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Current Tax Stamp Wait Time

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by giggitygiggity, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. giggitygiggity

    giggitygiggity Well-Known Member

    I recently sent in paperwork to the ATF for a tax stamp for a sound suppressor. Does anyone know of the current wait times? How long have you had to wait for your NFA paperwork to get approved?
  2. RCArms.com

    RCArms.com Well-Known Member

    going on 5 months on an SBR.
  3. Captains1911

    Captains1911 Well-Known Member

    5-6 months, sit back and relax. What can did you buy?
  4. Swing

    Swing Well-Known Member

    I've read elsewhere that the wait time has gone way up this year. I haven't done so in recent memory, but that's the word I'm seeing.

    Oh, yah, what can did you pickup? :D
  5. OcelotZ3

    OcelotZ3 Well-Known Member

    Local experience here appears to be around 6 months.

    I'm on month 3.5.
  6. Orkan

    Orkan Well-Known Member

    6-9 months.
  7. MIgunguy

    MIgunguy Well-Known Member

    6 months and 5 days from mailing everything off to hearing the OK from my dealer :)
  8. Bigmiker21

    Bigmiker21 New Member

    when i sent my first form1 in it was 5 months then change to 5-6 now i am seeing projections in the over a year wait times!
  9. Mot45acp

    Mot45acp Well-Known Member

    Cashed check Nov 30th.....still waiting.
  10. Darkbob

    Darkbob Well-Known Member

    According to NFATracker.com's Report Page, the wait times from Form Sent to Stamp Received are averaging around 175 days or so.

    I'm pretty close to that 170 mark myself. I'm trying to be patient.

    If you don't have your info up on NFATracker I'd suggest you at least consider it. The more people with info there, the more accurate it will be.
  11. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Well-Known Member

    The wait time for the can I bought last year was relatively short compared to what everyone here is posting. I wrote the check on May 19th, mailed it on the 20th, they cashed it on May 24th.

    I picked up my suppressor the very day that the dealer received my stamp in that day's mail; Tuesday, September 27th.

    The time between the cashed check and my stamp arrival was 126 days. That's 4 months & 2 or 3 days, and there were at least 3 federal holidays within that time span; Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day.

    So I call it an even four months.

    I can only hope that the suppressor I buy here in the next month or so will go as fast.
  12. Captains1911

    Captains1911 Well-Known Member

    Good luck with that hope, just prepare yourself for disappointment, because a 5-6 month wait time is the current reality.
  13. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    That was last year, one I sent in Jan came back in April, things started backing up bad in June/July/August, My suppressor from August 2011 just came back a few weeks ago, I was hoping for maybe Xmas based on my previous experience, not even close. Its 6 months+ if you send it in now!
  14. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Well-Known Member

    Yep, if I get the stamp back by Christmas, I'll feel satisfied.
    I've noticed this, and I feel lucky that my last one was what it was.

    But back to your quote; this was the very time period (June/July 2011) when the NFA branch rearranged their examiners to an assignment by state -> http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=598901

    It obviously did not help us in any way.

    Then again, we might start to see a trend -statewise- in the speed these examiners are able to do their work. NFAtracker.com has been able to show that certain examiners do their work much quicker than others, and everyone on the web began to hope that their F4 was put on such'n'such's desk, because that examiner was quickest.

    Those reports showed that the slowest examiner averaged more than a month & a half longer duration than the quickest. That's a drastic difference; it would mean that I might get my suppressor at the first of November rather than by Christmas.

    I doubt NFAtracker.com reset their data last summer to get a baseline for the new assignment-by-state system, but if they would have begun sorting their reports by the end user's state, it might begin to show that living in a particular state will give you an advantage or disadvantage for the approval.

    I believe Sandra Snook was my examiner last year. She used to be one of the slower ones, but with the new by-state assignment, she's one of the quicker ones now. Of course, she only reviews forms from three states while another examiner, Bill Shipman, is in charge of nine states. Three times as many, but regardless, he's still quicker than she is.

    According to the site's reports; http://nfatracker.com/reports.aspx
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2012
  15. Walther P99

    Walther P99 Well-Known Member

    I'm still waiting for a Form 3 to be approved, from the out-of-state dealer I bought from to the transferring dealer in my state - it's been about 2 months. No telling how long the Form 4 will take..
  16. Mot45acp

    Mot45acp Well-Known Member

    My form 3 took over 2 months back in Oct-Nov
  17. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Well-Known Member

    It's been a while, but the last time I had a purchase involved with a F3, it took less than 8 weeks from the first day that the seller called my dealer, to the day my dealer called me that the item arrived.

    I'm less knowledgeable about the F3 process though. Does the same group of NFA examiners process those forms?
  18. Landric

    Landric Well-Known Member

    My first stamp went pending 9/19/2011 and was approved 2/29/2012. I have three more pending, all in January of this year 1/09/2012 for one and 1/24/2012 for the other two. I figure I should get approvals in July of this year sometime if the current trend continues.
  19. GoingQuiet

    GoingQuiet Well-Known Member

    I am seeing 6-8 months.
  20. GoingQuiet

    GoingQuiet Well-Known Member


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