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    How to check if Pending?

    I have a Colt 6933 SBR waiting at my local Class III dealer. Is there somewhere on the internet or, someplace I can call, to check on my ATF application? I went to the ATF website but couldn't find anything. The dealer sent in the paperwork 2.5 months ago and I'd like to know if its pending, or if I'm just SOL right now. I know wait times are long but hopefully it has at least been put into the pipeline. Any help greatly appreciated.

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    This isn't a crack at you, but... I don't know what the obsession is with this pending nonsense. If they cashed your check, you know they have it in process.

    IMO, any other info in between the check cashing and the stamp arriving is meaningless rubbish.
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    I sent in a USPS money order instead of a check since is another listed form of payment. Didn't want wife to know I was in the process of buying a gun. Really no way to check on it so was wondering if there was another way to see where my app. was in the process.

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    Pending used to mean you'd have your Form 1/4 back in a week or two. Since the election, "pending" has come to mean they have cashed your check and you are in the system.

    When it gets here it gets here. My best advice is to just try not to think about it and be pleasantly surprised when it shows up in the mail.

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    Call (304) 616-4500, give them the serial number. They will tell you where it's at. It's not that big of deal. Fingerprints are what they are telling everyone is the hold up now.

    Tranfers seem to be getting longer now, not shorter. All of my Tranfers up until now, took 12-13 weeks. So I didn't worry about it too much. The one I'm waiting on now, is at 16 weeks, pending for 7 weeks. So of course I'm gonna call to see what the hold up is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trukreltrog View Post
    Call (304) 616-4500, give them the serial number. They will tell you where it's at. It's not that big of deal. Fingerprints are what they are telling everyone is the hold up now.
    That's a crock. My trust doesn't have fingerprints and I have one that's been "pending" for over a month now.

    "Pending" is not the same as the check being cashed (which usually happens within a couple weeks of mailing it before it ever goes pending). Pending means that the form has been entered into their system and assigned to an examiner who is theoretically working on it. Mine have gone pending about 2 months after the check is cashed, so there is a big gap there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbrowne1 View Post
    That's a crock. My trust doesn't have fingerprints and I have one that's been "pending" for over a month now.

    "Pending" is not the same as the check being cashed (which usually happens within a couple weeks of mailing it before it ever goes pending). Pending means that the form has been entered into their system and assigned to an examiner who is theoretically working on it. Mine have gone pending about 2 months after the check is cashed, so there is a big gap there.

    My bad, let me be a little more clear. Fingerprints are what they are telling us poor schmucks who didn't go the trust route, is the hold up is. Especially the ones who have flannigan. Some examiners are faster it seems. Yes I forgot for a second the trust guys don't do fingerprints. I am just reporting what I and others, who don't have trusts were told. You'll have to call the number I provided and find out what the hold up is with yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trukreltrog View Post
    My bad, let me be a little more clear. Fingerprints are what they are telling us poor schmucks who didn't go the trust route, is the hold up is.
    Right, that's my point. My transfers don't have prints to process and yet it is taking forever from the time they go pending to the time they're approved - so obviously there is something else going on. Either a huge backlog, laziness, or (for the conspiracy theorists) a mandate from the new Administration to drag their heels.

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    Dbrowne1 is right: Pending now means that it has been assigned to someone. In other words it has gone from the huge stack on the big desk to the large pile on an examiners desk. I mailed my first out on October 14th check was cashed on October 27th. It did not go pending until November 26th. Got it back apporved on January 20th...yes that is 98 days. That was when they were moving "fast".
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    That's odd. I mailed my paperwork out on October 27-ish and my tax stamp came back in 71 days. It must have something to do with traditional v. trust route. We'll see when the wife sends out the paperwork for the new can.

    Quote Originally Posted by LonghunterCO View Post
    Dbrowne1 is right: Pending now means that it has been assigned to someone. In other words it has gone from the huge stack on the big desk to the large pile on an examiners desk. I mailed my first out on October 14th check was cashed on October 27th. It did not go pending until November 26th. Got it back apporved on January 20th...yes that is 98 days. That was when they were moving "fast".





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    Update

    My paperwork for the Colt SBR was sent in approx. March 5th, called today to check status. They show the transfer to my dealer but nothing other than that. Looks like its going to be a long wait.

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    Called today to check on the status of my SBR paperwork with the ATF. They showed the transfer from the company I ordered it from to my local Class III dealer. Nothing else. Does this mean I simply haven't even been assigned to a person to deal with it? I used a USPS money order to pay so my wife wouldn't see the check. Rules out seeing when the check is cashed as a way to see if assigned.
    Am I simply in for a long wait? I mailed in the paperwork 2 months ago. Any thoughts, suggestions?

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    What use to be "normal" and what is now "normal" are two different things. I mailed a new Form 1 out on 02-15 and haven't even called to check on it. Unfortunately with the current political climate things are just taking longer and we are just going to have to be patient.

    My best advice is pretend your not waiting on anything and try to forget it. That way when it does come in its like Christmas in the middle of the year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SWATcop1911 View Post
    My best advice is pretend your not waiting on anything and try to forget it. That way when it does come in its like Christmas in the middle of the year.
    Or mail it in this week, and it probably will be Christmas by the time you get it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbrowne1 View Post
    Or mail it in this week, and it probably will be Christmas by the time you get it...
    Very good point
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6933 View Post
    Called today to check on the status of my SBR paperwork with the ATF. They showed the transfer from the company I ordered it from to my local Class III dealer. Nothing else. Does this mean I simply haven't even been assigned to a person to deal with it? I used a USPS money order to pay so my wife wouldn't see the check. Rules out seeing when the check is cashed as a way to see if assigned.
    Am I simply in for a long wait? I mailed in the paperwork 2 months ago. Any thoughts, suggestions?
    Call USPS with your reciept in hand and see when the MO was cashed, I think they can check for you. Once you get that date, figure a 2 month wait from then until you go pending, then about another month until you get your forms back.

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    My paperwork took 71 days pre-Obama and using a trust. This is post Obama and you went CLEO route. I am fairly certain that you are going to be waiting 90-120 days until the tax stamp comes back. YMMV.

    Quote Originally Posted by 6933 View Post
    Called today to check on the status of my SBR paperwork with the ATF. They showed the transfer from the company I ordered it from to my local Class III dealer. Nothing else. Does this mean I simply haven't even been assigned to a person to deal with it? I used a USPS money order to pay so my wife wouldn't see the check. Rules out seeing when the check is cashed as a way to see if assigned.
    Am I simply in for a long wait? I mailed in the paperwork 2 months ago. Any thoughts, suggestions?





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    Local Post Office says no way to check if money order cashed or not. All I want to know is if the ATF has even started processing. Guess I'm destined to not know until I get a call from my local Class III guys. If patience is a virtue, I need to become virtuous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6933 View Post
    Local Post Office says no way to check if money order cashed or not. All I want to know is if the ATF has even started processing. Guess I'm destined to not know until I get a call from my local Class III guys. If patience is a virtue, I need to become virtuous.

    My PO told me they CAN check if it has been cashed but can take up to 60 days to find out. Guess nothing is fast when you are waiting on the Gov't.

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    Mine took 72 days (traditional/non-trust) from Sept-Dec last year. I have a few suppressors I have been waiting about a month on. If I get them before July I will be happy.
    f your Glock jams you (a) "limp wristed (1990-2008) or (b) need to buy special parts or take it to a gunsmith (2008-present). If this seems just like what you have to do to your 1911 you don't understand WAIT! LOOK ITS SUPERMAN!!

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