EForms For ATF Form 1 Applications – This Time Via Silencer Shop

The first anniversary of the enactment of ATF Rule 41F is only a few weeks away. Most of us will be remembering the run up to the July 13th deadline as an NFA buying panic of epic proportions. And all of us will remember the resulting slowdown that followed. However, a few faithful NFA makers will remember the upcoming milestone as the day the ATF’s NFA Efile system for consumer use was powered down forever. However, like the fingerprint scanning kiosk system that dealt with post 41F purchases, Silencer Shop is releasing a new system that allows everyone to electronically file ATF Form 1 applications from anywhere, in about five minutes.

Two quick caveats before I get into the details of what I’m dubbing “EForms 2.0”. First, you have to have your fingerprints on file before you begin, meaning you need to visit one of Silencer Shop’s kiosk dealer locations to use the live scan system. If there isn’t a location near you, mail in your fingerprints to get scanned into Silencer Shop’s system. They will even mail you fingerprint cards and an ink pad if need be. Second, you need to have a passport-sized photograph on file – which is easily accomplished using the Silencer Shop app in either the Apple App Store or the Google Play Andriod App Store.

Other than creating an account on Silencer Shop’s website, you’re ready to roll.

Step 1: Purchase the ‘ATF Form 1 Service’ From Silencer Shop:

In a process that’s easier than ordering toothpaste from Amazon, navigate to the page and complete the checkout process. Note, you need to buy a tax stamp along with the Form 1 service, which is $205 including a processing fee. Think of the extra five bucks as an ATM withdrawal fee.

The service itself costs $34.95. Now, if you are thinking that $35 is too much, consider the time it takes to get prints rolled, photographs taken and printed, printing forms and heading to the post office. None of which you will have to do under Silencer Shop’s new system. Besides, some FFL’s charge upwards of $40 just to transfer a Title I firearm.


Less than a minute after your purchase, an email shows up with a link to start your Form 1.


Step 2: Start Your ATF Form 1

The link you received takes you to a login/account page showing you the number of Form 1 “credits” you have available and a button that starts your application.

Silencer Shop ATF Form 1

Starting the Form 1 is simple: follow the instructions to input the data associated with the firearm you are applying to make into a SBR/SBS/AOW. Have a question regarding the required ATF information? Click on any of the question marks to the right of the data entry fields. Unlike some fillable forms, the help topics are actualy very useful (see below).

I chose to SBR my B&T APC9.

My one warning here: make sure to enter the serial number of your firearm exactly as it appears on the receiver.

The same goes for the Manufacturer/Importer information. Enter the data exactly as it appears from the company’s official website or documentation included with your firearm. When you are done, click ‘Save’.

Step 3: Park or Submit Your ATF Form 1

From here, it’s easy: either click submit to route your Form 1 to Silencer Shop’s ATF Compliance Specialists or leave it ‘parked’ as a draft to submit at a later date.

Clicking submit gives you a confirmation page with the details of your firearm.

Step 4: Sign Your ATF Form 1

After the Silencer Shop compliance guru reviews your data, they will forward you a draft for an electronic signature. If everything looks good, sign the document and hit submit. Your Form 1 will be submitted by Silencer Shop to the ATF.




Help screens:

I mentioned briefly that the help screens within Silencer Shop’s “EForm” system are actually useful. I’ve included some of them below. They are actually better than the ATF explanations I have seen.

Silencer Shop Form 1 Service

And that’s it. As Tom Petty once wisely sang: “The waiting is the hardest part”.


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  • Klaus Von Schmitto

    This is friggin awesome! Fingerprints and passport pictures are 35 bucks easy and the hassle of getting them is worth at least that much to me.

  • SGT Fish

    now im finally gonna get off my butt and file for a homemade can and SBR

  • KestrelBike

    Can you use this system to file a form 1 to self-manufacture a silence?

    • Chrono777

      Yes I just did one through the system. Super simple.

      • KestrelBike

        oh crazy, thanks! Curious, how much of your info had already been in their systems- had you already Form-4’d a silencer through them? Or did you have to start from scratch with prints, uploading a passport-photo, etc?

        • Chrono777

          I was already a customer. So everything was on file. But it was very easy to go through the kiosk.

  • Green tip

    Wow. NOT being an ‘SBR’ owner OR for that matter a suppressor OWNER (THAT’S just a matter of time with the HPA “I” believe), I just can’t get excited about all the HOOP-jumping the stinkin’ gov has ‘us’ doing to be able to enjoy what SHOULD BE allowed under the 2nd. Sure I’m ‘missing out’, I get it, but I’m not interested in PAYING THEM to play. Still got mine to keep me happy in the mean-time…

  • Klaus Von Schmitto

    I can see one down side to this now.
    Once my fingerprints and photo are in the system, when I see that extra lower laying on the desk instead of wondering what to do with it, I’ll actually have the ability to “impulse buy” an SBR. This could get expensive!

  • st381183

    I’m tired of the folks that look down on those of us or insult those of us as 2A traitors willing to “jump thru the hoops” of NFA compliance. If you don’t want to do it fine, but I enjoy my SBRs and silencers. I don’t like filing thru the NFA Branch anymore than these guys do, but saying that I shouldn’t does nothing but make the gov’ment believe there is no demand for these items. Put on your ear protection and pound sand.

    • Cymond

      The people who refuse to “jump through the hoops” are doing exactly what the NFA legislators wanted.

      • R3

        Yet these same people then registered their cars, buy tags, renew their driver’s license, and file their taxes. So, whats the difference?

  • B. Young

    I thought you had to have additional engraving on the receiver to indicate you or your trust as the final manufacturer of the SBR??

    • Klaus Von Schmitto

      Anyone want to field this? Anyone? Where’s Leghorn when we need him?

      • Tox

        Yes you do, you have to send out the receiver or serial numbered part to be engraved.

        • Klaus Von Schmitto


  • Colonel K

    How is the Form 1 being forwarded to ATF from Silencer Shop, electronically or by snail mail? Is ATF processing time shortened?

  • Tyrone L. Greene

    I currently have a Trust for my two cans. I’m not in Silencer Shop’s kiosk. I would like to SBR an AR Pistol, I’ve put it all together except adding a stock to keep me out of trouble until I can get a stamp for it. I have a son & daughter who are listed in my trust. What do I need to do as there’s been some changes that are confusing to me.