Effective April 1, 2022, we will be open 7 days per week! No foolin’! These two extra days each week will give our customers more opportunities to come out to enjoy the range when it’s not nearly as busy (weekdays are nothing like the hub-bub of the weekends) and to purchase and pick-up firearms, accessories, and ammo.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recently examined devices commonly known as “forced reset triggers” (FRTs) and has determined that some of them are “firearms” and “machineguns” as defined in the National Firearms Act (NFA), and “machineguns” as defined in the Gun Control Act (GCA).
These particular FRTs are being marketed as replacement triggers for AR-type firearms. Unlike traditional triggers and binary triggers (sometimes referred to generally as “FRTs”), the subject FRTs do not require shooters to pull and then subsequently release the trigger to fire a second shot. Instead, these FRTs utilize the firing cycle to eliminate the need for the shooter to release the trigger before a second shot is fired. By contrast, some after-market triggers have similar components but also incorporate a disconnector or similar feature to ensure that the trigger must be released before a second shot may be fired and may not be machineguns.
Both the NFA and GCA regulate machineguns. “Machinegun” is defined under 26 U.S.C. § 5845(b) and 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(23) as—
Any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger. The term shall also include the frame or receiver of any such weapon, any part designed and intended solely and exclusively, or combination of parts designed and intended, for use in converting a weapon into a machinegun, and any combination of parts from which a machinegun can be assembled if such parts are in the possession or under the control of a person. (Emphasis added.)
ATF’s examination found that some FRT devices allow a firearm to automatically expel more than one shot with a single, continuous pull of the trigger. For this reason, ATF has concluded that FRTs that function in this way are a combination of parts designed and intended for use in converting a weapon into a machinegun, and hence, ATF has classified these devices as a “machinegun” as defined by the NFA and GCA.
Accordingly, ATF’s position is that any FRT that allows a firearm to automatically expel more than one shot with a single, continuous pull of the trigger is a “machinegun”, and is accordingly subject to the GCA prohibitions regarding the possession, transfer, and transport of machineguns under 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(o) and 922(a)(4). They are also subject to registration, transfer, taxation, and possession restrictions under the NFA. See 26 U.S.C. §§ 5841, 5861; 27 CFR 479.101.
Under 26 U.S.C. § 5871, any person who violates or fails to comply with the provisions of the NFA may be fined up to $10,000 per violation and is subject to imprisonment for a term of up to ten years. Further, pursuant to 26 U.S.C. § 5872, any machinegun possessed or transferred in violation of the NFA is subject to seizure and forfeiture. Under 18 U.S.C. § 924(a)(2), any person who violates § 922(o) may be sent to prison for up to 10 years and fined up to $250,000 per person or $500,000 per organization.
Based on ATF’s determination that the FRTs that function as described above are “machineguns” under the NFA and GCA, ATF intends to take appropriate remedial action with respect to sellers and possessors of these devices. Current possessors of these devices are encouraged to contact ATF for further guidance on how they may divest possession. If you are uncertain whether the device you possess is a machinegun as defined by the GCA and NFA, please contact your local ATF Field Office. You may consult the local ATF Office’s webpage for office contact information.
Many of you may remember that we rented space to The Gun Vault in 2019 to sell firearms and do firearm transfers at the range. That went fine for a while, then the Big C19 hit, and everything firearms-related went down the crapper. Firearms and ammunition became scarce. What could be found was stupidly expensive. Almost a year into the Big C19 debacle we had to close for 8 months for some range renovations that turned into a nightmare.
After we reopened we had a lot of people asking when we’d have guns to sell again. So, after we got solidly back into the swing of things as far as range operations go, we applied for our FFL (Federal Firearms License) to be able to sell firearms. We decided to go with an 07 type, or Manufacturer FFL) which allows us to do firearm sales as well as create custom builds for our customers.
We do have limited space, so for the time being, our stock will be limited to the most popular models, but if you find something online we don’t carry, we will be happy to receive the transfer for you!
So, if you’re looking for your next, or first, firearm, let us see if we can help!
Come join us on Saturday, October 2, 2021 for our 6th Anniversary & Customer Appreciation. We will have give-aways throughout the day, free hamburgers/hot dogs at lunch time (while they last) and we will have a Revolutionary War 3 pounder cannon on display and firing, by the 5th Company, 4th SC Regiment, Artillery, of the SC Battleground Preservation Trust. Patrons will have an opportunity to raffle for firing the cannon, every half hour, from 12 – 2 pm.
All monies raised for the cannon firing go directly to the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust. (Since the Province of Carolina was chartered in 1663, hundreds of battles representing nearly every regional and national conflict have been fought on South Carolina soil.) The Demonstration Team’s purpose is to educate, demonstrate, and entertain to bring our fight for liberty to life! Cannons Support the SCBPT by being part of public and private functions, historical events, and commemorations.
We really hoped we would be able to have Bay 1 open and usable by October 2nd, but that’s not looking likely by then.
It’s been eight long months, but we’re FINALLY reopening THIS THURSDAY, July 1st! You will notice a few changes & a few new faces when you visit.
One change is we are now doing our liability waivers electronically. NO MORE PAPER! EVERYONE will need to do a new electronic waiver & you can do them RIGHT ON YOUR PHONE before you even get to the range!
As a reminder, all memberships that were valid the last day we were open in November will be extended 8 months. Gift certificates that would have expired while we were closed will also be honored for 8 months past the expiration date.
Ammo prices are still crazy, but we have quite a few calibers available, including 9mm, 40, 45, & 223. We will do a social media post with the list of the calibers we will have in stock on the 1st. I know we DO NOT have any 380 (sorry).
We hope to see you at the range!