SilencerCo Maxim 9

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SilencerCo brought their Maxim 9 prototype out at Media Day At the Range here in SHOT Show 2016. Unfortunately it was only there for show and tell. We were not able to test fire it. There has been some changes since last September when Chris Cheng got to shoot it in international waters on a boat.

The Maxim9 back then was built off a modified M&P9. Now SilencerCo is going to make the entire gun themselves. One major change is that it will use Glock 17 magazines rather than M&P mags.The grip on this display model is 3D printed. Another change they made to the design is entertaining the idea of making the suppressor modular like the Salvo12 and the Micro Osprey. This way the end user can maintain the suppressor and tune the length for particular rounds.  There is talk about milling the top of the suppressor to countersink an optic. And there are some ideas of making a channel in the bottom of the suppressor for a laser/light module of their own design rather than just slapping an accessory rail and hanging more things under the suppressor.


Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • chris lynch

    Very questionable move to make the pistol part of the gun in-house. Will it actually be designed and produced by them, or subcontracted out?
    Smart though to go with G17 mags, as the availability and cost is as good as one can hope for in a full size pistol.

    • KestrelBike

      What if they subcontracted out to/partnered with Magpul? Magpul could do the polymer/internals, and silencerco did the top-end (frame, barrel, silencer).
      Mere PITW/speculation, though.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Wise move to use Glock mags.

    Although I fear they are biting off more than they can chew with an entire new handgun, mounted optic, and planning to integrate in accessories.

    If it’s being shown today in 3D printed, that means maybe next SHOT for a representative unit, and NEXT SHOT for at dealers? I know they are saying “2016” but it seems pretty optimistic to me.

    … And it’ll be $2500

    • Nicholas Chen

      Nah. That would be the Salient Arms International edition. LOL

    • Michael R. Zupcak

      Supposedly the magazine is the most difficult part of an automatic firearm so they’ve got that part covered. If they’re using their own design, maybe a departure from the tilt-lock barrel would be helpful. If the barrel were fixed like an H&K P7, it might bake the design of the suppressor easier since this Maxim suppressor doesn’t seem to move.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Yea, using glock mags is entirely logical and it’s amazing modular guns like the Ruger American, Beretta APX, and Sig P320 didn’t opt for the same! But I still question SiCo can make a whole firearm.

        It’s definitely not a tilt barrel. I think it’s Walther/Beretta style, but that could be bad info.

        • Giolli Joker

          As far as it would be a sound approach to the market, for a major manufacturer, using the magazine of a competitor is an implicit nod to them that you prefer to avoid… and if your target market is mainly made of Armies or Police units, you simply don’t care.

  • Joey JoJo Jr.

    Maybe Silencerco got one of those nastygrams from S&W, telling them to cease and desist from modifying their guns, like a a custom gunsmith and a mail-order place got a while ago…so now Silencerco needs to go their own way with the base gun.

  • Texas-Roll-Over

    Designing and manufacturing a new handgun in under a year…good luck. I have seen that kind of situation already, prepare for lots of nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol consumption. And to do it inside a year. best of luck to you boys. Looking forward to the results.

    • HSR47

      It’s all about maintaining the Ballmer Peak….

  • Nattleby .

    Gettin closer to HALO…

    • SP mclaughlin

      DARPA just needs to make shock troops that can drop in from space….

      • Hensley Beuron Garlington

        I can’t wait for the day we have ODST like soldiers dropping into terrorist hot spots. Would love to see their faces when a bunch of pods smash through their headquarters and out hop a bunch of soldiers in TALOS gear with Desert Tech MDRs and this handgun. LOL.

  • kregano

    Super interesting that they’re making a design from the ground up, but I hope they’re not biting more than they can chew. I really like that they might make the suppressor modular, since an integral suppressor that you can’t clean is terrible.

    That said, I hope they don’t bite off more than they can chew with this whole designing a new pistol thing.

    • Anomanom

      It looks like it might be. If you look closely at it there are vertical seams in the barrel portion. Maybe it can be taken separated in sections like their shotgun suppressor.

  • Markbo

    Am I the only one that thinks that supressor is ridiculously large???

    • Giolli Joker

      Probably yes… if you consider that the gun is integrally suppressed and a conventional pistol with attached suppressor would be at least 4″ longer…

    • Hensley Beuron Garlington

      That’s why I hope they go with a system similar, but hopefully improved Boberg XR. Every inch will matter. At least they are going to also make the flashlight and laser built in as well, so space won’t be wasted. I hope it will still be easy to maintain and change parts and batteries, and recharge batteries without having to remove anything using a simple, covered USB port.
      Not to mention, I don’t think the gun will print as an obvious pistol through clothes.

  • mechamaster

    Insert “Dominator” PsychoPass here..
    Look similar. lol

    • De Facto

      Right? I’ve always wondered why gun manufacturers didn’t do something like this. I’d love to have one of these and a FS2000.

      • mechamaster

        Direct-energy weapon in handgun shape wth multiple configuration.. plasma-gun, MASER, and tazer-mode… ditch the biometric-lock ( no ‘smart-gun’ idea that complicated ), and it’s great to have.

        lol

  • LV-426

    Let’s see more companies get into the integral game!! Then it will be a race to get em to market.

    • kregano

      If the Hearing Protection Act passes, everyone in the integrally suppressed game will benefit, which’ll be great for us too.

  • Sam

    Damnit. I was so stoked for it to be on the M&P platform. This looks like a step backwards.

    • KestrelBike

      I imagine that there were licensing/legal implications with an M&P platform that SilencerCo decided they’d rather avoid (or planned to eventually move away from since the beginning), so they went with their own design.

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    Mmmm…I love it. Go big or go home! I’m loving the idea.
    I’d love to see the system on something like a much improved version of the Boberg XR that Bond Arms acquired. I’ve always felt bullpups and systems like the XR that save space overall benefit the most coupled with suppressors.

  • CommonCents

    i love all the innovation these days!!