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Building suppressors, OK to discuss?

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by rockyboy, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. rockyboy

    rockyboy Member

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    Went to the NRA show. That was a great time! It seemed almost every other booth had suppressors in them. I see them more and more and here in Tennessee the bill allowing them under hearing protection has passed. Anyway, is it OK to discuss how they are built and what we think of the designs? Or what kind of licensure do you need to build one? After seeing so many I think there are a lot of ideas not being used. It seems a lot of folks are just copying. Anyway, hope this is not a taboo topic.
     
  2. RPRNY

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    None of the Bills seeking to remove suppressors from GCA and NFA restrictions have passed in Congress.
     
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    I dont know about the bills passing, but the way i think is still in affect is filing for a form 1 suppressor. You can't build it until the Form 1 comes back approved. I'm not sure how your state views NFA items as well, so you will have to look at that as well, however if they were selling them shamelessly then its a high probability that you can apply for a form 1.
    http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2016/07/09/build-silencer-part-1/
     
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    I could tell you about 3 different ways off the top of my head without thinking, one of them will give you one round silenced, but they all will get you in trouble, so I guess I won't say anything.....:) :thumbup: :rofl:
     
  6. Dentite

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    If you live in a state that allows suppressor ownership, it's perfectly legal to build your own suppressor as long as you have a Form 1 ATF tax stamp. I'm sure you'll find many ideas shared on NFA oriented discussion forums. One reason you'll see many similar designs is because they are proven designs. If I was building my own, I'd try to mimic something that was built by a suppressor manufacturer who spent years of R&D on the design.
     
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    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    What Sam1911 said. Off to the right forum.
     
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    As plodder was trying to say, a good amount of knowledge is on http://www.silencertalk.com/forum/index.php in regards to building different types of suppressors. Very informative. If I remember correctly you have to make an account before it lets you see pictures and all that but I could be wrong.

    Also, in terms of design, the baffle system is definitely the standard but these guys changed it up a bit. http://osssuppressors.com/
     
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    Silencer Talk is a wealth of knowledge. The guys over there are typically the type to do all the work themselves as opposed to buying not-quite-finished parts to complete a can.
     
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    I've built a couple titanium rifle silencers on approved form 1's. I'm happy with the way they turned out, but the process was a bit daunting. As others have said, http://silencertalk.com is a great resource, as is http://form1suppressor.boards.net .

    There's an art to designing and building a silencer, and to make a really effective one takes a bit of research. The tax stamp lets you legally build just one, no "extra" parts. No do overs if it blows up so you want to get it right the first time. Repairs must be performed by a licensed SOT (which costs around $3500 a year to maintain with ITAR fees IIRC).

    I started out with zero machining experience, but I owned a decent drill press. I kept an eye out and eventually picked up a small lathe on craigslist. One thing I can tell you, don't expect to save any money building one yourself if you don't already have the tooling. Carbide and cobalt bits are expensive ;). I spent many, many hours sitting in front of that equipment learning how to use it properly and eventually wound up with some great results, but I'm a very patient person that takes pride in doing things myself.

    With the available cans on the market nowadays, easy to purchase mounting systems, replaceable endcaps, and even modular length designs, it's tough to justify rolling your own for any reason other than "because I can".
     
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    Oops! Fat Finger strikes again.
     

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