The SilencerCo Maxim 9 Edges Closer To Consumers

As a shooter/collector/appreciator of unique National Firearms Act (NFA) items, I have been anxiously awaiting any additional details on the SilencerCo Maxim 9 integrally suppressed semiautomatic pistol. When the Maxim was first announced last year, it was using Smith and Wesson M&P magazines and featured a 3D printed grip. Nearly 12 months later, the pre-production model is sporting Glock magazines and a slightly redesigned frame.

One of the main concerns centered around the Maxim’s price-point; a uniquely designed pistol combined with a suppressor would naturally call for a high MSRP. My initial estimations crossed the $2K mark. However, silencer dealer Capitol Armory is getting a sneak peak at the newest version, and is insinuating that my figures were much higher than the actual consumer cost. In a Facebook post, Captiol Armory contends that “if you can afford a pistol and a new silencer, you will be able to afford the Maxim 9”.

Of course, prices on both of those items vary widely – are we talking Glock prices or H&K prices for the pistols? Not to mention that silencer prices have a a wide range of investment costs as well. On the flip side, the Maxim seems to sound and function very well. In a post on Instagram, Capitol Armory put the pre-release version through its paces.

From Capitol Armory’s Facebook Page:


Some highlights in bold:

This is too legit!!!!!! @silencerco Maxim 9 is the future of small arms armament!

Extremely easy shooter w less recoil than most suppressed pistols.

No MSRP available but if you can afford a handgun & a can.. Then you can afford the Maxim 9.

Accurate & easy to get back on target.

Didn’t get any blowback.

Takes oem & aftermarket glock mags.

Sights can be replaced with aftermarket glock sights.

Didn’t feel like a toy; felt like a duty pistol.

Modular front.

After 3 mags the front does get warm but I put it on top of my pant leg & didn’t have any issue w heat.

Won’t damage kydex holsters.

I expect “modular front” means that users might be able to change the length of the suppressor (like the SilencerCo Salvo) but it could also mean a railed front section for accessory mounting.

SilencerCo has been fairly quiet on the PR front for the past few months. If history holds true, I expect to hear an announcement or two in the not-so-distant future. One trumpeting the release of the Maxim 9, the other yet-to-be-determined silencer that will capture everyone’s attention. SilencerCo never seems to disappoint in the cool-factor department.


Capitol Armory –

Phone: 512-879-1068
Fax: 512-605-3720


SilencerCo –

OFFICE: 801.417.5384
FAX: 801.417.5002

5511 S 6055 W
West Valley City, UT 84118


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  • Anonymoose

    And I still wish it was in .45, because it would always be subsonic unless you get some <185gr +P ammo.

    Also, what does the normal sight picture look like, and will there be an RMR/Micro mount?

    • Calimero

      They’ll probably come up with a .40SW variant. Most 180gr .40 ammo is subsonic. And you could have some +P 200gr ammo too.

      • Ebby123

        40S&W is dying.
        Please just let it die. 😛

        From a design standpoint, 45 auto is FAR easier to design for than 40S&W.

    • Reef Blastbody

      As far as I could ascertain, asking Silencerco and any other individuals
      that had posted videos of themselves firing it, regarding whether or
      not the barrel was ported to reduce standard supersonic handgun ammo
      down to subsonic, the consensus from those that replied was that it was
      indeed ported.

      Assuming they were correct, then I’d think subsonic ammo wouldn’t run reliably, and honestly wouldn’t be effective past 5 yards.

      • Anonymoose

        Doesn’t 147gr ammo work in MP5SDs, though?

        • Reef Blastbody

          Don’t know. I haven’t had enough trigger time on suppressed MP5s (or MP5s in general) to answer intelligently.

        • Pete – TFB Writer

          Most 147’s will run in an SD

        • Sunshine_Shooter

          “Run” and “retain terminal ballistics” aren’t always the same. An MP5SD running subsonic ammo doesn’t have the terminal performance to penetrate heavy clothing, yet functions fine. The bullets are just too slow.

      • Pete – TFB Writer

        Agreed. Pretty sure I’ve seen a pic of the ported barrel.

      • Calimero

        Never been fond of wasting the already limited energy of handgun rounds instead of just using proper ammunition for the job.

        There are specific loads (9×19 >= 140gr) or calibers (.40SW, .45ACP …) that are subsonic without scarifying muzzle energy.

        • DIR911911 .

          “scarifying” . . .?? sacrificing maybe

          • Calimero

            Typed a first “letter salad”, got promptly insulted by spellchecker, blindly accepted correction/suggestion, didn’t proof-read.

  • mechamaster

    What they should improve next :
    1. Optional Picatiny rail for flaslight / laser
    2. Commonly available alternatives iron sight ( like the aftermarket Glock / S&W iron sight )
    3. Optional Mini-red dot mounting capability.
    4. Plus the Glock Magazine version.

    • mig1nc

      They got #2 and #4 covered. I agree though on the rest. Your list is right on. My thoughts exactly.

