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Hearing protection

In countries where firearms suppressors are not regulated like machine guns are, they cost about $45USD.

6 Responses to “Hearing protection”

  1. ParatrooperJJ Says:

    Interesting….It is plastic. I wonder how well it would hold up, but at that price it is not a bad deal.

  2. Mike M. Says:

    Depends on the quality, though. Gemtech, SWR, and AAC have cans with bleeding-edge technology. Most of the European cans are not nearly as sophisticated.

  3. Steve Says:

    I think gemtech and the like want you to think that they have the latest high tech cans. Suppressors have not changed much since the Maxim suppressors. Really you are just paying for a very expensive, very small muffler. In my experience some .22 suppressors do work better than others but not by a big margin.

    Considering that in some countries they will think you are a bit strange if you do *not* want your .22 threaded when you buy it, I think more development is likely done overseas.

    That plastic suppressor looks interesting. I wonder how the baffles are constructed and how many rounds they last.

  4. Jim W Says:

    Gemtech is not high tech. Over on the silencertalk forums, they took apart some gemtech cans and the baffle stacks were very DIY looking. Washer stacks and the like. You pay for the name.

    AAC, SWR, SRT, YHM and KAC are all known to use modern baffle desgins and have high quality. Soundtech is very high quality but sadly very low volume and the owner can be fickle. They license their patents to a bunch of teh companies above.

    I have an SRT integral 45 and am thinking about getting an SWR or YHM 22 can next.

    The 200 dollar tax takes away the incentive to chase the bottom of the market. Anyone who can afford the tax can usually afford 400 or usually more dollars on the can, and you can build a quite excellent product in the 400-800 dollar range. Since getting a new silencer is such a hassle, people tend to pick very carefully. People tend to go for quality over saving a buck here and there. Mine was around 600 bucks.

  5. straightarrow Says:

    What does the law say about making your own?

  6. Ravenwood Says:


    I believe that’ll get you 10 years. They should at least treat supressors as an AOW and drop the tax from $200 to $5. You still have to do all the paperwork, but the ATF processing times have been dramatically reduced lately to make it more bearable.

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