I couldn't do it.
Despite the urging of the toothless old gunsel, who seemed ancient enough to personally know the latter, I would not compare Dr. Philip Dater with Dr. Richard Gatling, another famed medical man turned ordnance designer.
Let's leave those comparisons and alliterative titles to the hack writers.
Instead, you may remember Dr. Philip Dater from my book Quiet Killers I/ (Paladin Press). He's the man pictured there with the timber wolf crossbreed, and he's also the man who designs some of the finest suppressors around today. He doesn't work for the CIA. FBI, DIA, or any government organization. He designs and builds suppressors mostly for ordinary people who legally want or need a weapon that doesn't make much noise.
Unlike other suppressorists, Phil Dater does not actively seek government contracts, saying, "I've probably sold more than a few to government operatives. Mostly, though, my customers are ranchers and farmers who want to take out pests
without disturbing the livestock, the family, or our native tranquility.
4i do work for target shooters who want backyard practice without making the neighbors think the Russians have landed. Also, I have customers who are collectors of exotica and militaria seeking examples of suppressed weaponry."
Dater operates under the licensed name Automatic Weapons Company in New Mexico, a legitimate, licensed Class II manufacturing operation. His work and his products are universally praised among the suppressor community, designers and users alike. Phil Dater is highly regarded for his ideas, workmanship, and products.
"I work with serious buyers who are willing to pay for a quality product. I am dedicated to continued quality and service for the owner. My units are designed and manufactured so the owner can maintain them himself. In fact, I include all the special tools needed, along with a detailed instruction manual with each unit. I'm very much an owner/user-oriented businessman."
Phil Dater's highly respected RST sound suppressor on a Ruger RST-4 pistol. The Dater modification uses adjustable sights.
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