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Get ready for homemade suppressors if HPA passes (but not in every state)

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With the possible removal of silencers/suppressors from National Firearms Act control, a number of legal questions around the devices emerge.

The current mechanism for change, H.R.3799 — the Hearing Protection Act — is stuck in the U.S. House but would likely see a stronger reboot in the next Congress in 2017. If a new bill gains enough momentum to make it through Capitol Hill and onto the waiting desk of President Trump, it would leave a few things undecided if signed into law with its current language.

I spoke with Adam Kraut, an attorney specializing in Second Amendment rights and NFA issues in particular, about just what could be in store.

More in my column at Guns.com.

NFA deregulation of suppressors a very real prospect for 2017

Firing the 03 Springfield with the Maxim silencer, 1910. From left to right Hiram Maxim, Lieut. Col. Richard J. Goodman, and Capt. Earl D Church

Firing the 03 Springfield with the Maxim silencer, 1910. From left to right Hiram Maxim, Lieut. Col. Richard J. Goodman, and Capt. Earl D Church

A Republican trifecta in Washington next year will likely see action on a bill to remove firearm suppressors from National Firearms Act regulation after 82 years.

The Hearing Protection Act was introduced last October by U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., and currently has 78 bipartisan co-sponsors from 34 states. Since then, the HPA has been among the top 10 most-viewed bills on Congress.gov almost every week since it was introduced.

However, with a slim Republican majority in the Senate unable to override a near-certain veto from President Obama, the bill has been in doldrums.

Now, with the White House under new management next year, advocates for the measure feel signs are looking up and will likely return to the next Congress with a fresh mandate.

“Imagine for a second that we lived in a world where you had to pay a $200 tax to buy a pair of earplugs,” Knox Williams, president of the American Suppressor Association, the industry trade group for the devices, told me on Wednesday. “Now, imagine that even after paying that tax you still had to wait 8 months before you could bring your earplugs home with you. As silly as that sounds, it’s the world we live in with suppressors in the NFA.”

Maybe not any more…

(More in my column at Guns.com)

You know you want a suppressed SBS

Holy No Country For Old Men, Batman!

Holy No Country For Old Men, Batman! Length of barrel with suppressor is just 22-inches.

SilencerCo has just dropped an en-quieted Remington 870 short barreled shotgun that has been cut down to a 14-inch IC barrel and paired with a 8-inch Salvo 12 can– the first time the suppressor has been offered to the public in such a configuration with the breacher front cap.

To keep grubby paws off, the set comes in a San Tan Woodwork red white and blue concealment case outfitted with a custom foam insert that cradles the burner, the can, and a 10-shot MTM ammo case, which is enough to get you started when you need to repel boarders.

Of course they need two tax stamps and the MSRP is a skosh more than your Wal-Mart special Remmy, but more in my column over at Guns.com if you are curious.

Moscow meets Utah

So SilencerCo dropped a new collaboration between Jim Fuller of Rifle Dynamics (perhaps the best AKs made in this Hemisphere) in which they take a RD501 5.45mm AK74 clone (semi, due to the Hughes Amendment, but with a 12.5-inch SBR barrel) and mate it to a Saker 556K suppressor. Of course, it’s $4K and there are tax stamps involved which are most likely not covered by that–but it’s sweet as a diabetic coma.

Rifle Dynamics and SilencerCo team up for limited edition AK pr0n 6 Rifle Dynamics and SilencerCo team up for limited edition AK pr0n 8 Rifle Dynamics and SilencerCo team up for limited edition AK pr0n 10 Rifle Dynamics and SilencerCo team up for limited edition AK pr0n 11Specs:
•    Saker 556K with Direct Thread Mount
•    12.5” Barrel Chambered in 5.45×39
•    Unique Summit Serial Numbers on Rifle & Silencer
•    Matte Black Finish on Rifle & Suppressor
•    Ultimak Railed Gas Tube for Optic
•    Made in USA Barrel with Black Nitride Finish
•    Made in USA Receiver
•    Classic Russian Red Handguard
•    Triangle Skeleton Side-Folding Stock
•    (1) 30-Round Magazine
•    Handcrafted, Collector’s Edition Reclaimed Wood Crate
•    Only (25) Limited-Edition Packages Available

Hushed Cowboys

I’ve always liked the aesthetic of a lever-action carbine or rifle mated to a suppressor.

