HOW TO MAKE A SILENCER SUPPRESSOR FROM A FLASHLIGHT
How to Make a Suppressor
Suppressors, commonly referred to as "silencers," are devices fixed to the end of a firearm intended to muffle the sound of a shot being fired, not silence it. They are also used on paintball guns, and can make it more difficult for opposing players to identify your position. There are many different ways to make a paintball gun suppressor, many of which employ common household and hardware materials.
Note:It is illegal to build a silencer for anything that fires a projectile without a 0 tax stamp on a Form 1 under the National Firearms Act, unless you are a licensed Class 3 Firearms dealer. This article is for demonstration purposes only! Some counties/municipalities, states, and countries ban silencers altogether, and because many paintball gun suppressors can be used for firearms as well, they too may be illegal in your area. Check your municipality's, state's, and country's laws on this matter before proceeding.
Measure the diameter of the paintball gun's barrel.To do this, simply place one end of the measuring tape on the end of the barrel and measure straight up along the widest part of the circular barrel. This will give you the most accurate measurement of the diameter of the gun's barrel.
Measure the distance across the barrel.Use measuring tape or a ruler to measure the entire distance across the barrel. In other words, do not just measure the hole.
Purchase one piece of 1 inch (2.5 cm) PVC pipe, and one piece of 2 inch (5.1 cm) PVC pipe.The inches refer to the width/diameter of the pipe, not the length. These pipes will create the framework for the suppressor.
Cut the 1 inch (2.5 cm) PVC pipe to a length of 12 inches (30.5 cm).Just measure out until you've found the 12-inch mark, and mark it with a pencil. This will be your suppressor's barrel.
- Note: These lengths may be adjusted for different size paintball guns. Longer suppressors are more unwieldy, but may increase dampening effect. The suppressor's barrel should always be 2 inches (5.1 cm) longer than the other PVC pipe, no matter which measurements you use.
Draw a line of drill holes down the suppressor barrel.Using magic marker, draw a line of drill holes down the suppressor barrel, evenly spaced with inch (0.6 cm) between them. Use measuring tape to evenly measure the holes, and make sure to keep the line straight.
Draw another line of drill holes down the barrel.Now, turn the suppressor barrel 1/4, or 90 degrees, and draw another line. Use the same technique you used to mark the holes the last time.
Drill the holes with a inch (0.5 cm) drill-bit.Do not stop when you drill through the first surface. Drill through to the other side, so that you can see straight through. When you are finished, you should have four lines of parallel drill holes.
- You can use a hand drill, but a drill press is preferable.
- Use a drill-bit of size appropriate to the size of your projectiles. The holes should be smaller than the projectiles. Consult a permitted manufacturer to ensure that your drill-bit is the correct size.
Sand the inside and outside of the suppressor barrel, and the inside of the 2 inch (5.1 cm) PVC pipe.Use a rotary tool or sandpaper to smooth out any imperfections.
Create the end caps.If you have a jigsaw or scroll saw, you can make end caps from a piece of wood. If not, you can use thick cardboard or another sturdy material. Here is how you make the end caps:
- Trace a circle on the wood or cardboard around the 2 inch (5.1 cm) PVC pipe.
- Within this circle, trace around the suppressor barrel, creating a donut shape.
- Cut out the end caps. The end caps should fit securely around the barrel, and within the 2 inch (5.1 cm) PVC pipe.
Slide the suppressor barrel into the larger pipe.The barrel should extend straight through the 2 inch (5.1 cm) PVC pipe to the other side.
Attach the end cap securely around the barrel of the suppressor, within the PVC pipe.It should snugly fit in place.
Secure the end cap with crazy glue or caulking.Give the glue time to dry before you touch the end cap again.
- The barrel should extend two inches out of the 2 inch (5.1 cm) PVC pipe, and the end cap should be on the other side.
Stuff the space between barrel and 2 inch (5.1 cm) PVC pipe firmly with steel wool, cotton balls, heating insulation, or mattress foam.This will secure the two pieces of pipe, which are the two main parts of the suppressor, firmly in place.
Add the other end cap.Secure it with crazy glue or caulking.
Attach the barrel of the silencer to the barrel of your paintball gun.Neatly place the suppressor over the barrel of your paintball gun. This is why the suppressor has to be wider than the barrel of your gun, so that it can fit over it neatly.
Secure the barrel with a 1/2 inch (5.1 cm) to 2 inch (5.1 cm) hose clamp.Just use the clamp to secure the barrel in place, and use a screwdriver to turn the screw that keeps it in position. You're all done! Again, just remember that this is anillegalsuppressor unless it has been properly registered.
QuestionDoes this work on an actual rifle?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt should, but you would have to modify it slightly. Make the spacers at 2-inch intervals between the steel wool.Thanks!
QuestionHow much does this reduce the sound?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerUnfortunately, a homemade suppressor like this one won't work very well. The way a suppressor works is by deducting from the response of the gun. (A gun makes two sounds: the response, which is the gunpowder igniting, and the bullet breaking the sonic barrier. A paintball gun only has a response). Since this is just PVC pipe, it lacks the necessary components to silence any form of projectile.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I make a sound suppressor?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFollow the instructions listed in the article above.Thanks!
QuestionIs it legal for me to conceal a paintball gun?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou would need to consult your local laws as the answer could depend on your state, city, etc.Thanks!
QuestionHypothetically, how would I attach it to the barrel? Wouldn't slide interfere or prohibit me from attaching it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSlide would not interfere, because there will be a metal clamp held together by a screw. The clamp will hold the inner pipe to the barrel without being permanent. The tighter the screw is, the tighter the hold is to the barrel.Thanks!
QuestionDoes this work with air rifles, as I have problem with varmints in my back yard and do not want to scare people when I shoot at them?Ki4oyhCommunity AnswerIt would. Bear in mind the notes as to response and sonic barrier, however. If your projectile exits at supersonic speed, at sea level, in dry air, you would still hear the sonic 'crack.'Thanks!
QuestionDoes the gun barrel go into the suppressor the full two inches?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWith this design it is recommended, but other designs may require something different, it mainly depends on weight. Just be sure that it's secured enough so that the suppressor is centered, otherwise you'll have terrible accuracy.Thanks!
QuestionHow far does the gun barrel have to go into the suppressor?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe distance can vary. Generally, you want to have it on far enough that it will remain centered. So, 1 inch will do just fine, but adding extra inches won't hurt. (A lightweight suppressor doesn't need as much attachment as a heavyweight suppressor).Thanks!
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- Make sure you smoothly sand out the suppressor barrel. Imperfections may cause irregularities in firing and damage to your suppressor.
- Have a professional manufacturer inspect your suppressor before using the paintball gun.
- These instructions are only for a suppressor that can be used on a paintball gun.
- Suppressors are only illegal for firearms. Firearms are defined by something that shoots a projectile by an explosive force. Any other type of gun that doesn't (paintball guns and air rifles) can have a suppressor made and attached to it without any concern for violating laws.
- Make sure that your paintball arena allows homemade suppressors.
- Under ATF law It is illegal to build a silencer for anything that fires a projectile without a permit. Some states ban silencers altogether, and because many paintball gun silencers can be used for firearms as well, they too may be illegal in your area. Check your state's laws on this matter before proceeding.
- Never point a paintball gun, or any other weapon used to fire projectiles, at a person, pet or flammable or breakable object, except in appropriate paintball events.
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