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The World of HUXWRX Suppressors

Pop culture has promoted a farcically dramatic reputation for firearm suppressors, relating them to deadly quiet assassinations, shady back-alley transactions, and even arch villains deserving of a Bond cameo. This distorted perception, however, is very far from the actual truth and genuine purpose of firearm suppressors. 

 

 Origin and Evolution of Suppressors

Known by many names depending on region and technical understanding, firearm suppressors are often referred to as silencers, sound suppressors, and sound moderators. Informally, they are most commonly called cans, in that they once strongly resembled a “can of soda”. Other names include gun muffler or – the rather comical sobriquets – ‘Whisper Pickle’ and ‘Forbidden Popsicle’; the latter alluding to the red or pink glow that an overheated suppressor might emit – a situation one should never confuse with an actual popsicle to avoid regrettable consequences.

The origins of suppressors started with the invention over a hundred years ago, firearm suppressors were designed to interfere with the byproduct of fired ammunition – noise. By absorbing and dissipating energy, suppressors work to dampen the shockwave generated by the muzzle blast. Despite cinematic portrayal, it is nearly impossible to completely eliminate the sound of a firearm (especially larger calibers).

 

Suppressor Decibel’s

There are many methods to reduce, sometimes significantly, the sounds created by a firearm and the decibel rating. These will vary in efficiency depending on the type of ammunition used, the length of the barrel, the quality of the firearm, and, of course, whether a suppressor is employed.

A note on ammo – subsonic ammunition and heavier grain projectiles will produce a quieter shot while suppressed. Different ammunition manufacturers use varying amounts of powder resulting in variations in pressure once fired. This can impact the bolt carrier cyclic rate which can cause malfunctions if the firearm is not tuned for that specific ammunition.

 

 

Types of Suppressors

There are an infinite number of firearm suppressors available on the market today from a variety of manufacturers. For simplicity’s sake, we classify them as one of three types of suppressors – baffle, deflector, and baffle-less. Baffle refers to the traditional technology of a “baffled” suppressor. Within a hollow metal tube, there are a series of baffles that impede the gases produced by fired ammunition. This impediment reduces sound and pressure.

The second classification is deflectors. A deflector will divert the muzzle blast to reduce shooter exposure to the concussive blast or shockwave. Finally, the third type is baffle-less. This type of suppressor is the modern rendition of the legacy design, and these are engineered to move the harmful gases in a more effective manner.

A common phrase associated with suppressor function is ‘flow through’. This refers to how the suppressor effectively manages the gases produced by fired ammunition. While a baffled suppressor will push the gases back towards the shooter, ‘flow through’ is intended to force those forward and away. This limits user exposure to toxic fumes.

 

Suppressor Technology

HUXWRX has developed the True ‘Flow-Through®’ technology, patented and trademarked by HUXWRX Safety Co. (HUXWRX), stipulates that expanding gases are redirected off the bore-line into precisely engineered off-axis chambers. These gases are then expelled out of strategically positioned peripheral venting in the end cap.

This technology is integrated into their HX-QD and FLOW series suppressor designs. HUXWRX will debut a line of Flow- Through® optimized suppressor covers in the first quarter of 2024 that will be of interest to its customers as well.

This ingenious design not only serves to slow and cool the gases as they move through the helical chambers but, most importantly, guides them away from the shooter. This carefully orchestrated process significantly enhances the shooting experience, ensuring reduced noise and heightened safety for every shot taken.

 

Flow-Through Technology Diagram

 

Ever since the inception of the first suppressor, there have been many informal attempts to replicate their functionality. These attempts have arisen for a multitude of reasons, whether to circumvent regulations imposed by the ATF or to deliberately provoke them.

As time has progressed, innovations in both materials and techniques have resulted in greater sophistication within the realm of suppressor replication. However, it is imperative to underscore the staunch recommendation against any attempts to fashion makeshift or counterfeit suppressors from materials such as plastic bottles, tennis ball canisters, or even unconventional items like potatoes.

Such endeavors not only hold the potential to be in violation of legal mandates but can also pose profound threats to safety and health. Instances have been documented where individuals have undertaken the dangerous pursuit of modifying oil or fuel filters into makeshift suppressors. It is of paramount importance to emphasize that these practices not only infringe upon the law but, more critically, endanger the safety of those involved and the surrounding environment.

Legitimate suppressors should – should being the operative word – undergo a rigorous vetting process to ensure ballistic safety standards are met. However, it is crucial to acknowledge that the level of adherence to these standards is predicated upon the dedication and diligence of individual manufacturers in producing products of superior quality.

 

Suppressor Design

Functionality

When it comes to function, the firearms industry universally lacks defined criterion for conferring a full- auto rating. Broadly speaking, a firearm earns this classification if it can endure the intense heat and stress generated during sustained fully automatic firing. From a tactical perspective, a platform earns the “full-auto rated” status when it can weather the storm of rapidly expended ammunition while steadfastly maintaining its operational integrity.

This litmus test is indicative of a firearm’s ability to stand up to the rigors of intense use and reinforces the importance of reliability and durability in maintaining the utmost operational effectiveness, particularly in high-stress scenarios. Conversely, if during full-auto firing a suppressor and firearm experience excessive malfunctions, explodes, disintegrates, or any other deviations from operational stability, it signifies a deficiency in their design or construction and it would be safe to assume that they are not “up to snuff”.

