Pros vs cons of jumping through the hoops to get a suppressor (is it worth it?)

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I run a silencerco Omega 30 cal can. It came with a qd muzzle device. I believe it is rested up to 300 win mag. I use it on my 300 blk sbr, both subs and supers, and my 308 ar10 (supersonic rounds for 308). It comes with a brake cap and a flush fitting cap. Plus the tools to tighten for direct thread and swapping out end caps.


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....Is it worth the cost, effort, tax, fingerprinting, etc. to get a suppressor?
....Was it worth it to you personally? What value does it bring to you? Pro's vs. Con's?
I waited 380 days to get the suppressor after purchase, fingerprinting and payment of tax stamp. It is only used a few times a year on average. I'd like to purchase additional suppressors but haven't due to the long wait.
 

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I waited 380 days to get the suppressor after purchase, fingerprinting and payment of tax stamp. It is only used a few times a year on average. I'd like to purchase additional suppressors but haven't due to the long wait.

Ever thought of doing a form 1? Wait times are around a month usually less right now and much cheaper. Ever form 4 times are down to around 5-6 months


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Not that you don't have a point re: supply/demand, but one thing which I think is easy to overlook is material and machining costs...

For example:

1. Aluminum and Steel are aren't too expensive and are easy to machine; Titanium can be a little pricey, but not that much more difficult to work with assuming you don't accidentally harden the workpiece (assuming proper tooling/rake geometry, etc...). This covers the majority of the can...however;

2. In addition to your primary baffle-stack (K, M, mono, whatever), you've also got your blast chamber at the front, which is often a different material so as to better handle the initial heat/pressure. This may be something like 17-4 (still cheap and easy to work), but for a rifle-rated can, it will often be a 'superalloy' like Stellite or Inconel. Stellite is proprietary, so no idea on cost there, but Inconel alloys are both expensive as shit and just as difficult to work.

Funny enough, for various reasons (unless I'm mistaken), a 5.56 can actually erode the blast baffle faster than something larger like a .308, etc. One of the things that made me decide to purchase a commercial 5.56 can was first looking into the cost of a short piece of Inconel718 bar, then realizing I had no access to machinery anywhere near rigid enough to work with that shit...

I'd imagine that simple consideration is what most of the extra cost is tied to in many cases, but that's just a rough guess...


also, I've posted this pic elsewhere on the forum, but it's been a while and figured it would fit here ;)

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I think my issue with your position is in Europe you can get them a lot cheaper. I'm not just talking tax stamp cheaper, you check around and it's hundreds cheaper.

I understand the barrier to entry for building suppressors is much more expensive here due to government regulations. Once you remove those entries the main cost is the machining tools and you've recovered that cost pretty quickly.
 

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