks for sharing the photos.
State and Local restrictions are another matter. Who can say what California would think of this!
Thank you for the response, I appreciate the information. Anytime I think of these types of laws I first think in terms of common sense, then I look to California law!
This gent has two in the carry case, no rounds, and I believe was asking $1,500.00 USD for BOTH!!!!!!!!!!! May have to give him a call.
....not only that but the PIAT had a recoil like you wouldn't BELIEVE ! Even lying flat on the ground with your heels dug in and feet parallel to the ground it wasn't unheard of for the bloke firing it to find himself a full body length away from where he fired the damn thing
Anyone else have any info on this?
I know this is an old thread, but how did cleaning up the PIAT go?
Actually there has been an interesting development. It turns out my friend actually registered the PIAT as a destructive device with ATF during the 1968 amnesty. He had forgotten about it until he came across the paperwork. We are in the process of contacting ATF to find out if it is still considered an NFA item or not. If it is I'll have to file the appropriate forms and pay the $200 transfer fee.
Given the circumstances, any restoration work has been put on hold pending an answer from ATF. They don't respond to phone inquiries, only written questions, so we're still waiting for a response.