While the laser technology that created SureFire has advanced 100-fold in the past 60 years, it took SureFire to advance suppressor technology, which was virtually unchanged for nearly a century. The original suppressor was the brainchild of Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim, the inventor of the first production recoil-operated machine gun. Maxim’s basic design lasted for 93 years before SureFire created its Suppressor Division in 2002 to redefine suppressor technology, materials and construction.
We didn’t merely want to offer a new Surefire product, we wanted to advance the state-of-the art. SureFire set some extremely ambitious goals for the next generation of suppressors: to drastically reduce not only muzzle sound but also muzzle flash and muzzle blast signature — all of which can reveal one’s position to an enemy.
Starting with the finest U.S. mill-certified high-temperature alloys available, SureFire’s Suppressor Division engineered the most advanced and fail-safe suppressor baffle system ever devised. It met all our ambitious criteria for sound, flash and dust signature reduction while remaining compact in size, lightweight and supremely durable. We torture-tested every design relentlessly to ensure that it met our goals while consistently producing a sub-1 MOA shift in point of impact when compared to the same weapon unsuppressed, regardless of the number of attach-detach cycles. Our patented front plate design virtually eliminated first-round flash signature, and our patented Fast-Attach® mounting system provided a rock-solid interface with the weapon as well as fast and easy detachment after extensive firing.
Satisfied that we had met or exceeded every goal, SureFire submitted its suppressor to the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) for consideration in the most intense and demanding suppressor trials in military history. We knew that the journey to attain a U.S. Military contract would be brutal, and that our self-imposed performance and durability standards would be put to the ultimate test.
When it was over, SureFire earned the trust of the US Military, beating all other suppressor brands and earning the right to wear the SOCOM name plus the honor of supplying our nation’s armed forces with the finest suppressors available. That contractual agreement continues today.