It recently dawned on me that the mini-lathe in my basement, with just a few parts, can be returned to it's original metal-cutting configuration. Seeing as I can buy parts and tooling at distributor cost, I figured why not tool up and cut metal? And why not do that with the immediate goal of making a suppressor or three?
My problem now is trying to understand suppressor design, and what makes one work. From the research I've been able to do, I think I want a mono core (looks like a simpler, cleaner design), and I know I'd like to be able to disassemble it for cleaning. Beyond that, school me. Wet vs dry, slant baffle, milled core?
The calibers I'm looking at to start are .22 (probably the first can), .45ACP (because it screams "suppress me") and 7.62.
As far as tooling, right now I have or have access to drill presses, a small lathe, oxy/acetylene and mig welding equipment. I'm planning on acquiring a small vertical mill in the near future, as well.