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Yup this is pretty much what happened.. The consensus is that Gemtech was really "loud" and pointed in their request for clarification. This then supposedly led to the ATF rendering a decision that you cannot "rebuild" a can in a different caliber and or configuration.. KAC has been doing this exact thing for years, along with a smattering of other suppressor companies. I believe that there are companies out there that have "letters" in their possession that state that "re-manufacturing" the cans was an acceptable practice. Now with this latest "interpretation" or "decision" it is not... :neutral:BillSXT2002 said:From what I understand...
Some companies were taking suppressors and "rebuilding" them with the same serial number but effectively a different suppressor altogether. Like taking a hi-point and "rebuilding" it into a colt. Seems Gemtech asked for clarification form the ATF, and the ATF said no-way. Now people are mad at them for clarifying that this can't be done.
m0ondoggy said:So suppressors can't be repaired anymore?
Thats the thing that concerns me. Building a whole new .50 BMG suppressor with the serial number of a .22 is one thing, but replacing parts after the inevitable baffle strike is another.Q-gunner2 said:Apparently, it is not just with caliber changes, but also suppressor repair... such as replacing major parts like the end cap. They SUPPOSEDLY did it because other companies were working on/rebuilding Gemtech's suppressors and they were losing $$$.
It seems like it could in two cases.wgallc said:If you don't have an FFL, none of this applies anyway.....
+1eodinert said:In my opinion, any anger should rightfully be directed at ATF, not Gemtech.
ATF has issued letters to certain manufacturers saying that they could perform certain procedures, and other letters to other manufacturers saying they could not perform the exact same procedures. The problem, whatever it may be, is with the ATF. I don't know exactly what happened, but if this were the case, I can certainly understand why a manufacturer would want to be able to perform the same procedures the competition was doing, without fear of legal reprocussion.
Gemtech has always taken the high road when it comes to dealing with the internet drama. They don't use the net as a forum to air their laundry, or trash the competition. They let their products speak for themselves. I think Gemtech does buisiness in an honorable, and professional manner. The same cannot be said for some of the competition.