I have found lots of information about obtaining a NFA controlled item, but I have not seen any posting detailing exactly how long it took them and the actual cost. The goal of this thread is to document every penny spend and to document how long each step took me to obtain a NFA controlled item in 2010. I know there are several ways to obtain a NFA controlled item, but this is what seemed to be the best option for me. (Updates will be added to the original post and it will be bumped to the top when updates occur) My object of desire is a 22 caliber “Mite” suppressor manufactured by Yankee Hill Machine. 1/29/10 (Day 1) I went to a local gun shop which I believed had a class 3 license. Well it turned out that they did, but it expired last year. I was told that the cost for the license was $500 and that last year he sold zero NFA controlled items; in an effort to save money he did not renew that license. He did provide me some local information which was very helpful. He told me that the local Chief of Police (in my city of residence), the County Sheriff, and the County Prosecutor had the authority to sign off on my paperwork. He also suggested a gun shop in a nearby city that had a class 3 license. I was fortunate in the fact that I have spoken with the county prosecutor several times and he knew who I was, through several work related conversations. I stopped by his office and I waited approximately 45 minutes before he came back. I really wanted to find someone that would sign off on my paperwork before I started spending money. The local County Prosecutor is a huge supporter of the second amendment and he said he would be willing to sign off on my paperwork, but he did want to know why I wanted a suppressor. My answer was that the look and function of a suppressor was “cool”. I also told him that I did not know of anyone personally that has went through the time and expense of obtaining one. Strangely he said that he understood my reason. I did ask him how many times a year that he is asked to sign off of on this kind of paperwork and he said approximately two to three times per year. He also said that the County Sheriff sometimes refers people to him instead of signing off on the paperwork himself. 2-1-10 (Day 4) I attempted to contact three gun dealers. The first dealer that I spoke with agreed to handle the transfer for a fee of $200. The second dealer agreed to handle the transfer for $50. The third one sent me an e-mail explaining that they were out of town and would not be available to conduct any business until next week. The second dealer recommended a similar priced suppressor by Rock Creek Arms instead of the Yankee Hill Machine “Mite” suppressor. He said that he would be willing to order whatever suppressor I wanted, but he did claim that the Rock Creek Arms suppressor was a high value item and would preform better. I thought about it for awhile and I decided to go with the second dealer's recommendation. 2-2-10 (Day 5) I sent $225 to the dealer to place the order for me. 2-3-10 (Day 6) I received confirmation from the dealer that the item has been ordered and the money order had been received. 4-8-10 (Day 70) My FFL Dealer received my suppressor today. He said that he would be mailing Form 4. 4-21-10 (day 83) Today I went to my CLEO and he signed Form 4 for me. I also went spent $12.79 for two passport photos. I also got a $200 money order for $201.59 and I mail in my application with delivery confirmation for $5.60. 8-3-10 (day 167) Well today I found out that my paperwork was approved on July 7th. I haven't seen any paperwork yet. 8-19-10 (day 203) The paperwork finely arrived today. 8-20-10 (day 204) The wait is finely over. Today I picked up my suppressor. I can't wait to go to the range. Overall the total cost was $486.58 and it took over 6 months since I started the process. Cost $226.60 - ($225 for the suppressor) money order $201.59 - ($200 for the NFA Tax Stamp) money order $ 12.79 - two passport photos (from AAA) $ 5.60 - Postage with confirmation $ 42.00 - transfer fee and tax Total so far $486.58 Wanna kill these ads? We can help!