Suppressors are a great way to help save your hearing at the range while making you look like 007. How do they cut down all that noise though?
Most people think having a suppressor, or “silencer,” is illegal, or that you need to have a special license to own one, but that is simply not the case.
It has never been illegal to own one and, with the exception of California and Iowa (they require a valid FFL), nothing more than a special one-time tax stamp is required to purchase one. It does however, like any firearm, have to be registered.
The latest thing that is really nice for hunters is that more states are making it legal to hunt with a suppressor. Instead of alerting every living thing around you for a good distance when you take a shot, a suppressed rifle can quietly take your game.
This is great so you don’t mess with others’ chances of taking an animal nearby or if you are hunting with a group.
But how does a suppressor work? It’s not just some magical tube that attaches to your barrel and poofs the noise away. This video from BrainStuff breaks down exactly how a suppressor functions, along with the pros and cons of using one.
Suppressors can be purchased for just about any caliber weapon, including shotguns. The way a suppressor disperses all the gases to eliminate the noise is a crazy simple, but effective, engineering feat.
I have to admit, I agree with the guy in the video when it comes to suppressed shotguns. Taking something that loud and powerful to making it sound like a small .22 is insane. Just the sound of that, or should I say lack of, is pretty frightening to think about.
As of right now, there are about 24 states that allow the taking of any game animal with a suppressor. As more states alter their policies, I think it will be a complete game changer in the world of hunting.
Just imagine how much more game you could take being able to use a suppressor. Since I am lucky enough to live in one of the states where this is legal, this may be my next purchase before deer season rolls around.