Interview with Josh Waldron, CEO of Silencerco

Airsoft Outlet Northwest interviewed Josh Waldron, the CEO of Silencerco (emphasis added) …

Over the last 4 years I have seen an unbelievable increase in the size of the industry. According to a FOIA we submitted to the NFA Branch of the BATFE, in 2008 there were just over 20,000 form 4 transfers for silencers. In 2011 they recorded over 50,000. Also, after asking the NFA branch how many forms 4 transfers for silencers they project for 2012 they said over 70,000! If you average the silencer industry growth for the last 5 years its approximately 26% per year.

Silencerco SPARROW suppressor

Steve Johnson

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  • Brad

    Baffle strike at their “silencers are legal” shoot this weekend! I would have def. dropped a deuce on that one.

    Great article BTW. Makes the increase in wait times more understandable.

  • Giolli Joker

    A bit OT:
    Can someone help me identify this AR on Silencerco website?
    I see upper and lower have an unique profile, but I can’t find out who’s the manufacturer…

    • Nater

      Seekins Precision I believe. If I recall, they build full tilt race guns and/or parts for them. Not something I’ve ever been interested in for one. The look…also not my thing.

      • Other Steve

        Correct, seeking upper, lower, and rail. Personally held that setup, not a fan.

        If someone was going to make all three of those parts, the way LaRue, Mega, LMT, Vltor VIS attach by not using the barrel but at all makes a ton more sense. To do all this machining and still attach at the barrel nut (modular parts) is sort of a waste. Considering the cost of the Seekins, I’d buy a full Mega arms monolithic.

  • Giolli Joker

    Got it (google and finally some luck):
    Sorry for the OT, I think this AR is cool, anyway. 🙂

  • Jacob

    It would be really nice compromise if you could legally rent silencers at indoor shooting ranges where personal ownership is not.

  • Lance

    Too bad to get a real suppressor you have so much waiting and paper work to go threw. Nice .22lr SiG copy in the pic.

  • MacK

    Now if the ATF would adopt the views of european (GASP!) Countries and realize that suppressors make everyone better off from hunters to sport shooters by removing 90% of complaints for local law enforcement and thats noise related calls and just remove them from NFA requirements.

    • Giolli Joker

      Which European Countries are you referring to?
      I wish in Italy it was as you say, but actually even threaded barrels are banned and suppressors are impossible to obtain…
      Every European country has its own laws, you can find great differences…