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Today, I’m excited to start a new series of articles documenting the process of LEGALLY building a suppressor from home. Building your own suppressor allows you to use an NFA Trust and e-File a Form 1 which can drastically speed up the process. It also can be much less expensive than purchasing a suppressor from a manufacturer. So here’s your invitation to follow along with us as we experience a completely new part of NFA Ownership.

Many AR-15 owners have built an AR using an 80% lower receiver and even more know about the legalities and rules regarding it. Just the opposite can be said for building a suppressor from home. Up until a few years ago, the state of Michigan (where I live) did not even allow Suppressor ownership. Once that changed  I started learning a bit more about it and saw that some people built suppressors themselves. Building a suppressor in some ways is very similar to an 80% Lower in that most of the work is done but it requires some additional machining to complete. One huge key difference is that unfortunately you do have to register it with the BATFE and pay for a $200 Tax Stamp, unlike an 80% lower. This article will focus on the components of the suppressor build but the next article will focus solely on using an NFA Trust to submit a Form 1 Suppressor build.

WHAT COMPANY SHOULD I BUY FROM

There are quite a few websites that sell kits that are typically called “Solvent Traps” which consist of a tube, and additional components, all of varying quality. I really wanted to the best components possible to mirror how we at AR15NEWS build our ARs. Through a recommendation from a friend and additional research I turned to SD Tactical Arms. SD Tactical Arms is a Veteran Owned, Class 7 Type 2 FFL manufacturer that produces very high quality “Solvent Trap” components, rifles, etc. and has an outstanding reputation amongst DIY’ers.

THE COMPONENTS

Of course AR15NEWS readers only deserve the best so we are going all out on this build. For our 7.62mm suppressor build we will be using the SD Tactical Arms Titanium 7.6 inch “Solvent Trap” tube and thread protectors (end caps) which come to 8 inches overall length, Titanium Blast Chamber and Spacer Material, Stainless Steel Freeze Plugs that will be formed and drilled to become baffles and the new Challenge Coin (helps keep the suppressor threaded on tight). Once finished, this suppressor will thread directly onto their muzzle brakes and I have a 5.56 and 7.62 brake so it can be used on multiple rifles. Owning these solvent trap components is perfectly legal as they have not been drilled and assembled as a suppressor…yet.

SD Tactical Arms Titanium Suppressor Build 1

THE “CHALLENGE COIN”

Here’s a closeup look at the “Challenge Coin”. Currently it just looks cool but once our Form 1 is approved we can machine out the center of the coin and insert it in the blast chamber of the suppressor which will help keep the suppressor on tight without needing a locking mechanism on the mount.

SD Tactical Arms Titanium Suppressor Build 1

THREADED MUZZLE BRAKES

The SD Tactical Arms muzzle brakes have ACME threads on them allowing you to mount your suppressor directly to them using the threaded end cap. I’m sure I’ll be purchasing a few more of these brakes so I can install the suppressor on different rifles with ease.

SD Tactical Arms Titanium Suppressor Build 1`

ENGRAVING ON YOUR SUPPRESSOR BODY

As I mentioned above, to build a suppressor you have to submit a Form 1 at which time you have to put in your Trust Name, City and State, choose a Model Name and assign a Serial Number for your suppressor. Once the Form 1 is approved you have to have that information engraved onto your suppressor. I was very pleased to find out that SD Tactical Arms will engrave the information for you, as seen in the image below, for just $25. If you know this information at the time of purchase they will engrave it before sending your parts to you. 

SD Tactical Arms Titanium Suppressor Build 1Click to enlarge image

HOW MUCH & HOW LONG

You are probably wondering what all of these high quality components cost and if it really is that much cheaper or faster than buying a suppressor. To start, Form 1 Suppressor builds that are e-Filed are taking anywhere from 70-80 days to be approved. Compare that to 3-4 months to purchase a suppressor from a dealer using a Form 4, which can’t be e-filed, or even longer if they have to order that suppressor from the manufacturer and you can see how this is a pretty quick route.

