Viking Armory 4473 Example

A Firearms Transaction Record, or Form 4473, is a form promulgated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in the United States Department of Justice that is filled out when a person purchases a firearm from a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder (such as a gun shop).

The Form 4473 contains name, address, date of birth, government-issued photo ID, National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) background check transaction number, and a short affidavit stating that the purchaser is eligible to purchase firearms under federal law. It contains make, model, or serial number on page three of the six page form. Lying on this form is a felony and can be punished by up to five years in prison in addition to fines, even if the transaction is simply denied by the NICS. Prosecutions are rare in the absence of another felony committed with the gun purchased.[citation needed] Of 556,496 denied transactions between FY 2008 and FY 2015, federal prosecutors prosecuted an average of under 32 cases per year, including 24 in FY 2013, 15 in FY 2014 and 20 in FY 2015.


This is how we fill out ours: (I will verify when I get inspected)

Acquisition and Disposition Bound Book Example

§ 478.129 Record retention.

(a) Records prior to Act. Licensed importers and licensed manufacturers may dispose of records of sale or other disposition of firearms prior to December 16, 1968. Licensed dealers and licensed collectors may dispose of all records of firearms transactions that occurred prior to December 16, 1968.

(b) Firearms transaction record. Licensees shall retain each Form 4473 and Form 4473(LV) for a period of not less than 20 years after the date of sale or disposition. Where a licensee has initiated a NICS check for a proposed firearms transaction, but the sale, delivery, or transfer of the firearm is not made, the licensee shall record any transaction number on the Form 4473, and retain the Form 4473 for a period of not less than 5 years after the date of the NICS inquiry. Forms 4473 shall be retained in the licensee’s records as provided in § 478.124(b): Provided, That Forms 4473 with respect to which a sale, delivery or transfer did not take place shall be separately retained in alphabetical (by name of transferee) or chronological (by date of transferee’s certification) order.

Table 6: Disposition Record of Personal Firearms

Description of firearm



and/or importer


Serial No.


Caliber or



Name and ad-

dress (business

address if licen-


Date of birth of


REF: Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide 2005, Pages 68 and 69

Here is an example of ours: (Will verify after inspection)

1. Purchase from Dealer Standard in store purchase.

2. Purchase from Dealer to personal collection. Must stay in personal collection for at least a year. Disposition would then be as any other non licensee.

3. On line sale transfer from a non licensee to in store customer.

4. Purchase from Dealer then sold on line. From us to FFL for customer pickup.

5. Transfer from FFL for customer pickup.

6. Purchase from Dealer still on hand.

7. Purchase from Dealer gun that was stolen.

8. Purchase from Dealer and sold to law enforcement officer.

What is a Federal Firearms License (FFL) “bound book?”

A “bound book” is a permanently bound book or an orderly arrangement of loose-leaf pages which must be maintained on the business premises. The format must follow that prescribed in the regulations and the pages must be numbered consecutively.

REF: [27 CFR 478.121 and 478.125

Also commonly referred to as the A&D Book, Acquisition and Disposition Bound Book and just Bound Book

Federal Firearms License (FFL) Dealer:

The term “dealer” means (A) any person engaged in the business of selling firearms at wholesale or retail,(B) any person engaged in the business of repairing firearms or of making or fitting special barrels, stocks, or trigger mechanisms to firearms, or (C) any person who is a pawnbroker. The term “licensed dealer” means any dealer who is licensed under the provisions of this chapter.

REF: atf-p-5300-4