Hiram P. Maxim was born into a family of innovators. Both his father and uncle were well-known inventors, credited with many technological advances in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This spirit of progress and improvement on ideas took hold in young Hiram, and he pursued mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He became a pioneer in ham radio components and automobiles, and worked in several other industries before developing the technology for which he would come to be best known: firearm silencers.
An avid outdoorsman, Hiram particularly enjoyed shooting and hunting. Often shooting in close proximity to neighbors and feeling sensitive to the nuisance he was creating, he contemplated the idea of applying the scientific principles of an automotive muffler to reduce the sound signature of a firearm.
His product was hugely successful and sold in hardware stores for $3.25. While Maxim himself called the product a “silencer,” it did not silence the firearm, only suppressed the sound of its report.Sportsmen and hunters freely enjoyed the benefits of silenced shooting until 1934 when this right was violated by an ill-conceived piece of legislation called the “National Firearms Act” (NFA). This law created a number of unreasonable barriers to silencer ownership that are still in place today, including a $200 per-item tax. In 1934, $200 was equivalent to over $3,500 today.
SilencerCo’s origins are rooted in innovation, superior quality, and customer service, and these principles inspire our every step. We reject the notion that guns must be loud and believe that the citizens of the United States of America should be entitled to the safe and enjoyable exercise of their Second Amendment right. We will continue to advocate this belief and invite you to join us as we:
FIGHT THE NOISE