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    On 22, July 2016 the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) inside the US Department of State added language describing certain repairs of firearms and the making new or replacement parts for firearms. The published rules will go into effect on 31, December 2016. These changes affect what we refer to as ITAR or the “International Trafficking of Arms Resources” managed by the DDTC. ITAR was created during 1976 and signed into law by President Gerald Ford.

    The intent of this order was the regulation of arms and parts for heavy arms (ships, tanks, aircraft, missles) as well as light weapons and especially military technology that were to be exported. Now, that makes sense, of course. What makes no sense is when this same rule-making body decided to add the rules and high annual fees to those who repair or manufacture solely for domestic sale and use. If domestic-only activity is to be regulated; it needs to be managed by the US Department of Commerce; who at this time only regulates the manufacture of shotguns with barrels longer than 18″ and black powder long guns and black powder handguns.

    What this means: On 31, December 2016 any person making barrels from blanks, chambering barrels, threading barrels, assembling barrels, making new parts, making replacement parts, etc. must now become registered with the US Department of State. Any FFL-licensed gunsmith is also covered by these changes. So, who’s on our side? The NRA? Well, they made a very brief statement about this matter more than a week after it was released and did not indicate any planned resistance – typical. The NSSF has been active, as well as the FAIR Trade group. Currently a Bill exists in both the US House and US Senate, that if passed and signed by the President would force the US Department of State to delete this language.

    What do I think? I think these changes will be undone in time but I do not think they will be quick to pass on and estimate that perhaps by late spring to early summer 2017 we may see a solution.

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    Well, did you notice that the website address is changed from “http” to “https”? Google swung he big sledgehammer a few months ago and will only make active searches of websites that have a security certificate on file and the “https” visible at the beginning of the address. While these tasks are child’s play for a webmaster they did present a technical challenge to me and I am happy to say they are finished.

    On 07, 08, and 09, April 2017 the twice-annual Knob Creek Machinegun Shoot will take place at West Point, Kentucky. I plan to be there Saturday 08, April 2017 and I hope to find a few rare parts for a decent price. We’ll see…I’ll either come home with some stuff or on Monday I will go to the bank and place the money back into my account.

    It’s been a busy three (03) weeks from mid-March until now since I had to take the heaviest turret miller down for emergency repairs. I planned a ten-day outage and was most happy to restore it to service within five (05) days. I have other milling machines but this one has the most horsepower and the largest table = the most utilized. I see the typical slowdown with commercial accounts this time of years and the others are staying constant for the most part.

    I am adding more tools to the stuff I sell but a lot of these items are geared towards the Type 07 shop floor. A receiver drilling jig that works on stamped slabside and bulged receivers as well as milled receivers is now moving from design to shop drawings to machined parts and should soon be ready for the market. This fixture is unlike anything on the market – it locates the fire control group as well as the cross-support rivet correctly from the top rail and the front of the receiver. It can also be adjusted quickly to work with the longer milled M76 receivers and the PSL receivers. Cheap? No. Thorough and accurate? Yes – repeatable receiver to receiver.

    Another tool is going through machining at this time and a few will be heat-treated and ready for sale soon. I have duplicated the bolt repair tool that is found only in the issued armorer’s kits. Does everyone need such a tool? No. The shops who have to strip, clean, and reassemble bolts will find this easy to justify.

    There are a few more items coming that are designed for the 07 shop floor – just keep an eye on the website.

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