The information that you are about to read was taken from one of the most controversial books ever written. Hit Man was pulled from shelves and publication was terminated in 1993 after the information was said to have been used in a mass murder. Below is the definition of this book taken from Wikipedia:
Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors is a book written under the pseudonym Rex Feral and published by Paladin Press in 1983. It has been claimed that the book started life as a detailed crime novel written by a Florida housewife, and that the format was later changed to appeal to Paladin's reader base. The book portrays itself as a how-to manual on starting a career as a hit man, fulfilling contracts.
Existing copies at Paladin Press were destroyed after the book was found to be used as a guide during a triple murder in 1993 (see below), but it can still be found online or can be purchased used from independent sellers. It is believed that 13,000 copies were sold, although Reason Magazine estimates there are 20,000 copies of the book in existence.
In this article I am going to discuss the methods described in this book to build an improvised silencer for a standard, fixed-barrel .22 caliber pistol. This technique is very inexpensive (you can build a working model for around $40.00). The techniques are very effective and it is worth noting that production and possession of an assembled silencer or the parts used to make a silencer are illegal in the United States and many other countries. This information is presented for information purposes ONLY and you are strongly encourage NOT to attempt to build a silencer unless you have the proper authorization from the government.
What is a silencer?
In order to understand how to construct an inexpensive yet effective pistol silencer we must first understand how and why a silencer works and be aware of the limitations inherent in all sound supperssion.
What makes a gunshot loud?
The rapport, or the sound produced when firing a gun is caused by three different actions. First, the gunpowder, or propellant heats up gasses and those hot gasses exit the barrel of the gun and collide with cooler air outside and create what can be approximated to "thunder". Second, the bullet, or projectile, if it is traveling faster than the speed of sound (1130 feet per second) will create a small sonic boom, or ballistic "crack" when it breaks the sound barrier. Lastly, the action, or moving parts of an automatic or semi-automatic gun creates a much quieter, yet noticeable sound when the metal parts work to eject the spent shell casing and load a fresh round. All but the last element of sound can be reduced by employing a silencer.
A silencer, or sound suppressor works by containing the hot, rapidly moving gasses expelled by the burning propellant in the ammunition and allowing those cooled gasses to escape at a slower than normal rate. This reduced the "thunder" sound of the gunshot. Many silencer, including the one described in this article, employ what is known as a "wipe" to slow the speed of the bullet and to further contain and slow the escape of gasses. A wipe is simply a piece of flexible material that comes into physical contact with the projectile and thereby causes it to slow down to reduce the "ballistic crack". Used together, these two methods will produce a very effective silencer for any small bore gun.
What you will need: Materials
- 7/32" Drill Rod orWooden Dowel (hardware Store)
- 1 Foot of 1.25" PVC Pipe (Hardware Store)
- 12" of 1/4" Brake Line (Auto Parts Store)
- 1 Quart of Fiberglass Resin and Hardener (Hardware or Auto parts Store)
- 1 Yard of Thin Fiberglass Mat (Hardware or Auto Parts Store)
- 1 Roll of Masking Tape (Hardware or Auto Parts Store)
- 1 1/8" Drill Bit (Hardware Store)
- 1 3/16" Drill Bit (Hardware Store)
- Several Rubber Bands
- Several Single Side Razor Blades
- 80 Grit Sandpaper (Hardware or Auto Parts Store)
- 6 Small Wood Screws
- 1 Box Steel Wool (Hardware or Auto Parts Store)
- 1 Container of White Lithium Grease
Making it all work:
Cut a 10-inch section from the brake line. See figure 1. Drill a set of 1/8 inch holes down the length of the tube going in one side and out the other. The holes go all the way through. Notice in the photograph that the holes begin 1-1/2 inches from the end of the tube that fits on the gun.
Next, take a 3/16 inch drill bit and enlarge the holes. See figure 2.
Using masking tape and keeping the tape as free of wrinkles as possible, mask off about six inches of the gun barrel and the end of the barrel. Use only masking tape. Duct tape is too thick and would make for an improper fit. See figure 3.
Then place the drill rod down the barrel to keep the brake tube aligned. This perfect alignment is extremely important.
If the drill rod you purchase is a little too large, as sometimes happens, put it in a drill and using a file and sandpaper (80 grit), turn down the first six inches until it will fit inside the gun barrel. I operate the drill from the floor with my foot, letting the rod spin between my knees as I reduce the size. Check regularly until you achieve a perfect fit. If you grind the rod too small, cut it off and start over. Fit must be tight with no play.
Wrap glass mat around the gun and tube three times. Secure it with string or rubber bands every half inch to keep it tight and in place. The glass should be wrapped about two inches behind the sight and up to the first hold on the tube.
Now mix the resin. About a shot glassful will do. Mix it two or three times hotter than the package directions.
Brace the gun in an upright position and dab the resin into the glass cloth with a stubby brush. Keep dabbling until the cloth is no longer white but has become transparent from absorption of the resin.
As soon as the glass is tacky to touch without sticking (times differs according to weather conditions and humidity), it is time to remove the piece from the barrel. Move fast!
