Tag Archives: ASA

Poking around at Daniel Defense

So a spent some time at Daniel Defense in Georgia recently, filming an episode of Select Fire. Marty Daniel has an interesting story, with the basis of his company starting because his golf game sucked.

They made their first rifle in 2009 and now, just a decade later, are cranking out 40,000 a year. Talk about growth.

There are now over 5 million NFA items on the books, including 1.3 million suppressors

The number of National Firearm Act items saw a huge jump in the past year — including a 50 percent increase in suppressor registration and 39 percent bump in short-barreled rifles registered — according to new data released by federal regulators.

The report provides an overview of the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, which is the federal list of all items, such as suppressors, SBRs, short-barreled shotguns, destructive devices and any other weapons logged under the NFA as of April, and updates figures released in February 2016.

In the 14-month period between reports, the total number of NFA items of all kinds has climbed to 5,203,489 — an overall increase of more than 800,000 items.

While the numbers of AOW’s, machine guns and SBSs all saw negligible increases, the biggest jumps in the 14-month interlude came in the numbers of registered SBRs and suppressors.

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Hearing Protection Act ‘alive and well’

Cutaway of the Maxim Model 15 “silencer” on a 1903 mockup.

Since 1934, the federal government has treated devices designed to muffle or suppress the report of firearms as Title II devices that required registration under the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record and mandated transfers that included a $200 tax stamp. The HPA would repeal this requirement and treat suppressors as firearms – which would allow them to be transferred through regular federal firearms license holders to anyone not prohibited from possessing them after the buyer passes an FBI instant background check.

We spoke with industry insiders about the Hearing Protection Act on the eve of the 146th National Rifle Association Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Atlanta last week, who argued the measure has a fighting chance.

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Meet the all 3-D printed Wave suppressor

One of the more interesting cans I saw at the American Suppressor Association media day event at the Griffin Gun Club was the DD Wave, named such in recognition of its cascading “wave” pattern baffle geometry.


The WAVE uses Inconel, a nickel-chromium-based superalloy, with stainless steel and titanium to produce a 7.6-inch can that is crafted completely through direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) additive manufacturing. The method negates the traditional tube and baffle system used by legacy platforms. The suppressor base is the serialized part, meaning the main body of the WAVE can be sent in for service if needed without an NFA hassle.

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Boy Scouts use donated guns, suppressors in unique training program

When I was at an ASA shoot in Nashville back in April, I first heard about this and have been researching this for a bit. Its a little personal to me as I learned to shoot in the scouts and have taught rifle marksmanship at several local camps off and on for the past decade.-CE

Scouts in Maine are getting a chance to participate in the shooting sports with an increased level of safety on behalf of new suppressors, rifles and ammunition contributed free of charge.

This spring, the Boy Scouts of America’s Pine Tree Council, which serves ten counties in central Maine, took possession of a windfall of gear with the help of gun rights groups and the shooting industry. That equipment is allowing the scouts at Camp William Hinds, a 280 acre facility in the state’s Sebago Lakes Region, to use suppressor-equipped rifles, pistols and shotguns during its week-long summer camps this year.

The equipment came from a variety of vendors to include Sturm, Ruger & Company, which chipped in eight American Rimfire .22 rifles with threaded barrels; a local federal firearms license holder, Furlong Custom Creations, who handled the transfer paperwork; and two suppressor companies, Gemtech and SilencerCo, who contributed both devices and ammunition.

Venture Scouts, aged 14 and up, are using suppressor-equipped Smith and Wesson 22s in their pistol course. (Photo: Gemtech)

Venture Scouts, aged 14 and up, are using suppressor-equipped Smith and Wesson 22s in their pistol course. (Photo: Gemtech)

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Back from NRA

Sorry was falling down on the number of posts since last week. Just got back in from covering the 144th Annual NRA Meeting and Exhibits in Nashville with Guns.com. Nine acres of guns, 70,000 attendees, 11-ish GOP Presidential candidates, one protest. Two personal highlights:

Got to jam out on the new Glock 43. No malfunctions, seems to work well.

Got to jam out on the new Glock 43. No malfunctions, seems to work well.

And picked up the J. Guthrie Award from the American Suppressor Association for my pieces on NFA items. it weighs like 12-pounds...

And picked up the J. Guthrie Award from the American Suppressor Association for my pieces on NFA items. it weighs like 12-pounds…