How To Buy A Suppressor

Buying a suppressor is much easier than most people expect. If you can legally own a firearm, and suppressors are legal in your state, then you can own a suppressor. While the implementation of ATF Rule 41F on July 13, 2016 did add a few new hurdles to jump, Black Ankle Munitions is here to guide you through the process.

Purchase Options

Alabama Residents
STEP 1 – BUY THE SUPPRESSOR
STEP 2 – INDIVIDUALS
  • Please include your full legal name, physical address, and county of residence in the comments section during checkout.
  • We handle all of the paperwork.
    • An email will be sent to you requesting a digital signature and digital passport style photo.
  • Sit back and relax!
  • We will notify you when your approved Form 4 arrives.
STEP 2 – TRUST OR CORPORATION
  • Email your completed trust (with Schedule A) or corporate documentation to [email protected].
    • Please include the full legal name, physical address, and county of residence for all responsible parties on the trust in the email.
  • We handle all of the paperwork.
    • An email will be sent to you requesting a digital signature and digital passport style photo for all responsible parties.
  • Sit back and relax!
  • We will notify you when your approved Form 4 arrives.
STEP 3 – DELIVERY OPTIONS
  • Make an appointment to come by and complete the ATF paperwork to take home your new suppressor!
  • Have the suppressor shipped directly to the address on the Form 4.
    • We will mail you the required ATF forms. Just complete the forms,using the included instructions, and return them to us in the included prepaid envelope .
    • Notification is sent to the Sheriff’s office in your county of residence.
    • We must wait 7 days upon verification of receipt by the Sheriff’s office.
    • After the 7th day, we ship your suppressor to you.
Non-Alabama Residents
*VERIFY THAT SUPPRESSORS ARE LEGAL IN YOUR STATE*

 
 
 
 
 
 
STEP 1 – BUY THE SUPPRESSOR

Purchase your suppressor & accessories.

STEP 2 – LOCATE A TRANSFER DEALER IN YOUR AREA

Unfortunately, we cannot perform out-of-state transfers to non-licensees. We will be happy to transfer the suppressor to your local dealer. Have your dealer email a copy of their FFL/SOT to [email protected].
If you need help finding a local dealer, let us know. Most dealers typically charge $65 – $100 for this service.

STEP 3 – DELIVERY TO YOUR DEALER
  • We generate an electronic Form 3 to transfer the item to your local dealer.
  • Wait for the Form 3 approval.
  • We ship your order to your dealer.

Transfer Options

Individual

If you purchase as an individual, you will be required to complete the following:

  • Obtain (2) passport-style photos and affix one to each copy of the Form 4 (DO NOT STAPLE).
  • Complete (2) FBI FD-258 fingerprint cards.
  • Identify your local Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO), for notification.
Entity (e.g. Trust or Corporation)

If you purchase using a trust, all responsible parties will be required to complete the following:

  • Obtain (2) passport-style photos and affix one to each copy of the Form 5320.23 (DO NOT STAPLE).
  • Complete (2) FBI FD-258 fingerprint cards.
  • Identify your local Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO), for notification.
Need A Trust?

If you do not already have a trust, Black Ankle Munitions can help. Contact us to discuss purchasing a trust. Once you have purchased the trust, it will be emailed to you, and you must then have it notarized. There are numerous advantages of the trust, such as being able to add a spouse, child, or whomever onto the trust so in the event something was to happen to you, they can still legally possess the item.

FAQs

Should I File As An Individual Or Using A Trust?

Trusts are great if the goal is for multiple people to be allowed to possess the suppressor. Trusts are also advantageous as they are the easiest method to pass on your NFA items in the event something happens to you.
The biggest disadvantage to using a trust is that all Responsible Parties on the trust must provide fingerprints and photographs for each NFA purchase.

All that said, if you choose to buy your NFA items as an individual, you can still allow others to possess and shoot your suppressor as long as you are in the general area of the suppressor. In the event something happens to you, the item can still be passed on to an heir, the process is just a little more complicated. (We recommend working with your preferred dealer to help you through the process.)

How Long Does The Approval Process Take?

Currently, approvals are coming in around 8-10 months. These numbers are averages, some forms get held up in the FBI background investigation (adding 4 months or more) and some move through quickly.

I Already Own An NFA Item, Will My Approval Process Be Quicker?

No. Whether this is your 1st purchase or your 50th purchase, each transfer is treated equally.

How Long Will The Transfer To My Dealer Take?

The transfer process to your dealer normally takes around 7 business days. We submit an electronic Form 3 once we receive a copy of your transferring dealer’s FFL/SOT. Approved items are shipped the following business day. Courtesy order status emails are provided during each step of the process.

Who Does The Form 4 Paperwork?

Nowadays, most transferring dealers will prepare your Form 4 paperwork. In the event your dealer is not setup to handle the transfer for you, for a small fee, we can handle the paperwork

Where Do I Get My Fingerprints And Photograph Taken?

A lot of NFA dealers are now offering this service at their shop using a digital livescan machine or rolling your prints manually. For the photographs, you can download one of the numerous “ID PHOTO” apps that are available on the device of your choice.

If you are local, we will handle this service in our office for a small fee.

Is It Really A $200 Tax For Each Purchase?

Yes, unfortunately, the $200 NFA tax is per NFA item.

My Form 4 Was Just Approved, Do I Have To Submit Everything Again?

Yes. Whether this is your 1st purchase or your 50th purchase, each transfer is treated equally.

BLACK ANKLE MUNITIONS WORKS TO MAKE YOUR SUPPRESSOR PURCHASE EASY AND PAIN FREE.
WE KEEP YOU INFORMED THROUGHOUT EVERY STEP OF THE PROCESS WITH COURTESY EMAILS. YOU CAN ALSO LOG IN TO YOUR ACCOUNT TO CHECK THE STATUS AT ANYTIME.