SilencerCo Maxim 9 Finally Released For Sale

Credit: Chris Cheng

Over a year and a half after its initial announcement, the SilencerCo Maxim 9 has finally hit dealers shelves. Back then, at a seemingly over-the-top launch event in Miami, a Crockett and Tubbs theme took media types out into international waters for some high-seas target practice. At least it wasn’t bearded hipsters shooting the new integrally suppressed gun in the Rocky Mountains. That’s reserved for the other product lines:

Relax and put your pitchforks down – I always take a moment to poke fun at the Brooklyn Redhook types enjoying their SilencerCo suppressors. It’s all in good fun.

At the time of the Maxim Vice debut, the initial Maxim 9 prototypes were built on a highly modified Smith & Wesson M&P frame and slide. The final version now features a proprietary frame and slide, but utilizes Glock magazines. The pistol also sports an optics plate for micro red dot mounting options.

Maxim 9

Credit: Chris Cheng

Maxim 9 unboxing at Capitol Armory with SilencerCo President Jason Schauble:


If you are interested in picking one up, you should probably act fast – talking with several dealers it appears that the initial run is nearly sold out.

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UPDATE: At the time of this writing, I only know of a few Maxim 9s left:

Hansohn Brothers

Capitol Armory


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  • john huscio

    No post about the vp9sk yet? Y’all be slippin…..

    • RSG

      Look up daniel Shaw on YouTube. His completely died at around 600 rounds.

      • ostiariusalpha

        Where did you hear that? That’s certainly not what happened in the video, there were only two failures to go into battery. One was when Andrea was shooting, and it is very possible she pressed the slide release with her thumb, as that happens often enough to shooters inexperienced with the VP9 and VP40. The other was when Daniel was shooting one handed, and he wasn’t sure he didn’t limp wrist it.

        • RSG

          Daniel mentioned it in the comments. Pistol was completely inoperable at around 650 rounds

          • ostiariusalpha

            He appears to have deleted that part of the comment. All that’s left is where he says “…unfortunately the issues were not break in related at all.” Hopefully he’ll elaborate further some time later.

          • Edghost

            Out of curiosity, what caused the lack of operation?

          • RSG

            I have no idea. I was the one who asked him to please follow up asap. Seemed serious, though. It’s on my to buy list, so I’m anxious to find out. But I’m gonna wait a bit now. The really scary part is that usually, 500 rounds is the threshold to determine if the pistol is good to go for carry. His pistol started breaking down after 500. That’s a problem for me.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      If you Instagram, I’ve been posting pictures of my review VP9SK – @tfb_pete

  • Dickie

    Screw silencerco.

    Yeah ditto vp9sk

  • USMC03Vet

    New Springfield XDe reveal tomorrow. I’m hyped. Not hyped about NFA restricted $1500 handgun though.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      What are the odds that the new Springfield pistol is literally a SAINT pistol? lol.

      • Raptor Fred

        And has a hammer?

      • Harry’s Holsters

        I bet it’s a XD with less features selling for $350. Think the Ruger e series

        • USMC03Vet

          E for economy? Nah sounds like a micro .38

      • USMC03Vet

        They have a teaser image in the email they sent. It’s not a saint anything. It sort of looks like a S&W shield.

    • James

      I assume the pistol could be an XD in 10mm.

      Springfield confirmed a XD in 10mm in March.

      • USMC03Vet

        Nah. It’s going to be a .38 micro compact to compete with the shield and such. That is what I gathered from the email description at least.

    • Zack mars

      Nfa restricted handgun, or a DA/SA handgun imported by this decades ruger/S&W….



    $1500 isn’t terribly bad.

    Not sure I can call it an innovation, but they’re definitely stepping into areas of the gun world that haven’t been trodden upon frequently.

    Once again, I can’t wait to see a takedown/breakdown of it. #gearminded

    EDIT: Those look like some really deep slide serrations! πŸ˜ƒ

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      Definitely worth $1500 IMO. Now, if I only *had* $1500 to spend on it…

      • Pod

        + $200 stamp and 9 month wait. I really want the Maxim 9 but there’s something really wrong with having to get taxed like that for a pistol. The HPA needs to come about soon.

    • PersonCommenting

      No not at all but its a one trick pony. Wouldnt you rather have can and multiple guns to suppress?

      • Bradley

        Not really. I can’t imagine why I would need multiple suppressed 9mm pistols. I’m sure some feel differently, but I’m personally not that into having ten different guns that do the exact same thing.

        • Zack mars

          They all do the same thing? Sure, if you take some super overgeneralized view of 9mm pistols

          You arent far from saying all unsuppresed 9mm pistols do the same thing

        • Well, if you need to go all John Woo, then a pair would be nice….

      • TechnoTriticale

        re: Wouldnt you rather have can and multiple guns to suppress?

        Suppressed Every Day Carry with a conventional can is close to unheard of. It probably requires a vertical shoulder holster, and even that might not work.

        This is suppressed practical EDC, version 0.9, and maybe the first to that market.

        Whole new ballgame.

        Now, effectively concealable suppressed EDC – that might take a bit longer (but would arrive much sooner if HPA passes, but even reducing the ATF delay would be a big help). I’ll keep my earplugs in until then.

        • HSR47

          I could probably rock an Omega 9k on my EDC when I carry AIWB. Not that I’m going to, because I’m not, and I haven’t.

