Archive for September, 2012

Some people find it difficult to understand why owning a suppressor ,or “silencer” is necessary as a civilian. I also wondered the same thing but after further reading, it all makes sense.

First of all, let’s focus on the advantage by looking at the name itself, “suppressor”, referring to what it does to the sound. Contrary to the term silencer, because it doesn’t do that. Think of situations as a civilian when you would need to quiet your firearm while in use. Hunters would agree that not having to wear ear protection is a plus. A hunter’s ability to see as well as listen is key when spotting animals. If one had to wear ear protection while listening for game, it would hinder this ability. A suppressor would allow the hunter to not wear ear protection while protecting their hearing.

Additionally, home defense is an example of why a suppressor is key. If required to shoot an intruder, the suppressed sound would first negate the requirement to find ear protection. This is key because when confronting an intruder every second matters. Second, one must be aware of their surroundings after shots are fired, there may be other intruders, you may need to hear where all individuals are in your home, and overall it is just important to maintain your hearing in a situation like that.

Some other advantages are the ability of a suppressor to reduce muzzle lift and lead reduction in the air. There are other advantages as well, and if readers can think of any more, please feel free to post them.

Remember, suppressors are a class 3 item and require the proper legal paperwork in order to legally own one. Please consult the BATFE or legal counsel before owning one,

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An SBR, or short barrel rifle is a category of firearm that is regulated by the National Firearms Act or NFA. Basically speaking it’s a rifle with a barrel shorter than 16″ or smaller than 26″ overall length. Another type of firearm that is similar is the Short Barrel Shotgun, or SBS, but we’ll focus on the SBR for now.

In order to legally own an SBR, one must first identify what the specifications of what the SBR will be. Specifically, you will need to actually identify what firearm you will turn into an SBR in order to register the serial number and the actual overall length of the firearm, make, model, caliber, etc. As an example, if you own an AR rifle (a rifle with a barrel 16″ or greater) and you want to shorten the barrel, you will need to have a serial number and decide how short you want the barrel. For example, let’s say you want to change your barrel from 16″ to 10″, you will need to first measure the overall length. The overall length should include the size of the stock fully extended (for those that have adjustable stocks). Additionally, you will measure the length of the actual barrel tip and not include the flash hider, suppressor. The reason for this is that the flash suppressor is NOT considered a part of the barrel unless it is welded and pinned to the barrel.

Once you measure the entire length of the firearm, let’s say it’s 30″ for arguments sake, you will then subtract 6″ from that measurement (16″ minus 10″ equals 6″). Take away the 6″ measurement from 30″ and you have 24″ as your new “desired” length of what you will want when your SBR is legally assembled. Remember, you CANNOT legally assemble the SBR and take these measurements, and you CANNOT legally be in possession of all the materials to assemble an SBR until you have your approval from the BATFE, doing so is called constructive possession. In lieu of measuring the actual SBR, you will have to do the math above.

Once you have your serial number, make, model, caliber and measurements of your firearm you will fill out a Form 1 (http://www.atf.gov/forms/download/atf-f-5320-1.pdf). After filling out the Form 1, you will mail it along with a check for $200 to the BATFE and wait for you tax stamp approval.

Different states have different restrictions on owning an SBR. In other words, some states simply require you to get your fingerprints and get approval from your local Police Chief/Sheriff in order to complete the Form 1. Basically, the BATFE requires you get approval from your local law enforcement in order to get approval from them. I will blog about some of the different regulations per state as all states/counties have different laws.

Once you receive your tax stamp back from the BATFE, you are good to go (return times vary, contact the NFA Branch to get an estimated timeframe). Remember, ALWAYS have copies of your tax stamp paperwork with your SBR at all times, this will save you extreme amounts of trouble.

I hope this helps, if anyone has questions or see corrections/clarifications that can be made, please let me know. Also, as a disclaimer, this article is not legal advice. To get specific information on laws and regulations regarding NFA or firearms, please contact the BATFE or legal council.

