Are Firearm Silencers Legal in Your State? The Truth About Firearm Sound Suppressors aka Silencers…
Are Firearm Silencers Legal in Your State? The Truth About Firearm Sound Suppressors aka Silencers… by Robert B – The Survivalist Blog
For experienced shooters, other than a full auto machine gun, firearm sound suppressors (silencers) are the most fun you can have firing a gun. I am fortunate to live in a state where suppressors are legal provided you obtain the federal tax stamp. Any shop that sells silencers will most likely complete the proper Class III FFL paperwork for you if you purchase one from their shop.
I’m not a huge expert on suppressors, but I do own a few with seven years of experience playing with them and I can share a few things I’ve learned over the years.
Firearm suppressors do not actually silence a gunshot, but they do suppress the sound of the gunshot drastically enough so you will not need hearing protection. Think of a firearm suppressor much like the muffler on your car. Silencers do suppress almost 100 % of the muzzle flash from your weapon. Subsonic ammunition MUST be used with silencers or you will still hear the crack of the bullet breaking the sound barrier a few feet out of the barrel. For 9mm ammo, look for 147 grain ammo. Any smaller grain 9mm round (124 grain, 115 grain, ect) will generally not be subsonic. It’s pretty easy to determine the speed of the ammo by researching it online. A good rule of thumb is ammo that is rated at 1050 feet per second or less. This goes for any caliber from .22 long rifle up to .45 caliber. The 300 Blackout Subsonic rifle round is probably the best rifle round as far as quietness while still maintaining knockdown power. I have fired AR-15 with standard .223 rounds. Sadly, it was still pretty loud and did require hearing protection.
If you decide to purchase a suppressor, you should also get a .22 suppressor. There are many .22 pistols and rifles on the market that come standard with a factory 1/2 X 28 threaded barrel. It would be in your best interest to buy a suppressor that is easy to break down for cleaning. The .22 long rifle round is a very dirty round meaning the gun powder doesn’t burn as efficiently and leaves carbon inside the baffles of the suppressor. That along with the lead from the projectile itself can over time cause problems. It’s recommended to clean the suppressor every 300 to 500 rounds.