First, take a razor blade and cut a notch behind the sight so the piece can be removed. Then push on the glass to slide it off. Do not pull on the tube.
After removing the gun barrel, peel out the tape and allow it to finish hardening. You must work quickly. If you let the glass harden too much on the gun, you will have to cut it off and begin again.
Use a grinder and 80 grit sandpaper to smooth the hardening rough surface.
Next, grind the sides down about halfway, but do not grind past the point where the front of the sight makes contact. Cut it down until the barrel fits easily and snugly.
Stand the glassed inner tube upright in a vise.
Mix a small amount of resin and use an eyedropper to fill in any interior holes or air bubbles until the solid fiberglass is level with the steel tube end. This will give the junction of the steel inner tube and glass coupling added strength.
Clean the eyedropper with acetone.
Cut the PVC tube to desired length. This one is eight inches.
Drill a large hole in the center of one cap, making it large enough to fit on the glass end to the point where the sight makes contact.
Then drill small holes all around the cap at the bottom, as shown, with a 3/16 bit.
Wrap masking tape around the cap to cover the holes.
Stand the cap with the inside tube inserted into a vise. Get the cap level and straight with the tube.
Cut a lot of 1/2 inch square pieces of fiberglass matting and fill the cap with it up past the level of the small holes.
Mix resin and pour it over the cut glass to a point about 1/4 inch above the holes and allow it to dry before removing the cap from the vise. Don't worry about any resin that leaks out around the base hole. Resin fills the small holes, making the tube strong enough to take the blast when you fire the gun.
When the inside is hardened, turn the assembly over and add glass around the backside of the cap for added strength as shown. Avoid getting resin in the opening where the barrel fits.
Place the finished cap and inner tube on one end of the PVC tubing that has already been cut to size. Center the inner tube as you look in the open end of the PVC.
Now drill a 1/8 inch hole in three place around the tube about 1/4 inch from the lip of the cap.
Take the inner tube out and enlarge the holes in the cap to 3/16 inch.
Replace the inner tube and tighten it down with three small wood screws.
Trim the inside tube down until it extends about 1/2 inch beyond the outside PVC tube.
Sharpen one end of the drill rod to a point and use as a punch. Stand the tube up with the solid cap down. Then drop the drill rod down the inner tube to get a true center mark.
Find a drill bit a little larger than the outside diameter of the inner tube. Remove the cap and drill the hole.
Replace the cap on the open end of the PVC and drill three 1/8 inch holes around the cap as before for wood screw.
Grind off any inner tube that sticks out. make it flush with the face of the cap.
Unfold the sections of steel wool and roll between palms to make strands as shown.
Feed the strands into the silencer tube in a circular motion, packing the wool tight with a stick. Do this until the tube is completely full.
Replace the end cap with the three screws.
Paint the finished silencer black and attach it to your weapons. You may want to ensure proper alignment by wrapping tape or placing a hose clamp around the extension behind the sight.
THE FINISHED PRODUCT
Your finished product is whisper-quiet, the way a silencer is supposed to be! It is inexpensive, effective and reusable for over four hundred rounds before you will need to repack.
This article is sponsored by my report on Adengage. Please engage in your own research before you make any decisions.
" double 9"===99 on October 24, 2016:
To make a suppressor isn't illegal , to put it on a gun is , just go out on a friends farm and fire away with head gear ...
The Joker on June 16, 2013:
This suppressor passes the test! I dropped someone in an apartment building yesterday night, and no one knew he got smoked until the mailman came this morning and smelled something funny. By then I was long gone. I would have never gotten away with it without your useful post. Thanks a million!
BekaS1974 on April 16, 2013:
tom on November 27, 2012:
why so much ego from ewerybody?bla bla bla !!! the guy say him made one its work other say its to small (make sence 6.5- 2x71 = small ) well who is kiding now? 800 bugs for hawing silencer ? realy hahaha madnes isn't? dit you read true all thid shit or you scroled ? well what about getting biger tube than make on it somethink you can monted the whole silencer on the barelwith screw so you don haw to mes with resine use aluminium tube not plastick and do it well so you can clean it and sawe hunderts of dolars will just try this one and see then post (and you guy posting "that's work /with small tube/" i belive you but.........and be cool don't shot animals shot thiefs in self defence
Skunk Skinner on June 28, 2012:
Im going to make on for my bung hole! Sunday School will never be the same once I attach my BENDS (Brown Eye Noise Dampening System)
Mostofyouareidiots on June 13, 2012:
First, to all the "im a cool wanna-be hitman" morons, you are already a poor one! Real hitmen don't post on the internet about it! Second, there are many reasons to own a suppressor and they are not always illegal ones but it is illegal without the tax stamp. Third, to the mathmatical wiz's, if your so smart you wouldn't need to read any of this to make a silencer. The silencer, in question, could work. Somethings may be off but its a HOMEMADE ONE! If you want a quality silencer then go and buy one! Whoever would recommend someone to put a potato on the barrel for sound suppression is an absolute idiot. A potato serves a completely different purpose( you smart asses figure it out). If your not sure on how to make this one i would advise you first make one not using metal parts. Once you get the general idea on how a silencer works, you can make one many different ways.
