How to make a Maglite gun suppressor

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How to make a Maglite gun suppressor
A gun suppressor is better known as a silencer. (ppl58/iStock/Getty Images)

A gun suppressor, incorrectly known as a "silencer," muffles the sound of the escaping gas that accompanies a projectile being fired. You can make a suppressor for a pellet gun from the metal shell of a mini Maglite torch. You will also need some hardware and household supplies along with expertise in using a power drill. The suppressor will deaden the sound of the compressed air escaping from the piston inside of the pellet gun when the trigger is pressed.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Mini Maglite torch
  • Ruler
  • Bonding glue
  • Pliers
  • Power drill
  • 1.5 mm (1/16th inch) drill bit
  • Toilet paper
  • 35 mm (1.4 inch) plastic film can lid
  • Utility knife

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Put a sheet of newspaper on a table. Put a 35 mm (1.4 inch) plastic film can lid face down on the newspaper. Cut an “X” in the centre of the lid with a utility knife.

  2. 2

    Unscrew the battery cap from the back end of the Maglite torch. Remove the batteries from the battery compartment. Dispose the battery cap, and reserve the batteries for some other purpose.

  3. 3

    Grab the torch by the battery cap end. Use pliers to hold the front (bulb) end of the torch, and twist the pliers to separate the front of torch from the back.

  4. 4

    Pull out the bulb assembly from inside of the back end of the torch with pliers. Dispose the bulb assembly.

  5. 5

    Drill a hole in the side of the torch with the power drill, starting at one end. Drill another hole a quarter inch from the first. Continue drilling holes down the side of the torch body until you reach the other end. Measure 6 mm (1/4 inch) to the left from the hole just drilled in the end. Drill another hole at that spot.

  6. 6

    Measure a quarter inch from the hole just drilled across the side of the torch. Drill a hole. Continue drilling holes in the side until you reach the other end. Repeat this procedure until all of the sides of the torch have holes drilled into them.

  7. 7

    Tear off four squares of toilet paper. Roll the strip of toilet paper into a tube around one of your fingers. Place the tube of toilet paper into the back end of the torch.

  8. 8

    Apply bonding glue around the rim of the back end of the torch. Place the front end of the torch onto the back end. Hold the two ends together until the bonding glue adheres to them both. Let the bonding glue set for a day.

  9. 9

    Remove the reflector from the front of the torch by pushing the reflector lens out of the reflector with your finger. Dispose of the reflector lens. Screw the reflector back onto the front of the torch.

  10. 10

    Apply bonding glue to the rim at the back end of the torch. Place the inside of the 35 mm (1.4 inch) plastic film can lid against the back end of the torch. Let the bonding glue set for a day.

  11. 11

    Push the tip of a pellet gun barrel into the “X” in the 35 mm (1.4 inch) plastic film can lid. Go outdoors. Aim the gun at a tree or rock. Press the trigger to fire the pellet through the Maglite gun suppressor.

Tips and warnings

  • The speed of the BB pellet will only be slightly slowed by having to go through a suppressor placed on the barrel of the pellet rifle.
  • Never aim a pellet rifle, or any weapon that fires a projectile, at a person or pet.

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