Griffin Armament built an awesome 1873 (repro) lever gun with a 3-lug and the Griffin Optimus

Griffin Armament built an awesome 1873 (repro) lever gun with a 3-lug and the Griffin Optimus

Plus, it makes sense. Most of the fat old “cowboy” rounds like the .45 Long Colt and .44-40 Winchester are by average subsonic, which means no bullet “crack” as they do not break the sound barrier. Further, a lever-action is fully closed during the firing cycle, which helps mute escaping gasses and the sound of the action working (until you eject and chamber another round of course).

Heck, even ole Teddy Rossevelt was down with such a concept, using an early Maxim Silencer to keep from waking the neighbors.

TR's suppressed Winchester 94

TR’s suppressed Winchester 94

Well, SilencerCo has a limited edition run of Model 90 Big Horn carbines in .460 S&W (which can also accommodate 454 Casull and .45 Long Colt), married up to matched Hybrid suppressors.

You know the Hybrid, right?

silencerco hybrid series
Anyway, these Summit series Big Horns are sweet. The whole set up is pretty quiet, with Hornady 225gr .45 Colt FTX hitting the scales at 127.9 dB under tests.

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Of suppressor deregulation and upcoming ATF changes

At SHOT Show this year I had a chance to throw some knives and hawks on range day and did so like shit. They were SOGs and, while I can make the excuse I wasn’t used to them and prefer my own edged weapons which I do throw much better, I still did miserably.

sog knives and hawks

However, I also did it right behind Josh Waldron, the co-founder and CEO of SilencerCo, the company that is like the Glock of suppressors. How big are they? They ship 10,000 cans a month, which is more than most suppressor makers ship in a year.

I had a chance last week to catch back to up him without the tomahawks and talk about various states dropping prohibitions against private suppressor ownership (42 states now allow it), hunting with suppressors (39 now allow it, up from 22 in 2011), potential deregulation of suppressors from NFA requirements via the Hearing Protection Act, and the impact that ATF 41F is going to have on trusts and CLEO requirements.

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“We’re trying to make guns sexy again because they always really have been in this country,” Waldron said. “It’s been part of the fabric of the culture here but we want to make sure that that continues and so we’re trying to revive that.”

You can read the interview over at Guns.com.

Just sell a good used car and want to spend that cash on a gun set?

SilencerCo and Nighthawk Custom are partnering to cough up 25 sets of dual paired custom 1911 longslides with matching Omega suppressors.

SilencerCo may have just realeased the ultimate custom suppressed 1911 set3 SilencerCo may have just realeased the ultimate custom suppressed 1911 set2Features:

  • (2) Custom Nighthawk 1911’s and (2) Summit-Edition Osprey 45K’s
  • Commander-Length Slide with Osprey-Matched Top Machining
  • Novak®-Style Sight Cuts
  • Custom Front and Rear Osprey-Inspired Slide Cocking Serrations
  • Matching Robar NP3 Finish on Osprey and 1911 for Increased Durability and Longevity
  • Heinie Tritium Suppressor Night Sights
  • Built-In Accessories Rail
  • 20 LPI Checkering on Front Strap and Frame
  • Threaded, Suppressor-Ready .578×28 Barrel with Thread Protector and piston
  • Two Nighthawk Custom 8-Round Stainless Steel Magazines Included
  • Handmade Wooden Collector’s Display Case
  • Limited to (25) Packages

Cost? $13,500 a set.

Of course you could always get a pair of Springfield Operator series 1911s, a pelican case with a custom foam insert, and two off the shelf SilencerCo Octane 45K cans for an all-up total of about one-third of the price, but hey, who am I to judge.

So SilencerCo will be making their Maxim 9 all in house, and all from scratch

The suppressor maker is stepping into firearm production, displaying the improved version of their 9mm Maxim integrally suppressed handgun at SHOT Show 2016.

Originally introduced last September and named as a tribute to Hiram Percy Maxim, inventor of the original Silencer, the prototype which sports a large rectangular suppression chamber that extends from the chamber forward and hangs down to the trigger guard was at the time based on a Smith & Wesson M&P 9.

The original versions of the Maxim were based on the Smith M&P, which has been left behind. SilencerCo tells Guns.com the Maxim project has been two years in the making. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The original versions of the Maxim were based on the Smith M&P, which has been left behind. SilencerCo tells Guns.com the Maxim project has been two years in the making. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Moving well past that concept, SilencerCo is in the 20th stage of their design process with the Maxim 9, which will consist of a polymer-framed handgun made completely in-house with the emphasis being a gun made around a suppressor rather than a suppressor made to fit the gun.

