National Firearm Act Weapons are classified by the ATF as controlled firearms, machine guns, suppressors, short barreled rifles/shotguns and “AOWs -Any Other Weapon”.
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These are new Colt factory M16A2 Model 701 machine guns. These are direct from Colt, never having been owned or even handled by a private citizen. These new M16 A2 machine guns come in the original Colt factory box with the Colt M16 accessory kit. These rare M16s are the last of the pre-1986 production that were put into the ATF registry, available for purchase and are fully transferable. Less than 20 are available in this new, 100% mint, factory condition. These Colt M16s are fully transferable to any qualified US citizen. All NFA rules apply.
It is generally believed by the public, that owning machine guns, silencers (properly referred to as suppressors), and other exotic weaponry is illegal, requires a license. While the validity of the these statements may vary from state to state, it is not true for most states. In Florida, where we are licensed to do business, none of it is true and there are in fact no Florida state restrictions on the ownership of these items,except that ownership must comply with the provisions of Federal Law.
If you live in a state other than Florida, please see the State by State chart of NFA Restrictions and a whole assortment of rules and regulations here for full details. If after reviewing the State by State chart of NFA Restrictions you find that your state regulates ownership of one or more types of firearms or silencers, you will need to check with your local District Attorney or other qualified individual to see what the criteria of ownership are.
If you live in Florida or one of the many other states that leaves ownership of NFA weapons to the Feds, then all you need to know follows:
Under the provisions of Federal Law, anyone over the age of 21 who is not prohibited from owning a firearm may own NFA weapons including (but not limited to): machine guns, sound suppressors (silencers), short barreled rifles and shotguns, an esoteric type of weapon classed as an “Any Other Weapon”, and destructive devices. The requirements to own are simple. Fill out some paper work, create a Gun Trust (we can help you with this simple matter), buy the item and pay the Federal tax of $200.00 for each NFA classified gun or silencer. It is a matter of mailing this in to the ATF, get approval and then the machine gun, SBR/SBS or silencer is yours to keep forever. You will NOT have to pay the tax on any item you keep, again. This is a one time fee, for each NFA item purchased. All NFA weapons you own can be put into your Gun Trust and passed on to whomever you have on your Gun Trust. It is that simple.
A silencer, or more properly a suppressor, is any device that attaches to the end of a firearm barrel – pistol, rifle or even a machine gun. The purpose of a silencer is to reduce the noise and flash that a projectile makes when a gun is fired. The main type of suppressor is a tube with threads that screw onto the end of a specially threaded barrel. As the projectile passes through the suppressor, the hot gases behind it are stripped away and absorbed inside the unit. Some of the heat and energy of the bullet are also absorbed so that when it exits the end of the suppressor, the normal sound associated with the gun powder ignition is removed from the sound signature. The more effective the suppressor, the better the sound suppression. The other component to the sound of a weapon firing is the projectile breaking the sound barrier. These are known as super-sonic loads. Suppressors will function with super-sonic ammunition but their effectiveness is best with sub-sonic rounds. Standard 9 mm and .223 (5.56) ammunition are inherently super-sonic. Sub-sonic 9 mm loads are available. We recommend using 147 grain or higher ball ammo. NATO 5.56 rounds travel at 3200 feet/second and are not available in sub-sonic loads. Some .40 S&W and all standard .45 caliber rounds are inherently sub-sonic.
Here at UFT, we have found that AWC suppressors best meet the requirement for outstanding performance, sound suppression and exacting manufacturing standards. Additionally, AWC suppressors reduce recoil and actually improve accuracy of the weapon. AWC suppressors have been used world wide by military, special forces and other law enforcement tactical units. The same AWC suppressors are now offered to the private sector for purchase. All NFA rules apply including submitting a Form 4 to the ATF with fingerprint cards, 2 passport sized photographs and a one time $200 Federal Transfer Tax fee.