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Manufacturing of a new FA firearm

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by 627PCFan, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. 627PCFan

    627PCFan Participating Member

    Oct 18, 2007
    Sterling, VA
    Full auto isnt my cup of tea but Ive learned the general rules of the road in regards to FA. I read something the other day that new full auto firearms could be produced as a "dealer model" or a "functional show piece" with the extra appropriate paperwork from the ATF. Can anyone clarify what they were referencing?
  2. Quiet

    Quiet Senior Member

    Apr 29, 2007
    bouncing between the 909 & the 702
    The Hughes Amendment to the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986, banned the transfer of MGs made after May 1986 to civilians.

    Any MG that was made/registered before May 1986, are fully transferable to civilians.
    MGs made after May 1986, are only transferable to FFL/SOT dealers and the government/law enforcement/military.

    So, if a manufacture makes a new MG, then it can only be legally transfered to a FFL/SOT dealer with a law enforcement demonstration letter or a government agency or a law enforcement agency or the military.
  3. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Mentor

    Feb 23, 2006
    Unless it was registered as a dealer sample pre-86

    Dealer samples can be bought and sold (at sickeningly low prices) only by MG dealers. You can produce them too but need a SOT manufacturing license and if I understand correctly you need to show them you are actually in business and not doing it for a cheap way to enhance your collection.
  4. Corey

    Corey New Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    "Pre-86" dealer samples are machine guns imported into the U.S. between 1968 (when importation of machine guns was restricted) and 1986. These guns may be owned by an SOT and transferred to other SOT's without a law letter. If an SOT gives up his license (and the business was a sole proprietorship) then that person may retain possesion of a Pre-86 dealer sample but may only transfer it to an SOT. That is the only situation where a private citizen can legally own a Pre-86 dealer sample.

    All domestically manufactured machine guns that were manufactured and registered prior to May 19, 1986 are fully transferrable. Any machine gun manufacured or imported after that date is a "Post-86" dealer sample. It may only be purchased by an SOT if they have a letter from a law enforcement agency requesting a demo of that specific model. The original manufacturer can make and store in inventory as many as they like, but a dealer can only have one of a specific model as a sales sample unless ATF specifically approves that dealer to have more than one (very rare). There is no way for a private citizen to legally own a Post-86 dealer sample.

    An individual or business that is not a licensed manufacturer with SOT may only make a machine gun if it is specifically at the request of a government agency. ATF will require documentation before approving it. Prior to the 1986 law, an individual could make their own machine gun by getting prior approval on an ATF Form 1 and paying the $200 tax.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2010

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