Engraving Short Barrel Rifles and other NFA Firearms

Recently there has been confusion about requirements for engraving firearms regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA).  A person, including a trust, may submit ATF Form 5320.1 to register an NFA firearm to be built by the applicant.  Typically these so-called Form 1’s are submitted to make a short barrel rifle (SBR). A small number of applicants intend to make silencers/suppressors. A civilian who is not an appropriately licensed FFL may not make a full auto firearm.

Like any gun maker, the applicant making an NFA firearm on a Form 1 must engrave that firearm with their name, location, and serial number. In the case of an SBR, the stripped lower used for that SBR usually has a serial number already engraved by the manufacturer of that lower, and that serial number may be used for the newly registered SBR.

Some have claimed the engraving must be done only if that firearm is intended to be transferred later. This is incorrect. All firearms must be engraved by the gun maker, even in cases when the gun maker does not intend to transfer ownership of the firearm they are making. By using Gun Trust USA™ for your NFA gun trust, you’ll receive our User’s Guide to help you navigate issues like engraving.

There’s never been a more important time to use Gun Trust USA™ to create your own NFA trust. Our solution will help you easily register firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act (“NFA”), such as silencers, short barrel rifles, short barrel shotguns, and full auto. We offer the most up-to-date design to help you and your loved safely handle and inherit your SBRs, suppressors, machine guns, and other NFA firearms. We’re proud of how our user-friendly design will provide you a simple method to reduce red tape and to obey the law.

You can create your own gun trust using our simple online process, and at any time you can take advantage of our ‘Ask a Lawyer’ program if you have any questions. This extraordinary service enables you to request a discounted telephone consultation with an attorney, who can answer your questions about NFA gun trusts and federal law.

Our Turnkey Package is also very special. By requesting this optional service, we will print your Gun Trust USA™ documents on durable paper. We will flag all the signature lines so signing the documents with your local notary public will be simple and fast. We will assemble your documents in our custom 3-ring binder, which has many tabs to organize all your documents related to your gun collection, including receipts, NFA tax stamps, training certifications, concealed carry permits, hunting licenses, and more. Our binder will keep you organized and help your successors find all the information they will need to inherit and manage your gun collection in the future. Additionally, our Turnkey Package will include tactical document bags to protect the photocopies of the trust documents and NFA tax stamps you must keep with your silencers, short barrel rifles, etc. This truly is a Turnkey Package making your Gun Trust USA™ documents ready to go and always organized.

Want to learn more about Gun Trust USA™ services as well as a variety of NFA gun trust topics, including transferring suppressors, BATFE regulations, making short barrel rifles, estate plans for inheriting firearms, and more?

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions. Ordinary NFA gun trust forms can be risky. They threaten your privacy, lack updated guidance on changing ATF regulations like 41F, and they provide you no customer support. Gun Trust USA™ is different. You can create your documents in minutes. Lawyers are on call to answer your questions. And our Turnkey Package will put all your ducks in a row. Create your NFA gun trust yourself using Gun Trust USA™ now.

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