I spoke with Alpha Dog Silencers and while they do not have anything particular new for SHOT Show 2017, we talked about HPA. The discussion was eye opening for me and may be for you as well.
Alpha Dog Silencers is saying to buy suppressors now. Do not wait for HPA to pass. Why? You are going to have to wait a while for HPA to pass. This isn’t going to be something that will pass in the near future. During the time you are waiting for HPA to pass you can already lock in the suppressor you want.
What I did not think about is what will happen if HPA does pass? Everyone thinks suppressors will rain from the sky but that is not the case. It is simple supply and demand. There could very well be a run on suppressors. Everyone will want one, especially the people who are waiting with bated breath. I imagine it might be like what I experienced in NY during Super Storm Sandy and post NY SAFE ACT. After Super Storm Sandy hit, basic supplies disappeared. Gas vaporized in thin air people were consuming so much. After NY SAFE ACT, you saw a huge spike in gouging prices and a run on ammo.
According to Alpha Dog, he has heard that some dealers are stock piling suppressors in the event that HPA passes. If it does, they will stop selling suppressors and jack up the price and gouge the customer because the demand will sky rocket.
Sure you may be able to make your own suppressor if HPA passes. But that is not the same as an established company with a history of R&D and testing. Plus some of the suppressors are pretty awesome. I’m looking at you SilencerCo and your MAXIM 9.
I recommend you think about what you want. If you live in a state that allows suppressor ownership, do not hesitate. Go buy the suppressor now. The $200 tax stamp is not a big deal. The 8 months to a year wait does suck but the benefit is you will have locked in what you want. Otherwise you might be waiting a while for dealers and manufacturers to catch up to the demand.