frogman sucks cock. on June 12, 2012:
Funny shit!.. I watched a movie were some guy used a water bottle to silence a 22 Cal rifle and was just checkin to see if it would actually work...
keep ur dog off ma yard on May 17, 2012:
i want one to cap my neighbors dog... i cant stand a fucking dog that barks barks barks every time i take out the trash, i know that's what they do but that's tough shit for my neighbors they shoulda found a different place to move. I killed the last one unintentionally with my pellet gun but that's cuz I gut shot him with pointed pellets cuz that was all i had but he was getting into the trash.. this dog is bigger so im not trying to make him suffer just put one in his head and shut him the fuck up lol i live outside city limits but im in a tight enough neighborhood the neighbors would call over a 22 shot. trying to get quiet lol
Anot on May 04, 2012:
Only real way to quiet a gun is to redirect the gas and sound waves within the baffles of the silencer. The gas eddies and therefore is trapped long enough to be cooled. The sound waves reflect and, if constructed properly, will cancel each other out. Only a quality silencer with baffles will work very well, there's just too much gas to cool with 1/8" holes and lithium grease.
Jeff on May 02, 2012:
Thanks for nothing.
Made 2 of these and neither one worked.
I used .22 short ammo and it was like there was nothing on the end of the barrel.
Stick to something you know something about.
Jason Collins on April 17, 2012:
You know, Collins, for being such an "internet GURU," you are god-awful at a) knowing how not to piss people off, b) not using the same username for everything, and c) not posting ALL your personal information all over the internet. Based on what I have read about you, you are the biggest douchebag I have ever come across online. I mean, you call yourself "awesome," a total "GURU," and spend as much time berating people for not recognizing your brilliance as you do calling yourself brilliant. Congratulations, you're today's Asshole of the Internet!
And PS: Anyone who calls themselves an "internet guru" is either in their eighties, or has had some online SEO courses and think they know everything. You clearly don't. God it was enjoyable doxxing you.
miko on April 07, 2012:
i have ceska 7,5 mm, semi automatics pistol, thanks a lot for providing me information that i need for "upgrading" my guns
grind3r on April 06, 2012:
Guys just try this. It's a silencer for only one use, but it's so free and so legal that you wouldn't believe me. Take a coke bottle, put it on the end of a gun tube and wrap in isolation tape. Cheers! :)
bilboe on March 16, 2012:
Hmm. Here in New Zealand, if you want a .22 silencer you go to the local gunshop, choose from the several factory made, quality, bulletproof offerings, show your firearms licence, plunk down $50 or so, and take it home. That's it, fully legal.
I've made one when I had access to a lathe. It works well but no better than the shop options and much more complicated than handing over a small amount of cash.
Big bore suppressors the same, but fewer in-shop choices and more $ needed.
There are virtually no employment opportunities for would-be hitmen here, but for hunters - there are wild rabbits, hares, possums, wallabies, pigs, several deer species, tahr, chamois, and feral sheep, goats, bulls and cats etc. in various parts of the country. These may all be hunted legally with or without silencers, but rimfires are prohibited on public lands.
So instead of all this pratting round with brakepipe and rubber bands, it might be easier to just emmigrate to NZ.
Jollygrngiant on March 07, 2012:
I hope that all of you who try to save some money by making a rag tag ghetto suppressor end up get about 5-10 in F.P.M.I.T.A. all male boarding school for real criminals. God forbid that in the past few years since this post was first created that some of you actually tried this and ended up with a hook for a hand, although it is a self correcting mistake. Save your money do it right and enjoy. It is well worth the cost and I'm sure that it has to be a lot better than having your gun right taken away because your a felon and now have an asshole that has an inside diameter of 5.35633333 inches and an outside diameter of 6.7982. DON'T BREAK THE LAW! ALL YOU ARE GOING TO DO IS HURT THOSE OF US THAT ARE DOING THINGS THE LEGAL WAY!!!!!
thr real on March 03, 2012:
You all going to jail!!
cool dude on March 02, 2012:
don't bother with this pop bottle supressors work awsome just people don't make them right you need to fill the bottle loosley with ripped toilet paper i shot 30 shots and it still worked
im being legit use black tape to seal it on also
nast knowles on February 26, 2012:
name on February 16, 2012:
If i bend the brake line will it shoot around corners?
Jerm the man on February 04, 2012:
I read everything you all had to say, and I am even more determined to build one of my own. I have a Intratech .22 that i have been modifying nonstop. Once I am finished(and don't get hospitalized in the process, ha) I will be sure to let all of you know of my success/failure. I think I will need to make a few adjustments to frogs plans, but the basic theory seems plausible. I cant believe this has been up for three years. And one more thing, Why take so much time reading this and replying if you people are so utterly against this stuff in general. Leave us enthusiasts be and go annoy some other poor souls.
