While browsing the internet, I found that people were selling threaded adapters for the M1Garand for under $20. I got this one for about $16 shipped.
For $16 dollars I couldn’t pass this up.
I screwed on a Surefire flash hider mount and placed this on the rifle for the picture above.
But, the M1Garand is probably not a good choice for suppressing. If you don’t adjust the gas system for it, you could bend the op-rod or break the receiver. An adjustable gas plug would probably be a necessity. I don’t plan to fire the Garand silenced, and I don’t trust a $16 dollar adapter that goes around the barrel to be concentric to the bore. But it is kinda fun to know that I could do it if I wanted too.
As great as silencers are, there are times they are not ideal.
An example of when it would be a poor choice due to the physics and mechanical problems would be when you are doing high volumes of fire from guns like the M249 SAW. Not only is a high volume of fire hard on the silencer, there can be other problems. Multiple sources report that the M249 barrel can get hot enough to melt the lead cores of the bullets causing them to destabilize enough to cause baffle strikes destroying silencers. Even on a semi-auto rifle, a silencer is far from ideal when you are doing very high volume rapid fire.
I recall hearing a story about some of our guys in the Vietnam war. The writer reports that he was carrying a silencer submachine gun and he observed when his group was trying to break contact with the enemy that his gun would not suppress them. Funny way to turn a phrase, but the guys with unsilenced firearms could fire in the direction of the enemy and cause them to duck and slow their movement. But if he fired a burst at them from his silenced SMG, the enemy didn’t realized they were being fired on, and continued their advancing attack.
There may be times when a silencer isn’t the best choice. Still I’d rather have a silencer and have the option to take it off than not have one at all.