Originally posted by 308mgmd:
The ATF info you sent refers of a Form 7 and a Form 2, not a Form 1 that we use to register a SBR. I think there is a difference. The info speaks of being a "manufacturer" making guns for sale to others and probably from scratch. I think that is a different beast. Form 1s just take an already manufactured weapon (I didn't make it, Colt did)and modifying it into a SBR to just add a shorter barrel. That would be closer to "gunsmithing" than "manufacturing."
I have to agree with your interpretation from reading the ATF document - I don't see anything under "manufacturer" or "manufacturing" that would apply to me as someone modifying the barrel length on an existing weapon in those guidelines. According to this, it sounds like you did the right thing when you filled out your form.
In the instruction on Page 4 of the Form 1, item "i" reads "Serial Numbers and other Markings.
If an existing firearm is being modified into an NFA firearm, enter the existing serial number of the firearm into item 4g and the name and address of the original manufacturer into item 4a. Do not Alter or Modify the Existing Serial Number.
If the NFA firearm is being made from parts, your name and address are to be entered in 4a and a serial number you create is to be entered into item 4g."
I'm certainly not making a weapon from parts, since the firearm is defined as the registered lower receiver, which I bought complete from the original manufacturer. The engraving guidelines of ATF Publication 5300.4, section 479.102, simply state that the name and location of the manufacturer must be engraved on the firearm. It sounds like the only case where you would need to put your own name there (and engrave it) is if you are doing something like building an AK receiver from scratch with a parts kit or building your own silencer.
It sounds like the ATF is misinterpreting their own publication - or we are. If they approve the Form 1, then it looks to me like whatever manufacturer name /location is in block 4a is what should be engraved on the firearm. Am I missing something here? Is there another ATF document, or a court ruling, that refers specifically to SBRs?