Ok, Who Shot My Silencer? No, Seriously.

Ever have one of those kind of days? You know, when everything starts out great and then somehow ends up in a pile of garbage? Well, a frequent poster in the silencer section of AR15.com can relate. He recently had two serious suppressor malfunctions on a single range trip. Seriously.

This particular shooter started off with some bolt action work using his Remington 700 and SilencerCo Specwar 762. After one trigger pull, he was blasted in the face with powder and the silencer was launched down range. The cause and result was both baffle and encap strikes.


Who Shot My Silencer? @TFB

After a short break, he picked up his Ruger American mounted with a SilencerCo Spectre II and proceeded to have a catastrophic failure. As you can see from the images, this wasn’t a “normal” baffle strike: this was an “I’m lucky to have all my fingers” type of kaboom.

Or was it? Let’s take a look.

Who Shot My Silencer? @TFB

Who Shot My Silencer? @TFB


Who Shot My Silencer? @TFB


Who Shot My Silencer? @TFB


Who Shot My Silencer? @TFB


Who Shot My Silencer? @TFB

So, any guesses as to what’s going on here? I’ll give you a hint, this wasn’t a structural failure.

Turns out, this silencer’s owner left his rifle sitting on the bench when he went to grab a drink of water. HIs buddy decides to do some pistol work, braced on the bench. With his sight picture over the bore line, he evidently didn’t realize the path of his bullet would impact items on the shooting bench. Such as his friend’s rifle with a silencer attached.

Not noticing the damage when he returned from his refreshment, he sat behind his rifle and squeezed off a round, experiencing what he thought was a kaboom.

Lessons learned:

  1. Know an practice all the rules of gun safety.
  2. Police your shooting position, making sure it’s free of debris and obstacles.
  3. Height over bore. It’s a real thing.
  4. Lecture, warn or otherwise get better friends.
  5. Drinking water kills .22LR Silencers.

SilencerCo, known for excellent customer service, is examining both suppressors to determine repair or replacement strategies.

The fate of the “friend” remains unknown.

Be safe everyone.


LE – Science – OSINT.
On a mission to make all of my guns as quiet as possible.
Twitter: @gunboxready
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  • Kirk Newsted

    I know a friend who is gonna get his ass beat.

  • JustAHologram

    Some friend

  • Andrew

    Only Chris Kyle had a worse range friend.

    • Rick O’Shay

      That’s not funny.

  • gordon

    How is it possible that the “buddy” didn’t know he had hit something so substantial on the bench? There should be a picture of the fellow so we can all avoid him.

  • DW

    Is his friend named Carl?

    • Dougscamo

      Hmmm….ummhmmm….alright then….

  • alex waits

    6-9 months for replacement. Thanks NFA!

    • Drew Coleman

      Depends if the serialized portion was damaged beyond repair. If the outer tubes are in tact, SilencerCo can replace the guts. They’ll even do it for free – once.

      • BillC

        *Unless* it requires the tax stamp for a new can. If it requires a new can tax stamp, he’ll have to pay the tax and play the waiting game again. It looks like the outer tubes are shredded, shredded where the threads are too.

        • Drew Coleman

          Yeah in this case looks like he’ll be waiting for a new can. On the two SiCo cans I have, the outer tube is the serialized part and is easily removed on both (Omega and Sparrow) so if I had something go wrong I’d be okay, as long as the outer tube stayed intact.

          • BillC

            I have an Omega too. I went with SiCo because of their warranty and I have heard nothing but good things about their customer relations. I just demoed their Omega 9k at a recent Quiet Riot event. I HAVE to get one when I get more scratch together.

          • HSR47

            How does it sound vs other pistol cans like the Octane?

          • BillC

            The 9k, shot in on a Gock 17. I would say it’s close to other 9mm cans,
            like the Octane. I shot the octane side by side and the difference was
            negligible for me at the ear, with the slight edge to the Octane. It was
            still quieter (and less pressure felt) on a 9mm pistol than the .45cal
            Osprey can was on a .45cal pistol.

            What is selling me on it is
            just how stupid short it is. I’m glad I got to see it and use it,
            because seeing pictures or videos just don’t make you appreciate its
            size. I also like the ability to run it supers and subs on my 300BLK
            (even though it can’t be near as quiet as the Omega, just doesn’t have
            the volume obviously). I appreciate that capability. If I didn’t have to
            buy stupid expensive tires this month, I would have been buying the 9k
            right now. Best I can hope for is first quarter of next year.

          • BillC

            Wow, that formatted weird.

          • HSR47


            I had the opportunity to demo one back around March, but I was so unimpressed by the numbers that I didn’t even bother.

            Then June rolled around, and I decided that it was probably the right can for the pistol-caliber carbine that I had just decided to put together…..

            Long story short, my Omega 9k has been pending since late June, but I still haven’t actually heard one yet.

          • Lawbob

            The omega can’t be removed. It’s a cheaper can bc the tube is integral to the baffles (welded)

          • Drew Coleman

            You’re wrong. It is threaded. Had to apply more rock set to mine so it would stop trying to unthread when taking it off my rifle.

          • BillC

            The outer shell of the Omega is indeed threaded. A handful of people already have found that out accidentally. Called Google, it’s free and not very difficult to use.

  • aka_mythos

    Some friends are past tense.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I would have gotten depressed and gone home after the first blow up.

    • Smedley54

      Don’t be a quitter!

  • kalashnikev

    If we can get suppressors de-listed, these kinds of posts won’t even be news anymore. Every slobbering neckbeard in the country will be shooting cans with other cans, shooting cans on homethreaded crap-jobs, shooting .22 in the backyard at their neighbors house…

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Are you saying these are good things?

