What is a silencer?
A silencer is a device attached to the barrel of a firearm which reduces the amount of noise (sound) and the muzzle flash when firing the gun.
What is the difference between a silencer and a suppressor?
Very simply, nothing at all. The terms silencer and suppressor are used interchangeably. The term suppressor may be more accurate because no mechanism will completely silence the sound made by firing a gun. But the term silencer is more recognized.
Can I own a silencer?
To own a silencer, you must be:
1. A Legal United States resident
2. 21 years of age or older
3. No felony record
4. Live in one of the 39 states that allow private ownership of silencers
Why own a silencer?
A silencer can increase accuracy while reducing recoil and muzzle flash. This, in turn, reduces shooters’ fatigue and prolongs shooting enjoyment. Silencers reduce the noise generated when firing the weapon, thereby lessening the damage to hearing. Firearms with silencers are less disturbing to people and wildlife around you.
How do I buy a silencer?
Purchasing a silencer does not have to be an intimidating process. It is very simple, but you will need to address several issues before your purchase.
Step 1: Eligibility
Are you a legal resident of the United States and not a felon?
Are you 21 years of age or older?
Do you live in one of the 39 states that allow private ownership of silencer? (Remember to check local laws and ordinances to make sure you can legally own a silencer in your area)
Step 2: To Trust, or Not To Trust
After you determine that you can legally own and possess a silencer, you should carefully consider how you are going to register your new silencer.
There are 3 ways in which you might register your silencer. Each way has its benefits and disadvantages, and only you can determine the best method for your particular situation:
1. Register your silencer in your own name:
2. Register your silencer in the name of a trust:
3. Register your new silencer to a corporation:
Step 3: Shopping - I have chosen how I want to register my silencer – Now what?
Buying a silencer online is just like buying a gun online: