Diversified Machine Website Seized by the ATF – Form 1 Cans Doomed?

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Diversified Machine Website Seized by the ATF – Form 1 Cans Doomed?

It seems that the ATF may be targeting Form 1 suppressors soon. Form 1 suppressors are 100% legal to make and own and they in no way violate NFA regulations. However, despite this, last December (2020) Diversified Machine of Detroit had their facility raided by the ATF and had all of their inventory seized by the agency. Just a few short months later on January 14th, the ATF has sized their website DiversifiedMachine.us.

Diversified Machine Website Seized by the ATF – Form 1 Cans Doomed?

I cannot authoritatively speak to as why Diversified Machine had their inventory and then subsequently their website seized but it doesn’t appear according to archives of their website that they were doing anything illicit. Meanwhile, other companies still offer the same service and are operating normally.

The process for making/supplying one of these Form 1 Kits is fairly simple. While most of us don’t have access to the equipment necessary to manufacture our own suppressors such as a lathe or vertical mill, most of us do have access or can get easy access to a drill press. Form 1 Kit companies simply provide the raw materials necessary in order for you to manufacture your own suppressor parts so as to not violate NFA regulations surrounding suppressors.

Diversified Machine Website Seized by the ATF – Form 1 Cans Doomed?

If you happen to be in possession of a suppressor or silencer that was sold by a Diversified Machine, it is apparently a violation of federal law. If this is the case, the ATF is requesting that you contact your nearest ATF office – to what end, I do not know. All that being said, I do not see any reason why if the suppressor is properly registered it would be in violation of any federal laws. Some manufacturers even go as far as to require that you send them a link to your approved form 1 before supplies can be sent to you.

This is once again another frustrating example of the ATF’s “on a whim” enforcement and regulation-making that makes an already tense portion of the firearms industry even more of a struggle to deal with. If you’re in the process of making a Form 1 suppressor, be sure to read Editor in Chief Pete M’s article on how to properly build out your own NFA Compliant Home-made Suppressor.

Suppressor Photos Obtained from Quiet Bore

Luke C.
Luke C.

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  • RealBACONATOR2 RealBACONATOR2 on Mar 15, 2021

    Although I'm disappointed that a form-1 can company got sacked, I also know some people weren't doing form-1s to accompany these cans. Bunch of people on the AKFiles all talking about how they ordered "fuel filters" and made cans at home, and were saying "why bother with a form 1?". Maybe they were bullshitting but I don't know.

    Obviously you should be able to make a can at home legally this way. And suppressors should be deregulated. But you get enough people breaking federal law to save $200 and this is the shit that happens.

  • Docduracoat Docduracoat on Mar 16, 2021

    It is 100% legal to manufacture your own silencer, or firearm from a kit.
    If people are buying these kits and not obtaining the proper form 1, that is on the buyers, not the company.
    As long as the company isn’t specifically marketing it for criminal use, I don’t see where there is a problem
    I’m certain that any product could be misused in a criminal way.
    Once a legal item leaves the control of the manufacturer, they have no control how the end-user behaves.
    Seems to me that diversified machine has a good chance of prevailing in federal Court.

    • Derpmaster Derpmaster on Mar 16, 2021

      @Docduracoat Doesn't matter, they'll go bankrupt fighting the accusations. Even if you win in federal court you often lose.

      The point is - some guy at a desk in suburban DC wanted this company gone, and they will likely win. Getting attacked like this will bleed you dry regardless of how tight a ship you operate.