Hollywood Quiet: ‘The American’ Suppressor Making Scene

    Fresh off of the heels of Part 1 of the ‘Build Your Own Silencer’ series last week, my Dad sent me this clip from the movie The American starring George Clooney. I haven’t seen the movie, but I did get a kick out of this montage – someone must have had to do at least a little research into how homemade silencers are made. The end result is pretty spiffy looking.


    Alone among assassins, Jack is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Pavel that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde, is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues romance with local woman Clara. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.

    I have no idea on firearms and suppressor laws in Italy, but if Clooney’s character was based in the U.S. I’d have to remind him to file his BATFE 5320.1 (Form 1) application, wait six to nine months and engrave the proper markings before embarking on his assassination job. And don’t forget the fingerprints, photographs and CLEO notification. You know, to keep everything legal. I’d also have to suggest that he pick a better host than that Ruger – maybe a bolt action. After all George, if you want “Hollywood Quiet” you should definitely consider a subsonic round like .300BLK.

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