The BATF suddenly notified Dead Air Silencers that the wipes sold for their Ghost 45M suppressor are silencer parts. Gary Hughes said that Dead Air is dropping the issue of wipes for sale and deliberately NOT asking the BATF for a formal declaration letter, because then it would severely impact a huge number of people with other silencers which use wipes.
Yeah, like my Thompson Poseidon in 9mm, and my supply of replacement wipes for it.FROM DEAD AIR VIA FACEBOOK:
Please read regarding Ghost 45M
Valued Dead Air customers, dealers and wholesalers,
Last week, we were notified by the BATFE that they consider the accessory aperture wipe on our Ghost 45M suppressor to be a “silencer” part. We presented them with the Bardwell ATF opinion letter (http://www.titleii.com/bardwell/atf_letter66.txt)* that is commonly used as justification for the use of wipes and replacement of wipes in silencers by their owners. This morning, we were informally notified that the BATFE FTB does not share the opinion of the Bardwell letter regarding wipes not being silencer parts, and asked that we take immediate corrective action. As such we are immediately discontinuing the sale of accessory wipes for that product. The aperture wipe for the Ghost has always been an optional use item. We have consciously decided NOT to pursue the issue with FTB, as the resulting opinion letter, based on the informal notification to us, may have a potential negative impact on ALL owners of suppressors that utilize wipes in the design.
Moving forward we are conducting research on a wipe constructed of a more durable material, that will be included with the Ghost 45M. Extra or additional wipes will not be available for sale. Other options and clarifications are being sought as well.
Dead Air has developed and will release a new linear compensator product for handguns and submachineguns that will lead to cross compatibility with some Ghost accessories, including pistons, fixed mounts and caliber specific caps.
We appreciate the support of our customer, dealers and wholesalers, and will continue to bring innovative, quality products to the market. If there are any questions regarding this issue or any questions about our products, please contact us at [email protected],
Director of Sales
Dead Air Silencers
Pass the Hearing Protection Act (HPA) and this silencer issue will go away.