5 Things You Need to Know About Solvent Traps

What's a Solvent Trap?

A solvent trap is a “firearm accessory”. As a firearm accessory, they can be attached to the end of the barrel and with an adapter, as a cleaning accessory. Thus, they are not considered as anything other than an accessory because a bullet, or projectile, cannot pass through the tube without modification. Therefore, because a projectile cannot pass through the tube the solvent can be captured and disposed of properly.
These devices have become extremely popular in the firearm community, and the demand for these products continue to grow in the industry. If you often clean your firearms, using a solvent trap can be very helpful if you wish to prevent a total mess. Because our company clearly states our intent for the use of our solvent traps on our site, our customers enjoy asking us questions regarding the best products to clean their firearms with. Firearm owners love conversations and talking about their firearms, and cleaning is fun topic!

Solvent traps also help our customers trap and reuse cleaning fluids at a later time, depending on the frequency of their routine maintenance.

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Solvent Trap Legality

First and foremost…
The purchase of a solvent trap is 100% legal, without a Form 1. However, there are very important restrictions and regulations you must be aware of prior to purchasing these products. For instance, You cannot alter, modify, or redesign them 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. You must always be aware of the restrictions and regulations, especially within the state you reside.
Only after getting the approved Form 1 back can you make any modifications to the product. You will be committing a crime if you make the alterations or modifications prior to obtaining the paid tax stamp. A Felony Alert: Do not make any alterations or modifications to our products, or any solvent trap product or part for that matter, before getting back the approved Form 1.
To learn more, please review our ATF Legal Den and website Terms & Condition.

Attn Online Consumers: Please Use Caution.

When shopping around, you will come across websites that provide links in their blogs that direct you to overseas companies who list low-grade solvent traps, or even worse illegal solvent trap kits. If you click a link that directs you to a page with “spiral looking” solvent traps, these are highly illegal and can lead you to a felony charge once seized at customs.
Don’t be fooled with the text, “fuel filter.” The law doesn’t care what an overseas manufacture calls it, they care about who made it, and who purchased it! Think twice when you are inputting your shipping address, because once you hit submit, you are tied to that illegal product.
Armory Den takes pride in selling legal solvent traps. We do not sell illegal solvent traps or products such as:
  • Monocore Solvent Traps
  • Storage Cups w/ Center-Marks (aka ‘dimples’)
  • Other indications or parts that are not intended to be used in the cleaning process
Our end caps and storage cups do not include illegal center-marks, our solvent traps are within legal parameters and within known guidelines. Purchasing products overseas from shady suppliers may result in felony charges as your shipping address will be tied to the illegal product once seized at customs.

How They Work

Solvent traps are devices that can be attached to the threaded muzzle of a firearm in order to capture the fluids that are used to clean your rifle and/or pistol. Cleaning your firearm regularly can help improve performance, and help improve safety and reliability.
Solvent traps have a female threaded end, so that you can attach it to the threaded barrel of a firearm, the male end. Although solvent trap kits have various designs when it comes to aesthetics, they also have mechanical designs. For instance, if you are looking to purchase a steel solvent trap, you should first understand the mechanical design needed for your firearm.

Understanding What’s Needed

Once you have an understanding of the product that will be comparable with your firearm and/or other firearm accessories you own, only then should you  choose one based off the aesthetic design. Remember, the main idea is to catch cleaning fluids from the end of the barrel so that you alleviate the mess during bore cleaning processes, etc.
Unlike a AR-15 which comes standard with a threaded barrel, all pistols without a threaded barrel will need to purchase one in order to use this device. Again, all solvent traps come with the threaded end, the female end. This way it can attached and work properly.

A Solvent Trap, Versus Other Similar Looking Products

A solvent trap does not have a hole for a projectile, or a bullet to pass through. Solvent traps are a ‘firearm accessory’ made for cleaning your firearm, such a bore cleaning processes. Solvent traps are for trapping solvent to make the cleaning process easier and/or more efficient. Catching solvent is the purpose of a solvent trap kit, legally and mechanically. Frequent cleaning can also improve the performance of your firearm, as well as make it more safer and reliable.
Catching solvent is the purpose of a solvent trap kit, legally and mechanically. Frequent cleaning can also improve the performance of your firearm, as well as make it more safer and reliable. Like any products in a home appliance or hardware store, they need to be as intended. They are not devices for muffling, silencing, or diminishing the report of a firearm.

The Good News!

Armory Den sells high-grade solvent traps that are 100% legal. Our products are tested and go through quality control testing prior to delivery. Moreover, our high-grade products are sold without center-marks (dimples) and within the legal degree parameters. Between the sales from both our customers and our dealers (members of our Dealer Den), our volume allows us to offer the most competitive prices on the market!
Armory Den is a U.S. company that carries the best quality solvent traps, firearms cleaning kits, accessories and parts. We are proud of our quality control, with our research team constantly updating the best and lowest prices in the industry.

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