The Hayduke Silencer Book

Zip Guns Illegal

This illegal silencer was made simply from a garden tractor muffler and used with a .22 rifle. It was packed with steel wool. Though it looked crude/ it was quite effective. (Photo courtesy of New Jersey State Police)

cratic and authoritative genuflecting that involves mug shots, fingerprinting, tax payment, and permission from a local law-enforcement official. You will have to go through all of this if you want to be legal.

To help you with this legal brouhaha, I have reproduced the federal forms you will need to legally and pleasurably pursue the unsounds of silence. These include:

1. BATF Form 1. This is the form you file in duplicate with the feds before you actually build a silencer. It will register your silencer with the federal government. Filing this form requires your photograph, fingerprints, a local law-enforcement sign-off, and payment of a $200 manufacturing tax.

Spud Gun Legality

Although some critics refer to this as a mashed-potato maker, there are documented accounts of people using the "spud silencer." It is obviously a one-shot weapon with limited use. It is shown here mounted on a zip gun used by a street-gang member in the late 1960s. (Photo courtesy of John A. Minnery)

Although some critics refer to this as a mashed-potato maker, there are documented accounts of people using the "spud silencer." It is obviously a one-shot weapon with limited use. It is shown here mounted on a zip gun used by a street-gang member in the late 1960s. (Photo courtesy of John A. Minnery)

It is very important that you do not start any construction on your silencer until this form comes back approved by the appropriate BATF official. Under current law, the BATF considers silencer parts to be controlled items under the National Firearms Act. The point is, if you start assembling these NFA parts prior to having that approved Form 1 in your possession, the feds could claim prima facie evidence of intent to manufacture an unlicensed silencer.

If that sounds stupid, petty, nasty, silly, and legally serious, that's because it is. The only non-silly part of it

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