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Old October 30, 2006, 06:32 PM   #1
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Share your NFA timelines!

There is a thread on another board where people share their transfer timelines for NFA items. I think it is a very interesting resource and would be a neat sticky here.

I'll start:


1. NFA Item: AAC Phantom 9mm Suppressor
2. Form Type: Form 4
3. Transferee Type: Individual
4. Forms Sent: 10/02/2006
5. Pending Date: ?
6. Approved Date: 10/26/2006
7. Forms Received: 10/30/2006
8. Transferror/Maker Letter: G
9. Examiner Name: Dan Pinckney/ D. Henson
10. Notes: 28 days mailbox to mailbox

1. NFA Item: SBR
2. Form Type: Form 1
3. Transferee Type: Individual
4. Forms Sent: Oct 02, 2006
5. Pending Date: 10/22/2006
6. Approved Date: ?
7. Forms Received: ?
8. Transferror/Maker Letter: W
9. Examiner Name:
10. Notes: Check Cashed 10/16/2006
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Old October 31, 2006, 02:35 PM   #2
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I haven't sent anything in for over a year but I just got a few sign-offs for six F4's going in over the next few weeks (three cans, three MGs). The first was sent out last Thursday so they probably don't even have it yet. Number 2 & 3 might go out later this week or possibly next week. I'll post up more info once I know at least the first one is in the system and pending.

Approval times look really good though.
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Old November 13, 2006, 09:36 PM   #3
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Just got a corp transfer for a Tac 67 in about 28 days. Before that Form 1 for an SBR at about 30 days.
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Old November 14, 2006, 01:55 AM   #4
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NFA Timeline

Mailed 10/11/06
Approved 11/7/06
Received 11/13/06

Nickie Dudash/Dawn Henson were the examiners

Form 4 Gemtech Outback-II silencer

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Old November 14, 2006, 01:57 AM   #5
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NFA Timeline (dealer to dealer transfer)

Faxed in 11/8/06
Approved 11/9/06
Received 11/13/06

Nickie Dudash/Dawn Henson
Form 3 for silencer
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Old November 15, 2006, 10:45 PM   #6
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I am a FFL and bought 3 suppressors two years ago from AAC and they lair through there teeth!
The NFA approval was 50 days old and AAC still did not even make 2 of the suppressors!!
AAC is a husband and wife operation.
Go and buy from one of the other companies like AWC, Knight or Gemtech!
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Old November 15, 2006, 11:17 PM   #7
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Do you feel better now...?
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Old November 25, 2006, 08:42 PM   #8
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Update:

1. NFA Item: SBR
2. Form Type: Form 1
3. Transferee Type: Individual
4. Forms Sent: Oct 02, 2006
5. Pending Date: 10/22/2006
6. Approved Date: 11/22/06
7. Forms Received: 11/25/06
8. Transferror/Maker Letter: W
9. Examiner Name: Nicki Dudash
10. Notes: Check Cashed 10/16/2006
I forgot to sign the back of the form 1 under 'Maker' and it was returned to me on 11-17-06. I put the corrected form back in the mail on 11-18-06 and I received the completed form with stamp on 11-25-06.
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Old November 30, 2006, 09:30 AM   #9
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I did a suppressor on a form one and got it back exactly 8 weeks after I mailed it.
I'm in the process now on a Ruger AC-556. I'm expecting it to also take 2 months.
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Old November 30, 2006, 09:52 AM   #10
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How long does it take for the first NFA item? I mean just BATFE processing?
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Old November 30, 2006, 10:14 AM   #11
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right now it is taking Form4's about 4-6 weeks.
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Old September 19, 2008, 11:38 AM   #12
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Long time no bump

In 2008 it seems to be taking longer. A lot of people are saying there is a huge number of forms for approval in an attempt to beat the new administration to a ban or more difficult process to get approval. McCain has publicly stated that he feels there is no reason for a private citizen to own a machine gun and Obama is pretty clear on his position of private gun ownership. I have 4 NFA approvals in process right now. I also had a subgun form 4 transfer last year. That one took 2 months and 16 days start to finish. My local law enforcement signature took an additional 12 days on top of that.

Currently :
Form 1 Sent 6/22/08
Check cashed 6/26/08
Pending 9/05/08
Approved???not yet

Form 1 sent 7/28/08
Check cashed 7/31/08
Status...not in the system yet

Form 4 being sent tomorrow for 2 suppressors.
I wonder if I will see them before Christmas?
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Old September 25, 2008, 05:24 PM   #13
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Volume is very heavy right now for the NFA branch. I am telling my customers 4-10 week wait time on form 4s. Even form 3s (dealer to dealer) transfers are taking longer than normal. We submit about about 100 form 4s & 50 form 3s a month. I am sure there are guys submitting a lot more than that so I can see why there volume is so high. Call us if you have NFA or class 3 questions. 402-366-1596
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Old October 4, 2008, 12:33 PM   #14
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Geeeez

OK, there is no change in my status on ANY of my submissions. I would have hoped that the form 1 that went pending on 9/5 would have been approved by now. 1 month seems long enough to do a background check on a guy that already has been approved for 2 other NFA weapons.

