SilencerCo Turns Heads with RoboCop-Like 9mm Handgun

SilencerCo's latest prototype of the Maxim 9, a futuristic-looking 9mm integrally suppressed pistol, on display Jan. 18, 2016, at a gun range outside Las Vegas as part of SHOT Show. (Photo by Brendan McGarry/Military.com)SilencerCo's latest prototype of the Maxim 9, a futuristic-looking 9mm integrally suppressed pistol, on display Jan. 18, 2016, at a gun range outside Las Vegas as part of SHOT Show. (Photo by Brendan McGarry/Military.com)

LAS VEGAS — SilencerCo turned heads at this year’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas with its latest prototype of the Maxim 9, a futuristic-looking 9mm pistol that sort of resembles the gun from the “RoboCop” movies.

“This is the world’s first integrally suppressed 9mm handgun that is hearing safe with all types of 9mm ammunition,” Jason Schauble, a marketing official for the company, said on Monday at range day the Boulder Rifle & Pistol Club outside Vegas. “It’s definitely the coolest thing you’ll see this week. I guarantee it.”

Designers indeed looked to futuristic science-fiction movies for ideas, including “RoboCop” and “Judge Dredd,” but ultimately settled on a unique design with a thick, rectangular front end and the operating mechanism in the rear of the weapon, Schauble said.

“I’ve got a 3.5-inch fixed barrel, so it’s still accurate — I can still get the velocity I need,” he said. “But I’ve got as much room up front to suppress the actual noise.”

When asked what makes the design unique, Schauble said, “People have done integrally-supressed pistols before — the Chinese, the Russians — but they did it with a .32-caliber cartridge, which is not going to kill anything, or it’s a you-can-only-use-this-bullet, right? — I can only use a subsonic, light round, at 20 feet in close range or something like that. So we made it so I can use 124-grain-plus-p-plus jacketed hollow point, which is the loudest 9mm pistol cartridge in this configuration.”

The weapon uses Glock magazines and can accommodate any type of after-market sights, he said. While a previous prototype was unveiled at a product launch event in September, this second version is “much closer to what our final iteration will look like,” he said.

SilencerCo, based in West Valley City in Utah, plans to ship the product later this year, with an expected retail price of between $1,500 and $2,000.

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  • Thomas_67

    Smart move to use Glock magazines.

  • JCitizen

    After hearing the BATFE requirements, I think it was also smart to make it longer than some might like, so they can legally make it as long as they like. As far as I’m concerned, I’d leave it full lenght, just to ease some of the noise of the supersonic loads.

  • Sandy

    interesting….how does GLOCK feel about your using their mags – what would be, if any, legal issues doing that…looking forward to seeing it and shooting it. Glad you all made it to shoot +P rounds! Well done!

    • defensor fortismo

      as opposed to, say, kel tec sub 2000, or any of the other 9mm ARs on the market? This is still going to be a niche item for those who can afford it and are willing to bang their heads against the wall of the ATF