Beginning The SBR Process, A Study In Patience
On January 19th, 2017, the day before President Trump was sworn into Office, I had my own big day. After 22 years of owning firearms and loving every minute of the sport, education and training aspects of the culture, I took my first big step.
“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.”
― Leo Tolstoy
Many of you have already gone down this road. For me, this was the first time I have decided to head into the territory know as NFA-USA.
I recently picked up an ATI Mil Sport 9mm AR style pistol. I can thank Eric from IraqVeteran8888 (YouTube) actually for his coverage from the 2016 SHOTShow. I had been looking at this model throughout most of last year after watching his footage, but it took me a while to 1) find one in stock and 2) find one in stock that wasn’t priced higher than the MSRP.
After a lot of searching, I finally found one at a very fair price so I snatched it up.
I immediately had to do two things. I added a regular AR pistol buffer tube to it (the one that came with it was just slightly larger than 1″) and I added a KAK Industries Shockwave Brace. And I thought I would be happy. I really did. However there are issues.
While the Shockwave looks okay on the pistol and gives you the air of looking like an SBR, I found it extremely annoying to try and shot as a pistol and putting the pistol up to my cheek, I kept feeling as though I would never get the right position simply because I couldn’t seat the brace on my shoulder.
My groups where not good. At all. It is just an uncomfortable experience for me. So the decision was easy. Time to enter the ATF den and submit the paperwork and money required to get that legal SBR — short barreled rifle — status.
For those who don’t know about submitting your paperwork for an SBR, it is daunting at first. However, a quick read through of the official ATF guide to the Form 1 and a little research on Google will provide you with all the information you need to successfully get through it. There are two ways to go about registering your SBR. You can file as an individual or as a trust. I chose to go the individual route. The choice is yours. Check out the great information on Gun Trust Guru for most of the details. The information contained there will apply to either individuals or trusts.
The ATI Mil Sport is an awesome package and a little time spent on Google will return results on where to purchase one. For the money ~$750 it is hands down one of the best options for a 9mm AR Style pistol/rifle. You would be hard pressed to build one cheaper by purchasing parts and assembling it yourself.
One of the best resources I came across during my research is the NFA subreddit. Not only do these guys have all the answers, but they also do one other great thing. They will post their wait times for the paperwork to clear. It seems that most applications (barring any mistakes) are taking about 7.5 months to receive approval and for the tax stamp to be issued.
So this exercise in patience has begun for me. I went to my Sheriff’s Office and got my fingerprints done, filled out the Form 1 (2 copies) and sent in my check for $200, made out the BATFE on the 19th. If things go on the same schedule as other people’s have, I am guessing mid-September I should receive my approval and then the fun begins. I get to go shopping again for all of the bolt-ons. But man, that is 7.5 months I have to wait.
I’ll keep updating as the process goes along. Let me know if you have filed your NFA Form 1 or Form 4 paperwork before and how long it took for you to receive your approval.
ATF Form 1 — online version to print at home.
Order ATF Forms (Free) — Form 1 & Fingerprint Cards
Gun Trust Guru — instructions on filling out the Form 1
NFA SubReddit — best resource for getting your questions answered