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#1 Admin

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Posted 25 March 2006 - 01:02 PM

The SWD Auto Connector aka Lightning Link

This National Firearms Act regulated item converts a vanilla AR-15 rifle into a fully automatic machine gun. This BATFE registered piece of metal is work of S.W.D., Inc. and was legally manufactured prior to 1986 for transfer to mere civilians. It was originally designed to work with pre-ban Colt AR-15's without a sear block.

The Lightning Link's are the cheapest way currently to legally own a full auto AR-15. Currently, the market ranges from $6000 to $7000 per Lightning Link.

These Auto Connectors were originally designed to be used only in Colt AR-15's with its original Colt semi-automatic internals. The manufacturer stated that the Registered Lightning Link (RLL) would not work with any M-16 parts whatsoever.

As this is a drop in unit, your AR-15 will have no provisions for select fire. However, should you decide to convert your AR-15 back to semi-automatic mode, simply remove the Auto Connector in reverse order from which you installed it.

Lightning Link Rate of Fire When Installed?

The rate of fire for a Colt AR-15 will be about 700 to 750 rounds per minute.

Lightning Link Markings

Legitimate SWD connectors are marked "S.W.D. ATL. GA. M.15.A.C. PAT. PEND." followed by an electro-penciled serial number starting with the letters "AC".

How many SWD Auto Connectors are in the NFA registry?

It is estimated that there less than 800 legally registered RLL's.

Can you make a the Auto Connector fire in select fire mode?

Yes. Scott Bell made a fire control kit in safe, semi-auto, full auto for the Lightning Link.

Photos of a SWD Lightning Link

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Link installed in AR-15

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Link with KNS protector

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Original SWD Lightning Link Installation Instructions
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#2 SBHShooter Re: The SWD Auto Connector aka Lightning Link

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 11:17 PM

That '86 law is just ridiculous. A piece of metal weighing about an ounce goes for 6-7Gs?
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Posted 27 March 2006 - 07:28 PM

What's with the 6 different tabs in the first pic?
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Posted 27 March 2006 - 08:01 PM

QUOTE(Admin @ Mar 25 2006, 12:02 PM)  


It was originally designed to work with pre-ban Colt AR-15's without a sear block.






the sear block, is that the little hook thingy inside my colt ?
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Posted 27 March 2006 - 08:54 PM

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If you're talking about this thingy, then yes.


I think instead of saying "C-O-L-T" it should say "F-U" or just have a little hand flipping you off.
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#6 machineguneddie Re: The SWD Auto Connector aka Lightning Link

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 10:22 PM

thats it.
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#7 pickleweaseler Re: The SWD Auto Connector aka Lightning Link

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 10:56 PM

They should replace the OL with UN
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Posted 29 March 2006 - 03:20 AM

QUOTE(pickleweaseler @ Mar 27 2006, 07:28 PM)  


What's with the 6 different tabs in the first pic?






Pickleweaseler, those six "tabs" are actually called "Paddles" and they are the only part of
the SWD Registered *Lightnin' Link* or (RLL) that can be legally replaced if need be...
They do have a tendency to break now and then since they are basically made out of
a harden plastic material. The main portion of the RLL is metal as you can see from those
pics. That peice is the part that contains the serial # and mfg's info.
This main componant CANNOT be legally replaced if it were to break.
Since the BATF considers that to be making a post '86 machinegun whitch cannot be
transferred to civillians. That law is such and it needs to be overturned badly!
Maybe someday that will happen, it is possible. After all, the '94 hi-capacity ban was lifted.

I have one of these RLL's made by SWD and I have replaced the paddles only twice
since I first bought it back in 1992. Back then I paid around $900.00 for it, plus the
$200.00 BATF registration fee as required by the NFA. However nowadays though,
these things are selling for right around eight thousand bucks. It's amazing what some
people are willing to spend for a little thin peice of steel...
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Posted 29 March 2006 - 12:28 PM

summabitch! that much for that?! sheesh for that much dinero i could give you ten working f/a m16's here - with licenses, no less. 8g's! ouchies! you people have too much money. howsabout sending some my way?
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Posted 31 March 2006 - 02:50 AM

QUOTE(45operator @ Mar 29 2006, 12:28 PM)  


summabitch! that much for that?! sheesh for that much dinero i could give you ten working f/a m16's here - with licenses, no less. 8g's! ouchies! you people have too much money. howsabout sending some my way?


