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Class on how to make a silencer.

Discussion in 'NFA Weapon Discussion' started by Ranb, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Ranb

    Ranb Belfair, WA Active Member

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    When I was at the Renton Silencer shoot I was asked if I could teach a class on making silencers. I was able to obtain the use of the classroom at the Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club on September 10, 2011 from 10am to 4pm. The club is located at 4900 Seabeck Highway Bremerton WA.

    I made a slide show presentation for a lecture and will have various firearms and silencers at the class. Topics covered will include;

    ATF applications and registration
    Trusts
    Silencer designs
    How to make parts
    Repairs

    I should have a lathe at the class so I can demonstrate the basics of making parts. I cannot make parts for people at the class. There is a pistol competition going on at the range that day, but I will be able to get access to one of the pistol bays to demonstrate various suppressed firearms.

    Cost is $35 ($20 for KRRC members) and includes the range fee. Attendees will need to sign in to use the range. Class size is limited to 20, so I need to know by the end of August who is coming. Please e-mail at the below address or PM. Thanks.

    Randy Bragge
    ranb40@yahoo.com
    (360) 440-5889
     
  2. yotehunter

    yotehunter north west Active Member

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    wow thats really cool I am going to try real hard to make this
     
  3. hrspowr

    hrspowr Dallas, OR Member

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    Wow, this is great! Just started my trust paperwork, with Form 1 as soon as I get that complete. Have been reading through your posts here and at Silencertalk.com putting together ideas for my first build. Was ready to go with the exhaust tubing and freeze plug style, but this should give me more options!

    I'll be there!
     
  4. Ranb

    Ranb Belfair, WA Active Member

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    230 miles from Dallas Oregon is a long way to travel. For anyone who is looking at a long drive, I can send my lesson plan, slideshow and pictures on a dvd instead. It costs me only about $3 to burn and mail a dvd.

    Ranb
     
  5. skydiver

    skydiver Sandy,OR Well-Known Member

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    That's awesome...win-win whether I go or stay and order the dvd. Thanks so much Ranb!
     
  6. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    Would you mind printing them to PDF and making them availible online? perhaps make a youtube video?

    I am very interested and would like to attend, but traveling the 1250 miles from Los Angeles, CA is a bit of a trek :)
     
  7. Ranb

    Ranb Belfair, WA Active Member

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    I have been working on a "how to" for silencers for a while, I might have it finished before September.

    Ranb
     
  8. mxitman

    mxitman N. Seattle Member

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    Pm Sent..Sweet...can't wait
     
  9. Ranb

    Ranb Belfair, WA Active Member

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    The class was a success. I spent over two hours talking about ATF form 1's, trust vs personal ownership, silencer design, the law and other stuff. Next I made a baffle and a spacer on the lathe then we demo'ed a few cans on the range. Nearly five hours total.

    I will schedule another class if there is interest.

    Ranb
     
  10. Ranb

    Ranb Belfair, WA Active Member

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    It was my pleasure. I got some useful tips on lathe operation from one of the students. The next class I will have some better material to hand out. This will reduce the amount of time I spent explaining the ATF form 1. I will spend more time on the lathe next time too.

    Ranb
     
  11. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    Randy I didn't make the class would like to do the next when it happens.
     
  12. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    I'm interested but it always depends on my schedule. It's very cool that you are doing this.
     
  13. baada

    baada Surprise, AZ Member

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    I'm certainly interested, and can probably drum up a couple of other guys as well. I sent a PM for this last class and never got a response. I figured it was canceled or something. Should I email instead next time?
     
  14. Ranb

    Ranb Belfair, WA Active Member

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    I do not see any PM from you in my inbox, did you send it to someone else? Another person was helping me collect students/money, so yours might have gotten lost somewhere. I need to know what people want for the class to make it better. E-mail is best.

    The last class ran almost 5 hours including range time, I can go longer. I think Saturday is the best day. Weekdays are not a good idea as the area near the clasroom where I put the lathe is not lit. But we can shoot at night as the rifle range is lit.

    I spent over an hour on the legal issues in the class, this unfortunately is not optional. One student suggested that I put some baffles in a tranparent tube and blow smoke through it to show how K baffles flow. I might try that out.

    Ranb
     
  15. baada

    baada Surprise, AZ Member

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    Yea its still in my Sent Items from 8/01. Must have gotten lost in the shuffle. Its not a big deal, I'm just sorry I missed the class.

    I think showing the smoke in the k baffles could be pretty neat. Keep us in the loop when you decide to schedule another one. Looking forward to it!
     
  16. davidgpo

    davidgpo Seattle Member

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    I'm interested in a class where the students can bring in an approved ATF form to build and leave the class with a finished suppressor. If that's possible.
     
  17. Ranb

    Ranb Belfair, WA Active Member

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    I am not able to do something like that. I am able to make a aluminum baffle in about 45 minutes, it takes me about three hours to make a .308 stainless baffle. The best I can do in one afternoon is show people how to fill out the forms and some basics on the lathe.


    I borrowed some magazines from a student in the class, but I lost his contact information. If anyone here is that person, please contact me. Thanks

    Randy
    ranb40@yahoo.com
     
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    PatriotProjectile SalemORegon New Member

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    billdeserthills Cave Creek, Arizony Well-Known Member

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    CameronH Yelm, Wa New Member

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    I would also love a dvd. Pm Sent + hoping to get more info on future classes.