ATF’s National Firearms Collection

  • more than 10,000 serial numbered items
  • in West Virginia
  • custodian is ATF’s Firearms Technology Industry Services Branch (FTISB)
  • 1931 first compiled by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (later IRS)
  • July 1972  collection transferred to ATF
  • “National Firearms Collection” (NFC)
  •  rare, one-of-a-kind prototypes
  • first run samples
  • failed industry ideas
  • highly collectible once-transferable ordnance pieces
  • firearms and ammunition reference library

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