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State of the Industry – November 2019 Wait Times

November 13, 2019 2 comments

Ultimately, wait times are extremely unpredictable, but a few bits of information may offer insight into what a person’s wait time may be.

Capitol Armory receives hundreds of Form 4 approvals every week, arguably more than any other dealer in the United States. Because of this, we are able to analyze trends and monitor wait times. However, even with our large sample size, prediction of an approval timeframe is still nearly impossible.

Currently, the overwhelming majority of Form 4 submissions (both trust and individual) are being approved in 10 to 14 months. There are always outliers with shorter 3-month wait times or longer 2+ year wait times, but these are anomalies and represent a small percentage of forms submitted. Generally speaking, wait times longer than 14 months indicate a delay with the FBI background check, and a short 90-day approval is indicative of a spotless background or a form processed out of order.

When looking at trust vs. individual submissions, there is conflicting information as to which method takes longer. The simple answer is both will take the same amount of time if we factor in averages over a long period. At times, the ATF will focus on a specific type of transferee, so if trusts and individuals currently have the same wait time, it may not hold true in the future. If the ATF focuses on trusts, the wait time for those applications will drop. If they put trusts on the back burner, individual times will speed up. Because overall wait times are so lengthy, it’s nearly impossible to guess what the ATF will focus on in the future. By the time we recognize a certain trend, the ATF has likely switched their focus and it's too late to jump on the bandwagon with a new submission.

With the constant shifting of priorities at the ATF and varying approval timelines, one can only attempt to guess when a form may be approved, and even a highly educated guess will likely be incorrect.

Nearly everyone will agree on one thing though...no matter what the wait is, it's all worth it when you take your suppressor home. The NFA wait is best tolerated when you “submit it and forget it.”

1934 - The Birth of American Gun Control

December 20, 2018 No comments

Most know that suppressors, short barrel rifles, short barrel shotguns, and machine guns are regulated items under the National Firearms Act. However, many don't know the history and how the NFA came to be. In this article, we discuss the birth of the National Firearms Act.

Buying A Machine Gun

September 13, 2018 No comments

In this article, we discuss the personal ownership of machine guns. While suppressors, short barrel rifles, and short barrel shotguns are commonplace with NFA owners, machine guns are discussed much less. To many, their acquisition and ownership remain a mystery. Even though they are legal, many people are still unaware they can privately possess them.

The Benefits of Suppressed Hunting

April 20, 2018 No comments

As suppressors have become more popular over the last few years, many hunters are starting to see the benefits of using them while in the field. Being able to preserve the shooter’s hearing while hunting is certainly an obvious perk; however, there are many other benefits that may not be immediately apparent.

SilencerCo Chimera

February 9, 2018 No comments

In this article, we discuss SilencerCo's latest suppressor- the Chimera 300. With the durability of the Saker series and the size and performance of the Omega 300, the Chimera offer's an extremely durable solution for those in search of a smaller, well preforming suppressor.

Dead Air Armament Sandman K

October 6, 2017 No comments

An overview of the features and specifications of Dead Air's fourth (and shortest) member of the Sandman family.

What is first round pop?

September 13, 2017 No comments

When using a suppressor, the first shot may be louder than subsequent ones due to “first round pop.” Get to know why this occurs, where it occurs most and how to avoid first round pop.

What is the ATF Bar Code System?

August 20, 2017 3 comments

Since the announcement of the new ATF bar code system, we've received numerous emails regarding the status and use of these new bar codes. There are many rumors floating around the internet and this post will cover some of the facts behind the bar code system and answer some of the questions we've received to date.

Gemtech Suppressed Bolt Carrier Review

July 26, 2017 No comments

The AR-15 is a gas operated rifle that relies on a portion of the expanding gases produced during the firing of a round to cycle the action. Adding a silencer to the muzzle creates extra back pressure that goes above and beyond the original design consideration - a situation referred to as "overgassed". Gemtech has an option for you to consider - the Suppressed Bolt Carrier.

Direct Thread vs. Quick Detach

February 22, 2017 1 comment

Fundamentally, there are only two ways to effectively attach a silencer to the end of your rifle. The first is by means of a direct thread interface. Simply thread the silencer on until it is tight, and you are good to go. The second method is by way of some sort of muzzle device attachment. Usually, this mount is attached semi permanently to the muzzle of the host rifle and gives a consistent style of mount for the silencer. We sell silencers that use both types, and have found that each type has positives and negatives that are dependent on the customer's use case.