While it’s not a fully functional suppressor, it’s basically close enough said a federal judge ruling in SIG Sauer’s lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which accused the agency of acting in “an arbitrary and capricious manner” when it labeled the muzzle brake device on SIG’s MPX a silencer.
“[T]he ATF acted rationally in concluding that SIG Sauer intended the baffle core to be used only as a silencer part because the agency pointed to substantial evidence in the record to support its determination,” said New Hampshire District Judge Paul Barbadoro, in a summary Judgment last Thursday.
Barbadoro sided with the ATF’s argument, noting that the device on the end of the MPX is essentially the internal component for a suppressor. By attaching a sleeve, the “muzzle brake” then acts just like a suppressor.
“[T]he ATF was presented with conflicting evidence as to whether SIG Sauer intended the baffle core to be used only as a silencer,” he said. “It considered the relevant evidence using the correct legal standard and came to a rational conclusion based upon its expertise. No more is required to sustain its decision.”
SIG filed the lawsuit back in April of 2014. Both parties presented arguments back in July of this year.