Suppressors 101

Suppressors (otherwise known as “silencers”) are nothing new. They are essentially mufflers for firearms and have been around since the very early 1900’s.

In 1934, the National Firearms Act (NFA) was implemented as a means to restrict and regulate certain firearms and devices. This included a heavy $200 tax on suppressors, essentially halting development for 40 years. The $200 tax still remains today [….]

Today, suppressors are still administered and regulated in the U.S by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which oversees the application process, criminal background checks, and taxes. Their own publications show growth from 2010 to 2015 of 285,087 registered silencers in private hands to 902,085, which is a 317% increase. States also have laws governing private ownership of silencers; at this time, silencers are legal for private ownership in 42 states and legal for hunting in 40.

Suppressors: The History
by Emily Rupertus – Wednesday, October 5, 2016

While the purpose of suppressors and the technology behind them is simple and straightforward, the process to purchase one is anything but. If you’re interested in acquiring a suppressor for a pistol or long gun, here’s what you need know.

An Official Journal Of The NRA | The Truth About Suppressors

A suppressor (also known as a “silencer”) is nothing more than a muffler. The term “suppressor” is preferred today because it is more accurate, as the sound of a gunshot is hardly silenced; it is suppressed.