    • A bearded being from beyond ti

      I like the look of the gun as is, rail would make it real ugly. But some people seem to prioritize use over aesthetics…

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        I don’t like the lack of rail as-is (I’m a big fan of lights on defensive guns), but it does look a special kind of awesome. Now they just need to get the slide milled for an RMR…

    • Ebby123

      A mini red dot mount on the fixed (non-reciprocating) portion of the slide would be SUPER easy.

      For that matter a section of PIC rail would be easy too, but it would raise the sight picture past the point of easy use for most people I’d imagine.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Cool gun but I’m dying to know the actual length! I hope it’s shorter than a Glock 34.

    I also wonder if the design will make it more controllable than a standard pistol with a suppressor. I always found the recoil impulse odd.

    • joshua neff

      Actual length is something like a MK23. If I recall correctly, the “ideal” configuration of it is about 1/2″ longer than a 1911 with a threaded barrel. It’s much shorter than a G43 with a Omega 9K on it. Recoil impulse feels like an unsuppressed handgun. I know what you mean, where a can on a pistol just feels a bit “odd” — it doesn’t have that same issue. It controls like a full sized gun without a can, but the front sight stays stationary (unlike a normal pistol where the whole side moves)… so it’s a bit different, but very easy to shoot.

      • Harry’s Holsters

        The front sight not moving with the slide is a plus in my book. Depending on width I might be crazy enough to carry one of these. A 1911 isn’t that hard to carry.

      • Pete – TFB Writer

        Thanks for stopping by, Joshua. Looking forward to more Capitol Armory tests/news.

  • Slim934

    This would be great for home defense, where the likelihood of permanent hearing damage increases when shooting in an enclosed area.

    • Theo Braunohler

      Or just get a Ti-Rant 9s or whatever and put it on any 9mm handgun. Same size and weight and you can use the can on whatever other 9mm gun you want to.

      • Holdfast_II

        Yeah, but in my sad State threaded barells are now verboten (cue the new market for pre-94 Glock Gen 2s), but this would be good to go with the appropriate NFA stamp.

      • Todd

        This is exactly what I have and why !

    • Ethan

      I built a micro-sized (5IN long) 300BLK suppressor with this in mind.
      If your goal is “don’t give me permanent hearing damage” instead of “Super Ninja Night raid quiet”, the suppressors get be MUCH smaller and lighter.

      With a little development I think a 4IN is would be ideal for most pistol applications – still loud, but not ears-ringing, can’t-hear-police-commands-an-hour-later loud.

      Just another reason suppressors MUST be removed from the NFA list.

      • Giolli Joker

        A .380 with a can with wipes?

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Im putting this at $1500 out of the gate.

    • Gary Kirk

      I’m putting it as not worth the time…

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Should have built it on a glock

    • Zachary marrs

      I say 2k.

      I see this, and can’t help but think of the ACR, lots of the promises sound similar to me

  • therealgreenplease

    Does anyone else think Judge Dredd when they see this?

    • Not Gersh Kuntzman

      If only we could load different types of ammo into it and have the type of ammo used respond to voice controls.

      • forrest1985

        Would look great in a movie thats for sure!

    • TomOakheart

      More like the psycho pass dominator.

      • Daisuke0222

        That was my first thought too.

  • Nolan

    Silencerco, make this in .45acp. I’m a 9mm guy, but I’d totally buy one in .45.

    • maodeedee

      The 45 is a much more effective subsonic 5round tghan a 9mm.and as unbelievably big and clunky as this gun is, it might as well be chambered in a larger caliber. A gun this big would require a duffle bag rather than a holster.

  • Alexandru Ianu

    So what’s the locking mechanism on these, since the barrel doesn’t seem to move or rotate?

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    I’m so happy I’m moving out of California soon.

    • maodeedee

      Welcome back to the USA!

  • Pod

    Too bad it’ll take about six months for us mere mortals to acquire once it’s paid for. Then if you choose to somehow carry this as your EDC pistol*, you’ll have to tote around a copy of your Form 4 in addition to your concealed-carry permit (if applicable) in case someone decides to make an issue out of it.**

    * Yes, I know laws are vague on carrying a suppressed pistol as your EDC. For example I think it could pass the smell test here in Florida, but I wouldn’t want to be the test case.

    ** Yes, I know only the ATF can ask for your Form 4 since it’s a tax document technically, but again, I don’t want to be the test case.

  • c4v3man

    The bottom of the muzzle-face of the pistol seems to be a separate panel. It would be fascinating if they came out with aftermarket panels with either a light or laser module that would merely take up a little volume out of the suppressor portion, while still fitting into the same holsters. I would think most users would be comfortable with a single CR123 powered light, or even smaller watch-sized battery powered laser that might not last as long as a separate light, but would be infinitely better packaged. I wouldn’t expect it to lower the suppression level by more than a few DB.

  • SteveK

    It would be my bedside gun, thus a laser/light is a MUST! Needs a rail.

    • maodeedee

      You’d think they could have built a laser and a light into the gun itself, as big and clunky as it is. Maybe even a smart phone, laser printer and a fax machine as well.

  • TomOakheart