Category Archives: Manufacturing

Do you have to register for ITAR if you are only manufacturing AR-15 uppers?

In my last post I answered the question of whether or not an FFL is required if one is only manufacturing and selling AR-15 uppers. Almost immediately I was asked a follow-up question about whether or not a person who … Continue reading

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Do you need an FFL to manufacture and sell AR-15 uppers?

I was recently asked whether an FFL is required to manufacture and sell AR-15 uppers. The answer is ‘no‘ but I want to caution readers that this would not necessarily be the case if the upper in question was for a … Continue reading

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What are the requirements for engraving an item you are building on a Form 1?

This is one of those questions that gets asked over and over again and I should have written about it long before now. But today I correct that omission. Let’s walk through this in 10 easy steps. 1)  When you build an … Continue reading

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Does 922(r) apply when building an SBR from an imported pistol?

I received a call last week from a client who was planning to SBR a swiss pistol and wanted to know whether the US-made parts requirement of 922(r) would apply. His concern is understandable since this is yet another area where … Continue reading

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Has the ATF changed their mind about the Sig brace?

UPDATE: The ATF has released a letter clarifying their position on this issue.  For the latest information, read my article discussing their open letter. … Over the last week I have had a flood of emails from clients wanting to … Continue reading

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Want to get your manufacturers FFL? Don’t forget ITAR!

Last week I received a call from an FFL client who was concerned about a conversation he had with an ATF agent during a routine audit. My client holds a manufacturing FFL but has never actually engaged in manufacturing since … Continue reading

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Form 1 is available on eForms once again!

Probably the single question that I am asked more than any other is “When will eForms be back?”  And while I cannot answer for Form 4 applications I can tell you this … Form 1 is back as of today! … Continue reading

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Suppressors, solvent traps, and legal traps

I was recently contacted by a client who was considering purchasing a threaded ‘solvent trap’ adapter and using it as the basis for a Form 1 build of a suppressor. For those unfamiliar with a ‘solvent trap’ adapter, it is … Continue reading

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Do I need to engrave an 80% receiver I am going to SBR?

This is a question that was recently asked by one of my client.  The answer, as with most issues involving the NFA and ATF regulations, requires a slightly detailed answer. First let’s talk about the general requirements for completing an … Continue reading

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Can you add a vertical fore-grip to an AR pistol?

 In the article I posted last week  about the Sig Sauer stabilizing brace I included a picture of a reviewer shooting an AR pistol equipped with the brace. The pistol in the picture also featured a vertical fore-grip and I … Continue reading

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