Form 4 Barcode System Approved By ATF

At Silencer Shop, sup­pres­sors and tech­nol­o­gy lit­er­al­ly flow through our veins. Okay, maybe not lit­er­al­ly, but we con­tin­u­al­ly strive to make silencer own­er­ship as sim­ple as pos­si­ble via new tech­no­log­i­cal inno­va­tions. Our lat­est advance­ment ben­e­fits both own­ers and deal­ers alike by stream­lin­ing the sup­pres­sor own­er­ship process even more!

- Form 4 Barcodes

What exact­ly are we up to? Glad you asked.


We’ve been work­ing close­ly with the ATF to take all the infor­ma­tion con­tained on a Form 4 and embed­ded it into a bar­code on the first page. This ground-break­ing set­up allows ATF staff to sim­ply scan this bar­code, which instant­ly pop­u­lates the appro­pri­ate fields of the ATF data­base. By uti­liz­ing our bar­cod­ed forms, the ATF data entry per­son­nel will no longer need to man­u­al­ly type tedious infor­ma­tion into their sys­tem. A quick scan turns what would’ve tak­en sev­er­al min­utes into mere sec­onds, and then they’re on to the next form. This new approved sys­tem will ben­e­fit both the con­sumer and deal­er by:

Increas­ing ATF Speed
  • In test­ing the new bar­cod­ing sys­tem we’ve already sub­mit­ted over 3,000 Form 4’s to the ATF, and the ATF time to process these forms has improved ten­fold.

Increas­ing Effi­cien­cy

  • Silencer Shop error rate for sub­mit­ting post-41F Form 4’s with the ATF was close to zero before and now with the new approved process, it’ll be even low­er.

The indus­try-wide error rate is close to 50% for forms sub­mit­ted post-41F to the ATF, which we’re also work­ing to address with our Form 4 Gen­er­a­tor.

Form 4 Generator

Form 4 Generator -

Our goal is to advance the entire indus­try by intro­duc­ing ben­e­fi­cial tech­nol­o­gy to all deal­ers and their cus­tomers. That said, we real­ize some deal­ers don’t use Silencer Shop to process their forms, so we’re now offer­ing a free Form 4 Gen­er­a­tor on our web­site! Forms gen­er­at­ed through this web­ser­vice will con­tain the embed­ded bar­code once the user clicks “sub­mit” at the end. The idea being that the more peo­ple who use this sub­mis­sion method, the bet­ter it’ll be for every­body because it reduces the num­ber of ATF resources required to both enter data and han­dle prob­lem forms.

The online Form 4 Gen­er­a­tor also solves the largest cul­prit for mis­takes that the ATF sees on sub­mis­sions: the field that con­tains the deal­er license num­ber. We’ve tied in the FFL eZCheck sys­tem into our form gen­er­a­tor to aut­ofill and val­i­date the FFL/Dealer’s infor­ma­tion. Though that may not sound like a big deal to some of you, we’re actu­al­ly quite proud of this fea­ture in a very nerdy kind of way!


Barcode f4Bring­ing the form fil­ing pro­ce­dure into the 21st cen­tu­ry by work­ing close­ly with the ATF is some­thing Silencer Shop takes great pride in. For those of us “lucky” enough to encounter the pre­vi­ous sys­tem, infor­ma­tion was man­u­al­ly typed and sub­mit­ted by indus­try experts. Not to take their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion for grant­ed, but some­times unfore­seen mis­takes were intro­duced, which result­ed in delayed ATF Form 4 sub­mis­sion or approval. Our bar­cod­ing scan­ner vir­tu­al­ly elim­i­nates all poten­tial errors by auto-fill­ing your infor­ma­tion into the ATF’s pro­pri­etary sys­tem. Effi­cient and clean… Done and done.

The wait times will be dra­mat­i­cal­ly reduced with this new bar­code sys­tem because it enables the ATF data entry staff to improve form pro­cess­ing by uti­liz­ing this high­ly-effi­cient tool. Instead of accept­ing the old system—solely because it was the norm—Silencer Shop strives to address indus­try issues and apply the nec­es­sary tech­nol­o­gy to improve a myr­i­ad of sit­u­a­tions. We under­stand the wait time is frus­trat­ing, and we’re con­tin­u­ous­ly devel­op­ing ways to improve the own­er­ship process. Our new ATF-approved sys­tem is just one area we’re help­ing the indus­try… More effi­cien­cies to come!

For addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion regard­ing this top­ic or any oth­ers, please con­tact us. We look for­ward to dis­cussing our lat­est advance­ment with you and answer­ing your ques­tions.


Full Source: https://blog.silencershop.com/f4-barcode-system-approved-by-atf

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