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Today, I’m excited to start a new series of articles documenting the process of LEGALLY building a suppressor from home. Building your own suppressor allows you to use an NFA Trust and e-File a Form 1 which can drastically speed up the process. It also can be much less expensive than purchasing a suppressor from a manufacturer. So here’s your invitation to follow along with us as we experience a completely new part of NFA Ownership.

Many AR-15 owners have built an AR using an 80% lower receiver and even more know about the legalities and rules regarding it. Just the opposite can be said for building a suppressor from home. Up until a few years ago, the state of Michigan (where I live) did not even allow Suppressor ownership. Once that changed  I started learning a bit more about it and saw that some people built suppressors themselves. Building a suppressor in some ways is very similar to an 80% Lower in that most of the work is done but it requires some additional machining to complete. One huge key difference is that unfortunately you do have to register it with the BATFE and pay for a $200 Tax Stamp, unlike an 80% lower. This article will focus on the components of the suppressor build but the next article will focus solely on using an NFA Trust to submit a Form 1 Suppressor build.

WHAT COMPANY SHOULD I BUY FROM

There are quite a few websites that sell kits that are typically called “Solvent Traps” which consist of a tube, and additional components, all of varying quality. I really wanted to the best components possible to mirror how we at AR15NEWS build our ARs. Through a recommendation from a friend and additional research I turned to SD Tactical Arms. SD Tactical Arms is a Veteran Owned, Class 7 Type 2 FFL manufacturer that produces very high quality “Solvent Trap” components, rifles, etc. and has an outstanding reputation amongst DIY’ers.

THE COMPONENTS

Of course AR15NEWS readers only deserve the best so we are going all out on this build. For our 7.62mm suppressor build we will be using the SD Tactical Arms Titanium 7.6 inch “Solvent Trap” tube and thread protectors (end caps) which come to 8 inches overall length, Titanium Blast Chamber and Spacer Material, Stainless Steel Freeze Plugs that will be formed and drilled to become baffles and the new Challenge Coin (helps keep the suppressor threaded on tight). Once finished, this suppressor will thread directly onto their muzzle brakes and I have a 5.56 and 7.62 brake so it can be used on multiple rifles. Owning these solvent trap components is perfectly legal as they have not been drilled and assembled as a suppressor…yet.

SD Tactical Arms Titanium Suppressor Build 1

THE “CHALLENGE COIN”

Here’s a closeup look at the “Challenge Coin”. Currently it just looks cool but once our Form 1 is approved we can machine out the center of the coin and insert it in the blast chamber of the suppressor which will help keep the suppressor on tight without needing a locking mechanism on the mount.

SD Tactical Arms Titanium Suppressor Build 1

THREADED MUZZLE BRAKES

The SD Tactical Arms muzzle brakes have ACME threads on them allowing you to mount your suppressor directly to them using the threaded end cap. I’m sure I’ll be purchasing a few more of these brakes so I can install the suppressor on different rifles with ease.

SD Tactical Arms Titanium Suppressor Build 1`

ENGRAVING ON YOUR SUPPRESSOR BODY

As I mentioned above, to build a suppressor you have to submit a Form 1 at which time you have to put in your Trust Name, City and State, choose a Model Name and assign a Serial Number for your suppressor. Once the Form 1 is approved you have to have that information engraved onto your suppressor. I was very pleased to find out that SD Tactical Arms will engrave the information for you, as seen in the image below, for just $25. If you know this information at the time of purchase they will engrave it before sending your parts to you. 

SD Tactical Arms Titanium Suppressor Build 1Click to enlarge image

HOW MUCH & HOW LONG

You are probably wondering what all of these high quality components cost and if it really is that much cheaper or faster than buying a suppressor. To start, Form 1 Suppressor builds that are e-Filed are taking anywhere from 70-80 days to be approved. Compare that to 3-4 months to purchase a suppressor from a dealer using a Form 4, which can’t be e-filed, or even longer if they have to order that suppressor from the manufacturer and you can see how this is a pretty quick route.

Now lets talk price! Here’s the breakdown:
–  Titanium Muzzle Brake Adapter – $45.99
–  Titanium end cap – $45.99
–  Titanium 7.6″ tube – $73.49
–  Titanium D-cell spacer tube – $29.99
–  Challenge coin – $34.99
–  Muzzle brake – $56.99
–  Stainless freeze plugs – $3.39 each x 12 = $40.68
–  Double sided centering tool – $22.99
–  Engraving Service – $25

The sum of those parts comes to $376.11 including one muzzle brake for the suppressor to thread onto. Assuming you already have a drill press, carbide drill bits, a vise and a few tools to do the final machining, your cost including the $200 tax stamp would be just $576.11. Keep in mind this cost is for the top of the line components and can be reduced by using different components which are also available at SD Tactical Arms. This type of price range for an 8″ Suppressor that you would purchase from your local FFL would be virtually impossible to find. Most options would run you at a minimum $200-300 more for a very low end suppressor.