The original intention of suppressors was to make the shooter less vulnerable and subject to detection. A fortunate consequence of this is the preservation of hearing capacity. By substantially mitigating the adverse effects and magnitude of damage resulting from exposure to elevated sound levels, suppressors play a pivotal role in preserving auditory well-being.

Engineering

HUXWRX suppressors are subjected to the stringent standards of MIL-STD-1474E – the DOD criteria standard governing noise thresholds in small arms – with the objective of achieving noise levels lower than the industry baseline, especially at the shooter’s ear. Similarly to the aforementioned quality standards of the industry, the level at which the suppressor assists with hearing safety will be dependent upon the efforts made by the manufacturer.

Various factors, including design intricacies, material composition, and caliber specifics, collectively influence the SPLs and subsequently dictate the effectiveness of the suppressor in enhancing hearing protection.

Customization & limitations

Within the dynamic landscape of the firearms industry, accessorizing options exist for suppressors. This avenue for customization is limited to aesthetics due to the stringent ATF regulations governing NFA serialized components – meaning the overall length of the suppressor can’t be altered without modifying records, which is both time consuming and frowned upon.

 

HUXWRX Suppressors
Left to Right - Ca$h 9k, Flow 5.56k, HX-QD 762

Suppressor Overheating

A common addition to a range kit might be a suppressor cover. Handy at mitigating mirage, suppressor covers are essentially a material of hardy composition that covers the outer skin of the suppressor. This is much like a sock on a foot or a koozie on a beer bottle – except feet and beer bottles don’t typically exceed temperatures of 1200F.

A suppressor cover can prevent accidental burns and will act as protection to avoid damaging other gear or prevent scratches on the suppressor itself. Companies such as Burn Proof Gear strive to provide high quality, combat proven covers that help alleviate contact injury concerns.

At times, though, suppressor covers fall short due to their tendency to heat up significantly. This is where a shroud comes in. These shrouds, a.k.a. shields, are sometimes crafted from lightweight carbon fiber and are designed to slide over the suppressor once it’s mounted on the barrel. Acting as a barrier, they create a safe distance between the shooter and the system. Interestingly, shrouds possess an uncanny ability to remain cooler despite their proximity to the blazing-hot suppressor.

This intriguing feature makes them a remarkably practical alternative to traditional suppressor covers. Companies such as ModTac create a variety of shrouds that allow proper air flow around the suppressor to limit heat transfer off its surface in comparison to what a fabric cover does. The functionality and purpose of both suppressor covers and shrouds is heavily dependent on user preference and application.

 

The Suppressor Industry

The firearms industry has been lacking innovation in suppression technology for decades, with products remaining virtually unchanged for over a century. These outdated offerings fail to meet the demands of modern-day operations and shooters. In 2007, OSS Suppressors (OSS) stepped in, recognizing the disconnect between available products and the actual needs of shooters when it comes to their weapon systems. Their journey began with the improvement of suppression technology, but it didn’t stop there.

Through meticulous research and analysis, OSS discovered the groundbreaking Flow-Through® technology, which not only enhances suppression and weapon performance but also significantly reduces toxic blowback caused by expanding gases. Comparatively, traditional baffle suppressors expose shooters to a staggering 265% more toxic fumes than suppressors designed with Flow-Through® technology.

While suppression technology has always protected shooters from tinnitus and micro-concussions, OSS’s mission centered firmly on advancing performance and user safety. In 2022, they underwent a transformative rebranding, giving rise to HUXWRX Safety Co., a human exposure workshop, where the focus is now on developing products and systems that effectively intervene with or entirely negate the potential for toxic exposure or health risks. HUXWRX is steadfastly dedicated to engineering cutting-edge technology that bridges the gap between performance, efficiency, and longevity.

 

What Makes HUXWRX Stand Out?

The emergence of HUXWRX symbolizes the culmination of extensive dedication to research and development within the realm of suppressor systems. Their proprietary technology not only effectively mitigates sound and flash signatures but also reduces exposure to hazardous fumes, all without compromising weapon reliability or functionality. This innate simplicity and unparalleled efficacy have garnered HUXWRX global recognition and widespread adoption, establishing it as the standard for suppressors among armed forces and law enforcement agencies worldwide.

Tailored for discerning professionals seeking uncompromising safety and health risk solutions, HUXWRX provides comprehensive solutions that enhance weapon performance and elevate shooter longevity. Their cutting-edge suppressor technology stands as a cornerstone in today’s operational landscape, delivering durability and reliability.

Conversely, for the cultivated shooter, hunter, and hobbyist, HUXWRX provides an exceptional lineup of suppression systems catering to those general populations. Each product is specifically designed with effortless usability, modularity, and robustness in mind, reflecting an unwavering commitment to providing HUXWRX’s end users with groundbreaking technology that authentically justifies their investment.

Whether an operator, enthusiast, or skill-builder, HUXWRX Safety Co. is dedicated to offering tailored and fitting solutions that prioritize the safety and well-being of the end user above all else.

 

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