Through its S.I.D. kiosks, Silencer Shop has made buying a suppressor as easy as ordering a hamburger at a fast food restaurant. Once you have your suppressor, one thing you want to make sure of when you mount it is that it’s properly aligned. If not, you can have a bullet/baffle strike.
Fortunately, checking alignment is simple.
Remove the bolt carrier group and charging handle, then clean the bore. Take the appropriate diameter suppressor alignment rod and simply slide it down the bore from the chamber end until it just sticks out from the muzzle of the suppressor. The small gap between the alignment rod and the muzzle should be concentric all the way around.
You cannot use just any old rod, such as your cleaning rod. Alignment gauges are precision ground and checked for straightness. If your suppressor doesn’t align, then you need to take everything to a gunsmith who may be able to reface the shoulder of the barrel. If your bore is off-center though, you’re probably screwed.
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In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.