Mod finally showed up… Gotta laugh, here's a story

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    ptthere
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    So… I ordered a custom-built mod last month from overseas, from someone who had good providence from online research that I did. The intention from the start was permanently attaching it to my AIRGUN barrel assuming it worked for my needs (keeping the neighbor happy and also keeping things quiet plinking indoors). It is advertised as an airgun suppressor. It finally arrived yesterday. Here's the rollercoaster of it:

    Shipping actually started quick after it was fabricated to my needs (mounting, FPE, caliber, etc). It was sent "Priority Registered Mail" (air) from what I will refer to at the moment as "somewhere overseas." From drop-off from the seller in a foreign land to landing in NYC only took a couple days. Then things got interesting. The next tracking update I got from USPS was transfer from their ISC at JFK airport saying "INBOUND INTO CUSTOMS." And then for three days, no more updates. Uh-oh.

    So I did some random silent (no pun intended) investigating. I came across A LOT of posts to the USPS Inspector General's website of that particular USPS ISC (International Shipping Center) in NYC, and there were years of posts and multiple posts per day of people claiming that their package was either stolen from the facility or seized by customs. So at this point, I was thinking I might be SOL.

    Then after 3 days, the tracking updated (with post-dating as well), and it turns out that my package cleared customs in less than 24 hours… It just took forever to update. I could not help but think to myself "What did the seller write on the package as a declaration of contained items for the customs agents to verify?" It left NYC at the very end of last week. It showed up at my door in the Midwest yesterday.

    So, what of the customs tag on the padded envelope? On the back of the envelope, the declaration is there, and the description made me chuckle:

    Very wise grasshopper 😂. I will say that my "vacuum pump muffler 😉" was extremely well packaged, and also EXTREMELY-well made… Almost to a fault. It is now PERMANENTLY attached to my air rifle. Attempting to remove it, say, with a torch, should destroy the "vacuum pump muffler" before the actual bonded points which would melt the aluminum of the "vacuum pump muffler" before it ever released from the barrel. So basically, the barrel and mod (oops, I meant "vacuum pump muffler") have become integral as intended.

    One nice touch was something I didn't even see when I first opened the package. I went to dispose of the empty padded envelope and something was off. The envelope was still heavy for what it was. I peaked into it again, and there was a non-attention-grabbing glob of shipping tape around what appeared to be some stray bubble-wrap, which blended into the inside of the rest of the packaging… But at the same time it didn't. At first I thought it fell off of the package-within-a-package unwrapping that I did. But inside of this glob I could feel solid mass, but it was so thick I couldn't make out what was inside. So after carefully using a razor-knife, I peeled away the layers of the tough-as-nails packing tape that was used only to find a "free gift." A nice sample-pack of JSB Heavy's! Nice little touch!

    I'll post up an actual review of the mod's db results later this week, and probably with my entire project in general in the coming weeks, it was almost 4 months in the making and unfortunately is not done yet due to unexpected circumstances. Just the breif testing I did this morning, it really sounds very efficient and makes a huge difference. To be honest I probably won't name-drop the vendor just yet, although I must admit I think he does OUTSTANDING work on this level. Pictures and a review to come soon.

    PT

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    STO
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    I've been doing shipping for years. My best advice to anyone expecting an international package is to NOT watch the tracking. People love tracking when it updates, because it gives them a sense of progress and control, but there are a couple major problems with it:

    1) It doesn't tell you where your package is, only where it has been. This makes it a lot less useful than you might think. 

    2) I have NEVER seen a lost package "tracked down" because of tracking. 

    3) Customs, in the broadest sense, doesn't give a rip. So your items won't update when they're in customs and sometimes they'll be in that black hole for days, sometimes for weeks, and you just won't know. 

     

    So, simply put, it is best not to watch tracking too closely or get too excited about these things. I'm glad to hear your mod arrived safe and sound though. :) The whole vacuum pump muffler thing gave me a giggle. Let us know with pics and context when you're ready to go public, I'm very curious to hear what you're running. :) 

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    Whiplash
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    Consider yourself lucky. I was having a custom vape mod made a cpl years ago and had a block of wood I ordered sent straight to my mod maker. Was going from Hawaii to just outside Seattle. Went from shipper to a sort  facility 10 miles from destination in 3 days. It then spent the next 3 weeks bouncing  between miami, Los angelos, back to Miami, to a bit farther north in California then finally to my mod maker.

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    Leon83
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    Waybill from Poland… interesting…

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    Lewis
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    Any pics of the muffler?

     

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    ptthere
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    Lewis

    Any pics of the muffler?

     

    I'll try to grab some pics later today. I've kind of been living at work this week… Anyway, it's built VERY solid.

    I took a few shots with it yesterday, and it is remarkably efficient. I don't have my good db meter anymore to measure it, but it is mounted on a NP rifle, and I purposely fired it from the hip because I didn't want the piston noise right next to my head to interfere with my opinion on the pop from the muzzle.

    The ONLY thing that could be heard was the piston smacking forward. Muzzle noise was not audible whatsoever, which is a statement of itself compared to where it used to be.

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    mariejustice54
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    Please share pics of Muffler. I wanna see it. 

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    ptthere
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    Second mod finally showed up today. Lost the tracking the moment it left Poland. Pics:

    It is threaded 1/2-20 UNF. The threads seem to be a steel or stainless steel insert that has been machined and pressed into the aluminum tube during assembly. The black powder-coating that is applied over the aluminum outer is tough stuff. I exposed the first one of these I bought to some agrressive solvents and it held up like a champ. The matte finish and has a little bit of texture to it as far as "feel," but to the naked eye it's mainly just flat black in appearance.

    Bored for .22…

    Before, with OEM integral mod inside of the barrel shroud (Benjamin Summit .22, NP2, approximately 25.5 FPE):

    Picture from today after removing OEM mod/shroud and installing new mod:

    As you can see, OAL (overall length) didn't change much for this particular rifle, because the plastic factory mod was integral inside of the thin metal shroud that came with the gun.

    The new mod is 3mm-walled aluminum tube with steel internals, and definitely weighs more than the light-as-heck OEM mod/shroud, maybe 8 ounces. I might shoot it tomorrow if I get a chance. If it performs anywhere near the first one I ordered for my other rifle, I am sure I will be happy as that one is almost identical to this one and it really exceeded my expectations.

    About $55 for the mod which included Priority Registered Air out of Poland (FYI $55 US goes a long way in Poland) 5 chambers/baffles, all metal construction. I'm happy (and hopefully my neighbors will be as well).

    PT

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