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Warning: Owning, Possessing and Making a Homemade Silencer/Suppressor is ILLEGAL!

May 6, 2011

Author’s Note:

I posted this website information on how to make a homemade silencer because I was astonished at how anyone can learn how to make a prohibited weapon (or a weapon accessory, such as a silencer). I learned that my only son who committed suicide made a homemade silencer at his father’s house. He did not use the homemade silencer, and the gunshot from his .45 caliper rang loud and clear in my son’s final moment on this earthly plane of existence. I do not know how a mother ever gets over a tragedy of this degree. But, the truth must come out.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to serve as an instructional manual for my readers, but rather is useful in helping to determine how a[n illegal] silencer is constructed. I do not advocate making any prohibited weapons and I hope that anyone who reads this also reads the ATF Firearms Reference Guide at http://www.atf.gov/publications/download/p/atf-p-5300-4.pdf as a bona fide deterrent from engaging in any gun-related and felonious crimes.

Let me know if this article by Frogman disturbs you as much as it does me. Add your comments below.

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HIT MAN: The classic homemade pistol silencer

By fr0gman

The information that you are about to read was taken from one of the most controversial books ever written. Hit Man was pulled from shelves and publication was terminated in 1993 after the information was said to have been used in a mass murder. Below is the definition of this book taken from Wikipedia:

Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors is a book written under the pseudonym Rex Feral and published by Paladin Press in 1983. It has been claimed that the book started life as a detailed crime novel written by a Florida housewife, and that the format was later changed to appeal to Paladin’s reader base. The book portrays itself as a how-to manual on starting a career as a hit man, fulfilling contracts.

Existing copies at Paladin Press were destroyed after the book was found to be used as a guide during a triple murder in 1993 (see below), but it can still be found online or can be purchased used from independent sellers. It is believed that 13,000 copies were sold, although Reason Magazine estimates there are 20,000 copies of the book in existence.

In this article I am going to discuss the methods described in this book to build an improvised silencer for a standard, fixed-barrel .22 caliber pistol. This technique is very inexpensive (you can build a working model for around $40.00). The techniques are very effective and it is worth noting that production and possession of an assembled silencer or the parts used to make a silencer are illegal in the United States and many other countries. This information is presented for information purposes ONLY and you are strongly encourage NOT to attempt to build a silencer unless you have the proper authorization from the government.

MIxim Silencer

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What is a silencer? In order to understand how to construct an inexpensive yet effective pistol silencer we must first understand how and why a silencer works and be aware of the limitations inherent in all sound suppression.

What makes a gunshot loud? The rapport, or the sound produced when firing a gun is caused by three different actions. First, the gunpowder, or propellant heats up gasses and those hot gasses exit the barrel of the gun and collide with cooler air outside and create what can be approximated to “thunder”. Second, the bullet, or projectile, if it is traveling faster than the speed of sound (1130 feet per second) will create a small sonic boom, or ballistic “crack” when it breaks the sound barrier. Lastly, the action, or moving parts of an automatic or semi-automatic gun creates a much quieter, yet noticeable sound when the metal parts work to eject the spent shell casing and load a fresh round. All but the last element of sound can be reduced by employing a silencer.

A silencer, or sound suppressor works by containing the hot, rapidly moving gasses expelled by the burning propellant in the ammunition and allowing those cooled gasses to escape at a slower than normal rate. This reduced the “thunder” sound of the gunshot. Many silencer, including the one described in this article, employ what is known as a “wipe” to slow the speed of the bullet and to further contain and slow the escape of gasses. A wipe is simply a piece of flexible material that comes into physical contact with the projectile and thereby causes it to slow down to reduce the “ballistic crack”. Used together, these two methods will produce a very effective silencer for any small bore gun.

What you will need: Materials
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Making it all work:

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THE FINISHED PRODUCT

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