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  • Apr162019

    Does filing off the serial number of a gun do any good?

    The only good filing off a serial number would do for you would be to get you locked up. Filing off a serial number is a felony. We’re surprised this is actually a common question, but of course it is. Be smart, do not try to file off a serial number on a gun. If you do, and you are caught, you will be in some serious trouble with the law.

    If you obtain, let’s say, an AR with a personalized serial number in it and you want to change it, contact the ATF or proper government agency to check the legality of changing it or filing it. All-in-all, don’t be dumb and file a serial number off ANY weapon.

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  • Apr162019

    How to build a gun without using big tech?

    You don’t really need big tech to build your own gun legally. There are multiple kits for everything from AR-15’s to 1911’s all over the internet. Virtually all of the guns you can make don’t require big tech at all. However, you will need some standard shop tools, a drill press is usually something required if you’re going to mill your own lower receivers like the ones we sell at American Made Tactical. Most people don’t have 3-D printers or their own metal shop, so most firearms, with a little research, can be made in your garage.

    There are forums all over the internet with knowledgeable Americans interesting in building their guns and they usually have a wealth of knowledge they’re willing to share. Online forums are a great place to start your research. You can ask any of them and they will tell you that you definitely DO NOT need big tech to build your own guns at home. It’s a great hobby and there are infinite numbers of combinations you can create when you build firearms.

    Basically, it’s all about research, research, research. You do what you can with what you have. And you can surely find a solution to fit your needs online. Of course, we suggest starting with some parts from American Made Tactical!

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  • Apr032019

    Can you buy an AR15 upper online without a background check?

    Short answer is, yes. Buying an AR-15 upper online does not require a background check of any kind. You can purchase AR-15 and AR-10 uppers on our website with no background check required. There is also no FFL required to purchase an AR15 upper online. So you can buy as many as you’d like. You can also purchase complete uppers without an FFL license OR a background check.

    The AR upper is NOT considered the “firearm,” but the lower receiver is. That’s usually why you hear about the lower receiver the most in the news. That is the part of the AR15 or AR10 that is highly regulated in some states, especially in California. It is the heart of the AR and houses all the necessary components and function to make the rifle work. So go ahead, purchase as many uppers (from us, of course), that you’d like!

    So essentially, you can buy all of the parts for an AR online without a background check or FFL. If you buy a completed lower receiver you will need to go through the proper procedures with local, state, and federal law. With an 80% lower that you finish yourself, you will also not need to go through a background check to purchase.

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  • Apr032019

    How to Legally Finish an 80% Lower in CA

    So you love finishing 80 lowers, but live in California? That’s a tough break for you. Just kidding, there are still ways you can finish as many 80 lowers as you want. Only issue is that you have a lot more rules and regulations around your 80 lowers, thanks to your state government, than every state in the rest of the country.

    As always, we have to preface this with the fact that we are not lawyers, we do not work for the ATF, do not take this as legal advice.

    If you were lucky enough to jig your 80 lower before July 1st, 2018, good news, you’re in the clear. However, if you completed an 80 lower AFTER July 1st, 2018, you have a little more work to do. Our first suggestion is to get on your state’s website to read through the details. But first, you must apply to the California DOJ for a serial number. This requires the necessary paperwork AND fee. The state of California will then assign you a serial number that you are REQUIRED to put onto your lower. You cannot choose your own, you must use what the government provides.
    Failing to follow all of the necessary California state gun regulations properly could potentially result in penalty from the state. Again, refer to the proper state regulations via their website in regards to legally finishing your 80% lower receiver.
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  • Mar222019
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    Adding a Serial Number to an 80% Lower Legally

    As usual, here at AMT, need to preface this with the fact that we are not lawyers, we do not work for the ATF, DO NOT consider this legal advice.

    If you’re putting your own serial number on an 80 lower, these are the things you must include:

    Your personal name: manufacturer
    City and state of manufacture
    Model: anything you want
    Caliber: may be “multi”
    Serial Number: any combo of letters and numbers you’d like

    You lower must be engraved or stamped into the lower receiver to a minimum depth of .003. VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE. Don’t be dumb and skip over this.

    Be sure to document the information you use to engrave your 80 lower. A photo would be best. That way if anything happens to your AR you have the documentation to show what you did. Yea, they’ll ask you for documentation. If you don’t want to give it to them, hey, that’s for you to decide and depending on the scenario. But you should be locked tight with everything you need legally.

    For all you California residents, if you built an 80% lower receiver after July 1, 2018, you have a little more work to do. You must FIRST apply to the California DOJ for a serial number. This requires the necessary paperwork and fee. The state of California will then assign you a serial number that you are REQUIRED to put onto your lower. You cannot choose your own, you must use what the government provides. Failing to do so will result in penalty from the state. Refer to the proper state authorities if you have any questions or concerns.

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