      • roguetechie


        Only in that hopefully they will help reset the Darwinian pendulum for the human species…

        As it is now, too many very sub par little humans grow to full size and breeding age before their own choices eventually kill them.

        Personally, I blame seat belts helmets warning stickers on lawn mower decks antibiotics and the speed and quality of western medical care when it comes to sudden traumas…

        This keyboard is missing the sarc tags, but they’re there…. Sort of.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Alrighty then!

          • roguetechie

            You know some sadistic part of you agrees…

            I just say the things many of us think whether we voice it or not heh.

            Just letting the evil out every once in awhile in a safe setting has incidentally made me a happier and nicer person IRL, So I’ve been told anyway.

          • iksnilol

            Nah, I like being a good person in general. Suuure, on occasion you need to bash somebodys face in, but most often being kind and gentle works 🙂

          • roguetechie

            I like being kind and gentle too, however I also prioritize being kind etc in the flesh over doing so on the internet…

            After all you can’t go to jail for intellectually choke slamming someone and jumping on their skull with both feet figuratively over the internet…

            Try that outside the grocery store in the real world…. Hopefully prison was on your bucket list.

          • iksnilol

            That’s true. But yeah, no matter how necessary it can be, violence is always “wrong”. Especially in self-defense. That’s what reality taught me. So I try to avoid the world for the most part.. or more correctly, stupid people.

          • roguetechie

            Personally I don’t feel that violence in self defense is wrong at all…

            However in a disturbing percentage of jurisdictions worldwide it IS considered a prosecutable offense.

            I too avoid stupid people, and by default large groups.

            Because it’s been scientifically proven that nothing lowers IQ and ups the viciousness quotient of ordinarily good human beings like clustering in large groups.

          • RSG

            The late, great Chris Kyle (US Navy SEAL) had as his motto “violence does solve problems”. For me personally, I’d take it a step farther and say “violence solves all problems”. To each their own.

          • Snake-eater 1

            Sometimes it’s necessary to raise the pirate flag and begin cutting throats!

          • iksnilol

            Would be nice, but I am “reformed” now. Not that I did cut throats before, but I do miss the occasional beatdown.

        • Nashvone

          You forgot the curling iron warning. “Not for internal use”

          • roguetechie


            I always thought that warning was a joke, and then I met this girl named…*redacted* and this one night… *redacted*

            Seriously, true story, one I can’t and won’t tell here but still a true story.

            Ah, to be 21 again…

          • roguetechie


            I’m extremely certain that I will NEVER EVER forget that particular warning label…

      • kalashnikev

        In what way could any of that be good??? Make NFA a one time fee of $10,000 and no approval process for SBRs, Silencers, or new Machine Guns.

        • Beardedrambler

          Wow. Really. This is the stupidest thing I’ve read all day.

          • The Raven


        • Jay Lee

          Why should there be any fee at all? Why should we have to seek permission first before we can access individual rights? If you can make others pay a fee and ask for permission before they can use their rights, then it is a privilege!! This is the same slave mindset that believes paying income tax is being a “Good Patriotic American” and that everyone should pay their fair share when it is not fair at all. However unbeknownst to them, their was no personal income tax before the 16th amendment. Just kill the NFA and have it be like the days you could go to any hardware store and purchase a Thompson. If you are concerned with criminals access to guns, let the good guys enact the power of Darwin and things will sort themselves out.

          • Bill

            There’s this guy who says that he didn’t pay taxes because he’s smart….

          • Jay Lee

            I didn’t say that I didn’t. I just said it was wrong and I don’t agree with it. Before you try saying hypocrite, I don’t have a monopoly of force, the feds do and don’ t want to be made example of.

        • RocketScientist

          Obvious troll is obvious.

  • A.WChuck

    “grab a drink of water” might be code for “get more beers from the cooler”. Just sayin’…

  • RetroG

    How did he get the baffle and endcap strike on the rifle silencer in the first place?

  • Jeffersonian

    Jeff Cooper’s Fourth Rule.

  • Gary Kirk

    Me after the first one happened, went got water, came back to find the second..

  • Arturo Suarez

    This really blows.

  • Oldtrader3

    I hope this guy does not go to my gun club?

  • LawBob

    Theres no f-ing way a 22 did that to his spectre.
    If the serial number is still there sico might be able to shorten it and make a one less baffle specter

    • Drew Coleman

      The friend managed to shoot it with another gun while it was on the bench, per the article…

  • Badwolf

    Reminds of the guy who shot the hood of his car.

  • Byte Stryke

    replace it or take an ass-beating… your choice.

  • DanGoodShot

    “The fait of the friend remains unknown.” That gave me a chuckle.

  • Pete – TFB Writer

    As un update, SilencerCo is fixing both cans. The Spectre will be turned into a ‘K’ sized can.

  • Jon Hammett

    His friend didn’t think to say anything?

  • GOT12

    his supposed friend lies

  • Mark Ri

    Now, why blame the “friend”. Wasn’t his silencer crossing the path of his friends shooting lane? So that would make it his fault for putting his rifle ACROSS the path.

  • gregge

    6. Check your guns before pulling the trigger to ensure some doofus hasn’t put a bullet through them.

  • Miguel Raton

    From the article description, this could only have happened if either the rifle owner violated safety guidelines & left his rifle [w silencer attached] lying *across* the bench instead of pointed w/ the muzzle down-range, or the friend was working at an extreme angle on other people’s targets instead of the one in front of him. Either way, they’re both doofi [that’s the plural of “doofus,” in case you wondered… 😉 ]