Amused on February 04, 2012:
So many 'x-sperts' . . . so much imprecision & poor spelling . . .
But what a great belly laugh . . . LOL :-))
Kay-Ron on February 01, 2012:
Why don't you just use a Freaking inside micrometer to find the diamiter of the inside of the break line. That would be simpaler and much more acurate than trying to use mathmatic equations. I meen realy what are we trying to do here show eachother who is the biger man? Haha sorry but mathmatics don't impress anyone unless your trying to get a good job. Instead why don't you yell me who the better shot is and then we can start talking;)
Dirty on January 22, 2012:
What is all this talk about "Illegal"? It is perfectly legal to buy a silencer in the U.S. only a few states prohibit it, and the ones that don't, don't even require a permit, just a 200 dollar tax
popshot on January 19, 2012:
I now feel stupider from having read all of this i will now try and forget everything i have read here that was 30 min of my life i will never see back can i please be banned as well to anyone else reading this don't get sucked in as i have just stop reading now and do something better with you time take you wife to dinner read a book or masterbate
akglock on January 13, 2012:
The "a" and lack of "o"
Travis on January 02, 2012:
My fave. Was , you want quiet use a knife. Find the flaw in that theary.
interested party on January 01, 2012:
could I use 1/4 inch black pipe(which measures out to be about .346 inches) and use rock wool instead of steel wool, because steel wool is flammable for use on a semi auto rifle and make it about 18 inches long?
Teamglockusa on November 29, 2011:
I don't want to kill people, I just want to seem like a badass with a silencer
hiit on October 04, 2011:
Fantastic hub, looking forward to come back and be fascinted by your posts. Thank you.
Ron from http://www.intervalstraining.net
treesap on September 05, 2011:
Some great comments on here since I visited 2 yrs ago...and some real "odd' ones.....jeeeezzz!?
-smithy101, maybe you better go back to musketry 101 and relearn basic ballistics because bullets don't "shrink", they expand. (slightly)
Picture in your mind: Your "bullet" measures .223 but your "land diameter" (uhh...the inside of the barrel...) measures .217 ok? Definitely a "force..." Now also picture that your "groove diameter" (the true inside measurement taken from the bottom of the grooves...) is .223 ok? No longer a "force", right? Right!
Now allowing for the slight expansion of the fatter (bottom) end of the projectile, the gases will "force" the bullet to spin down through the barrel not "shrinking" but rather perhaps "elongating" and of course carrying the permanent, and most incriminating marks along the length of the bullet....again a "bust" unless one uses an XXXXXXXXX type of bullet.
And then don't fer'get about GSR....
Thanks Thomas; and fr0gman ol' buddy just look at all this fun!
What's it been-- 3 yrs now?
Remember boys 'n' girls, this stuff is for entertainment purposes; a short stick of thin walled brake tube shouldn't constitute a stovepipe, but it does in this case go against the internal coefficients which WOULD initiate an instantaneous stovepipe in a heavier medium.
Use common sense and don't take dangerous chances with explosives.
DINO on August 18, 2011:
I JUST NEED A RESIPE THAT WORKS & MY TIME IS VALUEABLE TO ME & MY CLIENTS SO SOLID INFO IS ALL THE REAL DEAL NEEDS,I HAVE LOTS OF RECIPIES & AM OPEN TO OTHERS SO THANKS,& IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE SKILLS TO PAY THE BILLS ,GIVE UP OR END UP INSIDE,LOL.
smithy101 on August 17, 2011:
you guys whining about bullets fitting or not, none of you account for bullet squeeze. your bullet is smaller when it exits the bbl. try fitting a bullet into the muzzle of your firearm and see what im talking about.
just acce[t the fact that many people have tried and proven this method.
DrunkRanchHand on May 23, 2011:
As has been previously stated, the length of pvc pipe contraption works well. I buy my burp cans from Home Cheap-o...material puts me out $8.00 with glue, fittings, etc. As for internal wrapping of a soft nature, as the simple designs are, it all warrants replacement after 75-100 shots. DynaMat works very well, Pig Mats do the trick, as do good quality paper towels etc. Fine steel wool and grease poses a problem, I find, on account of the mess it makes during assembly/repacking for only very marginal gains in supression over DynaMat.
Do not overlook what you're feeding your weapon. Cheap shit used = shit results. I use a bolt action, but have experimented with semi-autos. Semi auto cycling is iffy at best with most subsonics. On ammunition: Extremely favorable results can be had using Aguila subsonic 40gr. Poor semi auto cycling, however. Remington standard subsonics, and CCI subsonics are also extremely quiet and accurate through my Browning rifle out to 50 yards and cycle reliably through the Mossberg 500 semi-auto. DO NOT BOTHER with the Aguila 60 gr. SSS rounds. They DO NOT stabilize properly with a typical .22 cal 1 in 16 twist, resulting in TERRIBLE consistency and tumbling or key-holing every time at 25 yds. AWESOME knockdown power and low noise in .22lr can be found with RWS subsonic match rounds. I have taken several 300# plus boars with an RWS behind the ear at 50 yd. The RWS are about $10/50 rd. box but they ARE hog rounds. Hit em right and Watch em Drop!
