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TV; Son of a Gun - shotgun suppressor

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by rajb123, Mar 2, 2011.

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  1. rajb123

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    Did anyone see the TV show: Son of a Gun, where a shotgun with a suppessor (silencer) is built and sold to the public?
     
  2. kingpin008

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    Not yet. Why?
     
  3. wildman6809

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    yeah i saw it. it looks kind of cool. it is on their website for sale "red jacket" is the company name
     
  4. rajb123

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    Frankly, I would have thought that it would have run afoul of some gun control law....
     
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    It won't run afoul of any law, so long as the registration requirements of the National Firearms Act are followed and the state where the buyer lives doesn't prohibit suppressors/silencers.

    They can't be sold "cash and carry" but if the buyer fills out the ATF form 4, pays the tax, and fills out the paperwork correctly to get the tax stamp, it would be perfectly legal, just like a pistol or rifle silencer.
     
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    Assuming I caught the same episode, a casual shopper walked away when he learned it could take 3-4 months for the NFA stamp and other formalities.

    Earlier in that same show, an apparent FFL dealer bought a quantity of saiga-12s with suppressors. I've no idea what might be different/special about inter-FFL transfers for NFA items.
     
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    Which could all very well have a waiting period that went unmentioned. I do believe that an FFL to FFL transfer would be easier assuming both FFLs had the proper class 3 title II, yadda yadda legalese mumbo-jumbo.
     
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    I saw the episode and was wondering what effect it would have on velocities, it looked like they drilled a bunch of holes in a thin barrel and put a larger diameter around it.
     
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    Yeh, the velocities are probably very low... it looked like they were shooting slugs and the target hits were all over the map.

    Why would anyone want this?
     
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    I'm not super familiar with suppressed shotguns, but in general, rifle and pistol suppressors don't affect the gun's velocity all that much - usually only a psi, with no significant drop in velocity. And there could be a few reasons for the rounds being all over the map - everything from shooter error to imperfect can design. I'm sure whatever they had was essentially still a prototype, so there are bound to be issues to work out.

    Lots of reasons come to mind. Hunting or target shooting in areas where neighbors are sensitive to gunfire, for one. More and more shooting ranges are being threatened by residents of new developments that think they have the right to shut down ranges for noise complaints, even though the ranges were there first. In such a situation, suppressors are an obvious choice.

    Shooter safety and comfort is another obvious reason. One reason new shooters can be uncomfortable when shooting guns is due to the loud report of the gun. With a suppressor, that isn't as much of a problem. Also, it can be tough for a shooter to get a proper cheek weld on a long gun when wearing certain types of hearing protection. A suppressor would help here as well.

    Suppressors are legal and encouraged in other countries for all of these reasons and more. It's somewhat frustrating that we're so far behind the curve, as it were, when it comes to accepting them as a legitimate tool in the shooter's arsenal.
     
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    Actually, it's often the opposite. A suppressor will act like a slightly lower pressure barrel extension and boost the muzzle velocity a little bit.

    I've watched this with a pal's 9mm can where he'd loaded rounds right to the limit of subsonic, and adding the can boosted them just enough to go supersonic. (Whoops.)
     
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    It did not look like there was a can, justs ports along the entire length of barrel with a can over that. Maybe 4 inches of unported barrel?
     
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    No idea where you live, but the USA does not ban any kind of firearm. Silencers are only legal in 37 states for unlicensed civilians though. ATF approval is so routine it seems like a rubber stamp, just takes 90 days too long if you ask me. :) Anyone who can own a gun and fill out the paperwork correctly can own a silencer in the USA.

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    To make the gun more quite. There are all kinds of reasons for that not the least of which are safety concerns. When Will showed the suppressor on the saiga boards long before the show was even announced he said it was hearing safe with buckshot IIRC (I maybe confusing it with the one Tromix showed). I wouldn't mind having a hearing safe S12.

    As to shots all over the board, is it possible they really shooting shot? I don't remember the episode well enough to recall.
     
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    Nothing new...shotgun suppressors have been around for at least since WWII, perhaps earlier. The one on the show wasn't even particularly effective. Also from manufacturer to Class 3 dealer still takes some time as they have to be processed on a form 3. From dealer to customer can take 2-4 months to clear.
     
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    Its hearing safe indoors, why do you say it is not particularly effective? What available suppressor is quieter on a semi auto 12 gauge?
     
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    Any centerfire can that's hearing safe indoors is pretty effective in my book
     
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    Freebore boost is a truth when you put a suppressor on the end of a gun barrel, but when you start drilling into a barrel to build it as an integrated suppressor/barrel combo, I would suspect you would indeed have a pressure loss, compared to an standard barrel, and therefore you would probably have a significant velocity loss. Of course this is pure speculation. A chronometer wouldn't lie......
     
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    That's a good point.
     
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    I assumed slugs as well, but he briefly mentions that they are constrained by the expansion rate of the shot. They don't say a lot about how it works in an attempt to make it look like its never been done before (maybe it hasn't, don't know).
     
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    The barrel extension is ported and suppressor baffles surround this, then the tube is welded in place. This is the industry standard. The barrel extension holds the wad together so it doesn't split. Shotgun suppressors can't be made by conventional "other" designs even if slugs are used because slugs still use a wad or a sabot.
     
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    The strange thing is that every other piece of noisey equipment we use is REQUIRED BY LAW to have a noise supressor. But on guns it is restricted?

    Your car, motorcycle, power boat, lawn mower, chainsaw, weedwhacker.... the list goes on and on.
     
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    I'd take a suppressor for a shotgun any day. Course I would want a SBS Saiga S-12 to go along with it. And a MD 20 rd drum.

    This one individual over on silencertalk.com describes it just right.

    Sounds like a ton of fun. :D
     
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    Ever spent all day shooting a shotgun? My delicate hearing is as good a reason as any other for suppressor.

    Looks like I'm not the first in the thread to point out the interesting fact that most everything that makes noise is required to have a muffler of some kind, yet a gun requires a device that carries a permit in the form of a $200 stamp of approval from "the government."
     
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