Maxim Defense Steps Into The Suppressor Game

After Smith & Wesson acquired Gemtech and moved the company across the US, Maxim Defense hired much of the talent that they left behind in their wake.

Phil Dater is one of those people.

Phil was one of the brains behind Gemtech, and his private consulting practice with Antares Technologies has done a lot behind the scenes for the modern small arms industry with an emphasis on making those small arms quiet.

Michael Windfield, founder and owner of Maxim Defense, said "We do the hard stuff first."

This "hard stuff" refers to Maxim Defense successfully suppressing an FN MAG belt-fed machine gun!

Maxim Defense MSX-240 Suppressor
Maxim Defense MSX-240 Suppressor

Having checked that box, they began the development of a full line of suppressors.

The Department of Defense has a goal to suppress all the weapons in use by SOCOM by 2026. The DoD is expected to release its official solicitation soon, so Maxim Defense is making sure they are poised and ready.

One of the driving factors behind the Maxim Defense suppressors is the safety of the end-users.

Yes, making the weapons quieter allows them to be harder to detect and contributes to mission success, but what about the physical effects on the shooter’s hearing?

With an estimated $75 billion a year being paid out for hearing claims and concussion-related injuries, Maxim Defense is ensuring its suppressors function at or below "hearing safe" levels. OSHA’s hearing safe threshold is 140dB.

Maxim Defense suppressors drop the sound levels well below the OSHA hearing safe threshold. For example, the average measurements taken per MILSTD-1474D during testing of the DSX-D suppressor were 134dB on a 10.3" AR-15 chambered in 5.56 and 114dB with the DRF-22 rimfire suppressor. These sound levels were measured at the shooter’s ear.

Maxim Defense DSX-D Suppressor

The DSX-D (Duty Suppressor System – Direct Thread) suppressor is specifically designed to minimize the violent cyclic rate and gas blowback of a suppressed weapon system.

The suppressor consists of a three-piece MonoKore design that adds 7.25" to the muzzle of your rifle. The DSX-D is rated for full auto in all available calibers; 5.56mm, 7.62mm, and 6.5 Creedmoor.

There is, however, an 8.5" barrel restriction. Additionally, the suppressor can be pinned to a 10.3" barrel to essentially give you a 16" overall barrel length.

Maxim Defense DSX-D Suppressor
Maxim Defense DSX-D Suppressor

DSX-D Suppressor Features

  • State of the art MonoKore Design
  • Simple 3 piece design
  • Constructed of military-grade materials (Grade-5 Titanium and 17-4 Stainless Steel)
  • Drops the sound level below the OSHA hearing safe threshold of 140dB
  • Purposely built for each available caliber (5.56, 7.62, 6.5 Creedmoor)
  • The suppressor core has integrated carbon cutters for easy tube cleaning
  • Full auto rated in all available calibers
  • Ships with direct thread mount (1/2×28 for 5.56 or 5/8×24 for 7.62 and 6.5 Creedmoor)
  • Disassembles with common tools for end-user serviceability

Maxim Defense DSX-D Suppressor

DSX-D Suppressor Technical Specs

  • Diameter: 1.75" outer diameter
  • Material Composition: Grade-5 Titanium and 17-4 Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 21 ounces
  • Overall Length: 7.9"
  • Finish: Cerakote and DLC (Diamond-Like Coating)

DSX-D SUPPRESSOR

$1,295.00
at Maxim Defense
Prices accurate at time of writing

DSX-D Suppressor Testing Protocol

Duty built for the world’s most rigorous demands, this suppressor is designed to be the most robust and strongest suppressor in its category.

It has been repeatedly tested with SOCOM tables across a variety of calibers and barrel lengths, down to 8.5" 5.56 NATO with M855 ball ammunition, and has survived with no damage or significant change in sound reduction.

SOCOM Firing Table test is conducted using 8 fully loaded 30-round magazines, fired sequentially at different rates, from 1 round per second to a full auto mag dump.

Magazine #1 – 1 round per second
Magazine #2 – 2 rounds per second
Magazine #3 – 1 round per second
Magazine #4 – 3 to 5 round burst
Magazine #5 – 1 round per second
Magazine #6 – 2 rounds per second
Magazine #7 – 1 round per second
Magazine #8 – FULL AUTO mag dump!

Maxim Defense DRF-22 Rimfire Suppressor

The DRF-22 (Direct Thread Rimfire) Suppressor is specifically designed to minimize the increase in cyclic rate and gas blowback of a suppressed rimfire firearm.  Primary design features include the significant reduction of sound signature, decreasing flash signature, reduction of recoil, and an increase in accuracy.

Maxim Defense DFR-22 Suppressor
Maxim Defense DFR-22 Suppressor

DRF-22 Rimfire Suppressor Features

  • State of the art MonoKore Design
  • Simple 3 piece design
  • Constructed of military-grade materials
  • No detectable first round pop
  • Specifically designed for .22LR pistols and rifles chambered in .22LR, .22MAG, and.17HMR
  • Disassembles with common tools for end-user serviceability

Maxim Defense DFR-22 Suppressor

DRF-22 Rimfire Suppressor Technical Specs

  • Diameter: 1.0" outer diameter
  • Material Composition: 7075-T6 Aluminum and 6AI-4V Titanium
  • Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Overall Length: 5.9"
  • Finish: Type III MIL-SPEC hard coat anodizing and DLC

DRF:22 SUPPRESSOR

$439.95
at Maxim Defense
Prices accurate at time of writing

There are three design features that stood out as we spoke with the guys who were involved in the development of these suppressors.

Maxim Defense Steps Into The Suppressor Game

First, they are user-serviceable meaning that you can disassemble and clean the suppressor without having any specialized tools or having to send it into Maxim. If the core itself becomes compromised from a bullet strike, all you have to do is remove the core from the tube and send that part to Maxim. No need to send in the serialized part and have to deal with the red tape of replacing that.

Second, the suppressor tube has an integrated carbon scraper. As you unscrew and pull the tube from the core, it scrapes any excess carbon from the internal core of the suppressor.

Third, with some other suppressors on the market, after running a lot of rounds through them, the threads tend to lock up and you cannot remove the suppressor from the gun. Maxim Defense has put the time into their thread design to ensure the suppressor stays secured to the weapon at all times, but when the time comes to remove it, it will unthread with minimal effort.

Wrapping It Up

In short, Maxim Defense is not just another gun manufacturer. They have become a leading defense development company.

After getting a glimpse of the new line of suppressors to be released throughout 2022, it comes as no surprise that they are on a trajectory to remain a leading development company for SOCOM and other military units.

To learn more about Maxim Defense Industries, visit their website at https://www.maximdefense.com/.

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Table of Contents

  • Maxim Defense DSX-D Suppressor
  • DSX-D Suppressor Features
  • DSX-D Suppressor Technical Specs
  • DSX-D Suppressor Testing Protocol
  • Maxim Defense DRF-22 Rimfire Suppressor
  • DRF-22 Rimfire Suppressor Features
  • DRF-22 Rimfire Suppressor Technical Specs
  • Wrapping It Up

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