I found an interesting article in the “Airforce Times” newspaper. Sales of cans have increased from 3,020 in 2001 to 22,862 in 2011.
Silencer boom: Why more shooters are going over to cans - Off Duty, Technology - Air Force TimesSilencer boom: Why more shooters are going over to cans
Story and photo by Rob Curtis - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Aug 5, 2012 1545 EDT
Recreational suppressor use is blowing up for some of the same reasons the Defense Department has made signature reduction on the battlefield a top priority: Aside from the tactical advantages of higher bullet velocity, suppressors make shooting safer by allowing better communication and shooter comfort.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tracks these and other NFA devices — ATF calls them silencers; I prefer “suppressors” for accuracy — including short-barreled rifles and shotguns, machine guns, explosives and other destructive devices. ATF figures show that sales of new suppressors alone went up from about 3,000 in 2001 to nearly 23,000 in 2011.
Maybe I would call it a light pop instead of a boom.