Originally Posted by gollygee
Is it true they have to go through that red tape every year, even though they didn't change anything?
It's definitely true that the qualifications expire, not sure of the exact time interval.
The really ridiculous part is the makers have to qualify every minor variation in a gun model, like even if one has a black finish and one has camo finish. Revolvers also have to qual every different barrel length for the same model.
It's very expensive to do that so the smaller premium quality makers like STI just don't.