At this point I am still waiting for my Form 1 to be approved so I can not do any modification to the parts. Before we get to that I will add an article showing you step by step instructions specifically for e-Filing your Form 1 to build a suppressor and another article explaining the tools needed to turn your Solvent Trap into a Suppressor. As soon as my Form 1 is approved I will document the machining process, assembly and show you how well it shoots. 

Until then, you should get a head start on your own build by visiting www.SDTacticalArms.com to pick out your own components. You can also visit the SD Tactical Arms Forum for information, tips, instructions, etc. from the pros.

Don’t forget to get your NFA Trust from Coyote Rifleworks. I have used mine twice now and couldn’t be happier. They are just $95 with same day turnaround.

Be sure to bookmark our AR15NEWS Form 1 Suppressor Build thread to keep tabs on the process.

**NOTE: AR15NEWS is not a law firm and is not authorized to provide legal advice.

Rebel Arms Enhanced Nitride M16 Bolt Carrier Group Promo

Posted on May 18th, 2015 by ar15news

One of our website sponsors, Rebel Arms, has a promotion going on right now for their new Enhanced Nitride M16 BCG. This style BCG is very popular right now and is being produced for a number of different companies and for good reason…they are great BCG’s. A Nitride finish on a BCG is perfect because it is very slick but also has great anti-corrosion properties that protect it from even the most corrosive AR ammo. As you can see the carrier itself also features enhanced cuts as well.

Rebel Arms Enhanced Nitride BCG 1Rebel Arms Enhanced Nitride BCG 1

Use the code “REBEL10″ at checkout to save 10% off. This code only applies to the BCG and can be applied to as many BCG’s as you would like. This promo ends on 6/1/15. Head on over to www.RebelArms.com for more information and to purchase one today.

**Note: As always, AR15NEWS does not charge or accept payment or commission for writing articles of any kind. If you find value in what we write about and can get in on a good deal or cool new product, that makes it worth while to us.

Radical Firearms Month Long Memorial Day Sales

Posted on May 18th, 2015 by ar15news

**UPDATE** Tons more stuff was just added to this sale. See new image below.**

You would think by now we’d be used to the awesome deals that Radical Firearms puts out but they never cease to surprise. Now through Memorial Day 2015 you can save some big money on your choice of 5.56, 300BLK or 7.62×39 assembled upper receivers that all include very nice Radical Firearms Rail Systems and are available in lengths between 7.5″ up to 16″. These uppers do not include a BCG or Charging Handle but are priced at just $249.95 each. Get in on these deals now at www.RadicalFirearms.com.

Radical Firearms Memorial Day Sale 2

**Note: As always, AR15NEWS does not charge or accept payment or commission for writing articles of any kind. If you find value in what we write about and can get in on a good deal or cool new product, that makes it worth while to us.

BLAZnTECH Motorized Weapons Cleaning System

Posted on May 14th, 2015 by ar15news

BLAZnTECH is a new company bringing an equally new cleaning product to market. Its their Motorized Weapons Cleaning System which is designed to clean the lugs and chamber of your AR or handguns. The MWCS spins a nylon chamber brush at 300 RPM and has a built in LED light for visual inspection. Included with each MWCS is a 5.56 Chamber Brush with 25 Brush-Socks, 7.62 Chamber Brush with 25 Brush-Socks, 9mm Chamber Brush with 25 Brush-Socks and a 45ACP Chamber Brush with 25 Brush-Socks and a hard case to keep it all in.

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BLAZnTECH MWCS 1

BLAZnTECH MWCS 1

Positioned for cleaning via ejection port, without ANY disassembly of the weapon, the patented design of the motorized weapons cleaning system rotates a redesigned chamber brush at 300+RPM! Cleaning out black fouling from even the smallest corners of the awkwardly shaped barrel extension (a.k.a. “Star Chamber”). Should you be due for a last minute inspection, BLAZnTECH will also be providing patented Brush-Socks; newly invented brush attachments (100% Cotton) that thoroughly continue to clean the barrel extension. In Addition, BLAZnTECH will soon be providing traditional cleaning kits, rifle magazines, collapsible stocks, and redesigned brushes/Brush-Socks for other commonly used rifles, handguns, and machine guns.

The BLAZnTECH Motorized Weapons Cleaning System kit is scheduled to ship in July. You can pre-order now (card not charged until the product ships) and use the discount code “DEFENSEMK” to save 40% off your order. For more information or to order go to www.BLAZnTECH.com.

