Making a SBR in WA?

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  1. cowgirlkaboom

    cowgirlkaboom
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    The internets have lead me to believe I have to have a WA dealer “make” my SBR to be state compliant on a new build. Is this true? If so, does anyone have experience with this? Can I just supply them with the lower then have them shipped the upper? I have a retro AR-15 lower that I would like to build but want to make sure I am legal before acquiring the rest.
     
  2. Sandaholic

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    I don't think that's right. It may be close though as the FFL may help you with the tax stamp paperwork. I don't know for sure so I am here for answers as well. I've been contemplating a couple SBR's.
     
  3. IronMonster

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    That's the way it was, I have been gone for a year so I have no idea if the law has changed. I had Rainer Arms in Auburn build my SBR... They used an upper I already had I bought one of there lowers so no engraving was required (there name and info is already on the lower so nothing has to be added as the "builder"

    I think they charged me $100 for "building" my SBR which really was mounting a buffer tube and stock and snapping my upper on it...
     
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  4. SCARed

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    A dealer does not need to make the SBR for you. YOU would send in a Form 1 (application to make a NFA firearm) to the ATF listing the specs you’ll initially make the gun to. Wait till you got the stamp approved and in hand (4-6mos wait currently), then you can legally build the rifle.
    That’s the cliff note version of what you need to do. It’s actually a bit more complicated.
    Heres a link to ARF where there’s a ton more info for you to research.
    Short Barreled Rifles (SBR) - AR15.COM

    WA state law doesn’t have anything to do with it anymore. That was a very brief period of time where there was an interpreted difference in what the law said, but that was clarified and now falls in line with federal law.
     
  5. bassman2

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    SCARed is correct.
     
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  6. cowgirlkaboom

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    That makes it a lot easier, thanks a lot folks! Time to send it out for engraving once I get home then.
     
  7. tkotutone

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    I thought you had to wait for you tax stamp before you even start building your sbr. I wouldn’t buy a lower till then.
     
  8. wired

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    You need a lower before you can apply for the stamp. Serial number, manufacturer etc.
     

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