Blake on March 18, 2011:
Why not just buy the low powder .22 bullets all they use for a charge is the primer. Its ten times quieter but range is halved
jase the ace on March 18, 2011:
If you really want to know a .22 cal bullet is not 5.7mm i don't know where you are gettin your measurements from but here in Australia we measure things quite differently ti America its actually (fact) 5.588 of a millimetre which is 15/64 af so you don't actually have any fact my friend so unless you're trying to kill someone you need to get your (facts) right ive made zip guns & silencers mate and i am a metal machinist by trade
TRL on February 19, 2011:
A 22 bullet won't fit through a 1/4 inch steel brake line.You will have to use 5/16.
Joe Schadenfreude on February 19, 2011:
I built a silencer after seeing a video on it ... the difference is I also got the local sheriff to sign the application to the batf and paid my 200 bucks.
So I own a silencer that is longer than the sig 2022 9mm its attached to, and with sub sonic ammo, it sounds about like a rat fart. ... ok, a LOUD rat fart.
(note: on anything but a bolt action rifle, you will still hear a good bit of noise from the blowback, hammer falling, and chamber cycling)
I also purchased one about 6 months later from gemtech for the same sig 9mm, and it works great. It is also a damn sight easier to open and clean.
Its legal to own, and costs 200 bucks EACH for the tax stamp.
You do NOT have to keep the paperwork with it at all times, its like getting stopped by the cops and not having a your insurance paperwork. prove later that you were insured at that time, and you are fine.
If you do insist on making one yourself, do yourself a favor and invest in a threaded barrel for your weapon for attaching it. Sleeved covers can shift and it doesn't take much for a shot to destroy what you may have spent hours on. Not only that, but how pimp will you look with a DIY style screw clamp on the barrel of your gun?
I have had a cop stop me at the range and check my license when he saw the suppressor, but other than that I have had no issues with law enforcement.
By the way: New threaded barrel for a sig 2022: about $130. Suppressor: about $560. BATF fee: $200.
All told, I was able to convert my weapon and legally own a suppressor for about $900.
It seems like a lot, but when you consider that I can own, and use it legally ... without the fear of committing a felony, its worth it.
Chris on February 09, 2011:
Has anybody considered the fact that maybe people want to build a suppressor for the sheer fact that they can SAY they built one? This is the problem with internet critics. They automatically assume that someone who wants to build a suppressor is evil and wants to kill. I built one using two diameters of PVC and creating three expansion chambers. It was a load of fun while building it. I made an alignment mistake by about 1mm and blew the end cap off, but that shot was silent as a mouse. with conception and building, it took me two days to get to the finished project, and it took me 30 seconds to destroy the end. That is what is great. Who wants to buy something when they can put in the time and love to build it? I can tell you right now I'm going to fix my alignment and try again soon!
critic#2 on February 01, 2011:
critic is definitely right
sorry frogman but YOU need to go back to GEOMETRY class and learn that when you measure the diameter of a cylinder there are TWO walls not ONE.
there for you have 6.5-.71-.71 which guess what that equals SMALLER than a .22 bullet
GunEnthus on January 30, 2011:
crazier weird on January 07, 2011:
ahah...everybody here is a challenge...have you heard of an electronic sound suppressor?i'm working with it...i'll be having the smallest ever gun suppressor! here is the principle; if the sound waves cause by the fired round has a sine curve for instance, we'll make electronic silencer that inverts it into cosine wave...so when it leaves the barrel it gives a zero sound wave because the sound waves cause by explosion was inverted. if the amplifier magnifies sound then mine will reverse-magnify sound... does it sounds weird? hehehe...
lew on January 05, 2011:
i once maybe twice put my butt against glass..so yes to the question
johnny on January 04, 2011:
So does the brake line just butt up against the barrel under the glass?
johnny boy on January 04, 2011:
So does the brake line just butt up against the barrel under the glass?
lol12345 on December 26, 2010:
wow that was a bunch of good reading and most of the points made were a bunch of bull crap.
and john has a good point :D
john on December 24, 2010:
actually, people use silencers every day for legitimate reasons. for instance: a buddy of mine has an acre of land on which he likes to grow corn (hey, it's america -- to each his own, right?). he bought a silencer for a .22 to plink crows cuz they kept eating his corn. sounds reasonable to me. so please stop with the omg!-silencers-are-made-for-keeling-people" hate, and just take it for what it's worth. it's a weapon mod that can be applied legally or otherwise, at one's own risk.
Nice on December 13, 2010:
jigga-boo-my-nuts on December 11, 2010:
I'm with dave if i have to "hush-hush" my .22 Its not to "rack me up a 9 point buck." we know why it is and why it isn't, turn the shower on throw'em upside down right by the drian pull the curtain, put the pillow over the end. (turn your music up to it helps) yeah so the police might show up just go outside tell'em sorry, turn down your music all is good.
