ARP 071 - Joshua Waldron, CEO of SilencerCo.

Welcome to Episode #071 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today is my co-host J.W. Ramp and our special guest, Joshua Waldron, CEO of SilencerCo. This is the podcast about your favorite black rifle!  This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There is something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level. Brownells helps make this show possible.

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Tip of the Week:

Silencer’s are legal

Main Topic:

Reed discusses SilencerCo’s new Saker 7.62 with Joshua Waldron, CEO of SilencerCo.

Listener Feedback:

Myles:  Hello, been awhile since I have written in, your multi part episode on optics had me shying away for a little while. I get it, more expensive optics are better, they had better be if they cost $1,700. Personally I am quite satisfied with my $200 Minox.

But on to the meat of the matter.

You recently talked about levers attached to bolt releases. I have no experience with the MagPul BAD lever, however I and a friend of mine have used phase 5 levers in the past and we are not happy with them.

My friend had the one piece lever, I had a cheaper unit that bolts on the stock lever. I was very happy with mine at first, but as time went by I started having malfunctions. The bolt catch failed to function every now and then. As soon as I got rid of the lever this problem went away. My friend had the same problem, which also went away when he dumped the lever.

I have been told that one might be able to rectify this by installing a stronger bolt catch spring. But since that would require drifting out a retaining pin I have decided against this for now.

Too bad really as the AR is much more comfortable to run with one of these thingies.

I forgot to add that I thought it was a bit suspicious when the outfit that sold me the Phase 5 lever gave me about a 30% discount, and it looked like it had been sitting in a drawer since the Clinton administration.


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ARP 062 - Silencers!

Reed and J.W. talk about SILENCERS!

Welcome to Episode #062 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today is one of my new Co-Hosts, J.W. Ramp. This is the podcast about your favorite black rifle!  This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There is something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level.

Otis Ripcord Giveaway

For times in the field when you just can’t reach your Otis cleaning system and need a quick and effective clean – reach for the Ripcord®. This convenient tool cleans from Breech-to-Muzzle® in one quick and easy pass. The molded rubberized core and Nomex® fibers together create a more effective way to trap and remove fouling.

Winner:  Kenny G.


Thanks for developing some quality entertainment.

I will soon purchase a bolt cleaning tool and I would like your feedback. The Otis BONE tool sounds like a quality, effective tool. However, I have seen another one that seems equally attractive, the CAT M4 tool.

Have any of you used this tool before?  Can you speak to its effectiveness?  Thanks again for the podcast. Keep up the good work.

Please enter me for the giveaway.

Kenny G.

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Main Topic: Silencers

A Little Bit of History:

  • Maxim, Hiram P
  • U.S. Patent taken out in 1909
  • Sold in mail order catalogues

What’s a Silencer:

Kinds of sound emitted from a firearm

  • Combustion (the only sound reduced by a suppressor)
  • Firearm cycling
  • Sonic crack from round going >Mach 1 = 1,116.43701 feet per second

Why Silencers:

  • Sound signature reduction
  • Recoil reduction
  • Muzzle flash elimination

Legal Discussion:

What are your options:


  • Cross-caliber compatibility (223 through a 30-cal can)
  • Rimfire must be user-serviceable due to abundance of unburned powder and projectile leading
  • Rifle cans must be rated for the pressures expected from your particular projectile, not just the bullet diameter

Baffle designs

  • Removable/Integral/Reflex
  • Monocore/K-baffles/Wipes
  • Phase cancellation with advanced designs

Mounting options

  • Threaded
  • Muzzle adapters - brakes/flash hiders
  • QD mounts


  • Rimfire: $250-500
  • Rifle: $500-1000 (5.56); $700-1700 (7.62)
  • Pistol: $500-850

Specific AR-15 concerns

  • Threaded barrel under your flash hider
  • Gas blowback in your face
  • Proper action cycling / buffer weights due to back pressure

Who makes them:

  • AAC
  • GemTech
  • OSS
  • SilencerCo
  • YHM
  • Surefire
  • AWC

Listener Feedback:

Rob L:  Hi, Have you covered hearing protection? I know not a AR specific issue. In the ancient times did USMC provide Reed with range hearing protection?

I have many retired military family/friends from WWII to Vietnam and 90% have hearing aids.

I use a Cabelas brand electronic noise reduction muffs that only cost me $25 on sale.


Mike Ray:  Keep up the great podcast. I like the new format - different co hosts. As usual, great topics. I look forward to the show every week. 

Please enter me in the contest for the OTIS giveaway.


Arturo:  Hi Reed, I enjoyed the latest episode of the AR-15 podcast, #61. Learned quite a bit, especially how do use the Otis patches properly ... who knew they were good for 6 passes!

Thought I'd suggest a topic for future episodes. It's something that I've been thinking about a lot since entering the world of the black rifle. There are so many good quality AR-15 manufacturers these days, and they all claim to be top tier and have all the best "features" and built to "Mil-Spec". So I have to wonder what really sets them apart and where the real innovation is? In past episodes you've discussed high dollar "champagne" budget AR's and "beer" budget AR's. But what does the higher price really get you ... is it just a better barrel and fancy furniture? It would be great if you could get a small panel of AR design and manufacturing experts together to discuss the differences and innovations between today's leading AR manufacturers. I'm sure there's enough content for several podcasts.

Along the same lines, I think it would be great if you could have an episode about MGI Military ( and their MARCK 15-Hydra rifles. From what I've read and seen, they've taken the modularity of the AR-15 platform to the highest level.

As always, keep up the great work and keep the podcasts coming.

P.S. Please enter me in the giveaways. Thanks!

Tim R:  I enjoy your podcast.  Would you discuss the differences and benefits of single stage and 2-stage triggers for AR rifles?  Which type shooting is each type appropriate?  Please enter my name in your giveaways.

Dave:  Hey Reed. Love the show. I'm a little confused on the situation with hosts. I mean you're great, and I don't like to put  others down, you really make the show. And I know you like the smoke blown up your you know what, but all others have been considered as guests to your show up until the marines on optics episode. You guys should seriously consider making that guy peter a full time part of this podcast. He was awesome, entertaining, funny! He really livened up the show and clicked well with you. Usually it's kind of dull but informative. Reed your great, and with a dude like Pete around it could really do this show some good.

Also enter me in the next giveaway if possible. Thanks


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