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By Frank Iannamico

For many years suppressor manufacturers have been offering their customers products that could not be disassembled for servicing. The primarily reason was a concern of the customer possibly incorrectly reassembling the internal components resulting in damage to the unit, or personal injury. During the 1970s the Military Armament Corporation experienced such a problem with their suppressors, and soon began to use a thread locking compound on their endcaps to discourage disassembly. Like many modern companies MAC suggested to their customers that they return their suppressors to the factory for servicing. This protocol is fine as long as the manufacturer is still in business, which in many instances might not be the case, like MAC have been out of business for many years. Generally speaking most companies will not service suppressors made by someone else.

The sound suppressors that require the most attention are those designed for .22 rimfire cartridges, an inherently dirty round. With a lot of use, a .22 caliber suppressor will gradually lose its efficiently, and at the same time get heavier with an accumulation of lead and powder residue. Cleaning suggested by many manufacturers is to immerse their sealed suppressors in a particular chemical solution, which does little or nothing to remove carbon fouling and lead. Previously, the thorough servicing of sealed suppressors had to be performed by the manufacturer, if they offered such a service. Factory servicing usually consisted of removing the old baffles and replacing them with new ones. When extreme fouling was present, and the old baffles could not be removed by normal methods, they often had to be machined out of the tube on a lathe. Baffle replacement is not possible by individual owners, because possession of individual suppressor parts is a felony. Federal laws do not allow the factory replacement of the serial numbered tube, unless the original is defective. Replacing the suppressor tube with a new one would require a second $200.00 transfer tax to be paid.

Returning a suppressor to the manufacturer for routine servicing can be inconvenient and time consuming for the customer. If the suppressor...


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