the following are Frequently asked questions about my services and abilities.
Will you mill out 80% receivers for me?
No. While it is legal for you to mill out an 80% receiver for an AR 15 or a 1911 or similar 80% product, it is not legal for me to mill out the receiver for you. As I am engaged "in the business" of fire arms, I am responsible as a licensee to mark each firearm manufactured in accordance with 27 CFR 478.92. [18 U.S.C. 923(i), 26 U.S.C. 5822.
Long story short, there is NO amount of money you could offer me to engage in practices that violate the law.
All firearms that I manufacture must have a serial number and be registered with state and federal entities.
further, all firearms which are manufactured in the state of california, even for personal use, must be serialized and registered with the state.
Do you special order firearms?
Yes. Although I mainly customize and repair firearms, I will, from time to time special order firearms and other items from my distributors or direct from the manufacturer (depending on the item.) However, due to contract agreements, expect to pay MSRP and shipping on all special order items. note: all sales are final on firearms.
What are the requirements to purchase a firearm in california?
For handguns, you must be 21 years of age, have your FSC (or unexpired HSC), and have no outstanding felonies or other legal issues that prevent you from purchasing a handgun. The handgun must also be on the roster of safe firearms provided by the DOJ.
For long guns, you must be 21 years of age, have your FSC (or a current before january 2015 hunters safety card,) or valid hunting license and be legally allowed to purchase firearms in the state of california. (please note: this as of 2019 the laws have changed and you must be 21 years of age to buy a long gun in this state.
Due to California law, both private party transfers of firearms and new firearms purchases require a 10 day waiting period and require you to have a current state ID, separate proof of residency, complete a ATF form 4473, and have a DROS come back as approved. After approval, the customer must demonstrate their safety knowledge of the particular firearm and sign a firearms safe handling affidavitt.
For more information, see the CA DOJ's website.
it's been over 30 days since I had a DROS submitted, can I still pick up my firearm?
no, you have 30 days to pick up your firearm, after which time, if the firearm is not delivered, the process much be re-initiated per state law. you will not get a refund of your initial dros payment.
I need a Firearms Safety Certificate, do you offer testing?
yes, I am a certified DOJ FSC instructor, and can provide testing to you for a fee of 25 dollars (15 DOJ fee, 10 dealer testing fee). Expect the testing to take at least a half hour. Please make sure to bring your CA Drivers license or State issued ID.
once you pass the test, you will receive a certificate which enables you to purchase a firearm in the state of California. This certificate is valid for 5 years.
I need to make my AR pattern rifle state compliant due to the new laws, do you have any information on what I need to do?
Yes. Due to SB 880 and AB 1135, firearm owners will be required to register their AR pattern firearms with the DOJ, to include all firearms with magazine locking devices requiring a tool or bullet to remove the magazine (bullet-button equipped firearms.)
Registration shall contain a description of the firearm that identifies it uniquely, including all identification marks, the full name, address, date of birth, and thumb print of the owner, and any other information that the department may deem appropriate.
The law applies to semiautomatic, centerfire rifles that do not have a fixed magazine. The law defines a fixed magazine as: " as an ammunition feeding device contained in, or permenantly attached to, a firearm in such a manner that the device cannot be removed without disassembly of the firearm's action.
AR pattern rifle owners must disassemble their firearm in order to release the magazine, rendering the original bullet button locking devices out of compliance with the new law.
To insure there is no confusion, the new law states: "any person who, from january 1, 2001, to december 31, 2016, inclusive, lawfully posessed and assault weapon that does not have a fixed magazine, as defined in section 30515, including those weapons with an ammunition feeding device that can be removed readily from the firearm with the use of a tool, shall register the firearm before January 1, 2018." - information courtesy of ARMaglock.com.
There are several options to make your rifle compliant with the new law, which I can talk to you about in person.
For more information please see my blog post regarding the new firearms law.
What method do you use for assessing the problem with a firearm?
I primarily operate off of a linear trouble shooting method of assessing problems with firearms. this involves looking at the interaction of parts in the global sense as well as the individual. The trouble shooting method is outlined in most technical manuals as well as the gunsmithing book put out by the AGA. Usually the process is quick to reveal problems.
Working in this method does usually require disassembly of the firearm to inspect the various parts and make sure they interact correctly.
Do you allow drop ins? Can I watch you work?
The simple answer to this is no. For security reasons, i do not allow drop ins as I do not have a commercial site, and for safety reasons, I do not allow customers to come into the shop or near the work bench to watch me work. This mitigates the risk to you, the customer, and reduces the legal liability to me, should something go wrong while I'm working.
The high polish finish you use for stainless steel firearms seems easy enough, should I try it myself?
While the polishes I use are readily available from Brownells, the actual technique for doing it requires the correct wheels, and equipment to produce it. Keep in mind that I spent years watching my uncle produce high polish finishes. He also described the correct method for applying the finish as well.
It is extremely easy to ruin the finish on your firearm if you don't understand the process, as well as damage screws and screw holes. I would recommend either having somebody refinish the firearm for you, or I would recommend you take the time to read up on the subject (Bob Brownell's 'gunsmith kinks' has a whole section describing the process for the 'master finish.) Then, once you read about the process and understand it, practice on various metals and then build up to working on similar metals to those found in your firearm before you attempt to do it on your own firearm.
Is it possible to buy a taurus judge in california?
currently it is not possible to order or buy a taurus judge in california as they are considered a short barreled shotgun. they are not available for any kind of purchase in california, nor will I be able to entertain any requests for ordering, or tracking one down. for more information, see this notice from michael lawyers.