        • PersonCommenting

          Like you said it isnt isnt exactly concealed carry friendly. Also we dont know if it preforms yet. Knowing Silencer Co it probably will but we dont know for sure. It is a good first step and will be great for LEO and OWB carry but its not a gold standard and wont be for a while.

        • claymore

          Double edged sword depending on the state laws. In some states carrying suppressed is nothing more than a rebuttable presumption NOT simply allowed. In other words you are assumed by law to be carrying suppressed for nefarious reasons.

          You are then allowed to rebut that presumption in other words you must prove your innocent intentions, guilty until YOU prove otherwise.

      • PatriotUnknown

        Jack of all master of none…

    • B. Young

      looks like the slide is extra thick in the back to add weight that isn’t up front hence the ability to make those deep slide serrations.

      • They put the recoil springs (plural) back there and used a novel locking mechanism to get the stuff out from around the barrel, so they could use that space for gas deceleration.

    • Bigbigpoopi

      SAI/Agency/ZEV charges $500 more and they’re loud. This is nice, but needs an arm brace.

      • LGonDISQUS

        “Arm brace”


    • iksnilol

      Considering I haven’t seen many (if any) integrally suppressed pistols in regular 9mm, I’d definitely say an innovation.

  • st381183

    Well, I’m excited because I just received word mine is getting Form three’d to my local Class III dealer. I have to wait but they have a range….. I think this is the first of several integrally suppressed pistols to come, especially if HPA passes. In twenty years it will be th Model T that started it all

  • I just wanna glue LEDs and fiber optic filaments to it.

    …Why is everyone looking at me like that?

    • Sasquatch

      And let the leds light up from back to front on each shot.

    • Kwong

      Nope, your Crime Coefficient is too high that the gun refuses to work for you.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    At $1500 these are a deal! I wonder how availability will be.

    • I believe the correct answer is: “No”.

      • Blake

        I think it should be pretty good since these were malfunction machines every time they’ve ever been tested at gun shows.

    • MrBrassporkchop

      Already on gunbroker. Expect them to go for quite a bit more for awhile though.

  • Vhyrus
  • GD Ajax

    This is more evolutionary than revolutionary to be sure. However as a cheapskate consumer I wish more pistols would use Glock magazines.

  • Pigsnguns

    Appreciate the article Pete πŸ˜€

  • Edghost

    Damn. They turned it into some Tavor Bullshit. I KNOW this design. It works. Feckin’ idiots.

    • Ebby123

      Meaning you fondled it at a show once…?

      • Edghost

        I referenced internal design. Hey I guess we can’t all be in Jr. High and just do heavy petting. Lucky you and your fondling! I’ll look into that the next time I’m at a show.

        • Ebby123

          So you saw it at a show once so now you’re an expert. Got it.

          • Edghost

            Shut the ——-up. I haven’t been to a show since at least 2006. And I know. You need to sit down and cross your legs.
            And my last sentence summed up the internals.

          • Ebby123

            “I’m an expert guys, trust me. Its top secret so I can’t talk about it.”

            Your credibility = 0

  • Joel

    Presumably, the Maxim 9 is a pistol and not just a silencer. Does anyone report upon the pistol characteristics of the Maxim 9, or only its silencer characteristics?

  • Edghost

    Let me rephrase that. They went for form over function. There is so much ‘real estate’ they didn’t utilize in the form factor to actually suppress the expanding gas and yet use what was left to facilitate function. Material choice is poor as well.

    • HSR47

      Could you elaborate please?

      • Duray

        He’s saying that he could easily have built a better integrally suppressed service pistol had he felt like it, and that the largest manufacturer of suppressors in the world doesn’t know what it’s doing.

        • Ebby123

          “Without giving any evidence, I’m going to suggest that I, a random stranger on the internet, could have done a better job even though we both know I have no intentions to even TRY and design a gun myself”

          • HSR47

            That’s certainly an easy conclusion to given the top-level comment we’re replying to, but I wanted to give him the chance to definitively prove or disprove that conclusion. Why get all bent out of shape trying to discredit someone when you can just give them the opportunity to do it themselves?

            Additionally, I’ve found that it’s often easier to refine/improve someone else’s IP than to generate new/unique IP, so I’m not inclined to view his apparent lack of previous firearm design experience as an automatic disqualifier.

          • Edghost

            Hey guys, they did just fine. My issue is they made it look like shiny happy people for sales when they didn’t need to. Go back 10 years and talk to Robert Silverman. They could have been more efficient. They weren’t. Don’t ====== with me. I wish the best for them. They just need to do better. Maybe go and talk to RS.======= πŸ˜‰ (I am with you all)

      • Edghost

        Hey guys. I know you did a good job with it. Pull the center of mass lower and closer to the trigger. Honestly, I am impressed with what you’re doing. Basically, it’s only Q and you guys in the market. You know that though.

        • HSR47

          I’m not in any way affiliated with SilencerCo; I was just asking if there were any specific ways in which you feel the design could have been improved — i.e. you expressed that you believed that their material choice was poor, but you didn’t mention specific parts, or what you think it would have been better to make them from.

  • Edeco

    What does the stippling on the handle say? Five internets to whomstever decodes it.

    • JT303

      It says ‘grip zone’ in Braille.

    • Cymond

      Idk what it says, but it’s Morse code.

  • nate

    cant wait until the technology progresses and they start integrating suppressor tech into CCW’s

  • LazyReader

    Judge Dredd called, he wants his lawgiver back

  • AndyHasky

    I kind of want it for historical purposes.

  • Sasquatch

    My question is why 9mm? Why not 45acp….