I didn't get around to sending those checks for the suppressors because I spilled coffee on the forms signed by my LEA and had to go through that whole deal again. Luckily the fingerprint cards are OK. Should have them back next week. I thought they would just sign them again but I had to go through the whole deal again because it was more than 30 days since the forms were signed. Now I am in a race to get these in before the 90 days expires on the Bank checks.
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Old October 6, 2008, 10:37 AM   #15
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LOL You are almost there @ 4 weeks. I know the final days are grueling. After 4 weeks I start calling twice a week so I can try and catch any errors before the papers are mailed back. You can clear many problems up same day with a fax.

FWIW, just because you've been approved twice won't speed up future NFA transfers. Everything starts over from scratch, from what people have gathered.
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Old October 6, 2008, 10:38 AM   #16
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This is my most recent timeline:

Form 1 Individual SBR

6/13/08 Mailed
6/25/08 Check Cashed
8/1/08 Pending
8/27/08 Approved!
Examiner: Snook
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Old October 8, 2008, 10:53 AM   #17
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Rock River 9mm SBR w/ a Gemtech supressor
2 stamps
Paperwork mailed 8/22/08
Checks cashed 8/29/08
As of today still waiting
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Old October 8, 2008, 10:17 PM   #18
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Now I have 2 Pending...

The second form 1 just went pending yesterday. The first one is still pending from 9/5/08.

Now, maybe I am not as smart as all the government folks but it would seem to me thatIf I had a background check in progress and another background check suddenly popped up on the system, I just might do them both at once and approve the 2 forms at the same time.... I guess I will see.

For some reason even our LEA lead times are increasing now too. Sherriff Joe was gettin' 'em back in about 7 days a few months ago but I have been hearing that I should expect 20 to 30 now. I hope I get to use this stuff at least once before O'bama takes them all away.
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Old October 30, 2008, 07:10 PM   #19
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it's taking a looooooong time

Kind of funny, I visited TFL specifically to see how long it was taking for everyone else's NFA goodies

1. NFA Item: YHM Suppressor
2. Form Type: Form 4
3. Transferee Type: Trust
4. Forms Sent: August 1st 2008
5. Pending Date: August 20th, 2008
6. Approved Date: 10/28/08
7. Forms Received: ?
8. Transferror/Maker Letter: ?
9. Examiner Name: (Jason something)

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Old October 31, 2008, 10:34 AM   #20
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Form 4 Individual Silencer M4-2000

8-28-08 Check Cashed
10-2-08 Pending
10-24-08 Problem*
10-28-08 Approved
Examiner: Nikki Dudash

*My dealer didn't include the state permit with my packet. I faxed the permit to Nikki and she approved it the next day.
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Old November 4, 2008, 10:47 AM   #21
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Form 4 transfered to Trust. Sabre Defence SBR

Money/Forms sent on October 3rd, went pending on the 31st of October.

Examiner: N. Flanagan
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Old November 4, 2008, 06:45 PM   #22
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1. NFA Item: YHM Suppressor
2. Form Type: Form 4
3. Transferee Type: Trust
4. Forms Sent: August 1st 2008
5. Pending Date: August 20th, 2008
6. Approved Date: 10/28/08
7. Forms Received: 11/3/08
8. Examiner Name: (Jason something)

Total time from sent to received = 94 days give or take
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Old November 20, 2008, 10:55 AM   #23
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My first NFA item.

1. NFA Item: GSG-5P SBR
2. Form Type: Form 1
3. Maker Type: Trust
4. Forms Sent: 11/10/2008
5. Check Cashed: 11/19/08
6. Pending Date: ?
6. Approved Date: ?
7. Forms Received: ?
8. Examiner Name:
9. Notes:
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Old December 4, 2008, 12:12 PM   #24
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My silencer on Form 4:

Nov 29th 2007 everything sent off to BATFE

Feb 1 2008 Form 4 returned and picked up silencer

Roughly 2 month or 8 weeks



My SBR on Form 4

July 21st 2008 Form 4 mailed out

July 27th 2008 Check cleared

Sept. 8th 2008 Called to check progerss and delayed due to missing name on
CLEO sign off area. (First time CLEO entered my name, I did not
double check)

Sept. 22nd 2008 Form 4 arrived back at FFL after BATFE mailed form back three
times to wrong address.

Oct. 27th 2008 Called BATFE and Form 4 approved

Nov. 17 2008 Form 4 arrived back to FFL

Roughly 4 months or 16 weeks, which ever came first!

Examiner: Barbara L. Payne
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Old March 3, 2010, 03:31 PM   #25
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Here's my recent timeline:

1. NFA Item: suppressor - SWR GS-40
2. Form Type: ATF Form 4 (5320.4)
3. Transferee Type: Individual
4. Forms Sent: 02/11/2010 via USPS Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation
(delivered on 02/16/2010)
5. Check cleared: 03/02/2010
(my bank confirmed that the $200 check to ATF cleared)
6. Pending Date: n/a
7. Approved Date: 02/18/2010
8. Forms Received: 02/22/2010
9. Transfer/Maker Letter: T
10. Examiner Name: n/a
11. Notes: This transfer took a bit longer than usual due to the snow storms which crippled the northeast, as well as the President's Day federal holiday.
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