Ammunition for Self Defense

Posted: September 16, 2012 in Education

I found a great article written by anonymous that give some very good insight when choosing not only the brand, but type and caliber of self defense round.  I personally carry either a .380 or 9mm and have been ridiculed for both.  However, typically when you get into calibers that begin with “4”, your talking heavier guns and more to lug around.  A person should not be discouraged from legally carrying their firearm, especially because it’s “too heavy”, so I won’t carry today.

I personally believe the 9mm is a great carry round as it can be contained in a decent size handgun and with the proper ammunition (high grade hollow point), it will do it’s job to stop an attacker.  Furthermore, when choosing a self defense round you should take into consideration the environment where you would potentially use your weapon.  In other words, if you needed to use your firearm for protection, odds are there may be innocent people in the vicinity.  A hollow point round is preferred as it is designed to stop on impact and the target absorbs most of the kinetic energy.  Bottom line, once the round hits the target, it will most likely not go “in and out” and hit an innocent bystander.
Here is a copy of the article by “Anonymous”:

Never use hand loaded or reloaded ammunition for self-defense. You may encounter some joker who says he can hand-load ammunition so powerful it will knock anything on two legs down for the count, but don’t buy it. This junk will either misfire or ruin your gun. Use only fresh factory-loaded cartridges.

One should carry hollowpoint ammunition in a defensive handgun. Hollowpoint ammunition has much better stopping power than full metal jacket or round-nose lead and stopping power is what you need when being assaulted.

The point is not to wound or kill the adversary, the point is to stop him in his tracks and make him cease attacking you. Stopping power (sometimes called “knock-down power”) refers to a particular bullet’s ability to incapacitate an attacker; the greater that ability, the less chance that your attacker will be able to continue shooting, stabbing, or beating you after you have shot him.

Handguns are not death rays. Despite what you see in the movies, the vast majority of people (over 80%) shot with handguns survive. Handguns are weak compared to rifles and shotguns and you want every edge you can get. Great ammunition is no more expensive than mediocre ammunition, so carry the best. Rifles and shotguns have stopping power to spare; handguns do not. Thus, you must select your handgun load very carefully and the detail of the handgun ammunition section reflects this.

Hollowpoint ammunition is NOT more lethal than ball (full metal jacket) ammunition. You may have seen media hype about “killer dum-dum bullets,” but this is nonsense. Hollowpoint bullets usually expand and stop in the human body and thus the attacker absorbs much more of the bullet’s kinetic energy than if the bullet had merely zipped through him and left two small holes. Hollowpoint ammunition is also safer for all parties concerned.

  • You are safer because your attacker is more likely to be incapacitated after one or two shots and thus unable to fire back, stab you, or whatever. The decreased likelihood of your attacker dying from hollowpoint bullets saves you the moral and legal complications and expense you will experience from killing a man.
  • Innocent bystanders are safer because hollowpoint bullets are less likely to exit the attacker’s body and go on to injure anyone else. The ricochet danger is also much lower than that of ball ammunition, and hollowpoint bullets are less likely to penetrate walls or doors and strike uninvolved third parties. Furthermore, if your foe is incapacitated quickly he won’t be spraying wild bullets around, endangering uninvolved third parties.
  • Lastly, your attacker is safer because he is far less likely to die from one or two hollowpoint bullets than the five or six round-nose slugs you would have had to fire to put him down. Most gunshot deaths occur from shock and loss of blood and ball rounds tend to make entry and exit wounds, whereas hollowpoints go in and stay put. An attacker shot twice with ball ammo will probably have four holes in him rather than two and is thus in far greater danger of death from blood loss. If you can avoid killing your attacker you should, for both moral and legal reasons.