Dave on December 04, 2010:
An alternate approach.
Get a cardboard box. Cut a hole for your hand to enter the box. Fill the box with shredded newspaper. Put a pistol in your hand and put it in the box with the shredded newspaper. Pull the trigger.
OR - Just grab a pillow, place it to the barrel of your pistol and pull the trigger...
boosis on November 29, 2010:
i want to fight some tnin
Backyard Mechanic on November 27, 2010:
GrecoRef, Use basically the same setup but upscale for the larger size bullet and slightly larger casing for more sound dampening. I've heard a 223 shot threw one similarly built that was slightly louder than a spit but quieter than a standard pellet gun. And for some of the gun haters and plain out fools, just because you want a Silencer or a Suppressor doesn't mean your using it for illegal purposes. When target practicing they are much safer on your hearing than earphones or plugs, not only for your own ear protection but that you can hear others so as to avoid a possible accident etc.
GrecoRef on November 23, 2010:
I have a bushmaster .223 frogman do you think this would work for the rifle as I do alot of coyote hunting on my land and don't want to scare away other coy dogs while hunting them
crazy on November 19, 2010:
The fit of 1/4" brake line to the .22 bullet depends on how the tube was cut. If you cut the tube with a saw, I'm sure you also filed, beveled, and chamfered the end smooth as well. If you cut the tube with a small pipe cutter, you MUST also ream the inside end of the tube as well as filing, beveling, and chamfering because a pipe cutter squeezes the tube diameter smaller and smaller til it is too weak to stay in one piece and guess what you got? An inward tapered brake line tube end. How do you ream the end of the tube? Just drill the tube with that 7/32" drill rod.
DO WHAT I DID on November 15, 2010:
Get a trap thrower and invite as many people as you can as often as you can and show them that they created a bigger problem for themselves. Where i live i only legally need 300ft. to shoot trap.
Willy1953 on November 11, 2010:
It is a real shame. I have lived on the same 21 acres of land for the past 22 years and have a good shooting range and backstop. Now developers have built houses on 1/2 acre plots all around us, so when I want to shoot my S&W 686, I get complaints from the neighbors to the local sheriff. We have to stop, discuss with the sheriff, at which time I tell him I live in the county and will exercise my right to shoot as I see fit, and as long as conditions are safe. I have had to post my land 3 times where the signs keep getting torn down. These people still think they live in the city and can tell their neighbors their rights. I think it is about time to put up the 38's and get out the 357's, or better yet, the Ruger Redhawk 44 mag. Damn, those are expensive to shoot, but it may be worth the point. Shame, Shame, Shame.
Rumpardo on November 11, 2010:
Blah blah blah - they know its illegal. They know how to get one legally with picture and fingerprints registered with BATFE. But, some of these guys seems like they are planning on "popping a cap" in someone, have a record a mile long and the cops already have their picture and fingerprints. So, why you telling 'em all this BATFE legal mumbo jumbo?
Dipsh*ts on November 04, 2010:
You guys should really think about the fact that if you're caught with one of these you get a felony. Which, in turn means, you can't own a gun legally!! Do it legally pay the extra money if you want one that bad. You won't have to worry about getting caught, or f*ckin this "project" up on accident and blowing your hand off.
I M FLABBERGASSED on October 09, 2010:
YOU ALL NEED SPELLING LESSONS,TO BEGIN WITH.WOULD YOU RATHER ENJOY SHOOTING LEGALY, OR HAVE YOUR ASS PLUNGED MORE TIMES THAN A TESTPIPE IN A PLUNGER FACTORY??????????????? IN YOUR LOCAL PRISON??????
Dave from lil ole NZ on September 28, 2010:
Well I have to say, this has been the best 30mins of reading I have had for ages, being an Engineer by trade and amateur Gunsmith there are some errors in what is written but the intent is correct, just make sure you use straight tubing with an i/d slightly lager than the o/d of your projectile and all will be good, in NZ it is illegal to own a Silencer but we are allowed to own a Supressor..... so guess what, they are all called Supressors, whether homemade, purchased from a retail outlet or bought over the internet, I use one similar as suggested on here for Possum Hunting at night and it works a treat.
anon on September 19, 2010:
Or you can skip the gibberish in this diy and go to your pantry... get a pringles can and some bottled anything, cut to fit into the pringles can, alternate stuffing anything that doesn't ignite easily (cut up a hand towel or something)and the tops of the bottles. cut a paper towel tube to fit around the end of your rifle or pistol, this maintains the bottle tops in a straight line. tape it together to maintain shape, put it all together and stuff it inside the pringles can and cut a hole in the metal end and the top. secure with duct tape and then you're done... i did this and it worked very well, hushed a .308 nicely.
