SilencerCo will make their own pistols for Maxim series from scratch

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SilencerCo will make the entire Maxim 9 package– including the pistol, seen here at Industry Range Day on Monday. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The suppressor maker is stepping into firearm production, displaying the improved version of their 9mm Maxim integrally suppressed handgun at SHOT Show 2016.

Originally introduced last September and named as a tribute to Hiram Percy Maxim, inventor of the original Silencer, the prototype which sports a large rectangular suppression chamber that extends from the chamber forward and hangs down to the trigger guard was at the time based on a Smith & Wesson M&P 9.

The original versions of the Maxim were based on the Smith M&P, which has been left behind. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The original versions of the Maxim were based on the Smith M&P, which has been left behind. SilencerCo tells Guns.com the Maxim project has been two years in the making. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Moving well past that concept, SilencerCo is in the 20th stage of their design process with the Maxim 9, which will consist of a polymer-framed handgun made completely in-house with the emphasis being a gun made around a suppressor rather than a suppressor made to fit the gun.

In its current timeline, the Maxim uses standard Glock 17 mags.

Current prototypes feature a large trigger guard and some serious slide serrations. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Current prototypes feature a large trigger guard and some serious slide serrations. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The current version, seen locked open here, includes a healthy slide stop lever and a two-style trigger. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The current version, seen locked open here, includes a healthy slide stop lever and a two-style trigger. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

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The Maxim's muzzle-on view is unique. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The Maxim’s muzzle-on view is unique. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The prototype is hearing-safe with standard 9mm ammo and, while specs are not available, SilencerCo’s Scott Clinger advised Guns.com that they expect a finished product ready for sales in 4Q 2016 with an expected retail of the gun-suppressor combo to be under $2,000.