NFA market has experienced tremendous growth in the past several years fueled
by the relatively "low" expense of the tax stamp that was long seen
as prohibitive, and because of higher awareness recently by media in educating
people that NFA items are not in fact illegal.
Suppressors/silencers have been a very large part of the growth of the NFA
market, and in fact, a growing percentage of people are attempting to build
their own suppressor using an ATF NFA form 1.
This is a completely legal way of getting into the NFA market, just be
sure to follow all laws and regulations strictly as the ATF does not mess
around with NFA items. Several websites
sell "solvent trap" kits, we recommend contacting an ATF office near
you and your firearm lawyer for consultation regarding the purchase of one of
these kits, as ownership is not as straight forward as you think it might be.
Form 1 Silencer/Suppressor Marking Requirements
The National Firearms Act (NFA) stipulates that any item added to the registry
be properly marked by the manufacturer, much like the markings required on
firearms. Believe it or not, if you are
making a suppressor, you are the manufacturer, there for your information must
be marked on the suppressor. You can
mark either the end cap or the tube, it is up to you as long as your
information fits and meets the minimum size requirements. If you are building a suppressor on a trust,
you must use the name of the trust as the manufacturer. The serial number must be marked to a depth
of .003" and no smaller than 1/16". Our process exceeds both of these
standards, and in order to ensure uniform looks, we engrave all markings to
this size/depth requirement. The required
markings are Name (Trust Name), City/State, Model, Caliber, and Serial number.
is better, laser or CNC?
Glad you asked! We believe laser is a
far superior marking process than a cnc machine for several reasons. The laser does not require the tube to be
clamped securely, so there is less chance for scuffs or other marks on your
tube. The laser also does not chip
anodizing like a diamond drag machine, so the marks are much cleaner and look
much better when filled. Many times we are
able to fill the engraving to blend in on anodized tubes to the point where you
are hard pressed to tell it wasn't anodized after engraving. We are also able to add graphics or logos should
you want to personalize your suppressor even further.
We have a full service cerakote shop all at the same site so if you are wanting
to coat your suppressor we can do engrave and coat all under one roof, saving
you shipping fees, time, and money. We
use high temp cerakote, the same coating several top manufacturers use on their
silencers, to ensure a long lasting heat resistant coating that will look
professional for years to come. We stock
the standard colors, so please check with us on lead times for special colors.
Please include any details such as placement, font, graphics, or any other
particulars you may desire for your engraving.
If you can diagram how you want it laid out on the tube that is even
better. We don't like to assume
incorrectly, so the more information you can provide the better, it will help
prevent any unnecessary delays that will slow down the turnaround time for your
project. We usually have just a 1-2 day turnaround
time in our shop as we prioritize all NFA/Serialized items so we can return
them to the owners as fast as possible.
Please ship your tube with a copy of your order number so that we may quickly
get it engraved and returned to you. You have already waited long enough
for your form 1 to come back, we don’t want to stand in your way. Return
shipping is included in the cost of the service, please contact us if you want
it shipped back a different way. Only
ship us your suppressor tube or end cap and a copy of your approved Form 1.