The C&R is correct. As the OP did not indicate he had one I left it out.Note that C&R status can apply only to complete firearms (i.e., guns), not to suppressors, full auto parts (DIAS, M2 Kit), or other NFA "firearms" that are not actual guns.
You can get MG's for 4 grand. Mac's can be had still new in the box for under 5 grand. My First MG long ago took 3 weeks from sending in the paperwork to stamp in hand. My last form 1 took just over 7 months. I have a few more pending times are shortening up a bit but I expect over the next few months times will be going up again.But remember, when you're dealing with a machine gun that might cost $15,000 to $50,000, another $200 is really nothing. It's the extra 8 months' wait that's a problem.
That is a LONG one... Was there a problem? or had you checked? Time is #1 issue who is leading is a distant second. NFA back in the 80's was a thing of big time collectors and a few who knew you could have them. Those of us who had NFA did not take them to ranges as the problems form crowds and local LE's who where very hard to convince you legally owned a mg or suppressor for that matter. Plus the fact that most people thought ( those who understood you could buy a a NFA item ) that you where going to get ATF agents coming to your home all the time to inspect you. I have had the ATF show up to my home one time but it was amazingly not NFA related. Over the years wait time have gone up due to more people buying them and the ATF only having about 20 or so inspectors to clear the applications though they have added some extra ( temp ) help this year.My second stamp, also under Slick Willie, took 13 months to the day.
My last one, under George W, took five weeks.
They are done by ZONE! Each inspector/ inspectors have a area they cover IE up here Maine and a few states below us are covered by one person.I was told, Maine (don't know whether it is true or not) that instead of "Inspector Jones" doing one and when he was through just getting the next one from the pile, that "Inspector Jones" did everyone who's name started with A, while "Inspector Smith" did all the Bs, and "Inspector Brown" did all the Cs, etc. If you name was Quincy, or Zedoe, it didn't take long to get to you. My name, however, started with an A, and there seemed to be a lot of folks with names that started with A.
The word those of us with things PENDING use is SLOW! They did hire some temp help this summer but I am unsure of the status of those folks. With the amount of transfers going up every year due to people understanding they can own these items they should have five to ten fold the examiners they do now. That said those that do work there do a very good job given the the workload they have.Interesting.