SilencerCo recently announced a suppressed gun that is completely legal in all 50 states of the USA. Additionally, the gun does not require an FFL nor a 4473 stamp. Further, it can be ordered online and shipped to your front door.
Sound too good to be true? Meet the Maxim 50.
The Maxim 50 is a suppressed .50 caliber muzzleloader. As such, it is not regulated by the same laws that govern cartridge based firearms. Hence, it is currently legal in every US state and avoids the fees and taxes associated with the transfer of guns and sound suppressors. Read the ATF letter here. (Note: Illinois, New Jersey, New York City and Washington DC still require the transfer through an FFL.)
According to the information provided by SilencerCo, this muzzleloader has a 20″ barrel with a 9″ sound moderator. Overall, it is about 45″ long and weighs just under 7.5 pounds. The gun uses a StrikerFire firing system with a Tac Trigger System. The trigger is a two-stage type with a pull set at 2 pounds.
Essentially, this is a Traditions Firearms Vortek Strikerfire muzzleloader with a permanently attached sound suppressor.
The suppressor is said to bring the sound levels down to about 139 dB. Of course, there are a number of variables that go into what you perceive when shooting the gun, but it is safe to say that there is a noticeable reduction in harmful sound.
One of the side benefits of having a sound moderator on the gun is that it also reduces the smoke emissions by about 2/3. It also reduces felt recoil.
The price for the new muzzleloader is $999. According to the company, the first 3,000 purchasers will also get an all-weather carrying case.
(side note: Terms like “firearm” and “suppressor” can have specific meanings in the law. Since there are more than 51 different sets of laws [Federal, state and local] that may each define one or more of these terms in different ways, I am not trying to use the words to meet any specific legal definition. Rather, I am using the terms in generally understood ways.)
Update: If you try to connect with Silencerco via the website you may have some difficulty. I just received an email from the company saying the volume of traffic is crashing the website from time to time. Apparently, this product has garnered a great deal of attention quickly.