Shooters will soon be talking about SilencerCo’s Maxim 9, an integrally suppressed 9mm pistol. Yes, the silencer is built in to this 9mm pistol. The prototype shown here is built partially on a Smith & Wesson M&P body, but the guns SilencerCo says it will have out in 2016 will be completely designed and manufactured by SilencerCo.
Josh Waldron, SilencerCo’s CEO, told me, “To make room for the suppressor we had to re-engineer everything. We are just working out the final details, which is why this won’t be available until 2016.”
Waldron said it’s their intention to make the Maxim 9 available for January’s Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show). He didn’t share too many details, but did say, “We wanted to make holstering this pistol an option, so we spent a lot of engineering hours working to keep this pistol’s size similar to full-size pistols on the market. The Maxim 9 will be about 10 percent larger than a Glock 17.”
Waldron also says that the Maxim 9 will be “hearing-safe with any factory ammunition. We want a person in a gun store to ask if they want the quiet gun or the loud one. At SilencerCo we don’t think guns have to be loud.”
In case you don’t know much about SilencerCo, here’s a brief rundown. Waldron and his friend Jon Shults started the company in 2008. Waldron was a photographer and Shults a sound engineer. They’d been toying with silencers (the words “silencer” and “suppressor” can be used interchangeably) for years. Both of them were looking for new opportunities, so they developed a product, a .22-caliber silencer called the Sparrow.
In 2011, SilencerCo acquired South Carolina-based SWR (Southeastern Weaponry Research) Manufacturing, which specialized in the design and production of sound suppressors. SilencerCo is now the largest silencer manufacturer in the U.S. They have about 230 employees, mostly in West Valley City, Utah.
As they’ve developed new products, they’ve been strong advocates for changing laws so gun owners can quiet their guns. SilencerCo is one of the founding members of the American Suppressor Association. This advocacy has helped to make Silencer’s legal in 41 states. SilencerCo’s website prints the procedures that a person will have to go through to pay fees and register a silencer.
“SilencerCo is growing fast,” said Waldron, “and we’re just beginning to innovate and to create products that are changing how people think of guns.”
As an example, Waldron pointed to a new division called SilencerCo Weapons Research (SWR). This division just unveiled its first product: the Radius, a rail-mounted rangefinder. Waldron says it’s capable of ranging out to a mile on a reflective target and attaching to a Picatinny rail in any orientation. It has continuous ranging for 12 hours with two CR123 batteries. The Radius will have an MSRP of $999 and will be available in October. “We’ve torture tested this product on our grounds in Utah. It’s extremely durable and picks up targets very well. We see this as tool hunters need,” said Waldron.
SilencerCo also announced two new silencers, the Osprey Micro, a rimfire silencer that is user-configurable from 4.6 down to 3.1 inches that can be shortened by removing baffle segments. This product will begin shipping in October and has an MSRP of $599. The second silencer announced was the Hybrid, a silencer that’s compatible with pistols, rifles, and just about anything in calibers up to .458 SOCOM and .45-70. This product will be available in January 2016.