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Suppressing The Model 50 Reising

By Frank Iannamico

Rejected by the Military, the Reising Found Success with Police Departments

Sound suppressors, known to the government and the movies as “silencers,” have been around a long time but have recently become very popular. Simply the growth in the number of manufacturers from a relatively small number just a decade ago is evidence of the suppressor’s popularity.

Suppressors from back in the day were usually designed and threaded for use on one particular firearm. This has changed with most modern designs, which feature interchangeable end caps available in a variety of thread sizes. The only restriction is the caliber. Nonetheless, a suppressor designed for .45 caliber can be used on a smaller, pistol-caliber weapon. As a result, suppressors and adapters are available for just about any firearm ever made, except the Reising submachine gun.

On several levels, the Reising would make an excellent suppressor host. It fires from a closed bolt, which eliminates the rather loud sound made by the bolt cycling in open-bolt subguns. The closed bolt design also enables accurate semiautomatic shots. The Reising is .45 caliber, which in its common 230-grain, full metal jacket configuration is inherently subsonic, at approximately 920 feet per second when fired through the Reising’s 11-inch barrel. Furthermore, the Reising’s barrel is factory threaded.

A Brief Reising History

Eugene G. Reising, a gun designer of some note, began designing his submachine gun in the late 1930s, as the threat of war loomed in Europe. Reising’s design was unlike most submachine guns of the day, which utilized the simple but efficient open bolt method of operation. Reising’s weapon used a delayed blowback principle, much like that of semi-automatic pistols. The design allowed his weapon to be lighter in weight and more accurate in single shot mode than any existing submachine gun of the period.

After his design was refined, Eugene Reising entered into an agreement with Harrington & Richardson Arms Inc. in 1939. It was agreed that H&R Inc. would manufacture and market Reising’s submachine gun. Reising was to receive a $2.00 royalty fee for each of his...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V22N5 (May 2018)
and was posted online on March 23, 2018

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