At Accubeam, we are very experienced in laser engraving and know all aspects of 27 CFR § 479.102. Together, these features make us an ideal partner for all firearm engraving needs. NFA firearms that begin life with an approved manufacturer are engraved with all legally required markings to be included in the registry. These markings are similar to those found on all your Title 1 (non-NFA) weapons: manufacturer, serial number, and place of manufacture. However, there are some minor but very important differences in the engraving requirements for firearms that make you NFA items. To learn more about our general laser engraving characteristics, visit our About Us page. For more details on the pricing of a weapons engraving project, request a quote today. At Accubeam, we provide laser marking, engraving and cutting services to customers in a wide range of industries. One of our main markets is the arms industry. If an individual or an NFA firearms trust wants to build a suppressor or silencer, the same engraving requirement applies. The individual or the NFA Weapons Fund must submit an application to manufacture and register a firearm (ATF Form 1) and obtain authorization from the ATF to manufacture the silencer. The approved ATF Form 1 (“ATF tax stamp”) is the ATF`s authorization to manufacture the silencer. In addition to engraving the name of the person or trust, as well as the city and state, the manufacturer of an oppressor also engraves the serial number of that weapon.
On the ATF 1 form, the manufacturer of the suppressor provides the ATF with the serial number of that suppressor, such as BOND007 or 12345. When the ATF tax stamp is issued, it is time to engrave the weapon exactly as indicated on the ATF tax stamp. You can`t trust everything you read on the internet about mandatory engraving for NFA firearms. In some discussions on the forum, people were told to engrave all firearms assigned or purchased from their NFA Gun Trust. This is completely false. Only manufacturers, importers (in the United States) and firearms manufacturers are required to engrave firearms. See 27 C.F.R. § 479.102. Purchasers of already manufactured firearms, whether natural or legal persons (such as NFA Gun Trusts), are not required to engrave firearms. First and foremost, YES, you need to engrave your NFA item for Form 1 in order to properly comply with the law. Some well-established “information sources” have incorrectly reported that engraving is optional, unless you plan to sell your NFA firearm in the future. I repeat: every NFA item you make must be properly engraved.
The laws and regulations surrounding the National Firearms Act (NFA) can be confusing at best and downright intimidating at worst. In Part 2 of the Beginner`s Guide for Oppressors, we explained how to properly complete the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (BATFE) Form 4 – Application to Transfer and Register a Firearm. What we haven`t (yet) covered is everything related to BATFE Form 1 – the application to manufacture and register a firearm and the subsequent requirements to properly manufacture an NFA item. (v) in the case of an imported firearm, the name of the country in which it was manufactured and the city and state (or a recognized abbreviation thereof) in which you, as the importer, have your place of business. Additional requirements regarding imported firearms can be found in customs regulations in 19 CFR Part 134. The depth requirement (.003″) is the most important, as it is the most difficult aspect for an engraving workshop. Most trophy and engraving retail stores are not able to engrave at this depth without damaging the surface material. Accubeam is not only able to reach this depth, but also to exceed it quickly. You have a few options: frame, receiver, barrel or gun slide (if applicable) are allowed by law. For practical reasons, especially with AR-15 firearms, engraving the bottom box is usually the best option.
This allows you to replace the upper boxes without having to re-engrave the firearm. But what if you make your own muffler or SBR or SBS? The rules are always the same. Without exception, each NFA item must be engraved with a specific set of markings, as defined by the ATF. The ATF not only has requirements on what you need to put on the item, but also requirements on where and how to label that information. Since ATF has strict guidelines and requirements on what needs to be marked on your NFA article, there`s also an order in which you need to do things. Here`s what you need to do. For these customers, we offer federally licensed firearms (FFL) laser engraving for National Firearms Act (NFA) firearms, including short-barreled shotguns (SBS), short-barrelled shotguns (SBRs), and silencers labeled to Bureau of Alcohol standards, Tobacco, and Firearms and Explosives (ATF). This service allows them to add important information (such as serial numbers and owner information) and personalized items (such as custom graphics) to their firearms. While ATF Decision 2013-3 does not create new requirements, it does explain the process well while citing existing regulations. If you make the NFA weapon yourself from a design, such as a silencer, you must create a serial number for the NFA weapon. The requirements of the ATF National Firearms Act Handbook state: “If the firearm has been remanufactured, the applicant must assign a unique serial number and enter it in box 4(g).
For example, a unique serial number may consist of at least 4 digits preceded by the manufacturer`s initials. Note: Alphabetic characters, such as a name, are not accepted as serial numbers. To use a name, there must be at least one numeric character in addition to alphabetic characters. Below is the information that needs to be engraved on the NFA firearm you are making. (1) By engraving, casting, embossing or otherwise placing or engraving, casting, embossing or affixing an individual serial number to the frame or the recipient thereof. The serial number must be affixed in such a way that it cannot be easily deleted, altered or removed, and must not duplicate a serial number that you have affixed to another firearm. For firearms manufactured, imported or manufactured on or after January 30, 2002, the engraving, casting or stamping of the serial number must have a minimum depth of 0.003 inches and a print size of at least 1/16 inch; and gun laws are administered by the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms or ATF, and they have a lot of good information about legal requirements on their website. You may have heard of terms such as Class 3, Title II, or NFA weapons that are used interchangeably, and usually they refer to the same thing. The NFA is the national firearms law that the ATF administers and enforces. While there`s no way around government regulations and requirements to make your own NFA item, at least they leave you with some of the information so you can make the item unique. Details of the engraving are set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (“CFR”). See 27 C.F.R.
§ 479.102. We recommend that you use an engraver who is familiar with firearm engraving requirements. Many Class 3 firearms owners are moving in the direction of establishing trusts. To fully comply with NFA regulations, trusted information must be engraved in a visible place on the firearm. For years, Accubeam has offered this service to responsible firearms owners who want to have their engravings made by a professional company known for its quality. If you are not the manufacturer of the NFA firearm, for example: Convert a Title 1 rifle to a short-barreled Title 2 rifle, you are not the manufacturer. You are the manufacturer of the short-barreled rifle. In this case, you can use the manufacturer`s serial number, already engraved on the bottom receiver, for your ATF 5320.1 or ATF eForm1 papers.
The requirements of the ATF National Firearms Act Handbook state that “all NFA firearms must be identified by a serial number and other specified markings. If an existing firearm is used in the manufacture of the NFA weapon and that firearm is serialized, the existing serial number must be used (unless it duplicates a serial number already used by the manufacturer on Form 1) and entered in box 4(g). “At Accubeam, we are a one-stop solution provider for all weapons manufacturing and NFA engraving and marking needs. When you work with us, you benefit from ours: you can get a set of letter and number stamps at most craft stores, and it`s also an acceptable way to mark the NFA item. This option is a cost-effective way to have the tools to tag future items. As mentioned with the burning option, it doesn`t need to look pretty.