When we see silencers on TV, generally James Bond has just put one on his gun. He’s peering around corners, killing villains, and trying not to get shot.
And while Bond happens to have the entire bank of the United Kingdom backing him up, I’m guessing you aren’t so lucky.
But just as Bond has Q for tech upgrades, the survival family also has scientists thinking up technology that will keep you alive in a life-or-death situation.
If you’re in a survival situation, you’re going to need to know how to make your own DIY silencer.
Why? Because you don’t want to be giving your location away if you need to fire shots to hunt food or to defend yourself from an attack.
Part of surviving is being able to keep your whereabouts as secretive as possible; that’s why I’ve created this article to help you do this. Here’s some tips on…
How to Make Your Own DIY Silencer
1 – The Basics
Can or tube-shaped expansion chamber
The goal here is to connect the adapter to both the chamber and to your gun. However, the trick is to buy the right adapter – you want to be able to match the threads in order to attach it.
It’s important to read the reviews of whichever adapter you end up purchasing, as well as to research the type of threading in order to ensure it’ll be the correct fit for your suppressor combination.
2 – One DIY Way: Maglite
One way you can build your own suppressor is by using a Maglite flashlight. You can purchase both the Maglite and the threaded adapter online; however, it’s important to note that there are various types of adapters (D Cell and C Cell), so make sure to get the adapter that will work best with your firearm.
Once you have the correct adapter, the last thing you’ll need is a sound suppressor, such as a cup, spacer or freeze plug. Maglite-specific cups and plugs (both C cell and D cell) can be found online.
Here’s a video to show you just how this Maglite suppressor works:
3 – Another DIY Way: Oil Filter
Another way you can make your own DIY silencer is to build one out of an oil filter (that’s right, the same one you would use in your vehicle).
Here’s a video of a guy doing just that:
4 – Meet The ATF Requirements
Of course, there’s a huge caveat to all of this, and that’s that, unless you’ve met the ATF’s (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) requirements for manufacturing a suppressor, it is illegal to build your own.
Even if you don’t have these various parts connected, but they’re in close proximity to each other, it is possible for the ATF to still accuse you of the possession of/manufacturing of an illegal suppressor.
Do your due diligence and research what it takes to meet the ATF requirements for manufacturing a suppressor in your city. You don’t want to do anything that could have serious repercussions later (aka jail time)!
Although we don’t have any of the parts listed above in our Survival Frog store, it’s got me thinking – if you’re building a silencer to keep your location hidden from others, that likely means you’ll need other survival gear to help keep your whereabouts unknown in other circumstances, too.
We’ve got a few survival tools to help you out. For instance[…]
Buying a silencer might cost you a pretty penny. Making one will give you a similar result for much cheaper. And do you really want to be putting down clues in online data that you might own one? Of course not.
But going into a generic auto store and buying these items will give you the peace of mind that you will be able to set up a silencer that won’t declare to the world that you have guns.
Do you think silencers really matter? Or are they impractical? After all, you’ve got the ear protection, which should be enough to protect you. Let us know in the comments below.