Actually Chris is correct here. This silencer was sold as the one to get for places that required noise suppression. The “tip” which is actually the entire end cap is riveted on, not bolted/screwed as it would be if it were supposed to be removable. I bought it new and it did NOT come with a straight tip. If it had, I would have just put it on there! The reason I asked about the effects of just cutting it off is that I see different silencers (same ones in different lengths) being sold as ideal for short, medium and long courses. I think I’ll just cut it off and see what happens. I can always have a short tube welded on there if it has a negative effect on performance.