Suppressors are becoming quite popular these days. They’re fun, safe, and make the shooting experience more enjoyable. But they are a bit of a controversial topic due to Hollywood and video games. The truth is, suppressed firearms are still loud – not the whisper quiet you see in movies and video games.
So why is it a good idea to shoot firearms suppressed?
The obvious benefit of a suppressor is hearing protection. While suppressors technically make centerfire firearms hearing safe, it’s still a good idea to wear hearing protection while shooting standard supersonic ammunition. Similar to operating heavy machinery or lawnmowers, you won’t suffer hearing loss using it occasionally, but extended use would result in hearing loss.
A suppressor helps protect your hearing even when wearing hearing protection.
Lower noise pollution
Shooting ranges often catch lots of flack from the significant amount of noise it creates. Some shooting ranges will even get shut down due to noise complaints. Common use of suppressors makes shooting sports more enjoyable not only for the shooter, but more enjoyable for anyone close enough to hear the shots.
Suppressors reduce the felt recoil and the muzzle rise. This makes constant shooting or shooting of larger calibers more enjoyable. Even shooting light recoiling rounds such as .223 or 9mm becomes even more pleasant to shoot due to the reduction in concussion and increased controllability of the firearm. Any extended shooting session becomes more enjoyable when shooting suppressed.
Shoot more accurately
This point is often a debated point as to how much and why, but it is commonly recognized that suppressors make people better shooters. They don’t technically make a firearm more accurate, but they make the shooter more accurate. Common discussed reasons are the extra weight, reduced recoil, reduced noise to prevent flinching, increased bullet velocity, and more. Looking to start a debate? Tell people suppressors make people shoot more accurately.
Lots of fun
It is very difficult to properly describe the experience of shooting a suppressed firearm, be it rifle, handgun, or even shotgun. It is simply pure fun.
How to buy a suppressor
In addition for paying for the suppressor itself, you need to pay a $200 tax stamp, get fingerprinted, photographed, and fill out some paperwork. But then you need to wait anywhere from three to twelve months for the ATF to process the paperwork and you can’t take possession of your suppressor until then. Blame the NFA for this awful process.
These days, gun shops have a very streamlined process for selling suppressors. Most gun shops that are setup to sell suppressors can walk you through the entire process then and there. If they aren’t setup for one of the steps, they can point you in the correct direction. Simply find a gun shop in your area and give them a call, asking if they’re setup for all of the steps of buying a suppressor, or if you need to go somewhere else to get fingerprinted.
Help remove suppressors from the NFA
Currently suppressors are restricted items under the National Firearms Act (NFA). That requires suppressor owners to pay a $200 tax stamp, register their suppressor with the ATF, wait months for approval, and keep the ATF up to date with where they live and where they take their suppressor. It’s ridiculous that these hearing protection devices are so heavily restricted.
The Hearing Protection Act would remove suppressors from the NFA, allowing them to be purchased with just a background check – just like a regular firearm.
Please contact your representatives and urge them to support the Hearing Protection Act.