It seems that the ATF may be targeting Form 1 suppressors soon. Form 1 suppressors are 100% legal to make and own and they in no way violate NFA regulations. However, despite this, last December (2020) Diversified Machine of Detroit had their facility raided by the ATF and had all of their inventory seized by the agency. Just a few short months later on January 14th, the ATF has sized their website DiversifiedMachine.us.
Diversified Machine Website Seized by the ATF – Form 1 Cans Doomed?
I cannot authoritatively speak to as why Diversified Machine had their inventory and then subsequently their website seized but it doesn’t appear according to archives of their website that they were doing anything illicit. Meanwhile, other companies still offer the same service and are operating normally.
The process for making/supplying one of these Form 1 Kits is fairly simple. While most of us don’t have access to the equipment necessary to manufacture our own suppressors such as a lathe or vertical mill, most of us do have access or can get easy access to a drill press. Form 1 Kit companies simply provide the raw materials necessary in order for you to manufacture your own suppressor parts so as to not violate NFA regulations surrounding suppressors.
If you happen to be in possession of a suppressor or silencer that was sold by a Diversified Machine, it is apparently a violation of federal law. If this is the case, the ATF is requesting that you contact your nearest ATF office – to what end, I do not know. All that being said, I do not see any reason why if the suppressor is properly registered it would be in violation of any federal laws. Some manufacturers even go as far as to require that you send them a link to your approved form 1 before supplies can be sent to you.
This is once again another frustrating example of the ATF’s “on a whim” enforcement and regulation-making that makes an already tense portion of the firearms industry even more of a struggle to deal with. If you’re in the process of making a Form 1 suppressor, be sure to read Editor in Chief Pete M’s article on how to properly build out your own NFA Compliant Home-made Suppressor.
Suppressor Photos Obtained from Quiet Bore