There are some exceptions to the “carry only hollowpoints in a handgun” rule. Some older or cheaper automatic pistols will jam with hollowpoint rounds. With these guns, one must use ball rounds (or “full metal jacket” rounds – the terms are synonymous) and I specify some “reliable with ball only” models by caliber. It is crucial for you to test your pistol to make certain it is reliable with specific loads; don’t rely on my advice. My life will never depend on the reliability of your handgun. Your life may.

How to order guns online.

Posted: September 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

Many Defense Firearms customers have asked the simple question, “how do I order guns online”. For the most part these are first time buyers who would like to take advantage cheaper internet prices but are cautious about doing it correctly. I found the best way is to spell it out for the common buyer in a step by step format. I will write this from the perspective that the buyer is required by the BATF to use a licensed dealer to ship a firearm. There are exceptions which I will highlight later.

  • Purchase your firearm online and make payment per you and seller’s agreement. You can locate a dealer prior to purchasing a firearm or you can locate one afterwards. It is better to have one lined up and use them again for any reoccurring purchases. It’s just nice to have a good relationship with your local dealer who is handling your reoccurring transfers, no other reason.
  • You must locate a gun dealer who possesses a Federal Firearms License (FFL). These are should be your local gun store/range, pawn shop, sporting goods store, etc. Tell them you want to ship a firearm from another dealer. Most FFLs are familiar with this process and will know what they need to do. Give them the contact information of the FFL who is shipping the firearm (Phone/Fax # and email). It is common for the receiving dealer to send a copy of their license to the shipping dealer first. Either way, they need to exchange licenses for their records.
  • Verify the dealer you purchased the firearm from has full payment and a copy of your local dealer’s license. Once they have these two items they can ship your firearm. (Tip: Tell the shipping dealer to put your contact information with the package)
  • Ask for a tracking number from the shipper, they will typically get one anyway as it’s the smart thing to do.
  • Once your firearm is delivered, your local dealer should notify you. (Tip: once your firearm was verified shipped and you have the tracking number, try not to call them and ask where your package is…USE YOUR TRACKING NUMBER they don’t know anymore than you do when it’s in transit).
  • When you go to your local dealer to pick up your firearm, you will be required to fill out the proper paperwork (ATF form 4473) and complete the transfer.
  • There will more than likely be a transfer fee from your local dealer (typically $25-$60).

This may seem a little complicated at first, but when you boil it down the only difference between purchasing a firearm or anything else online is the dealer to dealer (FFL to FFL) requirement.

Here are some other laws for shipping firearms between nonlicensees via the mail or common carrier.
Per the BATF (Click here for more information):

May a nonlicensee ship a firearm through the U.S. Postal Service?
A nonlicensee may not transfer a firearm to a non-licensed resident of another State. A nonlicensee may mail a shotgun or rifle to a resident of his or her own State or to a licensee in any State. The Postal Service recommends that long guns be sent by registered mail and that no marking of any kind which would indicate the nature of the contents be placed on the outside of any parcel containing firearms. Handguns are not mailable. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun.

[18 U.S.C. 1715, 922(a)(3), 922(a)(5) and 922 (a)(2)(A)]

Q: May a nonlicensee ship a firearm by common or contract carrier?
A nonlicensee may ship a firearm by a common or contract carrier to a resident of his or her own State or to a licensee in any State. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun. In addition, Federal law requires that the carrier be notified that the shipment contains a firearm and prohibits common or contract carriers from requiring or causing any label to be placed on any package indicating that it contains a firearm.

[18 U.S.C. 922(a)(2)(A), 922(a) (3), 922(a)(5) and 922(e), 27 CFR 478.31 and 478.30]

Q: May a nonlicensee ship firearms interstate for his or her use in hunting or other lawful activity?
Yes. A person may ship a firearm to himself or herself in care of another person in the State where he or she intends to hunt or engage in any other lawful activity. The package should be addressed to the owner. Persons other than the owner should not open the package and take possession of the firearm.

Our Blog is up and running!

Posted: September 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

We just completed our Facebook page and now our Blog is up.  Stay tuned for more.