The Gun Digest series of books on various firearms subjects are all well written and thought out, and contain a whole lot of valuable information for those who love firearms. Patrick Sweeny has authored several books in this series. Mr. Sweeny has been a gunsmith and top competitor in pistol competition shoots, as well as a leading magazine and book author in this field, and he has lent his usual thorough approach to this valuable volume on firearm suppressors. How suppressors work, how they are regulated, some development history, profiles of major manufacturers, tips on using suppressors on handguns, rifles, and semi-auto firearms – even shotguns – are all subjects well-covered here. There is even a chapter on “making your own” suppressors that discusses regulations as well as construction.
Patrick Sweeny also has an engineering degree, and explains the various gas “laws” applicable to how and why suppressors work much better than I remember them being presented back in high school physics and chemistry classes.
Even if you are like me, and not much interested in suppressors as used on AR’s and sub machine guns, a lot of the information that applies to them can also be applied to a suppressor for hunting, target shooting, or home defense use.