First Look: SilencerCo "Maxim 9" integrally suppressed pistol (VIDEO)

Chris Cheng
by Chris Cheng
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SilencerCo announced four new products, the first of which is an integrally suppressed 9mm pistol using Smith & Wesson’s M&P platform. There aren’t any specs available yet since this is an initial prototype, so we’ll have to wait and see what the final design looks like. The current design is futuristic and the Maxim could be available by the end of the year.

SilencerCo took select media and VIPs on a private catamaran off Key West, Florida where we had our chance to shoot the Maxim in international waters. Terrorists, along with a shark and a crocodile were our targets.

The can didn’t add any significant weight to the gun and I had one stovepipe during one of my tests which you’ll see in the video below. Shooting on a boat in choppy waters was a tad challenging, but it was a ton of fun.

Three other products were announced: a rail mounted range finder and two suppressors which I’ll cover in separate posts. The Maxim 9 was by far the highlight of the launch event.

Here’s some video of the new Maxim in action:

Chris Cheng
Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel's Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of "Shoot to Win," a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career. He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.www.TopShotChris.com.

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  • RenaissanceJack RenaissanceJack on Sep 25, 2015

    I understand that the bulk of the silencer is underneath the barrel in exchange for overall length, but it also makes it impossible to remove the silencer when you may want to make the gun more sleek or just go loud, not to mention not being able to use said silencer on another firearm. There doesn't seem to be any way to attach a flashlight or laser sight and the only thing that might look stranger than the gun itself is the holster...if and when someone gets around to making one for it.

    The only advantages I see is the fact that the sights will be lower to the bore instead of getting taller sights for use with suppressors and the extra security that an integral suppressor has. I don't think that these are big enough advantages to justify the design.

    Having an integral suppressor will not only increase costs, but also makes everything more of a pain with the extra ATF paperwork and wait time. For these reasons, I do not think that this will catch on, although the nature of the design seems to imply that to begin with.

  • Vernon682 Vernon682 on Sep 26, 2015

    Mark IV style.

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