The new gun, is all new. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The new gun, is all new. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

More in my column at Guns.com

Integrally suppressed pistols: The New Maxim 9 and how we got there

This week the good folks over at Silencerco dropped a number of new suppressor designs to include an integrally suppressed 9mm handgun design dubbed the Maxim 9 after the inventor of the Silencer—Hiram Maxim. The thing is, the concept, while super sweet in its latest form by Silencerco, really isn’t that new.

Somewhere in occupied Europe…

In the darkest days of World War II, the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) and American OSS ran a myriad of operations behind the lines in both Nazi-occupied Europe and Japanese occupied Asia. They set up resistance groups of local insurgents and supplied them with weapons, training, and equipment to help set the Axis rear aflame.

The SOE went to new places and made friends like this mustached Brit operative seen in the center of this group of French resistance

The SOE went to new places and made friends like this mustached Brit operative seen in the center of this group of French resistance

One of the weapons they supplied was meant especially for assassination. This mysterious suppressed pistol was known as the Welrod. The Welrod was not a traditional pistol fitted to a detachable silencer, it was a pistol built *around* an integral silencer.

british welrod sa
To keep gas from escaping due to a cylinder like on a revolver, or a cycling action like on a semi-automatic, the Welrod was bolt action. The simple and effective bolt action could be worked rapidly for a follow-up shot if needed, and doubled as a safety device. The integral suppressor built around the barrel was made up of 12 thin metal washer baffles separated in groups by three leather wipes.

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The baffles would start to deteriorate with use and typically was no longer suppressed after about 15-20 rounds. The nose cap of the suppressor was hollowed out to allow it to be pressed into an intended target without undue back blast. The magazine itself, encased in a rubber sleeve like a bicycle grip, formed the pistol grip. With few moving parts, it could be broken down and stored in pieces that did not resemble a firearm. In fact when disassembled it rather looks like a bicycle pump.

Chambered in either the British and German army’s standard submachine gun round, 9x19mm Parabellum; or 32ACP (7.65x17mm), the same caliber as many popular Italian, German, and Japanese pistols, they were heavy at 52-ounces besides being large with an overall length of 14.22-inches. Nevertheless, they were quiet and word is although just over 16,000 were produced, at least some have remained in service with the British military for those special moments even though they are now some 70+ years of age.

Custom integrally suppressed pistols

Over the past couple of decades, a number of companies here in the U.S. have been in the business of taking otherwise factory-stock rimfire semi-autos and making them integrally suppressed. These companies include SRT who take a Browning Buckmark or Challenger; or Ruger MkIII, MkII, or MkI and add a 7-inch tube directly to the gun designed for the US military specifically for use with 40 gr CCI MiniMags.

SRTs Rugers

SRTs Rugers

The cost $725 and up.

Others who do similar are Dark Horse, Norrell, AWC and Coastal but you can be sure with something like 3,026 National Firearms Act Special Occupational Taxpayers (SOTs= gunshops cleared to make suppressors) there are likely far more.

AWC's awesome Ruger-based Amphibian

AWC’s awesome Ruger-based Amphibian

However, these are all rimfire designs. Sure, you can get a screw-on can for the heavier .45/9mm stuff, but where is the fun in that?

The BT Vet gun

Several years ago the Swiss company of B+T AG (formerly known as Brugger & Thomet) came up with the spooky quiet VP-9 “veterinary pistol.”

Can you say, "polymer welrod?"

Can you say, “polymer welrod?”

This modern take on the WWII Welrod made with polymers and modern metallurgy is a single-action (cock it each time) 6-shot 9mm that tips the scales at just 30-ounces and is (only) 11.3-inches long which is something of an improvement size-wise over the 1940s tech its based on. However this rare bird is meant to put down sick and injured wildlife, not make hits on random SS sentries guarding der fuhrer.

Although it could be used for that purpose if you really wanted and had a time machine.

Nevertheless, you can’t walk into your average gun shop and place an order for a VP-9 here in the states.

Which brings us to the…

Maxim 9

No, thats not a holster on the end of that SW M&P

No, that’s not a holster on the end of that SW M&P

Read the rest in my column at Firearms Talk

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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