45operator,
With regards to your comment about possessing those "unregistered" M-16's, there's always
possibility of incarceration. If you're caught with even just one *Unregistered* full auto weapon,
you're most likely be facing a Ten-Year "vacation" at *Club FED*.

It's NOT worth the risk to most people seeing as how we can LEGALLY own those same weapons
and WITHOUT having to worry about prison. And that being the case, it's pretty senseless to
risk getting caught over items that we can lawfully possess anyway. At least here in USA we can
legally own machineguns. Most other countries around the glibe don't allow that for civillians.
The only difference between LEGAL and Illegal machineguns for those of us in the USA, is just
differences machinegun Prices. $$$.

My RLL (Registered Lightnin' Link) works very well, and always has sicne I first bought it.
As mentioned the other day, I've only had to change the paddle on it twice in the last 14 years.
And setting the Links' timing, is so easy that it can be done in about a minute and a half.
I would recommend buying one to anyone who wants to convert a Rifle to full auto fire,
but without having to spend $12 to $15,000 bucks for a registered machingun such as an M16.
That price range is the current market value for an M16 these days.
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#11 macho999 Re: The SWD Auto Connector aka Lightning Link

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Posted 31 March 2006 - 03:16 AM

Welcome to the forums FUBAR and thanks for the information. 45Operator lives in the Phillipines so therein lies the difference in price he was referring to. Stick around and post more, this is a good board. You'll enjoy it.


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Posted 31 March 2006 - 05:56 PM

thanks macho for the defense. i hope you don't send me a bill for that, councilor. rofl.gif i just can't get over how ridiculously high the prices are over there. eyepop.gif

fubar, welcome to the forum. i was referring to legally-owned m16's. over here we call the registrations licenses. we're required to acquire licenses for each and every firearm we own and renew them every two years - no exceptions. no illegals or hot items there.

why is it that people almost always fail to notice my location in the public profile? it's getting to be a pain 'splainin as to where i am to almost all the noobs.

thanks again macho.

Edited by 45operator, 31 March 2006 - 06:02 PM.

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#13 JSheaHawk Re: The SWD Auto Connector aka Lightning Link

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Posted 31 March 2006 - 09:08 PM

QUOTE(FUBAR @ Mar 29 2006, 02:20 AM)  


Since the BATF considers that to be making a post '86 machinegun whitch cannot be
transferred to civillians. That law is such and it needs to be overturned badly!
Maybe someday that will happen, it is possible. After all, the '94 hi-capacity ban was lifted.

Yeah, but the only reason that the AWB lifted was because it was scheduled to sunset. Good precognition by lawmakers.

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Posted 31 March 2006 - 10:05 PM

QUOTE(jaredshearer @ Mar 31 2006, 08:08 PM)
Yeah, but the only reason that the AWB lifted was because it was scheduled to sunset. Good precognition by lawmakers.

Jared


Yeah, it didn't "get lifted," it just happened to have a sunset provision. If it hadn't, we would still have it.


Here's some Lightning Link related stuff I found.

Lightning Link protector
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Broken Lightning Link
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Welded Lightning Link
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Ground and refinished Lightning Link
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All those pictures from http://www.m60joe.com/
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Posted 01 April 2006 - 08:09 AM

You can see more information here about how it works and construction.
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Posted 02 April 2006 - 06:02 AM

QUOTE(macho999 @ Mar 31 2006, 03:16 AM)  
Welcome to the forums FUBAR and thanks for the information. 45Operator lives in the Phillipines so therein lies the difference in price he was referring to. Stick around and post more, this is a good board. You'll enjoy it.




Macho, Thanks for the 'welcoming'... :coolthumb:

In addition to the other RLL-related links that are posted already by everyone else, I also know of a couple sites that are worth checking out as well.

*Extremely detailed info on *Light'nin' links* can be found at the First website below...

http://www.quarterbo...5m16/index.html


*The Second site is an excellent source for researching the
Legalities (both Federal and State) of these thin, little metal items-->>>

http://www.ar15.com/content/legal/


*The Third link is good for Lightning Link parts for infomation and parts sales regarding a new design for LEGALLY converting a full auto M16, into a *Select-fire M16 Rifle*.

Interesting site to check out... :drinkcoffee:
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Posted 30 June 2011 - 08:36 AM

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 05:34 PM

Q: When are 2 50 cent pieces of sheet metal worth thousands of dollars?

A: In a free market country.
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Posted 26 July 2011 - 10:49 PM

A: In a free market country.

...that bans the stamping of sheet metal into that shape so the supply is incredibly low.

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 06:35 AM

Lovely ain't it?
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