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Unfiltered Gun Rant

Common Practice is that Semi-Autos and Single Shots are referred to as Pistols on the Form 4473, and Revolvers have their own check box. However, this is quite stupid. The term Pistol can be used for all handguns, and in the past it was quite common for Pistol to be used referring to revolvers.

Arguing that one is not the other and vice versa is like splitting hairs between a Riding Crop and a Driving Whip. The differences do not matter, don‘t even try to make the argument and being a pedantic jackwagon. Because no one should even care. Pistol is as generic a term as “Handgun” and can correctly be used interchangeably.
The 4473 is rife with retrograde thinking. Defining pistol or revolver is just one. Rifle or Shotgun also doesn’t matter. If there has to be any split in type, it should be along the Handgun or Long Gun line. And even there, the line is blurry now with Braced Handguns and SBR’s. I could show you different photos of AR-15’s and it would take the Owner of the gun to tell you which is which. So that’s another thing that needs to be deleted. All the SBS/SBR jackassery that is a part of the National Firearms Act… Which was terrible law making back in 1936 and it’s even worse now.

We have laws and ordinances requiring mufflers on a great many things… but on a firearm it’s illegal, unless you pay 200 Dollars for a TAX STAMP. Something you used to be able to buy from a hardware store for 5 bucks now costs you a Grand, plus 200 bucks, and then you have the asinine wait until His Majesty’s Service deems it’s ready to process your paperwork… average is what, 9 months now? This is beyond retarded. The process for doing a background check to buy a Tactical Shotgun is done pretty much instantly, and if you have a CCW Permit, it’s not even required… and if you don’t pass instantly, the background by law has to be done within 7 days or you can by law go ahead and buy the gun.
But to purchase a bloody muffler – you could have a Baby and start a Family before you get approved for a metal tube with some baffles in it. Never mind you could make a suppressor with stuff most guys have in their garages…. but to buy one requires the Federal Government to deem you worthy and you get to pay 200 dollars for the privilege. Thank you, Sir, may I have another!?!

These laws are utterly useless. They prevent no crime, they serve no purpose. They don’t even make the Feds any money as it requires a whole bunch of people to process everything and at the speed in which they get the job done… if it was a private business doing these transactions, they would be out of business.  Well, maybe not – they are selling a product that they don’t have to either buy or produce… selling you a Right.  Much like the old Catholics selling Indulgences.
Here’s the deal. We either delete the NFA… Or we make the NFA a Checkbox on the 4473 and they get processed like everything else, all at the same time.

“Silencers, The NRA’s latest big lie”

I hate to ask you to do this… but read this.

Okay, before I go any further… Try to remember off the top of your head, the last time the NRA has ever talked about Suppressors.  Also, when was the last time – Outside of a Hollywood Movie – that a guy as used a legally obtained Suppressor in the commission of a crime?

In other countries, putting a muffler on your gun is considered polite. And encouraged. Even in the Enlightened country of England. But here in the US, a Gun Muffler is considered Sinister.
Suppressors do help save your hearing. I sell suppressors such as the SWC WARLOCK which reduces the shot over 40 Decibels. My best hearing protection that I sell, is only 33 decibels. It does not make the shot SILENT like you see in the movies. That is hollywood fabrication.
Also, Gun Mufflers are HEAVILY regulated. You can’t just “Go Buy One”. You can pay for the muffler, sure. But I can’t transfer it to you because it’s regulated just like a Machine Gun. You have to fill out an ATF Form 4, have 2 finger print cards done, your Sheriff or Police Chief has to sign off on it, an then you get to drop an additional 200 bucks on a tax stamp. Then you get to wait 6 Months for the ATF to process a detailed background check.
It’s faster and easier to buy a new house or start a new company than it is to get one of these sinister and obviously evil mufflers for your gun.
I call it a Muffler, because that’s exactly what it is. Just like on your Car or Truck or Scooter. We don’t Regulate mufflers on your vehicle, but as soon as you slip one over your gun’s barrel – Oh boy – you just committed a Felony unless you jumped through all the hoops.
Every shooter I know has hearing damage to some extent. Because guns are loud. Forgetting to wear muffs or plugs, just once, can cause permanent hearing damage.
You used to be able to buy a gun muffler at the hardware store for 5 bucks.
Saved your hearing. Didn’t disturb wildlife when hunting. Aids in recoil reduction and accuracy as well.
But after the end of Prohibition the ATF had to have something to do so the NFA 1935 was passed, which included mufflers… because of emotionally fragile people like this author who watched too many movies.