To Amateur Radio Operators, Hiram Percy Maxim is best known as the founder of the ARRL. But he was also the inventor of the first commercially viable silencer for firearms, and the same techniques were adapted to automobile mufflers. In fact, Maxim Silencers, Inc., is still in business producing silencers for industrial equipment.
The following links may be of interest:
- Maxim’s patent for a Silent Firearm
- Books and movies by and about Maxim
- Maxim’s book Life’s Place in the Cosmos (1933)