Now lets talk price! Here’s the breakdown:
–  Titanium Muzzle Brake Adapter – $45.99
–  Titanium end cap – $45.99
–  Titanium 7.6″ tube – $73.49
–  Titanium D-cell spacer tube – $29.99
–  Challenge coin – $34.99
–  Muzzle brake – $56.99
–  Stainless freeze plugs – $3.39 each x 12 = $40.68
–  Double sided centering tool – $22.99
–  Engraving Service – $25

The sum of those parts comes to $376.11 including one muzzle brake for the suppressor to thread onto. Assuming you already have a drill press, carbide drill bits, a vise and a few tools to do the final machining, your cost including the $200 tax stamp would be just $576.11. Keep in mind this cost is for the top of the line components and can be reduced by using different components which are also available at SD Tactical Arms. This type of price range for an 8″ Suppressor that you would purchase from your local FFL would be virtually impossible to find. Most options would run you at a minimum $200-300 more for a very low end suppressor.

At this point I am still waiting for my Form 1 to be approved so I can not do any modification to the parts. Before we get to that I will add an article showing you step by step instructions specifically for e-Filing your Form 1 to build a suppressor and another article explaining the tools needed to turn your Solvent Trap into a Suppressor. As soon as my Form 1 is approved I will document the machining process, assembly and show you how well it shoots. 

Until then, you should get a head start on your own build by visiting www.SDTacticalArms.com to pick out your own components. You can also visit the SD Tactical Arms Forum for information, tips, instructions, etc. from the pros.

Don’t forget to get your NFA Trust from Coyote Rifleworks. I have used mine twice now and couldn’t be happier. They are just $95 with same day turnaround.

Be sure to bookmark our AR15NEWS Form 1 Suppressor Build thread to keep tabs on the process.

**NOTE: AR15NEWS is not a law firm and is not authorized to provide legal advice.

**Edit: ATF41p final rule was signed by the Attorney General yesterday, 1/4/2016. Note that CLEO Sign-off was removed from the final rule**

**Edit: We’re hearing talk that the ATF may be implementing ATF-41P in January 2016**

FACT: Depending on what state you live in, you can possess silencers/suppressors, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, machine guns, destructive devices, and the “Any Other Weapon” firearms.

SIG MPX SBR With suppressor

FACT: The White House and the ATF has been trying since late 2013 to put complete control over whether or not you can exercise your right to own these in the hands of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of your area.

NFA-ATF41P

Commonly known as ATF 41P, under the unprecedented number of executive actions President Obama announced, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives seeks to make a change to the framework that will require every person, regardless of whether you are applying as an individual or under any type of entity such as a corporation, LLC, limited partnership, or trust to submit 2 sets of photographs taken within 1 year, 2 sets of FBI approved fingerprints, a check for $200 (or $5 if transferring an AOW), plus the signature of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in your area before the tax stamp which permits the ability to purchase or build these highly regulated firearms will be issued.

Should the Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) refuse to sign, and even if you can pass the extensive background check for which you are submitting to the ATF, you will not be allowed to complete the application. This places an enormous amount of power in the hands of a person whose personal opinions, prejudices, and political motivations will be the ultimate deciding factor in whether or not you will be able to exercise your 2nd Amendment right to own any of these firearms. Until now, people who faced an uncooperative CLEO turned to the additional expense of creating trusts, corporations, or LLCs -which did not require the signature – in order to proceed with the application. If this proposition passes, this alternative will no longer be an option unless you live in only a handful of states that have laws on the books that compel the CLEO to sign.

This potential change has been delayed 3 times already, and the latest update has a decision that could be announced next month. This gives you enough time to get the ball rolling with a trust and submit your applications before the regulation is passed.

My suggestion is to do the exact same thing I did and get an NFA Trust now and get working on registering your new SBR, Suppressor, etc. There are many avenues of doing this wether it be online or in person with an attorney. I have personally and know many more people who have used Coyote Rifleworks for their NFA Trust and used it to 100% success. What makes it work so well is that with Coyote Rifleworks you actually fill out the important information on their website and then they send you a completed NFA Trust instead of a blank NFA Trust or a copy of an NFA Trust for you to fill out like many other companies do. It costs just $95 too which is pretty awesome. Check them out at www.CoyoteRifleworks.com.

