Shooting and Maintenance

Nerd Note:

The speed of sound is directly proportional to the square root of absolute temperature. That is, faster in hotter air, slower in colder air. Altitude and humidity are irrelevant, except as temperature correlates to altitude. Super-nerdy nerd note: Near the speed of sound, tiny areas in the airflow around the bullet are actually a bit faster, and other regions are a bit slower than sound. The bullet is actually flying at a “trans-sonic” (transonic) speed if any part of the airflow is supersonic. At transonic speeds just below the speed of sound, small local shock waves, or mini- “sonic booms” can develop that are loud, but not nearly so loud as the sonic boom from a fully supersonic bullet. Depending on the shape of the bullet, this transonic speed regime may begin at something like 90% - 97% of the speed of sound, or Mach 0.9 to 0.97. Bluff shapes have the lower transonic transition speeds, pointed tips and large ogives have the higher transition speeds.

Actually Useful Nerd Note:

The chambers inside a Form 1 Z DIY Suppressor have been computer designed with ‘anechoic’ (anti-echo) noise cancelling internal shapes. The anechoic chambers take advantage of these disagreeable little ‘standing’ shockwaves inside the suppressor to partially cancel each other out, thereby making the suppressed muzzle blast quieter than that produced by conventional suppressor designs. Notice the angle of the X Baffle ‘cones’? Notice the threads in the Center Tubes? That's why your Form 1 Z DIY Titanium Suppressor is even quieter than your name brand silencer that cost twice as much!

MAINTENANCE

For Rimfire Use:

Disassemble and clean with brushes, solvent, soap and water every 500 to 2,000 rounds, or if it is to be stored for a long time.
• Always keep threads clean, especially when re-assembling. Keep the big threads on the front lightly lubricated.
• Small barrel-end threads do not require lubrication but clean the dust off them before attaching. Keep your gun’s threads and shoulder clean when attaching.

For Centerfire Use:

After shooting a few dozen rounds to be sure you have everything right and to 'settle-in' the internal parts, Semi-permanently install the Front Cap as detailed in the Making Your Silencer section of the Technical Page. Do NOT remove the internal parts once they have been fired. No further internal maintenance is advised in normal use. Solvents may be poured into a sealed suppressor to clean inside if necessary under unusual circumstances.
• Always keep threads clean. Threads do not require lubrication but clean the dust off them before attaching. Protect your muzzle threads with the Thread Protector when the Suppressor is not installed.