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Please help settle a debate

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:18 pm
by mbogo
A person new to suppressors (but who spent a lot of time in a Motel 6 watching YouTube) claims a Maglite-based can using off-the-shelf components (end caps, freeze plugs) would be as effective as a store-bought can. I have stipulated that it would be less expensive (say, about $100 for the parts and $200 for the stamp versus $350 (plus the stamp)) than something like the Rebel SOS-Hunter. I have also stipulated that a Form 1 approval will take less time for approval than a Form 4.

What I won't stipulate is that the Maglite-based can would be as effective as even the bargain-priced Rebel (29-31dB reduction on a .308).

Am I mistaken?

Re: Please help settle a debate

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:11 pm
by #40Fan
Would the aluminum of a mag-lite be strong enough for a .308"? Not sure what it is made of, but the SOS is 7075.

Re: Please help settle a debate

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:11 pm
by poikilotrm
Is a car built in 1973 as technologically advanced as one built today? A Mag-Lite suppressor will work, just like a 1973 year car will roll on the road, but it won't be as effective or as durable as the evolved models we have today.

Re: Please help settle a debate

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:39 pm
by Capt. Link.
.308 will beat up aluminum.I saw some cutaways of tubes and the heat erosion was scary.I would feel bad if I did not use the best materials and it injured someone.Pistol calibers are alright and I can see even Spec-Ops needs where the lifespan is short but not a F1 high power rifle build.

Re: Please help settle a debate

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:35 pm
by yondering
#40Fan wrote:Would the aluminum of a mag-lite be strong enough for a .308"? Not sure what it is made of, but the SOS is 7075.
Yes, it is strong enough if you don't get it very hot. I've been using one for a number of years now.


As to the argument on effectiveness - well that depends one the baffle design and configuration of course. It would be a stretch to say a MagLite based F1 can can't be as effective, unless you're trying to limit the discussion to just drilled freeze plugs. Using a MagLite for the tube has nothing to do with how well the internals suppress a gunshot.

Re: Please help settle a debate

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:39 pm
by ECCO Machine
mbogo wrote:
What I won't stipulate is that the Maglite-based can would be as effective as even the bargain-priced Rebel (29-31dB reduction on a .308).
The Rebel is more like 24-25 dB reduction. It's not a good can in any respect. They finally put stainless tips on the aluminum cones (we'll see if they stay put), but it's still cheap in every sense of the word.

As for F1 being as good as quality commercial suppressors, they can be, but not likely with components you buy and poke holes in. If you copy a commercial can, it will perform like that commercial can.

Re: Please help settle a debate

Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:08 am
by mbogo
ECCO Machine wrote:
mbogo wrote:
What I won't stipulate is that the Maglite-based can would be as effective as even the bargain-priced Rebel (29-31dB reduction on a .308).
The Rebel is more like 24-25 dB reduction. It's not a good can in any respect. They finally put stainless tips on the aluminum cones (we'll see if they stay put), but it's still cheap in every sense of the word.

As for F1 being as good as quality commercial suppressors, they can be, but not likely with components you buy and poke holes in. If you copy a commercial can, it will perform like that commercial can.
The Rebel was chosen as an example only because of its price point and 'primitive' construction; the noise reduction rating was taken off their web site (puffery, perhaps?).

Neither of us has access to lathes, mills, CNCs, etc., nor the skills to operate them if we did. He just figured it would be a simple matter to cobble a can together and be good to go. I told him that Hiram Maxim would laugh at his can and showed him this photo :mrgreen: :
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Thanks for all the replies.