Gorilla Ammunition 2015 Spring 1,000 Round Giveaway

Posted on May 12th, 2015 by ar15news

The Gorilla Ammunition 2015 Spring 1,000 Round Giveaway registration period is ending soon but you still have a chance to get entered for a chance to win 1,000 rounds of their extremely high quality ammunition. If you’re an AR owner you owe it to yourself to head on over to www.GorillaAmmo.com and enter yourself in the contest. Winners will be annouced on 5/15/15 via FaceBook and email. I’m hoping to see one of you AR15NEWS Readers win this…..so you can share some with me. :)

Gorilla Ammo Spring 1000 round giveaway

If you missed out on the last KAK Industry Contract Overrun Barrel Sale, here’s your chance to get in on another one. As I mentioned last time, KAK Industry produces barrels for many other companies and every once in a while wires get crossed and they produce more than the contract calls for. One of there recent contracts was for these 11″ 5.56 Melonite Barrels with a 1/9 twist of which they had some left over. These extra barrels are NOT Blems but need to go somewhere so the guys at KAK put them out at $100 a piece which is a steal for a Melonite finished barrel that typically sells for $265. Thankfully we have a good relationship with KAK Industry and they give our readers first crack at them. 

KAK Industry 11 inch 5.56 Melonite Barrel SalePhoto of my 10.5″ I snagged last time they had a contract overrun.

These again are 11″ barrels, chambered in 5.56 NATO with a 1:9 Twist, Carbine Length Gas, .750 Gas Block Seat and normal 1/2×28 threads. They also do not have any logo on them, just the Caliber and Twist. Perhaps the best part is that they are Melonite barrels which means they have had a molten salt bath. This changes the surface of the metal on the inside and out of the barrel, coating even the bore. Melonite is the same as QPQ, Nitride, etc and is very slick, much more durable than chrome lining and its corrosion resistance is off the charts. Probably my personal favorite Barrel and BCG finish. Check out the details below and then head on over to www.KAKIndustry.com to get one, or five, of these awesome barrels before they’re gone.

**Note: As always, AR15NEWS does not charge or accept payment or commission for writing articles of any kind. If you find value in what we write about and can get in on a good deal, that makes it worth while to us.

Ballistic Advantage Weekly Barrel Giveaway

Posted on May 6th, 2015 by ar15news

Don’t forget, every week Ballistic Advantage gives away a free barrel to one of their Facebook followers. This week they will be giving away a 16″ 5.56 Carbine Modern Series Barrel. Click the link below to get yourself squared away. Hoping to hear one of you AR15NEWS readers win this week! 

https://ballisticadvantage.com/giveaway

Ballistic Advantage Weekly Giveaway May 2015 copy

AIM v2 BLACK NITRIDE .223/5.56/300BLK CARPENTER 158 Bolt

Posted on May 4th, 2015 by ar15news

AIM Surplus just introduced their new Black Nitride AR15 Bolt made from Carpenter 158 steel. The bolts are also Shot Peened and MPI (Magnetic Particle Inspected) and feature Billet Machined Extractors with Black Insert and O-Ring upgrade. Black Nitride is quickly becoming the go-to finish for AR parts. The fact that it is a Surface Treatment (Molten Salt Bath) and not a coating gives it better durability and boasts some of the best lubricity and corrosion protection of any finish out there. If you’re building a BCG or need a great backup/replacement Bolt, this is a great option for just $49.95 with FREE SHIPPING at www.AIMSurplus.com.

Aim Surplus Black Nitride V2 Bolt

Adams Arms Complete Rifle Blowout Deals

Posted on May 1st, 2015 by ar15news

You guys know I am always on the look out for some crazy deal to help you guys get in on and this Adams Arms rifle sale is about as crazy as it gets. Adams Arms is one of the first names you think of when someone mentions Piston Driven ARs. They’ve been making quality, hard working piston ARs for years and have a great reputation. With new rifles coming in every day, Rainier Arms has found themselves with a few too many of two specific Adams Arms complete rifle models which means only one thing….you get to save some big money. And these aren’t base model rifles either. The two models are the Carbine Length Tactical Elite 16″ and the Mid Length Tactical Evo 16″ which both come with upgraded Stocks, Grips and Rail Systems. Both rifles have an MSRP of around $1,300 but you can snag one now for just $800. Not only that but if you act fast enough they are throwing in a set of fixed metal sights too. Click on the image or link below to view that rifle on RA’s website.

ADAMS ARMS CARBINE LENGTH TACTICAL ELITE 16″ – $799.99

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ADAMS ARMS MID LENGTH TACTICAL EVO 16″ – $799.99 SOLD OUT

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Combat Shooters – Customer Appreciation Sale

Posted on April 28th, 2015 by ar15news

Combat Shooters has started their customer appreciation sale. The sale includes their basic 16″ Patrol Upper with a QPQ (aka Melonite or Nitride) barrel. You can also get a discount on their new 12″ GPX Rail System. Combine them both and use the third listed discount code. Check out the details for the sale below.

Combat Shooters 16″ Patrol Upper $411.99 $259.99 with code “PU0415” – Click HERE

Combat Shooters GPX 12″ Rail $199.99 $191.99 with code “GPX0415” – Click HERE

If you want to combine both products for a discount use the code “UPRA0415

Combat Shooters Customer Appreciation Sale

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