From the “I’ve got a bridge to sell you” department comes another interesting Gunbroker post that could either be a wonderful business opportunity or a straight-up scam.
Silencers are big business these days. Everyone and their brother seems to be interested in getting their gun as quiet as possible and so what was once a niche business has been booming (pun intended). There’s money to be made for those who find the sweet spot of suppression and cost effectiveness, and one Gunbroker seller claims to have the Holy Grail of silencer designs on the auction block.
From the listing:
I invented this silencer when I was a top physics student in a top engineering school 30 years ago. This design can achieve 22 long rifle ammo sound intensity of 97 db with a 6″ barrel. (Intensity; the lower the better). Till today; even 113 db will cause some manufacturer claiming “Top dog of the hill”. They don’t even believe 107db is possible. Not to mention 97 or 99 db. It is beyond imagination. The size of the can is only 1.2″ x6.6″. The ammo is a 1070f/s standard 40 grain or green tag Minimag by CCI. This involved 3 or 4 principles never been used in silencer technology. This design will make all the silencer designs and products in the world obsolete immediately. I never contact or explose this design to anyone besides myself in the last 30 years. I am only one knows its existence. The automobile and military will be very interested in its existence since silencer uses to be very troublesome and expensive. This is very cheap and good in term of performance and price. I did not even try to improve this design. It may get better if you optimize it components like changing the dimensions of the parts after a series or serious testing, or using steel instead of aluminium. The manufacturing cost is only 1/4 of the regular silencers. In some case, only about 1/10 of others because it is so light it may not need buffler to connected to a Browning design. The buffler connector alone usually cost $50. Once you receive the design paper, you should have your patent lawyer ready and wait no time. The patent will make huge profit for a long time. The world manufactures did not invent this in last 100 years. They wont outsmart me in next 100 years.
The Gunbroker user in question is also offering for sale a cheap 10/22 folding stock as well as a West German P228, among other items.
So the question is this: is this legit? I have my doubts. If someone really did have the Holy Grail of silencer designs, wouldn’t they patent it and take it to a silencer manufacturer themselves? There’s much more money to be made from licensing deals than could possibly be made from a lump sum payment like this guy is looking for. Then again, I’ve learned to never underestimate the laziness of the average American.