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ATF’s NFA branch moving on up

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has split its National Firearms Act branch into a separate division in hopes of providing more oversight and efficiency.

The new NFA Division will consist of an Industry Processing Branch, focusing on processing forms from the private sector, and a Government Support Branch centered on law enforcement.

The IPB will see the regulatory body dedicate an entire branch to handling the processing of consumer-directed documents including Form 1 and Form 4 applications for the making and transfer of NFA items such as suppressors, and short-barreled rifles and shotguns.

But what does this mean? I talked to the experts to find out…

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A veritable NFA buffett

The NFA Review Channel carefully crafted what they call their “Case of Mayhem” that includes select-fire, SBR, SBS, suppressors and more.

nfa mg glock 17c sbs sbr class 3 title ii
Contents, LtoR: MK18 MOD0 with AAC M42K, SEA Bears Bark 20G SBS, Glock17c with JNC select fire sear, and a Dakota Tactical D54R-N with select fire trigger pack and Silencerco Omega 9K, if you are curious.

The case is a Pelican 1750 with customized B&W Kaizen foam.

Stencil on the outside could be Krylon, color chit unknown.

4 legal ‘thing that goes up’ stabilisers for pistol AR builds

Super-short AR-15 guns that legally fall under the ATF’s definition of a pistol have been around for decades. However, in recent years these guns have been given a phenomenal jump in popularity due to the Bureau’s approval of a number of non-buttstock braces that can be fitted to these handguns to give the user the ability to fire the gun from a more supported position. We take a look at some of the better designs on the market.

According to the National Firearms Act of 1934 (the NFA), arms that the government thought to be too dangerous for over the counter sales, such as machine guns, suppressors, and short barreled rifles and shotguns, were regulated with an obscene $200 tax and special requirements to obtain one of these registered devices. When you take into account that $200 in 1934 is some $3500 in today’s dollars, you can see why this was thought so unachievable.

In regulating short-barreled rifles, the NFA states that any rifle less than 26-inches overall had to be registered and so regulated. However, as long as a pistol did not have a buttstock, and was made from the beginning as a handgun, it could be shorter than this requirement. That’s where these braces come in at..


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The Noveske Shorty Uppers: The Blaster

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster.

Ever seen the Star Wars series where everyone who isn’t rocking a glowing sword or handgun of some sort is sporting a compact laser spitting blaster weapon? Well the closest thing to that long long ago and far far away technology that we have today is a super short upper and Oregon’s Noveske Rifle Works is the place to get them.

What is a super short upper?

Well kids, you see the National Firearms Act of 1934 prohibited many of the really fun things that are out there. This included suppressors, machineguns, pen guns, can guns, and oh yeah, short barreled rifles and shotguns (SBR/SBS). This meant that if you had a rifle with a barrel shorter than 16-inches, you had to register it with Uncle Sam and pay a one-time $200 tax so that the Man knew who had it and where it was.

Since then, new privately owned machineguns were banned after 1986 but SBRs, SBSs, and suppressors are still legal, although they still have the antiquated $200 tax on them. Of course back in 1934 that sum of money was about $3500 in today’s scratch, so let’s just be thankful the ATF hasn’t adjusted that cost for inflation (and please don’t get the bright idea to point that out to anybody!). These so-called NFA or “Class III” items (after the level of FFL dealer that can trade in them) have grown massively in popularity over the past decade.
This can be said especially about super-short barreled AR uppers, of which the Grants Pass, Oregon firm of Noveske is one of the industry leaders….

Noveske Rifleworks Diplomat

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SAS Raiders of the Falklands War

War nerd confession: I’ve always thought the Falklands campaign was fascinating. Its one of the few instances where two western militaries have fought each other in all-out combined war in land sea and air in modern times. Found this pretty neat 45-min. documentary on the SAS and SBS in the Falkland Islands War (1982). Includes interesting and such little-known stuff as the Top Malo house fight, the covert SAS/SBS intel teams in Argentina itself, the Pebble Island Raid, and others.




How the SBS Does Things

A Fascinating insight of the mission by 12 men who would later become known as the “Cockleshell Heroes ” Presented by Paddy Ashdown former SBS man himself . Also highlights how SOE also conducted an operation against the same target but never  telling once of there objective to Combined Operations .

n 1942, Britain was struggling to fight back against Nazi Germany. Lacking the resources for a second front, Churchill encouraged innovative and daring new methods of combat. Enter stage left, Blondie Hasler. With a unit of twelve Royal Marine commandos, Major Blondie Hasler believed his ‘cockleshell’ canoe could be effectively used in clandestine attacks on the enemy. Their brief was to navigate the most heavily defended estuary in Europe, to dodge searchlights, machine-gun posts and armed river-patrol craft 70 miles downriver, and then to blow up enemy shipping in Bordeaux harbour. Lord Ashdown recreates parts of the raid and explains how this experience was used in preparing for one of the greatest land invasions in history, D-day.

“…..It is a tale of massive Whitehall cock-up”


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