FBI Selects 3D-Printed Suppressors
The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a $4.9 million contract to HUXWRX Safety for the production and delivery of the company’s 3D-printed FLOW 556K suppressors for use by the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team. Terms of the agreement—the largest law enforcement suppressor contract to date—includes payment over a five-year period that begins with one base year and carries an option for up to four additional years.
The FLOW 556k finished first in weight, flash/spark, sound suppression, gas blowback and user assessment during rigorous testing at the FBI Ballistic Research Facility. The company’s advanced 3D-printing techniques provide for extreme tolerances, improved quality control and improved flash/sound suppression. This approach also reduces weight, shrinks development time and enhances production efficiency.
“I personally want to thank the FBI and Ballistics Research Facility for running the most comprehensive suppressor down select ever executed by the United State Government,” said Richard Elder, CEO of HUXWRX Safety. “The HUXWRX team is extremely proud to support the tip of the spear of law enforcement professionals within the United States of America.”
HUXWRX was originally established in 2009 as OSS and it didn’t take long for enthusiasts to discover the performance of its products, including the RAD 9 and RAD 45. Its flow-through technology in suppressors—minimizing or completely eliminating point-of-impact shift—quickly gained favor in the military and law enforcement.
In 2020 the company launched an exhaustive testing program focused on the blowback created when a suppressor is mounted on a firearm. The fumes generated by traditional baffle systems were significantly higher and, as the company explains on its website, “It was at that moment everything changed… In 2021, we made the decision to change our identity and commit our focus and our development to building dedicated safety systems to protect our end users.”
The Flow 556K is currently only available to military and law enforcement agencies.
Article by GUY J. SAGI