With the process to find, purchase and transfer suppressors in the United States being as tedious as they are, one of the biggest fears of a new owner is damaging their new toy. While there is always the potential for manufacturing defects, the more common cause of silencer wounds is user error. If you are a soon-to-be owner of a new suppressor, use these images as a cautionary tale to reduce the possibility of hurting your investment.
As we discussed in Part 3 of the Beginner’s Guide To Suppressors, there are a few techniques you can use to make sure your can is properly threaded or mounted to your barrel before you pull the trigger. As a review, let’s take a look at all the steps you can take to minimize the risk of silencer damage.
- Ensure your barrel is properly threaded.
- Make sure your threads are concentric to the bore.
- Does your silencer sit evenly on the barrel shoulder? (clean and inspect your threads)
- If you are using a mount, follow the installation instructions and never use crush washers.
- Check the silencer periodically for proper tightness.
- Is your silencer rated for the barrel length you are using? (7.5″ or 16+”)
- Is your silencer rated for the round you are using? (i.e. magnum versus subsonic only)
- Is your barrel’s rate of twist compatible with the bullet weight (length) you are using? (check for keyholing prior to shooting suppressed)
- What rate of fire can your suppressor take? (full auto-rated versus slow fire)
- If your suppressor is user serviceable, is it assembled correctly?
- Follow proper, cleaning, maintenance and inspection for debris inside your cans.
- Don’t be stupid. (If you mistreat anything, the potential is there to cause injury or destruction)
I don’t know the story behind all of these pictures, but safe to say, something went wrong.
End Cap Strikes:
Scary right? Don’t worry, baffle strikes, end cap strikes and catastrophic damage are very rare.
Just use common sense and RTFM (Read The Freaking Manual).