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  1. In order to obtain an FFL, the ATF requires you to be in the business. You will need to submit a business plan, list of planned vendors, hours of operation, etc. Getting an FFL (outside of a C&R) to do you own transfers will not pass muster. Also, you need to operate in compliance with local zoning, so if your plan is to operate from your home, make sure you are allowed to do so. You will need to get a letter from the local municipality stating you can operate "a business" from your residential property.
  2. You can, but it has to be manufactured as a firearm non-NFA and sold complete. Most big manufacturers don't seem to want to offer them because the demand / volume is too low to justify. Thats where we have made our market. Serving the markets the big guys don't want to. We do have a custom shop at DSI and can build you almost anything you want. What are you looking for.
  3. As mentioned, it obviously varies by caliber, but there are two general concepts when it comes to barrel length and accuracy. First is velocity. Starting with a barrel is that ridiculously short, as you go longer, you gain velocity. That means the bullet's trajectory is flatter (less drop over a fixed distance) which generally is viewed by most people as being more "accurate". This factor does have a diminishing return and eventually does go the other way as you get longer. In 5.56 for example, peak velocity is generally encountered between a 18" and 20" barrel. It will vary depending on bullet and powder load. So a 24" 5.56 barrel will yield a slower velocity and theoretically be less accurate. Just for comparison, 6.5 creedmoor gains velocity out to about a 28-29" barrel, but that starts to be unwieldy so most companies stop at 24" or 26". Second it twist. As you probably know, different twists are used to stabilize different weight bullets. In a 5.56 16" barrel, generally a 1:9 would be ideal for a 55gr, 1:8 for a 62-65gr and 1:7 for a 75-77 gr. The second part of twist is the number of complete rotations it takes to stabilize a bullet. As usual, there are a number of factors, but generally you want to be between 1.5 and 2 rotations. So for a 16" barrel, a 1:8 would be 2 full rotations. For this reason, shorter 5.56 barrels (i.e. the 12.5" in our non-NFA) need a faster twist 1:7 vs 1:9 to stabilize the same weight bullet. As usual, there are multiple factors in play and a lower limit on where you can go. A 10-11" barrel should probably have a 1:6.5 twist for maximum stability but once you go below 1:7 other factors can negatively impact the accuracy. It also gets cost prohibitive to make custom buttons for low twist rates.
  4. Thanks. Anything anyone needs, you have a direct line to us here or you can always call us at 800-963-7700. -Ed
  5. For those of you interested in our Variant-1 model firearm non-NFA, here is a detailed article and two videos on it by GB Guns. https://www.ammoland.com/2019/07/non-nfa-firearm-review-variant-1-from-dark-storm-industries/#axzz5u7wXsy9k
  6. Great article. This is why we use 1:9 as the standard twist on our 5.56 guns. Our 1:9 barrel will out shoot a 1:7 using the same 55 gr ammo. Yes, our 1:7 will out shoot the 1:9 when using 77gr but we have found most people aren't into shooting $1 a round ammo in their AR's. Also keep in mind that optimum performance does not come from Federal XM193. The best performance in the 1:9 barrel was found to be Hornady 55gr V-Max
  7. We had that question with NJ and it seemed irrelevant since the adjustable brace fully collapsed is pretty much even with the end of the buffer tube.
  8. So this change only applies to non-NFA firearms and any other weapons. The issue is people who have what was a non-NFA firearm with a folding brace now may have an AOW because it is under 26” folded which would make it an NFA item requiring a tax stamp. This does not apply to pistols (no front grip).
  9. Some breaking news on ATF length measurements Looks like ATF is measuring folded / collapsed / removed now https://blog.princelaw.com/2019/07/05/atf-rescinds-prior-methods-to-measure-a-firearms-overall-length-when-equipped-with-a-stabilizing-brace/
  10. Yes folding brace. But the ATF says every item evaluated stands on its own and they are known for issuing conflicting decisions. They are also no longer issuing letters on parts or accessories, only complete firearms for exactly this reason. Don’t get me wrong. I an all about pushing the limits but you need to be prepared to fight the fight if it comes to it and most individuals are not. If there is enough demand for a folding version, I am sure us, or another manufacturer will go through the process to get a determination on one.
  11. This is where it gets risky. As far as I know the ATF has never issued a determination on a non-NFA firearm that has a folding stock so you would be in uncharted territory even federally. As an FFL we have a process with ATF to get a legal determination made by them. The process involves us sending then a firearm to evaluate and takes 6-12 months. We also have the benefit of having an SOT (tax stamp for NFA weapons) that covers everything we own so if they decide something is an SBR it does not matter. This does not work for individuals building their own. So if you build your own, especially outside of the approved formula, you do so at your own peril.
  12. Good question as to what a 1919 would be? It is not designed to be shouldered. I wonder if there is a ATF determination letter for it. It's not designed to be shouldered so it would not be a rifle. Is it a pistol? That would be crazy if it is.
  13. Got it. The one "feature" is the mag outside of the pistol grip. Weight it under, no "shroud", non-threaded or pin/weld comp.
  14. My understanding is no, but that is really not our direct area. We work with them about what directly impacts our manufacturing of complete firearms. Hopefully there will be some clarification in the letter to dealers as I know this is a definite point of concern for a lot of people. I can tell you there are a lot of nuisances with this type of gun and a small mis-step can have you facing a 10 year federal felony so even in free states, you need to tread carefully.
  15. @PK90 if you are an FFL in New Jersey, it is my understanding you will be receiving a letter from NJSP clarifying a lot of these questions. That should take place in the next few weeks from what I have been told. The last few months have been just working with the manufacturers to get all of the details worked out on their (our) side.
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