"regardless of the design in the supressor, In quantity, should cost no more that 10-20$ to make and sell them...any premium on that is just marketing and design.
There is a member on this board which I am good friends with who works at a cnc shop and can do his own jobs...If you can get blueprints he'll crank it out."
My experience and understanding on the above statements are quite different. The design has a great deal to do with cost. A simple tube with internal threads is a 1-2-3 job. A model with thirty seven holes, offset every 12 degrees, with angular slots that are timed to the barrel threads may take a bit longer. If someone came to my shop and wanted me to bid on ten Phoenix Flash Hiders, I certainly could not sell them for 10-20 dollars. I would have material costs, tooling costs, set-up costs, programming costs, finishing costs and shipping costs. Typical cost to run parts on a CNC machine are anywhere from 50.00 to 75.00 dollars per hour. And if you are lucky enough to have a CNC mill/turn, you ain't going to charge those prices. For ten pieces:
Let's say material is 25.00 (money)
Tooling......It could be 25-250 dollars, or more, depending on the tooling needed (money)
Set-up may take 30 min to 90 min, probably longer (time)
Writing a program could take 60 min to hours (time)
Deburring could just take a few minutes or a few hours depending where the burrs are and how they are removed (time)
Finish will take another few hour to blast and park (time)
Packaging and shipping may take an hour or so and gets expensive. (time)
For what you get from Dave, the man who makes the Phoenix Flash Hider, it is a very fair, maybe excellent, deal. No flame intended my friend robpiat, just another point of view. And if you have a chance to speak to your CNC friend, ask him how long it would take him to run ten of the Phoenix. Nothing else, just make the parts.
You want me to do this for how much?