Some Miscellany Must Fall

Even if you've won the Super Bowl, found an honest politician, or are living with an "1 1," nothing in the real world ties up neatly. That's why there is this chapter-my odds and ends drawer, my gold box full of miscellaneous tools and other stuff. This is the chapter which deals with the miscellany in the silencer kingdom the politics, the philosophy, the construction, the use and. perhaps, the abuse.

Nearly three-quarters of a century before this book was written, a very brilliant, realistic, and outspoken arms inventor spoke out against the "Ordnance Ring" in the American defense establishment. He was Col. Isaac N. Lewis, inventor of myriad items military and civilian, but most famous for the excellent light machine gun that carries his name.

Embroiled in a political controversy replete with rigged ordnance trials and suspect buddy-buddy relationships between ordnance officials and major arms manufacturers, Isaac Lewis did some thing sinful: he told the truth to the American press. As a result, the Washington establishment blacklisted him, so he was forced to take his gun to Europe for adoption. The result of that episode is a sad bit of American military history. But this bit of history illustrates the problem still facing inventors, designers, and small producers of firearms: if they don't belong to "The Club" their designs and inventions are not bought. Sad and simple.

A case in point is the M16 rifle. Eugene Stoner is the real father of the Ml6. He is a brilliant man and his basic design reflects that. But Eugene Stoner couldn't sell his weapon, at the time called the AR15, to the defense establishment. Meanwhile. the social whirl of Washington waltzed by, with the major defense contractors and the Pentagon decision-makers all climbing into their cocktail party bed together.

Out came the redesigned bastard known as the Ml6. The names on the corporate birth certificate are brahmins of the ordnance industry. Therefore,

Home fabricated silencer is comprised of PVC water pipe and corrugated cardboard. Its designer says it "works and works very well."

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An early Ingram with a prototype two-stage suppressor.

Troops of the American 28th Infantry of the 1st Division roll from their trenches late in May of 1918. Note soldier in lower center; his Springfield has a Maxim silencer mounted in place.

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Firearm Silencer And Suppressor Patents
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Patent sketch of DeLisle silenced carbine.

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Louis Lavender test firing a Sionics suppressor on an M6A1. Lavender was on the Colt firearms range, working on a classified project.

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