Para, LDD, or Chris - If I have posted this incorrectly please let me know or move or remove this thread. I Posted here because I know the knowledge base related to NFA items reads and posts here often...
To my question - I have an SBR not on my Heavy D Trust that I want to list for sale. When I find a potential buyer that is in-state or out of state what is the process and cost to me, as the seller, for transferring my NFA registered SBR to the buyers Class 3 dealer?
The cost to you is nothing, unless you choose to pay some of the other buyer’s cost.
If you sell the gun in-state, basically the buyer fills out the Form 4 to transfer it to them and pays $200 to the ATF. You hold on to the firearm until it gets approved (which takes up to a year), and once the buyer gets the paperwork, you give them the firearm.
For an out of state buyer, you have to go through a FFL in the buyer’s state, and that’s an extra $200 dollars they buyer pays since they will usually pay to transfer the firearm from you to the FFL, and then have to pay again to transfer from the FFL to themselves.
If you can back-convert it to a
Edited per Dean's post below.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Mike748,
Dwill and Mike - Thanks to both of you for taking the time to respond and providing the details each of you did. Because this one started its life as a SIG 556P I may consider converting it back to a pistol and ask that NFA remove it from their registration. The time and paperwork required to sell, receive the approval, and transfer an SBR vs. being able to sell out right this as a pistol (also because the current value difference is not a lot) I might go through the process of getting it declassified and then sell it as a pistol....
Thanks again guys for your responses - greatly appreciate your support.....Mark
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It has been made into a rifle so it can no longer be a pistol, even if you remove it from the NFA registry.
Once any pistol has been made into a rifle it can no longer be a pistol.
H. Dean Phillips
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Dean - Thank you Sir for responding...This now reduces my options down to what Dwill detailed....Thanks Again for responding Sir...Mark
I just took the upper off, sold it, and put a non-NFA (16-inch bbl length minimum) upper on. Now, you just have a Title I firearm. You can fire off a letter to the NFA branch to ask them to remove your previous SBR from the Registry, since it is no longer a NFA item.
If it’s a SIG 556, the upper is the serialed numbered part. You can’t just swap uppers like on an AR.
Also, note that if you engraved the NFA required info on a pistol you converted, that’s going to reduce the value as compared to an unconverted pistol.
Well guys this SBR did start its life as a SIG 556 factory pistol and I did have the upper engraved following the NFA guidelines with my name, city, and state because the upper on this odel does carry the SN#.
Based on Dean’s comments I guess my only bet is to sell it as an SBR or keep it in my collection....Having built a Colt SBR about three years ago, I have not shot the SIG SBR since receiving my stamp on the Colt.....Mark
You can remove the upper so the gun is no longer in SBR configuration and now you have just a Title I AR-15 rifle lower. You can't make it a pistol, but you could put a 16"+ upper on it. You could also sell the upper and lower as an upper and lower, unassembled, and somebody could register via a Form 1 and reassemble, albeit with additional engraving.
Is the lower engraved also? If it isn't, it's even more appealing since it's the serialized part and the next guy could just engrave the lower, with is most common anyway.
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Mark, I sent you an email about this problem.
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Again, on the 556, the upper is the the firearm, the engraved part, and the serial numbered part. The lower is not like a AR lower. It’s not serialized, not a firearm, and can be sold freely without going through a FFL. To turn it into a Title 1 gun with a 16” barrel, you either have to swap out the barrel on the upper (which is a bit of work), or buy a complete 16” upper, which is considered a firearm and requires going through a FFL (unless you get one in a private sale). Buying a new upper or swapping out the barrel will probably be a money losing proposition on the package deal.
Selling the upper alone to someone who has a 556 lower may be an option, altogether the buyer would have to be careful about not seen as having an unregistered SBR.
Is this specifically due to it being listed in the NFRTR? I thought ATF ruling 2011-4 clarified that pistol to rifle back to pistol was perfectly fine. The ATF even list it in their firearms FAQ:
I know a LOT of people have interpreted this further to mean that if a pistol is made into an SBR then it can be turned back into a pistol, but I don't know if the ATF has ever issued an opinion letter to that effect. I've never seen one for that specific situation.
Some old German classic Sigs and some new polymer Sigs...
Phoenix - This describes my situation exactly - My SBR started life as a pistol and I followed the NFA requirements to register it from a pistol to an SBR....once my approved documentation and stamp arrived I had the UPPER (carries the SN on this specific model AR pistol) engraved and added a stock....Mark
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