Although it is impossible to predict how long ATF wait times will be in the future, the best indicator is to reference what is currently being approved.
Average Wait Times - Compiled Over the Last 3 Months
Please Note: The preceding table is comprised of real time user data provided by NFA Tracker.
- F1: Form 1
- These are forms filed to manufactur your own NFA item. These forms are most often used to register an existing lower reciever (already in your possession) into a "Short Barreled Rifle."
- F4: Form 4
- These are forms filed to transfer an NFA item (in this case, a silencer) from a dealer's inventory to an individual/trust/corporation. For many of you, this will be the metric to keep an eye on.
Form 3 Approvals
Here are some things to keep in mind when looking at these numbers:
- If you’ve called the NFA Branch and gotten a ‘Pending Date’, that isn’t taken into account with these numbers.
We automatically track the check being cashed for Form 4 submissions. If you have received an email relaying the date your check was cashed, you have made it through the red portion of your particular bar in the chart above.
NFA examiners are no longer assigned by state; and, it’s even likely that multiple submissions going in at the same time will not go to the same examiner. Because of this change, the metrics are no longer as state specific as they were in the past.
Form 3 information is based on approvals we’ve received over the last few days, and is updated daily. If there is an item with no data, that means no forms of that type were approved during the time span we’re sampling.
NFA Tracker data is also updated daily.
- In other words, these numbers track the time it takes from the point where an application was dropped into the mail or submitted electronically, right up to the point where the envelope with the tax stamp is opened.