Did you hear that?

September 22, 2015

SilencerSuppressors. More commonly (and incorrectly) called silencers. Most people immediately think James Bond or Seal Team 6 when they think of suppressed weapons. Why would anyone need them outside of covert operations? While this conversation does not have much to do with carrying, I wanted to cover the topic as this has a direct impact on training and improving yourself as a responsibly armed citizen.As of this last weekend, my home state of Minnesota recently approved a bill permitting suppressor sales and hunting use. I know what you are thinking, “How are those conservative, passive aggressive farmers the 40th State (so new my map doesn’t even reflect it) to approve the sale of suppressors? This should have been done long ago.”Now, before we jump into name-calling, let’s take a look at the benefits of a suppressor.

What is it?

Simply put, a suppressor (or silencer) is a device that attaches to the end of your firearm and assists with noise and flash reduction. Hopefully we all wear ear protection while we are on the range, but I am certain that almost everyone reading this has had a round discharged while their ear pro was removed. If you haven’t, please don’t go trying it like when you mother told you not to touch the hot stove but you did. If you have, you just know how dangerous it can be.

Let me break out some science for you. According to the researchers over at www.dangerousdecibles.org (with a name like that you have to trust them) a normal conversation comes in right around 60 decibels (db). At 90 db, or a car horn from ten feet away, the human ear can sustain permanent damage. At 130 db, hearing loss can be almost guaranteed. Finally, our gunshot comes in at 140-190 db – loud enough to cause immediate, permanent hearing loss.

Benefits and Why You Need One

As we explored above, the benefits of a suppressor are easy to be heard (pun intended.) Obviously hearing protection is readily available and much cheaper than a suppressor, so why would you spend more money and go through the process of applying for an ATF SOT tax stamp?

Well besides the fact that you will be possibly the coolest person at the range, there are numerous benefits to owning and shooting with a suppressed weapon. First, obviously, is the additional hearing protection. Complimented with ear pro, a suppressor will be sure to keep your hearing safe. In many cases, like hunting, a suppressed weapon can take the place of ear protection, enabling you to hear your surroundings more clearly.

Additionally, suppressed weapons can assist shooters in rural areas or at outdoor ranges that are nearby to residences by reducing the noise pollution and resulting in happier neighbors. Outside of keeping your neighbors happy so that you can borrow their lawn mower, it also prevents complaints to the city or county regarding the noise level. These complaints have been known to shut down public and private outdoor ranges, and we certainly do not want that to happen.

Finally, a suppressor can actually make you a better shooter. The metal can on the end of the rifle not only reduces noise but it assists with recoil and muzzle rise. Don’t be that guy that consistently brags about the eighteen point buck that got away because your shot went wide left. This reduced recoil and muzzle rise allows you to come back down on target quicker and more efficiently.

Undoubtedly, suppressors provide numerous benefits. They reduce noise to a safe level for human hearing, allow shooters to utilize ranges without additional noise pollution to the surrounding areas, and allow you to have a more controlled and consistent shooting experience, be it at the range or in the stand.

Jay Busch

** If you are looking for assistance with applying for an SOT stamp to purchase a silencer, please shoot an email over to sales@nationalcarryacademy.com. The money guys wouldn’t let me post something without the sale pitch.

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