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One of the cottage industries. An independent doing custom work, including suppressors.

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Llama with long bushing attached to barrel to allow suppressor to be attached.

Barrel Length Comparison

.45 MAC. Note the length in comparison to the original.

Modern FirearmModern FirearmColt Woodsman Suppressor
R. E. Choate with his MC-1 suppressor on the Supermatic. He is also holding the internal guts of an MC-1 unit.

R. E. Choate is a cheerful, friendly man who is an expert machinist, custom gunsmith, and according to a business competitor, "a first-class guy who is a mechanical genius." In the suppressor field, Choate designs, manufactures, and sells kits. He also does barrel threading, custom mill and lathe work, plus, as he says, "I'll try anything I can to help anyone."

He sells his MC-1, .22 caliber suppressor kit for S120. The assembly kit goes for $8. He also sells caps, screenings, discs, and wipes for his and other suppressors, including the MAC, Uzi, KG 9, AR15 and M16, AR180, and, believe it or not, the M60.

He has also designed the MC-2 kit in both .380 and 9mm. His most recent custom design was for an AR180, which is so efficient, he claims, that cleaning and screen replacement need only be made after 3,000 rounds or more. His designs are clean, efficient, and well thought out. His machine work is top quality and the reputation of the Gioate units is excellent, according to users and others who've tested them.

Survival Supply Company is a Class II manufacturer of suppressors that turns out custom designs for "almost any closed breech weapon," according to owner Gary Wilham. His designs utilize steel tubes with aluminum end caps using


Scour Pad Suppressor

Three .22 caliber handguns with the Choate-designed muzzle suppressors. Top to bottom: Ruger target pistol, High Standard Supermatic; Beretta Minx. The suppressor is shown with and without the outer tube and can be used on any .22 with a properly threaded barrel.

wipes. Screen wire, foam, and stainless steel scouring pad material make up the internal parts of the SSC suppressors.

"For example, my AR7 suppressor consists of a ported barrel, a rear end cap. a steel outer tube, and a front end wipe assembly. The wipes are replaceable, of course," Wilham says. "The internal workings consist of screen wire over the first two sets of parts in the ported barrel area, then oil-soaked foam rubber for the rest of the length of the tube. The unit is approximately 65 to 70 dB.

"With high power units I use a bit different technology, but I do not go to the old Sionics' static-type spiral system. My screening soaks up the most violent part of the expanding gases, then the scouring pads act as a dynamic buffer."

Wilham makes one six-inch suppressor for the AR15 which can be fired easily without ear protection and heard only as a normal .22. He adds, "When I increase the length to twelve inches, the unit quiets the weapon so much that all you hear downrange is the ballistic crack of the round."

He makes a variety of custom designs including some for shotguns. Wilham says, "I have one suppressor for a single-shot H&R 20 gauge that makes the weapon sound like a capgun."

Gauge Silencer
Here's a rarity ... a suppressor-equipped shotgun. In this case, it's a 12 gauge Remington 870 using a SMG suppressor.

As Georgia seems to be the leading state for pioneer suppressor inventors, designers, and manufacturers, it's not surprising that Mitch WerBell, Sionics, Military Armament Corporation, et al. all had their roots in that fine state. Perusing today's silencer parts and kits ads shows that many of these current businesses are homegrown there, too.

For example, Brown and Associates from Cum-ming, Georgia, sell what they term "the finest quality [tubesl available today." Theirs are replacement outer tubes for the Ingram, Sionics, and MAC submachine guns. They also sell tubes for a variety of other weapons, but do not market any internal parts. One can buy those from some other company. Tube prices range from thirty dollars for a Colt Woodsman to sixty dollars for the AR15, M14, HK91, and HK93 units.

In 1981. an outfit known as Catawba was operating out of the old WerBell/MAC home country in Marietta. Georgia offering Sionics replacement tubes. In full page Shotgun News advertisements, they pledged "The world's leading tube manufacturer offers you the very best at tremendous savings." By late 1982, they had opened a retail showroom and store offering a variety of suppressor tubes ranging from a Ruger and High Standard pistol model at twenty-three dollars to the AR7 model at forty-seven dollars. Two columns listing tubes for various weapons covered the middle of their large ads -some firearms I had never seen with suppressors before.

They also noted, "The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has determined that the above items alone are legal. However, these items in conjunction with certain other parts may be subject to the provisions of the Gun Control Act of 1968 or the National Firearms Act."

Catawba also offered the following security to its customers: "We are not required to hold any firearms licenses and do not hold any. We are, therefore, keepers of confidential records and are not subject to record checks." That means the ATF could not seize Catawba's customer list and go on a witch hunt to find illegal suppressors.

The Armalite AR 180 carrying a completed .223 suppressor from SMG. The same unit will fit the AR15.


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  • esko sallinen
    Can one fit a silincer to a llama 9 mm pistol?
    4 months ago

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