Purchasing Solvent Traps

Can You Buy Solvent Traps?

The short answer to this is yes, you can buy solvent traps in any state, they are not regulated items. Many people think that just because something connects to a firearm, that it automatically becomes a firearm part or part that somehow falls under the ATF/NFA regulatory umbrella or becomes part of the Gun Control Act of 1968.

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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What’s The Best AR Solvent Trap?

What’s The Best AR Solvent Trap?
We receive many very good questions from our customers. Many of the questions are asked multiple times, such as “What’s the best solvent trap for my AR-15?”. Due to receiving many of the same questions, we have started a Frequently Asked Questions area that can be found here. Armory Den recommends checking this area for any questions you may have prior to sending the question through e-mail or via the form submissions throughout the site.

Considering that many of the questions received relate to asking for a recommendation on the best AR-15 solvent trap, we thought it best to write a blog post with more detail than is available through our FAQs area. When looking into the best AR-15 solvent trap setup, it really does come down to how you would prefer it to be configured: Direct thread or quick connect/quick detach. Sure, picking Aluminum or Titanium is a choice too, but you can go either way on the material side, but it is true that Titanium will always prove to be the best option for an AR Solvent Trap.

Direct Thread Configuration

If you don’t mind removing your flash hider to install your solvent trap every time you have a cleaning session, the Direct Thread option may be your best bet. For AR-15s, our most popular direct thread setups are our 10” Aluminum Tube 1.75”OD|1.50”ID with Stainless Steel Cups Kit, the 7” Aluminum Tube 1.45”OD|1.25”ID with Stainless Steel Cups Kit and the 9” 7075 Aluminum tube 1.73”OD|1.375”ID D Cell Sized K Cups Kit. These three kits are very popular, the D Cell Kit is a little heavier but is very popular for AR-15s and sports Stainless Steel K Cups. Due to the pitch on these three kits not being standardized, there exists close to no available quick detach/quick connect or other muzzle device attachments on the market that will adapt to these kits. One must use an AR-15 wrench to remove their flash hider and then install the AR Solvent Trap over the thread, that since removing the flash hider will now be exposed. Each of the kits above come with a 1/2×28” and a 5/8×24” thread mount.
The Titanium version of the 7” by 1.45”OD|1.25”ID kit is very popular as well for those that would like to get the absolute best quality by spending an extra $100+. This kit is identical to the 7” Aluminum Tube Kit mentioned above, but the tube is Grade 5 Titanium and the thread mount and end caps are as well. Titanium kits only come with either a 1/2×28” adapter or a 5/8×24” adapter, so be sure to get the 1/2×28” thread mount if an AR-15 is the rifle you would like to use the solvent trap to clean. You can also purchase 1/2×28” and 5/8×24” 1.45”OD|1.25”ID  titanium thread mounts individually if you want to have both thread types.

3-Lug/Trilug Quick Connect Configuration

Many of our customers want a more streamlined approach to using their solvent traps. These individuals do not want to deal with removing their AR Flash hider to install their 1/2×28” AR Solvent Trap. In this case, we recommend either our 1.57”OD Billet Aluminum Adaptive Solvent Trap ™ or our 1.57”OD GR5 Titanium Adaptive Solvent Trap ™. Again, if you decide to proceed with the Titanium version of our 1.57”OD Adaptive Solvent Trap ™ Kit, you will want to purchase a 1/2×28” thread mount to direct thread. But a more streamline option is available by purchasing the kit with the TPI Adapter option or you purchase the TPI Adapter separately. This is the first step in setting up a Quick Connect/Quick Detach Configuration. Next, you will want to look at the AD Trinity Trilug Muzzle Device. This Muzzle Device will adapt to the 1-3/16×24 TPI|1.1875×24 TPI adapter mentioned above.
Then, you can source the market for a 3-Lug Muzzle Break. The muzzle break would replace your AR-15 Flash Hider and would allow your 1.57”OD Billet Aluminum/Titanium Adaptive Solvent Trap ™ kit using the Trilug Muzzle Device, to quick connect to your AR-15 – This is the best way and the most streamlined AR Solvent Trap setup. This way, you don’t have to remove your flash hider every time you want to install the AR Solvent Trap for a cleaning session, just quick connect to your 3-Lug Muzzle Break and you are ready to clean!

It Really Comes Down To Preference

Again, whether you buy aluminum or titanium, a direct thread solvent trap or a solvent trap with standardized TPI Adapter Options for a quick connect setup, is completely up to you and is a preference. There’s no one right way or one solvent trap that is the absolute best for all AR-15s.

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Why Purchase A Solvent Trap?

