Posted 05 December 2018 - 09:22 AM
York Arms was in Hurricane, UT when I first encountered Bill through some ads in SGN, probably in 1978 or may be later. He manufactured, remanufactured and registered quite a few MGs of various sorts proor to the endof the ‘68 Amnesty and seemed to like and specialize in Stens. It is possible he imported some MGs, including Stens, but the only way to actually determine if the gun you are considering was imported or was “manufactured” by York Arms is to have the current registrant call ATF and ask for the date, form and ID of original registration. The registration form “importer/manufacturer” information does not indicate if an MG is imported or manufactured when there is a US business identified in that box. Some importers prior to the end of the ‘68 Amnesty are well known if their name is in the box, but many guns were imported by variety of others, busninesses and individuals, in small numbers. Sometimes the ID box includes the notation “imported” or other indication of that status but that is not ocmmon.
Date and form of registration are critical pieces of information to understand the transfer status of and provenance of vintage MGs when there is ambiguity. FWIW