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Old July 18, 2013, 12:53 PM   #1
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Anyone have recent experience with ATF wait times?

About two weeks back, I was talking to this guy today that said that I will be waiting much more than 6 or 6.5 months to get my stamps.

He said that the dealers just say that so that you don't get discouraged.

I kind of ignored him, until today.

Today is week number four from when I first submitted my ATF paperwork.

According to one of my dealers, he said it will take about 3-6 weeks, and on average four weeks, for the form 3 (to transfer the gun from that out-of-state dealer to the dealer in my state). Today, when I called my local dealer, they said it takes much longer than 4 weeks for them to receive the MG. DOAH!

I read that ATF strives to have the stamp issued within 9 months!!!

I read on another forum (from about a year ago), that some guy had waited seven months, and still didn't have his stamp.

Does anyone have recent experience on the actual wait time? Is it really 6-6.5 months? Or am I waiting until spring for my guns?
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Old July 18, 2013, 01:39 PM   #2
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Re: Anyone have recent experience with ATF wait times?

Actually, the ATF strives to get them out in six months. Until recently, that's been the average. Lately, times seem to be closer to seven.
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Old July 18, 2013, 04:06 PM   #3
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I got two a few months ago and they were pretty close to the 6 month mark.
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Old July 18, 2013, 05:30 PM   #4
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This wait officially sucks.

I've bought everything possible and reloaded to my heart's content.

Now it's just a matter of waiting.

I'm gonna go picket DC and put some pressure on the ATF, I'm so bored.
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Old July 18, 2013, 06:06 PM   #5
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I just got one back that was right at 7 months, almost to-the-day.

Check out nfatracker.com - that place confirms, everyone is waiting pretty much seven months right now.
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Old July 19, 2013, 03:48 PM   #6
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Place that I bought my NFA item from told me to expect 8 month wait. Getting the Sherrifs signature on the forms took 3 weeks - I'm going to try to forget about it and wait to be surprised someday when I get my tax stamp.
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Old July 19, 2013, 04:15 PM   #7
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I gotta gripe a bit.

This absolutely sucks.

If this was a private enterprise, the enterprise would hire more people and speed up the wait times, knowing that they would be making more money.

But then again...ehhhh...maybe I'm wrong because there's still an ammo, powder, and primer shortage and manufacturers and suppliers have said that they aren't going to add production because they expect the bubble to burst.

Screw me! This wait sucks.
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Old July 20, 2013, 02:48 PM   #8
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The first one is the hardest, hang in there man. Once I had my first stamp come in it was soooooo much easier to wait, since I could at least play with something.
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Old July 22, 2013, 01:22 PM   #9
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Tony, I just received a stamp last week that took right at 7 months from the date the stamp tax check cleared the bank.

You do realize that your real wait has not even started right? Once the dealer receives it you get to do your form 4 and that's when your 6-7 month wait will begin. My last F3 to dealer took about 5 weeks.


Hang in there.
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Old July 24, 2013, 04:06 PM   #10
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Submitted Form 4 February 3, returned by BATF this week for a minor typing error in the address so it should be here approved within 2 weeks. That's 7 month hopefully. Later submissions will be taking longer.
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Old July 25, 2013, 06:10 PM   #11
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just a shade under six months

I posted this in the thread about my first purchase so I'll be brief. I submitted last october and it was 179 days.
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Old July 25, 2013, 10:46 PM   #12
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They cashed my check in early January. My dealer called ATF a few weeks back to check on the status of all the items transfering through him and he was told to expect transfers to take 9 months right now.
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Old July 26, 2013, 11:44 AM   #13
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Hmmm. I heard from someone else that 9 months can happen. Wow!

I wonder what they'll do when the line/wait reaches 12 months? Are they going to add staff? Probably not, is my guess. That's what happens when you have a monopoly.
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Old July 26, 2013, 12:31 PM   #14
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I'll let you know how accurate the 6 month time frame is in January when my suppressor stamp does or doesn't get completed...
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Old July 26, 2013, 01:55 PM   #15
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See my sig line. I'm now over 6 months on my current form 4.
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Old July 26, 2013, 02:43 PM   #16
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Re: Anyone have recent experience with ATF wait times?

I ordered my can December 23rd. Still waiting for it. I don't check the status or anything to know any more than I am still waiting
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Old July 29, 2013, 05:49 PM   #17
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6 months to the day, Dec 1 - June 1.
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Old July 29, 2013, 06:49 PM   #18
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So I spoke to my class 3 dealer today, and I mentioned the issues brought up in this thread. They say that they're on very good terms with the ATF processors. They are seeing things come back at exactly 6 months, most of the time. Otherwise, they see, at most 6.5 months. They assured me that I am 4 - 4.5 months away from possessing my silencers and machine guns.

We shall see.
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Old July 30, 2013, 07:54 PM   #19
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My check was cashed December 20th... went pending Jan 4th

Still waiting....

My first suppressor took a bit under 6 months.
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Old August 1, 2013, 10:53 PM   #20
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I thought once it went pending that 90 days to poop or get off the pot?
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Old August 3, 2013, 11:56 PM   #21
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The volume of transfers that your state's ATF inspector has on their desk has a lot to do with the transfer time. Also what inspector it is doing the transfer has some to do with how fast they get done.
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Old August 4, 2013, 04:08 PM   #22
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I feel your pain Deja Vu- I had a check cashed 3 Jan (dropped in the mail 29 Dec) and am still waiting also.

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Old August 4, 2013, 04:22 PM   #23
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ATF/NFA cashed my checks on 01/08/2013 and I'm still waiting.
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Old August 4, 2013, 05:42 PM   #24
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How do you guys get the pending date? Is it just a matter of bugging the NFA people to ask? I've only called them one time, and really felt like I was being a nuisance/slowing the work.
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Old August 5, 2013, 12:18 AM   #25
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I'd just call and ask when it went pending. Now, don't be calling every other day.

I knew a guy that literally called every few days or so. I know that can't be a good thing.
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