A clean firearm is a more reliable and safer firearm.
Solvent traps really do accomplish their main goal – which is to trap solvent during. A solvent trap will catch solvent that exits the end of your firearm barrel during bore cleaning processes. This happens before it has any chance of ruining your furniture, your wife’s new fancy rug, or more importantly, before harming yourself or the environment.

4 Benefits Of Owning A Solvent Trap

A Solvent Trap Catches Harmful Solvent

If you have cleaned your firearm before, or on a regular basis like firearm owners, police officers and armed officials, then you understand the immense mess it can make. Post firearm cleanup isn’t the only issue, it’s the odor that arises during a routine firearm cleaning session. The odor can make you get sick to your stomach. It can also create a headache from those you live with if you use your solvent trap to clean your firearm inside your house.

Very Easy to Use

A solvent trap is very easy to use and attaches to the muzzle end of your firearm. Then you pour solvent down the gun barrel as you normally would. The solvent trap does all the work by catching the solvent. This eliminates smell, hassles, and a complete mess of spilt solvent.
If that’s not enough, the chemicals from solvent are also hazardous to the environment. Filtering your used solvent and reusing it also cost efficient and is good for our environment if disposed of properly. These harmful chemicals that exit your barrel can pose a potential health risk if the solvent comes in contact with your skin, or accidently inhaled.

Solvent Traps Are Affordable

Solvent trap cleaning kits are a very small investment that save every responsible gun owner a ton of money! Solvent is filtered and captured by the trap, so it can be reused. Yes, recycling is yet another perk of owning a solvent trap.
Cleaning your firearm is easy and it doesn’t take long, so the payoff is substantial to the small investment

Reliability, Safety, and Savings! 

Yes, owning a solvent trap kit will save you money, lower risks in unfortunate situations and increase reliability and safety, but imagine what it can do for military budgets and police departments.
Think about how much you would save from not having to buy new firearms, or parts for firearms. Additionally, think about the reduced risk that would come to all armed forces and law enforcement, by simply owning a solvent trap (or a few) and educating officials on how to properly clean and maintain firearms! A solvent trap will indeed increase longevity, performance, safety and savings.

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Why Do People Form 1 Their Solvent Traps?

Please note this article does not recommend or endorse modifications or alterations to our solvent traps or any other products we sell on our website. This is purely educational to inform those entering this market of the realities of what many individuals and companies are doing. This article is to simply provide information on why some people choose to form 1 their solvent trap, which can be done legally through by purchasing a Stamp Tax and submitting and receiving back and approved Form 1 from the BATFE.
If you are one of the many Americans getting their feet wet in the Class III Suppressor Market, then you may have heard terms related to the Form 1, Form 4 or Form 3 Process. Well, maybe not the Form 3 process as that is specific to dealer transfers of Class III items, such as suppressors.

Solvent Traps and Form 1 Process?

You may have heard the terms Form 1 and Form 4. The ATF and the NFAD or the National Firearms Act Division, have a knack for making basic processes sound over-technical, daunting and sometimes downright scary. In this article we will provide some information, and explain the difference between the Form 1 and Form 4, and ultimately highlight why people Form 1 their solvent traps, which should be done legally through the required stamp tax and BAFTE Form 1 submission and approval process.

Form 1 Process For Solvent Traps

The reason people Form 1 their solvent traps is because it is a more efficient way to purchase, build and register it as a ‘legal suppressor’. However, solvent traps should never be sold as suppressors because solvent traps are firearm cleaning kits and their sole purpose is to trap solvent. Cleaning your firearm regularly can improve both reliability and a safety of a firearm. The Form 1 process requires the payment of a $200 tax stamp to the BATF to be accepted in good order.

Form 4 Process

The Form 4 process, unlike the Form 1 Process is not completed by an individual, but by a licensed dealer. More specifically, it is an application for the transfer and registration of a firearm that is already nationally regulated and registered under the National Firearms Act.
The Form 4 application is used when serialized suppressors are being sold by a Class III Dealer to a retail customer. In order for this application to be considered in ‘good order’ when it is submitted for the purchase of a suppressor, the application must be accompanied by a $200 tax stamp. The official name of the ATF Form 5320.4 – Application for Tax Paid Transfer and Registration of Firearm.  

Den Conclusion

A Form 1 is similar in many ways, but also has many differences. A Form 1 is what is used when someone wants to develop and register their own firearm or suppressor, rather than purchasing one from the store that is already serialized. As we will explain in more detail, the speed of the Form 1 application process especially over recent years, is much faster than the Form 4 process.

DISCLAIMER: This blog post is not legal advice. The information provided is for educational purposes only. Legal advice may only be provided by a properly licensed attorney. We strongly recommend you consult a lawyer. 

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