a reply to: network dude
I'll weigh in as at least this is a topic that I know a bit about. Usually not the case
Silencers/suppressors should be available without dealing with ridiculous taxes, paperwork, etc. Obviously just my opinion.
A couple of observations from the comments in the thread...
Call them silencers or suppressors , both could be construed as correct. I believe suppressor is more accurate, as none completely stop a sound
signature. But the inventor, Hiram Maxim (son of the man that invented the Maxim machine gun) patented his idea in 1909 under the term silencer and
sold as such. So whatever, either or.
Currently, 42 states allow the ownership of suppressors. Again assuming you pay the taxes and jump through the hoops required.
What hoops and taxes? Well, a $200 tax stamp goes to Uncle Sam in addition to the cost of your purchase. You'll also have to either file your form 4
application as either an individual or a trust. ( this is accurate as of about two years ago, they may have made changes to whether you can purchase
under a trust recently.) If you're filing as an individual, you need to go see your local LEO, I believe the Sheriff, and get approval, as well as
printed and background checked etc. Filing as a trust? either buy premade trust documents ($100), or see a competent lawyer to have docs drawn up.
File and wait... About 3 years ago, the application forms were done so that either you could mail them in or file online. Online was significantly
quicker... for awhile. Until the system broke and the BATF closed it down. I imagine it's been fixed by now. As of two years ago, the average wait
was about 7 months to get approval. Then you could pick up your purchase at an approved FFL class 3 dealer.
I know SilencerCo, it's a good company. I know the above because I've purchased from them. At the time, which was again about two years ago, I
waited 8 months from time of purchase to get my form 4 back, and then was able to complete the other transfer form from the FFL dealer that had been
holding my purchase in his safe for the better part of a year.
As for the effectiveness of a suppressor, I only have experience with .22 caliber. The video posted earlier in the thread appears to be much louder
than my experience. Maybe it's the mic location or something. I don't know. With the suppressor I have with standard velocity ammunition, attached
to a Ruger 22/45 or Walther PPK/22, it sounds like a loud pellet gun. Put it on a Ruger 10/22 rifle with subsonic ammo, it's very quiet. Like
"Hollywood" quiet. The loudest noise is the action cycling on the rifle. Shoot it wet, or from a bolt action rifle, it's even a smidge
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