This article was originally posted on Thefirearmblog.com
H&P Manufacturing is one of the companies that brings the metal 3D printing technologies to the firearms industry. We see more and more companies deploying these technologies to manufacture sophisticated parts that would otherwise be too difficult or even impossible to machine.
One of the gun accessories that often have complicated parts design are the suppressors. The development of metal 3D printing made it possible to make suppressors with complicated internal geometries and unusual external shapes. We have already covered two companies debuting 3D printed suppressors during the SHOT Show 2018 which you can learn about by clicking here and here.
In this article, we’ll take a brief look at the 3D printed suppressors made by H&P Manufacturing. As you can see in the images, these have a really unusual shape. The portion that goes below the barrel allows having less added length over the muzzle at a given suppressor volume. It also allows shifting the weight rearward compared to a conventional silencer of similar volume. The internal geometry of these suppressors directs the gasses to the lower expansion chamber. The front vent slots are designed to let the cooled down gasses leave the suppressor body.
Because it is a solid one-piece construction, you can’t disassemble it. According to H&P Manufacturing, ultrasonic cleaning solutions must be used to clean these suppressors.
There is no information concerning the availability and pricing because these suppressors are prototypes. As soon as they become available on the market or any other information is published, we’ll keep our readers informed.