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  • midcountyg

    Ultimate Member
    Mar 7, 2009
    2,665
    Preston, MD
    I finally got the paper work back to transfer a suppressor I sold. WOW! a little over 6 months :sad20: Anyone know if the wait times are improving and getting close to normal again? That seems to be a bit excessive, and makes it hard to sell NFA items when you tell people the wait could be over 6 months. Oh yeah, the LEO sign off was done locally in one day, so no MSP wait included in that time.
     

    crfakm4

    hotel z71
    Jun 8, 2008
    1,148
    MD
    Wow. I am waiting on my form 4 to come back. I was hoping the 3 1/2 months I have been waiting would be the most.

    6 months? Daayum...
     

    CKOD

    Active Member
    Jan 30, 2009
    348
    Wow. I am waiting on my form 4 to come back. I was hoping the 3 1/2 months I have been waiting would be the most.

    6 months? Daayum...

    6 months does sound quite long, mine went pending on the 8th of july, a little over 2 months, and I'm currently waiting on FBI to get back with the fingerprint results. I'm alredy in the fingerprint database for work, they just need to make sure the ones on the card match the ones in the DB and make sure I havent been up to any shens in the last 2 years. I'm hoping my transfer will be < 4 months.
     
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    midcountyg

    Ultimate Member
    Mar 7, 2009
    2,665
    Preston, MD
    I know a month or so of that was them wanting a citizenship form, which I think is crazy when the person was born in the US(stated on the form 4) and still lives in the US(also on the form 4). It shouldn't take that long, and I wonder if they are just trying to discourage NFA purchases by making the wait unreasonable.
     

    Kharn

    Ultimate Member
    Mar 9, 2008
    3,591
    Hazzard County
    Its not that the examiner is spending 6 weeks looking at your form, he/she only spends about five minutes on it. The issue is the backlog of the 100k+ forms ahead of you in line, each waiting for their five minutes.
     

    Apone

    Active Member
    May 1, 2009
    530
    Salida, CO
    Yep. I'm on 4 months now and counting. My app has been assigned an examiner, and I spoke to her last week - my app isn't even on her desk yet. I'm guessing another 2 months.
     

    ar15dave

    AR15Dave
    Jun 10, 2008
    2,226
    Monrovia, MD
    Mine went in around mid June. Check cashed June 30th.

    Will check on it if I dont hear anything by the end of Sept.

    Have no idea who to call or what to ask for as this is my first.

    Dave
     

    Fustercluck

    Active Member
    Aug 4, 2008
    776
    Eastern Shore
    Sent in a form 4 in mid-March for a 'can. Local LEO sign-off, so no MSP delay. Went pending 6/5. Still waiting. The chick at NFA said that 5-6 months is the norm right now, when I finally got spooked and called them last week. Avoided the trust route. As they say, a patient man's game.
     

    Ak44

    Active Member
    Sep 15, 2009
    194
    Gave my paperwork to MSP in Jan, got it back late Feb. Sent it off to ATF and got it back mid Aug.
     

    ar15dave

    AR15Dave
    Jun 10, 2008
    2,226
    Monrovia, MD
    Just called and checked on my. Went pending July 30th. Weird, check cleared June 30th. Oh well, from the sounds of it I have about 2-4 more months of waiting.

    Dave
     
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    RandyS

    Guest
    I called today too regarding a suppressor. It went pending the last part of August, almost a month after I mailed the forms.

    The previous transfer took exactly 1 month from the day I mailed it to go pending, then a few days short of a month to be approved. I'm hopeful that this one takes a similar path, the 4 to 6 months time that is being reported is crazy.

    Randy
     

    ar15dave

    AR15Dave
    Jun 10, 2008
    2,226
    Monrovia, MD
    Just checked on mine again Dec 1st. 4 months into my wait and still pending. Found out my reviewer is Barbera Payne. Will check back after the first of the year I guess and see how things are then.
     

    h2u

    Village Idiot
    Jul 8, 2007
    6,703
    South County
    Five months one week for one.
    Two months on another.

    I've never felt the need to check on any of mine. It doesn't speed up the process any. You get it when you get it :shrug:

    I will say five months is the longest I've waited on any of mine.
    If you REALLY want to wait-try ordering an FAL from DSA......the last one was 26 weeks :sad20:
     

    CKOD

    Active Member
    Jan 30, 2009
    348
    Ehh I dont think it hurts to check to make sure it went pending over the time period it should have. That and you never know when the dealer could screw up and sit on the paperwork, so check monthly after 3-4 months or so.
     

    squirrels

    Who cooks for you?
    Jan 25, 2008
    4,021
    It should get better now that Obama-mania is calming down.

    For what it's worth, about a year and a half ago, I wrote them a letter asking them to add a caliber to my SBR record. I JUST got a reply back maybe 2 weeks ago. :P
     

    midcountyg

    Ultimate Member
    Mar 7, 2009
    2,665
    Preston, MD
    Been 8 weeks on a form five transfer of some items from a local police deparment to my business, and as of last week it was approved but waiting to get the papers. That seems really slow for a no tax transfer from government to a SOT.
     

    boatbod

    Ultimate Member
    Nov 30, 2007
    3,836
    Talbot Co
    The ATF just cashed my check for a Form 4 suppressor, so I suppose I should hurry up and wait for the next 5 months. As long as I have the stamp before my brother and his family come over from the UK next July, I'll be happy.
     

    K-Romulus

    Suburban Commando
    Mar 15, 2007
    2,431
    NE MoCO
    AR15.com members have been reporting recent form 1 and form 4 individual and trust transactions both as fast as eight weeks(!). It seems to all depend on who your examiner is.
     

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