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Introduction to Silencers (Suppressors)

I’ve always been interested in suppressors, but have not tried them because of the perceived costs and annoyances involved with getting one.  Being on many mailing lists, I recently got an offer of “1/2 off” on a major brand of suppressors, and they were pretty tempting.  Unlike the “traditional” ones, which require they be screwed on, there were no threads exposed when the suppressor was not installed, and I would not need to give up my muzzle break.  The suppressor mounts to the (proprietary) muzzle break (the system also gives the option of using their flash hider instead).  This system meant that I could have one suppressor to fit any .30 caliber or smaller rifle I get (as long as it has a barrel threaded for a muzzle device).  The cost and bureaucracy seem less insurmountable  than it used to.

Unfortunately, and oddly enough, they sold out before I got my ducks in a row.  But I did the research, and here’s what I found out:








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Assault Rifles

Well, we’ve had another school shooting.  And as expected, the liberals are screaming about “gun bans” and “killing the NRA”.  Some of them have their hearts in the right place, but their minds are cloudy.  The NRA has as its primary purposes defending the Constitution and promoting gun safety.  Any insistence on keeping guns in this country should be laid squarely at the feet of our founding fathers.  And we should thank them for that; any misuse of those guns is the result of societal changes that the liberals have sponsored, and the conservatives have allowed.

The shooter used what is called an “assault rifle”.  It wasn’t, really, but that is the narrative being pushed.

Here is an article which throws some light on the subject:




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Build your own firearm?

The big thing these days seems to be building your own firearm.  Can you do this?

Yes (most places in the U.S.), and its not particularly hard.  But there are some caveats.  Here are links to my series on this, using the AR-15 as an example.


Part 1 (Laws):  http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/04/04/building-your-own-firearms-part-1-the-laws

Part 2 (Methods):  http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/04/10/building-your-own-firearms-part-2-the-methods/

Part 3 (Lower parts):  http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/04/27/building-firearm-part-3-ar-15-lower-parts/

Part 4 (Upper parts):  http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/05/08/building-firearm-part-4-ar-15-upper-parts/

Part 5 (“Manufacturing” the receiver):  http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/07/25/building-firearm-part-5-manufacturing-ar-15-receiver/

Part 6 (Assembly  and Results):  http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/07/31/building-firearm-part-6-assembling-testing-ar-15/


My recommendation for your first build was to get a complete upper pre-built.  I have written another article on how to build an upper for “advanced” builders:




I’ve given up consideration of the Ghost Gunner CNC mill; it’s a wonderful fantasy, but I just can’t justify the cost, and from what I can tell, it messes up a receiver now and again.  I may still someday try out the molded receivers from ar15mold.com, but probably not any time soon.

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