I got email from Crystal, the ATF investigator, yesterday. Even though the locks I used on the magazines were approved years ago without “hoods” by a different ATF person there is now some question about that approval. I could apply for a variance or I just just put the hoods on. I think I’ll go with the hoods. I suggested that since the magazines are empty now I could just wait until later in the summer when the ground is dry enough to drive out there with a portable welder in the back of the van and Crystal agreed. I’ll send her pictures when the work is done and if she needs to inspect things again she can probably visit without me being there.
My thought is that if there is ever a loss of material and the lock was breached I would be at greater risk if I went the paperwork route rather than the mechanical route. And besides, it isn’t all that much work anyway.