Legal sound suppression?

Discussion in 'NFA/Class 3 & FFL Discussion' started by Mosin, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. Mosin

    Mosin Well-Known Member

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    Hi all, I have a question. Shooting subsonic ammo out of my .22 rifle is pretty quiet, quiet enough that I can hear without ear protection the "click" of the hammer, etc... I was thinking about this as a project.

    Inside the stock the foregrip running down the barrel is completely hollow along with the buttstock, basically the whole plastic stock is hollow. I was thinking about putting some layers of Dynamat (sound deadening material used for cars 40mm thick) along the inside of the stock, and fiberglass filling the buttstock, thinking it is contributing to the sound. You can hear how the hollow stock "echoes" the sound when dry firing. I was also thinking about putting some of this material inside the receiver (There's plenty of room to apply this stuff without touching any of the working parts). I've got the design and plan down, I was just wondering if this could somehow be construed as "silencing" the weapon. I don't want to break any federal laws. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.
     
  2. Mosin

    Mosin Well-Known Member

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    Edit to add, this IS for perfectly legal reasons. I am allowed to shoot on my property, the neighbors just asked that I don't shoot after 8pm (which is when my no good skunk and raccoon friends come out and destroy my yard. :D I just want to be a good neighbor since they sleep with their windows open (They're about 500 yards to the left of my house, so don't think I live in the suburbs or anything). ;)
     

  3. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Why not just ask them if you can shoot after 8pm until you've gotten rid of the pests. Explain to them that it will be 1 shot maybe 2 and that's it. 1-2 .22 shots is different then just hitting the range at 8pm.
    Do they really go to bed at 8? Have small children?
     
  4. Mosin

    Mosin Well-Known Member

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    It's not so much that to be honest, now that I've got the idea I want to test it out and see how much I can squeeze out of this design. If it completely deadens the "click" on a dry fire, I think it would be pretty interesting. I used to work with dynamat while installing home theater systems (this stuff works). I just don't want to unknowingly violate the law. Plus, it would be good to know when I finally do get a suppressor (legally, of course).
     
  5. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I'm not a lawyer but I don't see how modifying a stock could be viewed as building a silencer of any sort. People modify stocks everyday, all day, to fit their preferences.
     
  6. Mosin

    Mosin Well-Known Member

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    That doesn't have me worried, what makes me wonder is the addition of installing it in the receiver.
     
  7. pagj17

    pagj17 New Member

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    Shouldn't be illegal. You're not muffling the "report" of the weapon, so therefore should be fine. SHOULD being the key word.
     
  8. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Just cough up the cash for the can and the tax stamp and shoot all night!
     
  9. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    You may want to also check out the BATF.gov website.
     
  10. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    WORD!

    I just got my Marlin 60 threaded for my YHM Mite. Can is small enough I can still get the mag tube in and out with the can installed. It sounds like a grasshopper ( Actual quote from the gentleman shooting beside me at the range yesterday) when firing Remington Subsonic, you really only hear the action. I found that the Aguila 60gr subsonic isnt accurate for **** past 25 yards, while the Rem Subsonic maintains a clover-leafed hole at 50yards.


    Remind your neighbors that you are allowed to shoot on your property, and you live in the rural for a reason. Id not bow to a picky neighbor. Tell em to move to the city if they dont like the noise.
     
  11. Mosin

    Mosin Well-Known Member

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    I appreciate everyone's advice. Don't get me wrong the neighbor is cool, he's a close friend of my landlord. When I went to look at the house the landlord took out a RRA AR-15 and handed it to me, "Try it out in the backyard.":D
    I think he'd be cool with me taking a shot or two with my .308, like I said, it's just the idea of doing it.