If you are a subscriber to the various VSO pages. You know that we do a lot of testing for various silencer manufacturers.
As an FYI, throughout this piece I am going to use the terms Silencer, Suppressor, and Can interchangeably. Don’t like one of those terms, get over it.
I recently received the following comment on one of our videos:
“I just can’t support these companies that are seriously trying to bullshit us with the cost of the silencers. Asking $500-$1000 for a fucking tube with baffles then acting like it’s such an engineering accomplishment is insane. Considering top end silencers are $100 in Europe.”
Trust me, we all feel the frustration; however, there are a couple things we need to consider here.
It’s easy to make a silencer. The concept is really not that complex, if you took high school physics and got better than a D+ you probably understand the basics of how this works. Furthermore, anyone with basic technical skills, tools, and materials can make one. It’s a tube… with baffles in it. The major concerns being that it is strong enough to take the forces you are going to subject it to, and it is made in such a way as to not interfere with a prospective projectile. Fail at either and it will not end well. That aside, there are two other aspects besides just cutting and welding that require a great deal of engineering.
When manufacturing a silencer there is a balancing act between back pressure mitigation and sound reduction. It is easy to make a can quiet. It is also easy to make a can with a satisfactory level of backblast. It is quite challenging, and I can attest to this fact, to do them both at the same time. Some have pulled it off, but very few. No, I will not name names, do not ask; watch the videos.
In the firearm industry (and just about everywhere else) we want it lighter, smaller and faster. Dimensions are a critical component of the buying process. Trying to keep it thin, short, and light takes a great deal of effort. This is especially true when you are also keeping the parameters discussed in the last paragraph in check. Again, it’s super easy to do if there are no size and weight constraints, and it can look like a donkey dick.
Science aside, let’s not forget that the bulk of the cost is associated with the artificial market scarcity created by federal government regulation. Regulation of business in general (let alone one that engages in the manufacture and sale of items the government hates) is crushing. Anyone who doesn’t run their own business really cannot speak on the topic of what others feel is appropriate to charge for their good or service. I know this because I used to live in the world of working for someone else. My perception of what things cost and how those numbers were derived was so drastically different than it is today, as a small business owner. When you compound the challenges of running your own show in America today with the draconian regulations under which these companies have to bring their product to market, I literally have no clue how they stay in business charging what they do. But they do, and they innovate and compete with foreign companies around the world.
This, of course, could get easier. I would love to see more cost effective options. America has the greatest technical manufacturing power in the world, especially when we are talking weapons, no one touches America. We The People need to compel our leaders to abolish these unfair and unconstitutional regulations, returning our liberty. Do that, and you will see $50 suppressors that crush today’s $1,500 cans with ease. This will not get better until you get the government out of where it does not belong
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