No matter what, if you don’t take the opportunity to build an SBR, Suppressor, etc. and continue to put it off, you might decide to do it when its finally too late. There are many people in this country that want to take away your right to do so and they’ll do it by any means necessary.  

*NOTE: This is not a sponsored post or a post that I was paid to make. This is a post for you and I who are citizens of the United States of America that need to know what’s going on and what rights our government is trying to take away from us.  –  Ben

**AR15NEWS is not a law firm and is not authorized to provide legal advice. Please verify that Trusts purchased online are valid in your state.

Many of you know I just received my approval from the ATF for my SBR in just 36 days using an eFiled NFA Trust from Coyote Rifleworks. Well now Coyote Rifleworks is having an NFA Trust 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! From 12/13/14 to 12/25/14 take $12 off when you pay online using the promo code “12DAYS” at www.CoyoteRifleworks.com. Each day one person will receive a complete refund and get their Trust for free! So not only do you save a few dollars by using the code “12DAYS” but you might even get a complete refund.

But that’s not all! On Christmas day, one winner will be drawn from all who share the following post on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #12DAYSGAW for a $100 Visa gift card! 

Want to know more about an NFA Trust and how it benefits you when purchasing and building NFA firearms? Visit www.coyoterifleworks.com/nfa-trust

**AR15NEWS is not a law firm and is not authorized to provide legal advice. Please verify that Trusts purchased online are valid in your state.

Step one to My Journey To NFA Ownership was deciding to have Coyote Rifleworks create my NFA Trust for me. That was the easiest part of this whole thing. They have a great reputation, offer same day turnaround and they charge just $95. Using an NFA Trust means there is NO CLEO (Chief Law Enforcement Officer) Signature, NO Fingerprints and NO Photographs and it allows you to e-file your Form 1 on the ATF website. True to their word I was emailed my NFA Trust in .pdf format within just a few hours. I printed it out and got ready to do some leg work.

Coyote Rifleworks NFA Trust SBR Application

Now that I had my Trust printed out the next step was to meet up with a certified Notary Public, sign them and have the Trust notarized. At this point you do not need to add the serialized NFA items to the trust, just get the signatures done. There are plenty of ways to do this including searching for a local Notary Public or find offices such as Insurance Agencies where a lot of their employees would be a certified Notary. This should technically be a very easy step but with my family schedule, work schedule and the schedule of my Notary Public it took me forever to get done, hence why the lengthy time in between article #1 and #2. Once I finally did meet up with my Notary she looked it over and had zero issues making sense of the Coyote Rifleworks trust and in no time my wife and I were signing. A few minutes later I had a signed, witnessed and notarized NFA Trust in my hand that is the main key to My Journey To NFA Ownership. Before submitting the Form 1 you do need to assign your SBR Lower or Suppressor to the Trust on pages 18 and 19. Once I had my 19 page NFA Trust signed and notarized, and filled out it was time to submit my Form 1. 

By using an NFA Trust you can submit your Form 1 by going on the ATF eForms website at https://www.atfonline.gov/EForms and eFiling the form instead of filling out a paper form and sending it in. This dramatically speeds up the approval process and gives you an easy way to check in on the status of your submitted forms. I will tell you that submitting a Form 1 on your own can be a bit intimidating on your first try. One of the most useful tools I found was this page on M4Carbine.net that actually takes you step by step through the whole submittal process.

ATF eForms Login Page

One simple tip I can give you to help make things go smoother is that when you scan the pages of your NFA Trust document back into a single .pdf, make sure you scan it at a low DPI and in Black and White. The ATF website has a 3MB limit on the size of attachment you can upload. I learned this the hard way and had to figure out how to compress the size of the .pdf using online software. Once you’ve uploaded the documents, filled out the required info and clicked submit, its just a waiting game.

