Figure 5. Conceived with devastating simplicity, a gift of its designer, the Snopes Bag Lady Special lays waste the most annoying noises. Credit: The Joyce Vincent Serendipity Center.

tube of cardboard. Fasten with electrical tape, going around the length of the tube several times. You want about a half-newspaper thickness.

Next, wrap the unit with a piece of the bath towel, being sure to cut all pieces that do not encircle neatly. Overlap, but don't cover that front end piece of cardboard. Wrap several layers of electrical tape around this unit for stability.

Take an electric or hand drill and, using a 1/4- or 3/8-inch bit, bore carefully through the end of the central part of the silencer mass. Use a small vise to maintain steady alignment. To mount the unit to your firearm, simply slide the barrel through to the drilled core until you feel it engage. Then fasten the unit to your firearm.

If you want to stabilize the unit and the gun, use three machine screws in tripod fashion through the silencer and onto the gun barrel. Tighten to fit and hold. Or, if you don't want to use screws, clamps or electrical tape will hold the unit on your gun.

Clay Sha\y s rakceL

Not every operation can be planned, executed, and covered with total success all of the time, even with the best executive actions aiming for the top. There must be expedients, as the former clandestine military and espionage operative Clay Shaw knew so well. That's why he passed along this expedient silencer design to be shared with you.

His materials list starts with some sort of aluminum or plastic outer container, e.g., a soft drink can, shampoo bottle, etc. You'll also need a 6-inch length of steel pipe nipple. The diameter depends upon the caliber of silencer you're building, e.g., 1/8 inch for .22; 1/4 inch for 9mm, 7.62mm, or .380; and 3/8 inch for .45 ACP. You also need two steel pipe couplings to match your pipe nipple, copper mesh sponges, and about 6 inches of 1- to 1 1/2-inch cotton cloth.

The initial construction step, according to Clay, is to drill a hole in the outer container, sized to match the outside diameter of the pipe nipple. Next, drill four rows of bleed holes in the pipe nipple. (See the chart on page 56 for diameter and location.)

Then you thread one of the couplings on the pipe nipple. Now, pack the copper mesh sponges around the pipe nipple, getting them snug, but not squashed. Wrap the cotton cloth around the copper and secure with electrical tape.

The final step is to secure this core unit inside the outer

Figures 6, 7, 8. Key components for the Warped Wastrel silencer are easily found and assembled materials that are common to hardware stores and home workshops. Assembly is simple also. Credit: Hitters R' Us, courtesy of Clay Bertrand.

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