The company known for quieting down guns is making big noises in the industry with the Maxim pistol, the first integrally suppressed 9mm handgun, and other product innovations for 2016.
SilencerCo., known for its advancements in noise-suppression technology, is turning up the heat with product introductions for this fall and into 2016. The company unveiled four new innovations this week at a private product launch party in Key West, Florida. It also announced the formation of SilencerCo Weapons Research.
The event, dubbed Maxim Vice, was named for what most attendees agreed was the biggest news: the introduction of the industry’s first integrally suppressed 9mm pistol, the Maxim. The product is still in the prototype stage, but is slated for availability sometime in 2016.
The Maxim is built on a Smith & Wesson M&P C.O.R.E. chassis, and it uses M&P magazines. At a glance, the new handgun looks like it belongs in a sci-fi movie. Well, the suppression portion has to go somewhere, so now it sits mainly beneath the barrel instead of hanging off the end.
I had the chance to shoot the prototype in a unique setting. SilencerCo personnel, media and other guests rode out to sea on a catamaran, and we fired everything from .22s to the new Maxim to an AR in .458 at terrorist, shark and alligator targets trailing behind our boat. Because of rough conditions, it was difficult to really get a fix on the particulars of the way the gun balanced in my hand. But as far as noise suppression, the Maxim, like most suppressed guns, was a lot of fun to shoot and absolutely hearing-safe. Holsters to fit the unique Maxim profile will be available from Raven Concealment Systems by the time the gun is ready for the market.
SilencerCo also used the event to introduce its new Hybrid suppressor, which will be interchangeable between firearms. Slated for release in early 2016, the Hybrid means you can silence your .223 AR-15 or your .308 bolt gun, for example, with just one suppressor unit.
Available this fall are two more new products. First is the Osprey Micro, which comes in at only 3.2 inches, a substantial reduction from the original Osprey’s 4.6 inches. The Micro is designed for use with .22 LR, .22 WMR and .17 HMR and will carry a suggested retail of $599.
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The final product, being marketed via SilencerCo Weapons Research, is the Radius, dubbed by the company as a “human augmentation device.” The Radius is a rangefinder that can be mounted atop a rifle’s scope or on a side rail and is capable of ranging targets as small as 16 inches. I got to play around with this one as well, on an AR with the Radius side-mounted. I was able to keep a firm cheek weld on the stock while taking in the distancing information as I scanned from target to target.
The Radius could be useful in hunting situations where quickly changing conditions, multiple targets or the need for rapid ranging is a must. At only 14 ounces, the bit of extra weight may be a fair trade-off for having exact distance information always at the ready. It’s ready to roll out this fall with a $999 suggested retail.
Gun Digest will bring you more details on all of these exciting new products as they become available for further review and testing.