We have a Spitfire SMG in very good condition with no operating issues. The first Form 3 transfer from 1974 showed the barrel as 16.5” and the next transfer from STP to STP or SOT as in the present day vernacular was in 1978, and the barrel length on the form 3 is listed as 12.5”. The barrel length was altered in the years in between.
We ran a magazine through it after we obtained it and there were no issues. The weapon has been cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaning system and lubricant applied during reassembly.
The Spitfire is currently on a form 3 and in our inventory. We use the eForms system, which cuts down on Form 3 approval times. If a NV resident it can transfer directly on a Form 4 if so desired.
This weapon is full auto only, there is no need to fool around with the safety to shoot the weapon, one interested party did ask the question. Just put a magazine, charge it by pulling the bolt back, so that it locks behind the sear and pull the trigger. This Spitfire is quite controllable. The rate of fire is about that of an M1-M1A1 TSMG, there is a buffer currently between the bolt and end cap of the weapon. One may remove said buffer and the rate of fire is reduced. With the GG bolt it is a little bit heavier and it is a slower rate of fire with it in the receiver, but not as slow as a GG. Operationally, it functions as a Grease Gun, bolt rides on two guide rods with recoil springs and is F/A only.
It is basically a tube type receiver like the Sten, GG and several others. It is a nice submachine gun as an entry level weapon or as a shooter for others. There are not many transferable SMGs under 10k out there. Perhaps, if you can find a aftermarket Sten MkII or sometimes there are a few Sten MkV models that are registered in the NFRTR as the model at the time of manufacture.
The Spitfire carbine was originally manufactured in the 1960s by the Spitfire manufacturing company of Phoenix AZ as an open bolt semi automatic carbine. It was soon discovered that with the easy manipulation of the safety lever it could be fired in full auto. Therefore in 1968 it was deemed a MG and was put under the preview of the NFA. See Rev.Rul 68-368 in the ATF website under firearms/doc/ruling for the specifics. Some have asked if the weapon is a semi auto conversion, it is not.
The weapon comes with 3 grease gun magazines and a carrying case that came with our purchase. Grease Gun complete bolt assembly included in the purchase price. Will not separate the bolt assembly from the package deal.
We have the FOIA weapon’s history and we can include that with the purchase if so desired.