Hopefully, you read my last post, the one about innovation in firearm design.
Well, the sound suppressor (aka ‘silencer’) industry is no exception. In fact, if SilencerCo and old-AAC are considered, then the suppressor industry may in fact be more innovative than the conventional firearm industry.
The sound suppressor market has been growing rapidly. Over 20,00 were sold in 2009, over 22,000 were sold in 2010, and over 27,000 were sold in 2011. That’s significant growth. Several states that previously banned suppressors have legalized them in the past few years. Why am I rambling about suppressors? Because it is a powerful industry.
So if pistols with threaded barrels become illegal, what happens to the silencer market? Yes, some of it will die, but they have some truly brilliant engineers. Someone will create a way to attach a silencer to a handgun without a threaded barrel. For example, the H&K tri-lug system would work in some cases, but it has major problems. So what’s next?
It faces some major challenges. For example, most barrels go into the pistol’s “slide” from the rear, so whatever they use needs to be small enough to slip in from the rear. It needs to create a precise, repeatable alignment with the suppressor. It needs to work with a Nielson device (aka a recoil booster). Still, I’m confident that someone will create something if necessary.