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First, let’s discuss the proper terminology. Silencer or Suppressor? Well both terms are correct. Functionally speaking, they do not “silence” a weapon, they suppress the weapons sound. This is a very similar process that the exhaust system on your car uses.
The suppressor was originally invented in the early 20th century. Hiram Maxim is credited with inventing and selling the first model, the “Maxim Silencer” in 1902. The modern car muffler was developed based on this design. The term “silencer” has fallen out of favor within the firearms industry, being replaced with the more literally accurate term “sound suppressor” or “suppressor”, because a sound suppressor does not silence a weapon, but rather eliminates the muzzle flash and reduces the sonic pressure of the weapon discharging thereby suppressing the noise. BATF still uses the term silencer to classify these items.
Hollywood would have you believe just the opposite. Regardless of what you’ve seen in the movies or better yet heard in the movies, you will still hear a suppressor. Just as with a car, you can significantly suppress or reduce the sound of the motor, but will always hear it.
There are basically two types of suppressors, the “can” type and the “integral”. A can type attaches to the muzzle or the barrel, while the integral is part of the weapon itself. Both types reduce sound by allowing the rapidly expanding propellant gases to be trapped inside a series of hollow chambers and baffles. The majority of the suppressors on the market are cans, as they are easily removable and capable of being switched between weapons of the same caliber.
There are five major categories of suppressed fire noise:
- Action Noise - required to ignite the round
- Muzzle Blast - the result of the discharge of propellant
- Sonic Signature - the actual projectile fired
- Action Noise - spent round ejection & new round chambering
- Impact Noise - created from the projectile impact
The noise will vary based on the firearm, suppressor used, and the ammunition used. The two major sounds produced are the muzzle blast and the sonic signature and is generally what you hear when you fire a weapon.
Adding a suppressor to a firearm can greatly improve the pleasure of your shooting experience. One of the greatest things about shooting suppressed is the reduction of blast noise, which happens to be the worst thing about shooting. Let’s face it, shooting noise just plain sucks and can permanently damage your hearing even with proper hearing protection. Shooting without hearing protection is just plain stupid and should always be avoided if possible. The use of a suppressor has many advantages beyond just hearing conservation ranging from military, law enforcement, and hunting to name a few.
Here are a couple of common FAQs:
Are suppressors legal to own? Yes, in 38 states.
Do I need a special license to own one? No, just an approved BATF Form 4 and the tax stamp.
How long will it take to get my suppressor? Wait times on the Form 4 approvals are typically between 4 to 12 weeks but can take as long as 20.
How do I clean my suppressor? Check with your suppressor manufacturer as maintenance requirement vary. My suppressor maintenance is pretty simple. I use an air hose and blow mine out to dislodge any unburned powder, carbon buildup, etc. Other than that, they generally do not require cleaning. A little buildup in the suppressor actually helps quiet them. Always check with the manufacturer before using any solvents, oils, water or any type of cleaning agent as it could possibly damage your suppressor.
Gemtech uses a Linear Inertial Decoupler recoil device or LID, also known as a Nielsen device. These are used on semi auto handguns to assist the slide action in completing its cycling. I disassemble my LID’s and clean & re-grease them as this is a maintainable part and does requires the cleaning.
What is a “First Round Pop”? An FRP is a louder initial first shot of a cold suppressor when oxygen is present within the suppressor itself until the oxygen is replaced by the gases.
Is it legal to hunt suppressed? It depends on your states laws.
How long will my suppressor last? This all depends on the suppressor you buy and the ammo you use. Generally, it will outlast the barrel. Most suppressors are sealed cans and must be sent back to the manufacturer to get cut open to be repaired, re-built or maintained.
How much will a suppressor cost me? Prices range from $200 to $5000 depending on which suppressor you chose, plus you will need to pay the $200 tax stamp for each one.
Whenever I buy a suppressor, it is generally my intention to have the ability to move it from weapon to weapon as this is the most cost effective way to suppress the numerous weapons that I own. This is even true with my dedicated SBR’s. After all, some of these suppressors aren’t cheap.
Now you’re into it for $725 and you haven’t even got to shoot it yet, and you still have a 4 to 12 week wait for your form 4 to get approved. Chances are you aren’t going to pay full MSRP for it, but you get the point. Also, you will only need to establish your trust one time so any subsequent suppressors that you buy you won't incur that cost.
SO, when you make an investment in one of these, (and it is an investment) you want to ensure that you can use it on as many of your weapons as possible. You also want to make sure that you buy a quality suppressor. A “cheap” suppressor will most certainly cause you heartache.
As you can see from my reviews, I’ve been a Gemtech fan. There is no particular reason why. It just happens to be the brand that I started buying, and then it became an interchangeability issue. I’ve used several different brands of suppressors over the years and find that they are generally all about the same (usually within 10-15db) but have different mounting options.
Some of my individual suppressor reviews:
Caliber: 30 cal. 7.62mm NATO (.308) & .300WM
Overall Length: 9.2”
Weight: 17.5 oz
This is Gemtech’s top of the line suppressor. High performance and light weight. The lightest weight quick disconnect suppressor available for the .308 caliber. The titanium is lighter and stronger than steel and allows for quicker cooling. Lighter weight translates into lessened point of impact (POI) shift, less harmonic disturbance to the barrel. The Quickmount can be mounded with one hand in 2 seconds in any condition, and in total darkness.
This is an excellent suppressor. I generally use this on my Sig Blaser Tactical 2 chambered in .300 WM and my POF P308 AR-10 chambered in .308. This suppressor can also be used on lesser calibers. I’ve successfully mounted this on my 5.56 AR-15 and had great results.
Caliber: 5.56mm NATO (.223)
Overall Length: 7”
Weight: 14.3 oz
Material: Titanium & Inconel
Adding only 5.5” to the over weapons length, this is a performance workhorse. Brutally tested to become the new standard in 5.56mm quick mounting suppressors. Lighter, stronger, quieter, more durable and maintenance free. The Quickmount flash hider is torqued into position to ensure secure mounting and providing repeatable POI shift each time.
Gemtech Multimount (MM9)
Overall Length: 7”
Weight: 6.5 oz
Material: Aircraft Grade Aluminum
Finish: Matte Black Anodize
If you’re looking for an interchangeable 9mm suppressor system, then this is it. It was specifically designed to be a truly universal suppressor. Lightest weight in its size class and rated for subgun to pistol with the most versatile mounting options available. The MM9 is a dry suppressor but can also be used with a small amount of coolant for maximum flash and sound reduction. A Linear Inertial Decoupler recoil device or LID, also known as a Nielsen device is available for semi auto handguns to assist the slide action in completing its cycling.
Gemtech Outback II
Overall Length: 5”
Weight: 2.5 oz
Material: 7075 Aircraft Grade Aluminum with Titanium Treads
Finish: Matte Black Oxide or Realtree Anodize
Advanced thread mounting system adaptable to almost all .22LR rifles and pistols. Premium level sound reduction with an attractive price. Reduced FRP due to its size. All in all, this is a great suppressor at a great price and is now available as the IID model that can be disassembled for cleaning and maintenance. A huge improvement over the II model.
Here is a cost example for the Gemtech Outback II:
Establish a firearms trust: $200
Gemtech Outback II MSRP: $325
BATF tax stamp: $200
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