Howdy, firearm enthusiasts! Today, we’re diving into the process of legally owning a machine gun as an individual. At Axolotl Arms, we’re committed to promoting responsible gun ownership within legal boundaries. Let’s explore the steps required to acquire this unique firearm lawfully.

Understanding the Legal Framework

Owning a machine gun in the United States as an individual is governed by the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934. This federal law regulates the ownership of certain firearms, including fully automatic weapons like machine guns. While the process may be more involved than purchasing standard firearms, it’s entirely possible with careful adherence to the law.

Steps to Obtain a Machine Gun

  1. Ensure Eligibility: Before proceeding, ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for owning a machine gun. This includes being at least 21 years old, residing in a state where machine gun ownership is legal, and having no felony convictions or legal disqualifications.
  2. Find a Licensed Dealer: Identify a reputable firearms dealer authorized to handle NFA items like machine guns. Axolotl Arms is a trusted dealer specializing in NFA transfers and firearm sales.
  3. ATF Form 3 Wait Time: If purchasing from Axolotl Arms, we will initiate an ATF Form 3 (Application for Tax-Exempt Transfer of Firearm and Registration to Special (Occupational) Taxpayer) to transfer the machine gun to your location. Please note that this step involves a wait time of approximately two weeks before the machine gun can be transferred to your dealer.
  4. Complete ATF Forms: Obtain ATF Form 4 (Application for Tax Paid Transfer and Registration of Firearm) from your dealer. This form requires detailed information about you and the machine gun you wish to purchase.
  5. Submit Fingerprints and Photographs: Alongside your Form 4, submit two completed FD-258 fingerprint cards and passport-style photographs to the ATF.
  6. Pay Tax Stamp: Include a $200 tax stamp fee with your application. This fee is required for each NFA item you wish to acquire, including machine guns.
  7. Wait for Approval: Once submitted, your application will undergo thorough review by the ATF, including a background check. The approval process can take several months.
  8. Receive Tax Stamp: Upon approval, you’ll receive an official tax stamp indicating lawful ownership of the machine gun.
  9. Pick Up Your Gun: Coordinate with your dealer to pick up your new legal machine gun, and enjoy (safely)!

Additional Resources

Importance of Consulting Axolotl Arms

At Axolotl Arms, we specialize in assisting customers with NFA transfers and firearm acquisitions. Contact us at or visit our store to discuss your machine gun purchase, including special orders. We can provide insights into our process, associated fees, and timelines to ensure a smooth transaction.

Safety and Compliance

Navigating NFA regulations requires attention to detail and compliance with federal and state laws. Consulting with your chosen gun store, like Axolotl Arms, is crucial to understanding specific requirements and ensuring a lawful transaction.


Owning a machine gun as an individual is a lawful endeavor that demands patience and adherence to legal procedures. By following the outlined steps and working closely with a reputable firearms dealer like Axolotl Arms, you can navigate the NFA process successfully.

For expert guidance and assistance in acquiring a machine gun, reach out to us at Axolotl Arms. We’re committed to helping you navigate the legal landscape of firearm ownership responsibly.

Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. For specific inquiries regarding NFA regulations and firearm ownership, consult with qualified legal professionals or contact Axolotl Arms for personalized assistance.

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