The Legality Of Solvent Traps  Legality Of Solvent Traps
LAST UPDATE | 08.15.20

Education On The Legality Of Solvent Traps

DISCLAIMER:

Armory Den is selling (sells) parts and products for solvent traps. Solvent traps are classified as a “firearm accessory,” as such they can be attached to the end of the barrel of a firearm, with an adapter, as a cleaning accessory and are not considered as anything other than an accessory. This is because a projectile, or bullet, cannot pass through the tube without modification.
Solvent traps and/or solvent trap kits can be purchased legally without a Form 1. However, you cannot alter, redesign or modify solvent traps into a device for silencing, muffling or diminishing the report of a firearm without first filing a Form 1, and then receiving back an approved Form 1 from the BATFE. Please be aware and fully understand the restrictions and regulations
To help with a better understanding, here is a reiteration the above in more words: Solvent traps can be purchased and owned legally without a Form 1. However, you cannot alter, redesign or modify solvent traps into a device for muffling, silencing, or diminishing the report of a firearm without first filing and receiving back from BATFE an approved Form 1.  It is important to be aware of the restrictions and regulations.
Only after receiving back an approved Form 1 from the BATFE, can you make any modifications to the product. A crime is committed if you make any alterations or any modifications to a solvent trap PRIOR to obtaining the required tax stamp. Please allow this information to serve as a felony alert! Do not make any alterations or modifications to our products, prior to receiving back your approved Form 1. (i.e: getting the approved Form 1 back from the BATFE)
Armory Den disclaims any responsibility for your actions if you fail to follow these guidelines or any applicable laws. This includes Federal as well as state, county and municipal laws and regulations.
Moreover, we cannot be responsible for any consequence, damage, result, or liability following any modifications, alternations or work done on our product after purchase. This includes third party liability.
No endorsement or recommendation of any modification, work or alteration to our product is made by these statements. Any such alteration, modification and/or work done to these products is at the sole risk and liability of the product owner. If you decide to make any alteration or modification to our products, please be sure to first read, review and follow all Federal regulations regarding NFA items. We would even recommend reading them a few times if you do not fully understand the content you are reading regarding this subject and/or these topics.

The stated intent of a solvent trap is to catch and trap gun cleaning solvent during bore cleaning operations commonly performed on firearms. Solvent traps do attach to the muzzle of a firearm but do not have any design features intended to allow a bullet to pass through them.

Since as originally manufactured they are not intended to silence, muffle or diminish the report of a portable firearm they are not silencers as defined in 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(24) and thus also are not firearms as defined in 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(3) or 26 U.S.C. 5845(a)(7).

However, if the solvent trapped was redesigned or utilized to assemble a device for silencing, muffling or diminishing the report of a portable firearm or if intent was demonstrated to use the device for silencing, muffling or diminishing the report of a portable firearm, the solvent trap would be classified as a “firearm silencer” as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(24) and as a “firearm” as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(3)(C) and 26 U.S.C. § 5845(a)(7).

Our products are sold in compliance with BATFE and not as NFA products. Our solvent trap end caps and cups are not center-marked and solvent traps are unregulated. If we receive inquires or questions about modifying your firearm accessories, our company is required to disregard your inquiry request, and/or questions. On the other hand, we are more than happy to answer any questions about our products, and how to use our products safely so you can be well-informed prior to making a purchase on our website.  
Please do not contact our staff with questions related to modifying your firearm accessories and/or solvent traps, or with special requests to either ship our products to the restricted states (mentioned in our Terms & Conditions), or to ship our products with center marks or other unlawful modifications.
The Legality Of Solvent Traps

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**Armory Den will not reply to inquiries and/or questions related to Form 1 builds and/or modifications. We sell solvent traps for cleaning purposes, and we do not recommend or endorse any modifications to our products. All visitors should review our ATF Legal Den, website Terms and Conditions, and our website's Privacy Policy for more information, prior to purchasing products form our site.