Lightning Look: Shark Precision Suppressors

One of the main reasons the American firearms industry is so successful is that, with the current market energy, smaller businesses have a shot at the big time. With an influx of sales, revenue and customers, the accessory markets are allowed to innovate and bring products to market that may not be possible in more stagnant times. While I hesitate to call silencers “firearms accessories”, small manufacturers like Shark Precision are finding new solutions to current challenges.

Case in point, Shark is developing the Parasight – a clamp on sight system for pistols that uses the suppressor as the base. We’ve seen the integration of sights into silencers in the past, but to my recollection, this is the first solution that is adjustable/removeable.

I was able to talk briefly with president David Whitson (at the time he was in the hospital battling Leukemia) about his past, present and future. His responses and a quick look at his products are below.

David Whitson, President – Shark Precision:

What sets you guys apart from other manufacturers?

Quality manufacturing and quality materials . We use grade 9 and grade 5 titanium 718 inconel. Not soft commercial grade 2. We have variety of interchangeable systems for thread and Quick detach.

The Baffles seal and the suppressors are not welded at all. Everything is machined, even the tubes outside and inside to ensure straightness

All our machining done in house . We have four 7 and 9 axis machines I can do things now that I could not do before. (I started with manual lathes and mills). Now the parts go from solid bar to the finished part that drops in a parts collector in one operation.

Before I was expensive– now we are going to be more competitive. Volume without sacrificing quality.

They all are built to last baffles can be rotated like tires “if” they wear

How long have you been making silencers?

I have been making them since 2004- mostly as a precision rifle suppressor maker

This year I designed/added/reworked:

  • Parasight suppressor sights
  • 22 Frenzy (22 mag 5.7 17 hmr full auto rated)
  • 9mm and 45 hammerhead
  • Updated the 556 thresher 30 cal Shark
  • New Jaws 338 this will be a game changer in the 338 realm it will use my QD muzzle brake. It’s running now on the machines – just little larger than the one on the website

All the suppressors are serviceable, the QD mount is awesome (it is repeatable with no shift).

Where are you located?

Dallas, Texas is where my machine shop is located.

Where can people buy your cans?

I Used to sell to mostly to my old dealers and previous customers.

Now, [yet to be released company] is my partner and the main distributor. We will sell to other distributors and to dealers direct.

In the past, I would sell them as fast as I could make them. [My new partner’s] manufacturing capability is super impressive. They have been so great.

Right now we have about 3000 parts in stock, mostly needs just assembly and Cerakote. The reason for the production delay has been my battle with Leukemia.


Hammerhead 9mm:

  • Caliber : 9mm
  • Length : 7.2 in.
  • Diameter : in.
  • Weight : 15.8 oz.
  • Material : Grade 9 Seamless Titanium / 300 series stainless
  • MSRP : $TBD

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SHARK .308

  • Caliber : .308
  • Length : 8.5 in.
  • Diameter : 1.5 in.
  • Weight : 15 – 19 oz.
  • Material : Titanium/Inconel
  • MSRP : $1,495

Shark

Frenzy .22LR

  • Caliber : .22LR / .22WMG / 17HMR
  • Length : 5.2 in.
  • Diameter : in.
  • Weight : 7.6 oz.
  • Material : Grade 9 Seamless Titanium
  • MSRP : $TBD




Pete

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  • Clamp-on sights for a suppressor is a freakin’ awesome idea, and one of those concepts that’s so obvious it’s bound to inspire cries of “D’oh!” across the industry. I hope Whitson had the foresight– heh— to patent the concept, and wish him Godspeed fighting The Good Fight.

    • Anonymoose

      They used to just mount them on there, but the problem then becomes indexing your can. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a8f8e13caa86685471dfce770cd3939f90c52c2af6582a7f13e6ed6b53418c95.jpg

      • 12judges

        Anonymoose or anyone,

        Does anyone know of anybody that is making or doing modifications to 92’s installing the slide stop/lock (the special catch that prevents the automatic operation of the pistol on firing)?

        I have been drooling to get one or have this done to my 92fs for a long time so I can operate more operationally…

        • SGT Fish

          im pretty sure the slide lock is something Knights armament designed and made. you could try calling them. I know Degroat had one they did videos with, not sure if they sold them though. Im sure if you looked around enough, you could find one. but it may be easier to make one yourself. its not a complicated design, just takes some cutting and drilling

        • GaryOlson

          Try Josh at Allegheny Gun Works.

        • Wow!

          You can probably have any armorer (they call themselves gunsmiths, but few actually make guns) do it or do it yourself if you can drill holes throught hardened steel and grind metal with an angle grinder (how careful you are will determine the professionalism of the look). I did this “hush puppy” modification for several of my friends 1911, but the way I did it was use a torson spring on the inside which keeps the end of the lever down. You use your nonfiring thumb to press the lever down which hinges the end of the lever to engage a notch milled or ground into the front of the slide. Lowes has all the metal you will need for a project like this.

          If you have trouble with regular drill bits, try masonary drill bits. They cut through hardened steel like butter and are cheaper than cobalt bits.

      • J.T.

        It seems they solved that with the clamp on sights.

    • Retriever222

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/07f3b9408236203473698d2551b0351242abe2781f1cefc0cd5087c383f5e5f9.jpg Not sure why it didn’t catch on, but the concept existed decades ago. The VSS being the most popular.

      • Wow!

        It worked for the VSS because it was integrally silenced where the suppressor is not going to be taken on or off. The American designs are mostly direct thread, so indexing was the biggest issue, especially with our obsession in the private market with match grade accuracy while the Russian military just wants minuite of man. American designs got around the issue of mounting a front sight on the silencers endcap by using the extruded aluminum handguards we use on nearly every firearm that wraps around the silencer. Personally I think this is a much better design as you can mount flashlights close to the muzzle to get a full lighting (but back enough where smoke doesn’t foul the lens too quickly), and bipods can be mounted further up, which is nice when shooting around barracades.

  • Giolli Joker

    Suppression and sight upgrade for Glock in one go!

  • Dickie

    If you can line up a rear handgun sight with a front can sight it be the best sight radius ever.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      As long as the can is timed repeatably enough each time.

      • Dakota Raduenz

        Clamp on sights. You time the sights, not the can.

        Goodness, that was the WHOLE point….

        • Sunshine_Shooter

          Try again. My point is that when I take the can off and put it back on, will the sights be in the same place?

          • Dakota Raduenz

            Apologies. Lot of people completely missing that point.

            I can see several ways to make a line up of the two perfect, though. As smart as the owner is, I’m sure they’ve occurred to him.

          • Wow!

            The longer the sight radius, the less frontsight error has an effect on your POA. Direct threads are very repeatable (you can check just by trying your flashhider with and without the crush washer if you don’t have a silencer to test). Plus with quick detach designs, the indexing is pretty much repeatable enough.

  • RSG

    Timing? Repeatability?

  • st381183

    Meh. You can still shoot accurately with regular sights. Your sight picture is obscured but rounds can stil go on target. It seems a bit silly to me.

    • Blake

      That’s why they make suppressor-height sights, but they sit higher (obviously) and are a bit harder to align quickly. This seems like a great product for people that take their suppressors on and off often and don’t want to keep suppressor-height sights on their gun at all times.

  • Paul Hurst

    Best wishes to winning your health battle.

  • Texas-Roll-Over

    dB reduction in the specs maybe?