Firearm License on September 16, 2010:
sounds like a very dangerous thing to make, just fire your guns and leave it at that
Pops on September 12, 2010:
Silencers are good for the enviroment. They cut down on noise pollution, they reduce the flame coming out of the muzzle, limiting the chance of sparking an accidental fire during the dry seasons, they collect lead residue which can be disposed of safely at the end of the silecer's lifecycle. They also increase the size of small weapons, making it harder to conceal. With all these benefits, there should be a law making it mandatory to use a silencer with you firearm. Automobiles are required to use silencers, in fact, off road vehicle are required to use "spark arresting" silencers. Let's propose to create a law to mandate the use of firearm silencers today!
wish from lord on September 09, 2010:
All of you people on here should just pray for peace! I will pray for you all and hope you find what you are looking for in church
joe on September 04, 2010:
mag light with washer drilled with holes and stuffed with steel wool.
night hinter on August 31, 2010:
kool, wish this was leagal in canada. i deafen myself evertime i go plinking
frogkiller on August 28, 2010:
i think frogman would suck one
Larry on August 27, 2010:
I made two 12 guage mole killer traps from 3/4 galvanized pipe. They are a little dangerous, so, when I see a mole actively pushing up dirt I go for the rifle. I just got one big one with the trap and two with the Model 12. I have neighbors within a few hundred yards and don't like the sound. It is the concussion that kills instantly. The trap is an inch off the ground and does not make too much noise. The gun is horrible. Any ideas?
Scott C on August 23, 2010:
The benefits of having a suppressor are actually many. It is very nice to not have to wear hearing protection while shooting with friends. You can actually instruct in a more comfortable setting. Second, when shooting outdoors you do not have to worry about the neighborhood panicking when they hear a "Gunshot". What is important here is that it is possible for you to seriously injure yourself by designing and firing a fast moving projectile through anything made of something hard enough to cause serious damage if turned into a projectile itself. Fiberglass is not something I want hurled at me at 450 fps. It is also a felony to have in your possession the apparatus to suppress a firearm, unless you have the appropriate paperwork. I would encourage anyone reading this to abide by the law, especially when a felony is involved. Speeding is a misdemeanor and does not get you three years in a federal prison for your first offense. Buy one legally and spend the money, you will be happy, satisfied, and legal. Good luck!
john on August 21, 2010:
Hi, the second amendment "the right to bear arms" was only in small part intended to "protect gun ownership", its initial intent was to allow all citizens the right to KEEP and bear arms, specifically firearms used to enforce there freedom from English rule, enabling the people to organize a militia, To protect themselves,there family's and there country, to enforce the common good, and to deter an undemocratic government. Sorry guys but the people who truly use and own silencers, for there intended purpose, ect, don't post to web sites, please use your vast creative energy's on positives and grow beyond "wanta be's", America has to many of them (you) already!
guy on August 19, 2010:
frogman i think you need to settle down a little. Similarly, for a slightly cheaper silencer you might try shoving the barrel up your a$$.
scarla5150 on August 11, 2010:
Is it true that a silencer can be made from a 2 liter plastic bottle as long as it has the black thick plastic on the bottom of the bottle? curious.
santa on August 05, 2010:
frogman was right bout the 18 yr olds going and buying a gun.....alot of the 22's and 177's in cabellas fall catalog come with built in suppresors or as they call them "noise dampeners" that reduce the sound by 52% if they can do that and just call them noise dampeners they y cant ppl just buy them over the counter
plumsauce on July 28, 2010:
everyone here is smarter than everyone else here, hahah, haven't seen this much bickering since my grandmas learned to text.
Sabrina A. on July 22, 2010:
I dunno Frogman-my father was a seal and I grew up around his buddies. I think, with very little reservation, that you are a pretend dreamer here.
FrogEater on July 18, 2010:
Fr0gman, speaking of brainiacs, I'm siccing the FBI on you right now. Be sure to meet 'em at the door with your illegal silencer in your hand.
Kitcat on July 14, 2010:
Frogman. I believe you are pretending to be a navy seal.
Your psychology from what you have commented, in my opinion, tends to indicate that you should stick to water pistols.
I am glad to be barred from your site.
fr0gman on July 11, 2010:
12 Gauge shotguns that any 18 year old can walk into WalMart and buy are much more dangerous than owning or building a silencer. A friend of mine is currently working on one made of thin copper pipe. I will update this page when he has finished and send me the details.
MidOhio on July 11, 2010:
I'm already a fan of this website/page,despite some "funny" comments,but frogman answers back accordingly.This won't be my last time posting/reading this site.I'm not afraid uncle sam keeping an eye on this site.I am going to buy and own a silencer for a semi-automatic someday,when? Don't know.Legally or ilegally,I will get one.Is there a silencer for a semi-automatic? The real reason silencers are illegal? Why is the process through the BATF to buy a silencer so long to wait in line,real reason? What's more severe,onwing a bazooka or a silencer?
jonnie law on July 11, 2010:
god bless america keep it legal boys
Great silencer- on July 09, 2010:
ive made a few silencers recently. something that works good is about a 1 in. tube or pvc pipe, and tape wrapperd arount the barrel so it fits snugly, and then wrap the tube with a pvc insulting cover, then use some tape all around it to silence vibration from the sound. that is not professional, but it works decently. if you want, you can cut sertions every inch or so, and cover it with cling wrap, then repeat, and it works even better.
