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I got a little behind-the-scenes peek at PWS‘ new BDE 762 a couple months ago at the NRA Annual Meetings, and was impressed by the obvious thought that went into its design as well as by the extremely precise machining. There’s a truly satisfying tactile feel to correctly-cut threads, and screwing together and removing the baffles on the BDE 762 has it nailed.

The BDE series — which Primary Weapons Systems claims is short for Bravo Delta Echo but Urban Dictionary and I have other theories — is DMLS (which legitimately stands for direct metal laser sintering) printed from titanium and is highly modular. An initial baffle stack section is mandatory — basically ensuring a minimum level of sound suppression — and then four subsequent baffles can be individually added or removed as the user desires to achieve his or her ideal balance of length, weight, and sound suppression performance for their host firearm and intended use.

TTAG should receive a loaner unit relatively soon and I’ll put it through its paces at that time. At this time, PWS’ press release follows:

Primary Weapons Systems Introduces New Suppressor Line

Boise, ID – Primary Weapons Systems announces launch of the BDE® (Bravo Delta Echo), constructed with state-of-the-art 3D printing titanium technology.

Introducing BDE® (Bravo Delta Echo), the revolutionary new suppressor line from Primary Weapons Systems. The BDE® 762 is the first suppressor manufactured by PWS and the first to be released in the BDE® line.

This suppressor is constructed of lightweight titanium alloy, commonly used in high-strength components in medical, motor sport and aerospace applications. Its modular design allows for easy customization, shipping with four removable baffles as well as two wrenches for quick configuration.

The baffles are constructed on a state-of-the-art 3D printer at PWS, then finished on in-house CNC machines. The 3D printing allows for a more effective, complex, and lighter weight construction of titanium than traditionally machined parts. The entrance chamber, being the serialized component, features a universal 1.375×24 TPI pattern allowing for compatibility with a variety of existing suppressor mounts. Each baffle is taper-threaded to minimize carbon locking as well as loosening, both commonly seen on suppressors. The internal baffle notches are symmetrically designed ensuring accuracy is not impacted, while the non-modular baffles allow gas to be diverted to lower the backpressure. The exterior design of the suppressor has been engineered for both form and function, to dissipate heat mirage and help keep the line of sight clear. All components receive a titanium anodizing treatment for a nonporous and anti-galling surface, then high temperature Cerakote is applied on the exterior for a sleek finish.

“One of the things I’ve always admired about PWS has been the ability to innovate. The addition of additive manufacturing (3D printing) capabilities to our Boise facility will further accelerate that commitment,” says CEO Nate Treadaway. “We feel confident that the BDE® 762 has versatility and performance characteristics that simply can’t be replicated with traditional suppressor manufacturing processes.”

BDE® 762 suppressors are now shipping to select dealers. For more information, visit

About Primary Weapons Systems 

Primary Weapons Systems (PWS) was formed in 2008 as a rifle component company and has since grown to be one of the largest firearms manufacturers in the Northwest. PWS initially made firearm accessories and compensators, but quickly moved into firearm manufacturing as they developed their PWS Long-Stroke Piston System which takes the operating system from Kalashnikov’s AK design and merges it with Stoner’s AR platform, giving a hybrid rifle to shooters looking for a low-maintenance yet reliable and accurate firearm. PWS manufactures AR-15s in .223 Wylde, .300BLK and 7.62×39- all with the long-stroke piston operating system. Also manufactured by Primary Weapons Systems are lightweight buffer tubes, steel body buffers, accessories, and a wide selection of compensators for firearms both piston driven and direct impingement. As of 2022, PWS was purchased by Vigilant Gear, LLC.

For more information, visit or @PrimaryWeapons on Instagram & Facebook.

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  1. No doubt a well made good product… However there are too many hoops to jump through already to assemble a rifle from a stripped receiver to the finished product. To pay Big Brother for an additional anal exam and endure the cost for a can home girl won’t play dat sht. So until freedom rings, no Can do.

    • And don’t forget the opposite side of the thing: when it’s time to get rid of the can for whatever reason (you’re bored with it, need some cash, becomes next-of-kin’s problem) it’s an even bigger hassle.

    • So true and if you live in a shi8hole state like mine then you can even buy one ,no matter how many hoops you jump threw! Not to mention the “fact” that our states leader ,Commrad Murphy touts we have a concealed carry law ,and although by law they have ot approve the CC permit they dont have to allow you to carry any place but your property! Which is exactly what they do! Basically we get our carry permits here so we can carry in a free state and not our own! :>/ I would love a few of these cans so i could shoot in my backyard “if” that was legal but thats not either!LOL My Communist state of New Jersey can suck wind! I sold my home and i plan to buy in a Free state so i can go out on my back deck with a coffee on any given day and plink at targets! I have to go threw so much trouble and cost just to go shoot at any range in my state, that only allows me ot shoot a few times a year. I cant afford the outrageous price the gun clubs in our state charge! On top of the fact that even public ranges have so many restrictions and are so few in our state, i have to drive at least an hour to get to a public “free” range. So i dont get the chance to train/practice much at all. when you live in a state where the Governor says on national T.V. that he thinks “only” the military and law enforcement should be allowed any guns at all ,makes it very hard to have fun with a gun! :>/ Its why im fleeing my state asap! I pray to GOD i can find some land like we want soon!?!?

  2. I wonder how high end accessory companies will fair in the near to medium term future.

    I hope for the best but suspect the answer isn’t a good one.

    • PWS has been around for a while; I believe they’re better known as a maker of piston-style ARs than anything else. (Except maybe their ratcheting castle nut. 🙂 )

      I hope they’re in for the long haul; I’ve been impressed by their quality, generally speaking, both of their complete rifles and uppers, and also of the “small bits’n’bobs” that make things just work better when building or running an AR – like the aforementioned castle nut.

    • I think we have a solid shot of killing the 200 dollar transfer tax, as far as removing them from the NFA, who knows? They are, after all, sold with no paperwork (more than standard firearm paperwork, at the most) in most of the world.

      The field is wide open to challenges, so I guess we will see…

  3. Just picked my first can up a couple days ago and going to put some rounds through it tomorrow. Pretty stoked. Over 270 days total. Took 3 months to get to them. Every time I go in I have to get hounded about how I still don’t have a .22 can though… so I guess that’s next. Just to shut them up. But, I told myself for years it wasn’t worth it and totally is. Not like they don’t have all the other info already too, even selling privately I am willing to bet that emails and previous records of sales would be enough for them to put a warrant out for my dog, so whatever. At least now I can save my ears – or what’s left of them.

    But really I came here because I saw the name of this company. Nice.

    • If you’re shopping at MGM talk to Levi about a Dead Air Mask .22 or a Sparrow. I own one and have shot the other – both are great!
      That whole “first round ‘pop'” argument is lost on me cause cumulative damage to my hearing is way past that point.

      • You aren’t missing anything for that first round pop argument.

        The general excuse goes: Since the suppressor is initially filled with oxygen, there will be an additional ‘pop’ as the oxygen burns out – which makes the first shot louder than subsequent shots.

        This is not actually the reason .. but its what they say and people buy it so…

        • The first round pop is actually the sound of the explosion from the oxygen molecules bonds of the air in the supressor suddenly excited to break apart under pressure and heat of the hot gases. It is literally the sound of molecular bonds being destroyed suddenly.


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