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SilencerCo Releases First-Ever 50-State-Legal Suppressed Muzzleloader


WEST VALLEY CITY, UT – September 19, 2017 – For the first time since the National Firearms Act (NFA) was created in 1934, civilians can enjoy suppressed shooting in all 50 states with SilencerCo’s latest innovation: the integrally suppressed Maxim 50 muzzleloader. In addition, this product can be purchased right now on the web with no regulation (no 4473, no tax stamp, no photographs or fingerprints) at and be shipped immediately to the purchaser with few exceptions*.


Residents in the 42 states that allow civilian ownership of silencers have to pay a $200 tax, fill out forms, send in photos, submit to fingerprinting, and wait months for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to review their forms and check their backgrounds—just to acquire an inherently-harmless product. With all the hoops to jump through, it’s no surprise that many Americans have difficulty committing the time or money it takes to save their hearing. Citizens may have had their Second Amendment rights suppressed, but innovation cannot be silenced.


With the invention of the Maxim 50, SilencerCo has created a product that is 100% legal for civilian ownership in all 50 states while providing hearing-saving suppression at a reasonable price point. How is this possible? By paying very close attention to the law.


The BATFE defines a silencer as a “device for silencing, muffling, or diminishing the report of a portable firearm . . .” By that definition, a silencer is only a silencer if it can attach to a firearm. The Maxim 50 is built on the base of a Traditions™ Vortek Strikerfire Muzzleloader. For those who know muzzleloaders, you’ll also know that they are not considered firearms by the BATFE but are instead antique firearms, a definition and difference that is very distinct. Because of this, a moderator that is permanently affixed to a muzzleloader is not legally defined as a silencer, since it does not attach to a firearm. With this realization, the Maxim 50 was born.


“It took a lot of creativity to arrive at this solution,” said Josh Waldron, SilencerCo CEO and Co-Founder. “We have been working on this product for three years, with most of that time spent waiting on a determination from the Technology Branch of the BATFE as to how this product would be classified. As soon as we received official word that it wouldn’t be considered or regulated as a silencer, we got to work on bringing the Maxim 50 to customers across the country.”

SilencerCo expects the Maxim 50 to be a hit not only with the NFA-loving crowd, but also with hobbyists and hunters. In many states, muzzleloader hunting begins days (sometimes weeks) before standard rifle season, giving hunters using this platform an edge. But this edge does come with caveats – antique firearms are usually loud, have lots of recoil, and the shooter has to battle the thick cloud of black powder smoke billowing from the barrel as they try to see if their shot connected with their game. The Maxim 50 solves all of the issues experienced by muzzleloader shooters while also drastically reducing the resulting smoke by more than two-thirds, allowing hunters to see the location of their shot and track their game.

SilencerCo is honored to finally be able to bring suppressed shooting to its customers across the country, especially in states such as California, Illinois, and New York, where civilian ownership of silencers is not currently allowed.
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21 Responses to “SilencerCo Releases First-Ever 50-State-Legal Suppressed Muzzleloader”

  1. Fritzthedog says:

    Good luck with this. will certainly find a way to screw this up

  2. Let’s here it for rules lawyers! It’s not about the intent of the law, it’s about the letter of the law, and just like the Shockwave shotguns, the letter of the law is what counts.

    Good on them for producing this.

  3. patrick sweeney says:

    Let tie themselves in knots to find a way. They’ll just be highlighting the absurdity of their position.

    • Vince says:

      Unfortunately, that is their aim. It’s all about publicity. There’s a reason “Hollywood” is in CA. Regardless of how absurd their attempts to control guns, any media attention is good attention when it comes to the anti 2A base that is prevalent in this back assward state. Just another reason for politicians to get facetime.

  4. Hut says:

    Smells like…freedom.

  5. Lerch says:

    Northwest hunting approved ignition, please.

    • Gilk10180 says:

      This. An option ive heard is too drill into the ignition area to make it “open” to the elements as required….

  6. Chuck says:

    Where’s Cuomo? This will get added to the list in a midnight session. Illegal in New York in 3,2,1…..

    Crap. I really have to move somewhere else.

  7. Luke says:

    Man, me and my buddies had been speculating on this for years as a ghetto work-around for suppressed hunting, surprised if made to a finished product.

    Good on them!

  8. Davy Crockett says:

    I love the picture of him looking at the Golden Gate Bridge.

  9. 92FH7 says:

    I hope this is a game changer and a lot of Californians protect their hearing while hunting. It will show the absurdity of suppressor laws

  10. GUNRUNNER says:

    I wonder how long it took and how much the lawyer fees cost to come Up with this .lol another blow to the nfa. Keep it up silencerco

  11. Bruce says:


    How well does it cope with black powder fouling and…..

    Do you have to remove it to reload the old smoke-pole?

    • Jon, OPT says:

      My two questions exactly, not sure how modern muzzle loading works, but the old methods required pouring powder, and created a lot of carbon.

    • 92FH7 says:

      They have videos on youtube up now that shows how its reloaded. Honestly its a little unwieldy, you need to put a specialized funnel past the baffles. I’m otherwise excited about the politics of this black powder rifle.

  12. SamHill says:

    Good on SilencerCo for continuing to up their game with new products.

  13. Unimog says:

    Now let’s all sit back and wait for the fine folks that felt the need to continually ask the batfe for clarification on braces after the fact, to badger and bother them with this til they reconsider it a aow or some such nonsense.

  14. Airborne_fister says:

    Upon launching the Maxim 50, SilencerCo received several immediate legal challenges from authorities and lawyers in the states of New Jersey, California, and Massachusetts. Since we have no desire to place any consumer in a situation where they may get arrested and charged with a felony because their state defines a firearm differently than the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), we have placed orders from those states on hold and are refunding customers pending conversations amongst lawyers. These three states have rules that are not entirely clear with respect to firearms and silencers and antique firearms, and it is relevant to point out that no states contemplated a product of this sort in their laws.

    SilencerCo asked for and received a determination from the BATFE on behalf of the federal government prior to launch but could not do so officially from each state government or risk specific state-level legislation being passed prohibiting the product before it was even launched. We will refund orders to customers from these states and update consumers as soon as feasible as to the ultimate determination in California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.