Brady on June 26, 2010:
@ Bear Jew and Safety First.
I will most certainly enjoy my right to arm bears.
Brady on June 26, 2010:
brilliant. Im using a ruger .177 Airhawk, I made this silencer, and its sparrows-fart quiet. I went and made
$69 at my uncles last weekend, 23 squirrels, 3 bucks a piece.
I highly recommend this system.
(And yes, my Dad DOES have the signed papers from BAFT, and owns multiple silencers, but when your a 15 year old kid that wants to make a couple bucks on the side? you generally don't give a rats ass.)
toecutter on June 17, 2010:
awwww u guys are silly. u want quite? use a knife!
jhon on June 13, 2010:
stupid why cn u jst buy a real silencer instead of improvising................................ass hole .......jerk.
jhon on June 13, 2010:
Darian:) on June 12, 2010:
Hey just to let everyone know, if you are 21+ in the United States you can legally own one, (along with a full auto or three round burst firearm) with a permit that cost about $200 dollars. :) Just thought I'd inform you guys. So don't do this and get arrested, just go the legal and safe way.
bear jew on May 29, 2010:
bear arms! rrrrooooooaaaaaarrrrrrrrrr!!!!!
safety first on May 26, 2010:
be safe, don't brake the law, and by law enjoy your right to bare arms.
samohtrich on May 25, 2010:
could someone elaberate on the use of the brake line tubing? do you buy it in a coil and straighten it out or do you buy it already strait?
Bolshevik on May 24, 2010:
Will this work with 50. Deagle and a ruger 9mm P95?I know it'll probably work with the P95, but it's the Deagle I'm worried about.
Seriously on May 23, 2010:
To the author of this article. Be nice. Also, you probably shouldn't waste your time on an article such as this. My reasoning, your knowledge of gun laws seems limited, and very much out of date.
Silencers are legal in most states w/ the proper tax stamp(that must be kept w/ the silencer at ALL TIMES). An individual may manufacture a silencer for their own private use provided it's legal in the area in which they live. There is a proper procedure to do so legally. Check your local and Federal laws people. Don't be listening to some opinionated person on the internet spewing his own opinion as fact, and belittling people for questioning his opinion.
Safe shooting every one!
Sandman on May 07, 2010:
"They sell a lot of them in my area legally and no one blinks an eye."
Can I get one?
Big Dave on April 22, 2010:
I too finally bought a real silencer/suppressor by SWR called a Spectre in .22 cal. It is one of their models that can be disassembled for cleaning. It is made of Stainless steel and a bit more expensive than most but worth the extra fin. It is SO freaking cool!!!! I love it. Best to use with RWS subsonic ammo or for mouse fart silent use colibri ammo that uses NO powder...only the power from the rim fire primer. Hardly more powerful than a pellet gun but completely silent except for the hammer strike and the sound of the round hitting the target! I kid you not.
You can buy a silencer using a corporation with out having to get a police signature on your BATF form. I didn't bother with that. I just went ahead and got our local Lieutenant to sign my form. it was painless. You do NOT have to give any reason at all for wanting a silencer. It was a breeze. Do NOT get caught using one illegally. They sell a lot of them in my area legally and no one blinks an eye. Paperwork was easy but took about 6 months to clear.
Santiago on April 16, 2010:
lol this is kinda cool i just bought mine legally cost me an ass load tho :P my ruger mk3 is silent lol xD
lazyass on April 14, 2010:
okay what is the easiest way to make a silencer out of household items?
mikenet on April 13, 2010:
Man, just use a short or low powder .22 round(in Canada these are subsonic), drill a whole through a potato, stick it on the end of the barrel, get within 30 feet of who your target is and shoot...you get the same effect...you all talk alot but know nothing about this.....and lets face it the only reason you would ever want a silencer is to kill someone...not for "target" shooting.... ofcourse if you have a proper baffling system you will only hear the click of the firing pin hit the shell if you use subsonic ammo, but most who want to kill do not have the Patience for that, the method i described will make a small pop sound, like a cap from a childs toy gun. I can say from experience if you use this method in a noisy environment no one will notice...except if they see you.
Janie Hersch on March 21, 2010:
My villain (in the book All's Fair) is to be shot at Goodwood races (UK) I had no idea of the mechanics required by a Hit Man except speed, efficiency and secrecy. I am researching this now and am extremely grateful for the information on here. I thought a seach for Hit Man would bring a zero; this is welcome information, many thanks.
shoot em up on February 22, 2010:
Appreciate the info...my neighbor a couple of houses from me makes them. I know a lot about making them, but this adds to it.
Thomas on February 08, 2010:
Treesap is correct.
Essentially Frogman forgot that if you have a tube
which is round, say like a tire, and you want to
know the inner diameter from left to right, you
have to count the thickness not once but twice.
After all it is round, there is tire then space then tire again.
nutzzz on January 25, 2010:
with all the ideas raised in this forum... i come to think of it that i don't want a silencer to my pistols anymore... but i want a loud speaker attached on it instead....