Here's the way I've done it since rule 41f. Its different whether you file individual or with a trust.
If you look at the form 1, its a 3 page form and its 3 copies that are similar but different. At the bottom of each page, it tells you which one it is. One for the atf, one that'll get mailed back to you with your stamp on it, and one that you send to your CLEO just to notify them. Form is here https://www.atf.gov/.../11281/download
On a computer, you can use adobe acrobat software to fill in the form 1. As you fill in the first one (atf copy), it'll fill in the information for the other two copies. You can't fill it in with some software like chrome because it won't fill in all the copies.
I pay with credit card, so I fill in my information right in the form 1.
Then print it out. You dont have to print all the instruction pages if you dont want them. Save your paper and ink.
For a trust, fill out the necessary RPQ form and a copy of the trust, or the 24-month exemption letter.
Using the fingerprint cars and ink I got off amazon, roll your own prints on 2 different cards and fill them in.
I took a picture of myself and scanned it and printed out a page of my own "passport" style photos.
For individual, you fill out section 11 in the form 1 and tape/staple your photo there. For a trust, you leave section 11 blank and attach your photo to the RPQ.
In one envelope, the CLEO copy of the form 1 and RQP and mail that off to the sherrif. In a larger envelope, the first 2 copies of the form 1, RPQ, trust or 24 month exemption, 2 fingerprint cards, and check if you're paying that way and mail all that to the ATF. I put them in the mail the same day.
You can have your gun engraved whenever you want. Some people do it before they submit the paperwork, some while they wait, and some only after they have the stamp in their hand. As long as you don't make the SBR without the engraving, then all these options are legal. Its just personal preference.
If you're having the sheriff roll your prints, then I don't see why you couldn't drop them off their copy while you were there.
In October, the ATF also put the form 1 back up on their e-file website. Its a clunky site and it has some annoying bugs. But it does work. You're filling out all the same forms as with paper filing. The difference is with e-file, you upload a digital copy of your trust and photo and you still mail in your prints to them. E-file forms are the ones that some (but not all) people are getting back in 2-3 weeks. When you use the e-file, you never get a real stamp back. You get a pdf with a picture of a stamp on it. When you paper file, you get one of the forms you sent in and it has a stamp like a postage stamp with your serial number written on it.
Edited by giantpune, 09 December 2018 - 01:05 PM.