Notice: as of September 2, 2011, Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schuette, issued an Attorney General Opinion, stating that Michigan citizens may now own firearm suppressors and silencers upon Federal ATF/NFA approval.
What does this mean, and how does one acquire a suppressor?
One needs to contact us (for what we support and stock), or shop on-line for the suppressor of their choice. There are a variety of suppressors available for each type and model of firearm, from .22cal pistols to .50cal machine guns. Most suppressors will require a threaded barrel, which will likely require you to replace the barrel of your pistol or rifle; or, your rifle barrel may need to be threaded by a gunsmith (e.g. Bachelder’s in Grand Rapids, or on Target Guns & Gunsmithing in Kalamazoo). However, the AR-15, AR-10, and some rifles are already threaded for flash-hiders, etc. (which is good!!).
WE STOCK ONLY THE BEST SUPPRESSORS, WITH THE HIGHEST RATINGS OF SUPPRESSION, ACCURACY, AND QUALITY. CLICK ON THE DROP-DOWN MENU FOR EACH CALIBER, TO SEE OUR CHOICES
If you still choose to purchase a suppressor elsewhere, on-line, for whatever reason (which is fine…really), it will need to be transferred to us at Tigon III; and finally to you, as a “Class III” NFA item. Each and every item must be approved by the ATF/NFA by serial number, for respective transfer; first to the dealer, then to you. The ATF/NFA (also known as the Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, And Explosives = BATFE) charges the buyer (customer) a $200 tax for this privilege, for each item transferred to the private citizen (Form 4). Plus, we charge $90-125 for processing the transfer paperwork and storage (only if you purchase the suppressor elsewhere and have it transferred to us), while the BATFE is reviewing your application (usually about 6-8 months)***. Again, these fees are for each item (BATFE tax $200 + Tigon’s processing fee of $90-125. And note that we charge an additional $35 for every person listed in a Firearms Trust, due to excessive paperwork).
***HOWEVER…IF YOU PURCHASE THE SUPPRESSOR FROM US, WE WAIVE OUR $90-125 DEALER TRANSFER PROCESSING FEE!!!
In a nutshell, here’s the process:
- Check out our suppressor inventory first. We only carry the best-of-the-best suppressors with the highest marks, recommendations, and review-ratings. Or, have us order one from our available manufacturers (mentioned above). However, if you still prefer to order one on-line, or prefer to have an out-of-state gunsmith integrate a suppressor for your firearm, you must first pay that seller. Ask the seller to make sure it is already registered on a federal “Form 3” (not a Form 4). Next, provide them with my phone number and/or e-mail address, so I can respond by faxing or E-mailing them a copy of my licenses for transfer to us at Tigon III. It will take about 6-8 weeks before we receive it.
(Remember, if purchased from our stock/inventory of the highest rated/quality suppressors available, we begin the paperwork immediately, saving those 6-8 weeks!!)
- If you choose to have a suppressor transferred to us from an on-line seller (which is fine), we will contact you, once we receive it, along with the seller’s approved paperwork to us (Federal Form 3), to begin your paperwork (Form 4) for submission to the BATFE, to transfer your suppressor to you. And again, this will cost you $200 to the BATFE, and $90-125 to us.
- Once your approval arrives (6-8 months later), we will contact you to come in and fill out some final paperwork and pick up your item at the same time.
- In case you’re wondering, this is the same process as acquiring a full-auto firearm, except that our dealer transfer processing fee is $125 for those (BATFE is still $200). There is no blanket “license”. Each and every item/firearm purchased, must be registered with the BATFE by serial number, and go through the same process. (as a final note, citizens with a Felony record, will not likely receive approval from the BATFE.)