SayUncle points out a recent post on the SubGuns forum where one of the guys asks if hes paranoid or not, to think that owning one of these Tipton brand “Patch Catcher” devices could be considered intent to manufacture a suppressor.
From the product description:
Innovative design! Cleaning the barrel on your firearm can be messy. Solvent spatter, drips and dirty patches always seem to end up where you don’t want them. Solvents and gunk can stain clothes. Solution? The Tipton™ Catcher.
Attach it to the end of the muzzle of any gun. Screw an empty water or soda bottle into the threaded end. Dirty patches and solvent are safely and cleanly contained. Then just toss the bottle!
In my opinion, just having the product “as is” and using it to catch patches would never be considered intent.
I’d say it would be a completely different story though if you were caught shooting with the patch catcher on, and a bottle attached. Worse yet, if you were caught with the patch catcher and a bottle that had something that looked like it had baffling, spacers, wipes etc.. I think it would be safe to say you would be in a load of trouble.
There are quite a few videos on YouTube of people making plastic bottle suppressors and using them on their 22LR. It’s hard to tell with background noise and crappy cameras if the sound is actually being suppressed. I wouldn’t want to take any chances though.
Tipton patch catcher on Sportsmans Guide – HERE
Hat Tip: SayUncle