It took me about an hour to carefully read through and submit my Form 1 online. Right now I’ve been waiting for about 10 days and anticipate it taking another 3-4 weeks before my application is approved. I’ve seen eFile applications get approved in as little as 19 days so here’s hoping that mine will go that fast. As you can see this is a very simple method of registering your SBR, converting your AR Pistol to an SBR or purchasing a new suppressor. The best thing I did was have Coyote Rifleworks do my NFA Trust. Head on over to CoyoteRifleworks.com to get your NFA Trust created today. 

**AR15NEWS is not a law firm and is not authorized to provide legal advice. Please verify that Trusts purchased online are valid in your state.

The Time Is Now to Get Your Coyote Rifleworks NFA Trust. I used Coyote Rifleworks for my trust and am documenting my path to SBR ownership with my second article coming very soon. ATF 41P is real and it’s happening now. Big money is being spent to make it a reality. It’s not a matter of “IF” anymore, it’s evolved to when. What is ATF41P you ask ? It is an executive action designed to limit the rights of responsible gun owners even further. Looms right around the corner at the start of 2015. I value my 2nd Amendment Rights, and I know you do too. Right now you can get $10 off your Coyote Rifleworks trust. After you submit your form on www.CoyoteRifleworks.com you will need to call in to finalize it with them. Just be sure to mention that you saw this short article on AR15NEWS.com about it being $85 and they’ll adjust your price. I get nothing out of this, just trying to spread the word and get as many of you in the NFA game as possible. Head on over to www.CoyoteRifleworks.com and get your trust literally emailed back to you today.  

Coyote Rifleworks NFA Trust 620

**AR15NEWS is not a law firm and is not authorized to provide legal advice. Please verify that Trusts purchased online are valid in your state.

I’ve finally decided to get involved in the world of NFA Ownership and I’m going to document my journey. Basically, I want to legally own an SBR, Suppressor, etc. As a life long gun owner in the state of Michigan, it was all but impossible to own Suppressors or SBR/SBS due to state regulations…that is until now. Over the past few years Michigan gun owners have spoken up and lobbied the State Legislators to lift the ban on Suppressors and most recently the ban on SBRs and SBSs. After all, why would a state feel they need tighter regulations than what our Federal Government does.

Coyote Rifleworks NFA TRust 2
Photo courtesy of  UWone77 who is already a legal NFA Owner

As a family man with a wife and kids, I wanted to make sure there were no legal issues with my wife, or children as they get older, being in possession of my NFA regulated items. I decided to start with an NFA Trust but I’m new to this so I didn’t know where start. My buddy Stickman (widely regarded as one of the top weapons photographers in the industry) started his 100K Giveaway on Facebook a few weeks ago and one of the sponsors is a company called Coyote Rifleworks. They advertise $95 NFA Trusts and Same Day Turnaround. This sounded awesome, almost too good to be true, so I contacted them through Facebook to get some additional information. I got a very prompt/friendly response and we decided to talk on the phone. Eric spent an hour on the phone with me explaining how at Coyote Rifleworks they want to help as many people become NFA Owners as possible. They could charge more but don’t ever want anyone to say “I just couldn’t afford it.”. They’ve spent a ton of money having an attorney help them create the trust that you ultimately receive. I really felt comfortable with these guys so I decided to go for it. 

Coyote Rifleworks NFA TRust 1

I will be documenting my entire process of becoming an NFA Owner from start to finish. You’ll know of any and all snags, if any, that I run into. My gut feeling is that this will be a very enjoyable, easy process. I can tell you right now I have already filled out the required information on Coyote Rifleworks’ website, called to make payment and received my trust paperwork back within a few hours. Now that’s impressive and I’m very happy so far. I will go into more detail on this process including what to do after you get your trust paperwork back in the next article in this series. You can keep track of my progress by following along on the website or using this specific thread URL: http://www.ar15news.com/category/ar15news-journey-to-nfa-ownership/ You can also get started on your very own NFA Trust now at www.CoyoteRifleworks.com.  

**AR15NEWS is not a law firm and is not authorized to provide legal advice. Please verify that Trusts purchased online are valid in your state.