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Trident Arms BATF Form 4 Review


Updated 12/10/2010

I reviewed and documented the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) Form 4 submission and approval process.  This is the “Application for Tax Paid and Registration of Firearm” ATF Form 4 (5320.4).  This is the form that must be submitted and approved in order to have a suppressor.

You CAN NOT legally own or possess a suppressor without this approved form!!! Don’t take a chance.  Submit your paperwork and be patient.  It will be well worth the wait in the end.

This was a relatively easy process once I got all the facts.  After doing some extensive research on the Internet and a couple of phone calls to buddies and a call to my local BATF office I was ready.

Since I live in Florida, I established an NFA Gun Trust.  I contacted a local Lawyer who was well versed in gun trusts (make sure they are).  I gave the lawyer some basic information and the next day signed and picked up the Trust Agreement.  This cost me a couple of hundred dollars.  Money well spent as you will use this same trust agreement for all of my NFA items such as machine guns, SBR’s, SBS, suppressors, etc.  Make sure you keep the original in a safe place and only use copies for your transactions.  This is an important document.

This information is from an actual Form 4 that I completed and had approved.  The entire process took just over 2 months to get approved.   See the timeline below.

Make sure you bring a copy of your trust agreement with you when you go to purchase your suppressor. I have not provided any samples of this for since the form will be provided and filled out by the FFL who sells you the suppressor.  (You MUST submit TWO Form 1’s, print out 2 copies (make sure page 1 and 2 are on the same sheet of paper) and sign them.  Make a copy for yourself.

You will need to complete a Certification of Compliance with 18 U.S.G. 022(g)(5)(B), ATF Form 53330.20 (this form is pretty self explanatory to complete, make sure for the applicants name you use the name of the trust.  Use your name for the name of the person certifying citizenship).  Print 2 copies and sign them both.  Make a copy for yourself.

Now put your package together.  Here is a checklist:

1.  2 copies of your Trust Agreement
2.  2 copies of your Trust Agreement “Schedule A” (this is a list of all the NFA items in the trust.  If you don’t have any items, then simply print out 2 blank sheets titled “Schedule A” write none and sign them)
3.  2 copies of the “Application for Tax Paid and Registration of Firearm” ATF Form 4 (5320.4)
4.  2 copies of “Certification of Compliance with 18 U.S.G. 022(g)(5)(B)”  ATF Form 53330.20
5.  1 $200 check payable to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Put your package into a large envelope (ensure you have enough postage) and mail it to:

National Firearms Act Branch,
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
P.O. Box 530298
Atlanta, GA 30353-0298


If you want to check on the status of your Form 1, you will need your serial number.  Tel (304) 616-4500.  But remember, to be patient.

Processing time for these applications:

Gemtech 7.62 Quicksand
Submitted:         7/23/10
Check Cashed:    7/28/10
Assigned:            8/25/10
Approved:           9/24/10
Approval #          Sxxxxx
Examiner:           Shipman
Received:           10/8/10

Gemtech .22 Outback II
Submitted:          8/3/10
Check Cashed:    8/12/10
Assigned:            9/7/10
Approved:           9/24/10
Approval #          Sxxxxx
Examiner:           Shipman
Received:           10/8/10

Gemtech 9mm Multimount
Submitted:          10/11/10
Check Cashed:    10/15/10
Assigned:           10/25/10
Approved:           11/4/10
Approval #          Sxxxxx
Examiner:           Shipman
Received:           11/15/10

Gemtech 5.56 G5
Submitted:          10/11/10
Check Cashed:    10/15/10
Assigned:            10/25/10
Approved:           11/4/10
Approval #           Sxxxxx
Examiner:            Shipman
Received:            11/15/10

The one thing I noticed was once you have a previous approval, the process seems to move along much faster.

I have provided this information to help you understand the process that I experienced.  These results are based on my form 1 submission and my local and state laws.  Wait times will vary based on current BATF workloads.  It is recommended that you check with BATF and your local and states laws if you plan on submitting your own application.
Trident Arms Reviews the BATF Form 4 submission and approval process.
We have a related acticle on the Form 1 submission & approval process
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