This is a discussion on Silencers for HD, revisited within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by HotGuns WOW. Good article. What will they think of next ? I dunno, but since my riot gun isn't usually the house ...
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The huge booming report of your gun could actually work to your advantage. The BG may not believe that you are really gonna shoot, but that noise and any muzzle flash removes all doubt. Even if not hit, he and any of his friends may choose to seek fame and fortune elsewhere, since they are now the targets.
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I guess it depends on the situation, if you have young children and do not want them to be frightened and possibly run out in the middle of you taking out the BGs then possibly a supressor would be a viable option. There are after all plenty of other fun uses for them, that could help warrent the cost.
Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men.
I think for general home defense it may well work against you in a many aspects, but on the other hand I can see myself making the decision to use mine in a few very specific circumstances within the home(example would be running into multiple attackers in different rooms during egress and not wanting to give too much of my position away to his buddies).
Silencer=Bad for HD.
1) silencers aren't that silent. I've got 2 and you still hear the crack of the bullet very well with supersonic ammo.
2) anything you use in homedefense will be held up in front of a jury of 12 peers. If you have something that looks, says, or is colored evil it may be used against you.
3) Unless you have a really good can with a booster suppressors are not 100% reliable. My Tacitcal can had a pretty long break in period on my HK, and still has some hickups using .45 230 ball.
4) My 9mm Evo can has the nielson in it which makes it very reliable but still I wouldn't want it to not work when I needed it to.
5.) Alot of places have rules regarding class 3 items about how their being stored. Which means it must be in a locked container I wouldn't want to have to unlock a container to get a defense gun out.
6.) WHY not just use a pair of Electronic ear muffs.
Electronic ear protection don't require a tax stamp
when you put them on you can hear a mouse peeing on a moth ball in the backyard. (exageration) but litterally you can hear everythining in your house and most people breathing.
If you have them on and you shoot you won't have to worry about loosing your hearing.
I've heard the argument well I don't know if I would want to put on a pair of muffs while someones n my home. I am loosing time.
Okay WHAT ever the Tactical advantage you gain from putting on the electronic ear muffs vs. the .5 a second it takes to put them on is a huge difference. Plus most people who use this argument are thinking they are 100% a wake and their instantly going to pull their gun confront the attacker at the foot of their bed and be 100% tactically sound is a gross misinterpretation. Yet at the same time they are willing to forgo the ear mouths in place of a reverse thread muffler to put on the front of their gun. (Which sometimes takes me 30 seconds in leiu of .5 secs with the muffs. Frankly, to avoid shooting a bystander I would want to more awake and more prepapared, and understanding as to whats around me then jumping up firing shots at shadowy figures with only being awake for 5 seconds.
Most attackers or criminals or bullies when they meet someone who stands up to them expecially somebody using lethal force, they tend to back down and run like little scared dogs with their tale between their legs. If you are protecting your home right, by that I mean not CLEARING your house and becomeing the prey to the hunter, but creating a bottle neck (safe room or area) that a BG has to come through in order to get to you and your loved ones (making you the hunter and them the hunted), not to mention if you go clearing houses now in some areas it looks like your trying to start something thats bad.. Most 2nd bad guys aren't going to go through that bottle neck after he just saw his partner get hosed.
From a purely practical standpoint, yes, a can makes sense. If you're legal to own one, the question is whether you're willing to surrender it as evidence, if you use it. If you're licensed, you've had a REAL FBI check, your local LE signed off, and you're printed. Unless you use a PD, your attorney will eat the prosecution- if you shouldn't have had the can, why did the chief LEO of your area allow it? Etc., etc.,..
The argument that a supressor doesn't effectively (quantifiably and qualitatively) diminish signature, especially from someone supposedly owning one is absurd. "Ballistic crack", especially from a HG, is nothing like unattenuated muzzle blast.
My point was don't give the otherside anymore ground to stand on then they already have. I agree with you a gun is a gun is a gun and shouldn't matter if its black, yellow or blue with purple pocadots. It should be, if your being threatened attacked, and your within your right to use deadly force it shouldn't matter what your gun, looks, smells, sounds, or acts like. But thats not reality.
I use a gun most commonly used by law enforcement, nothing more! Don't use a expensive pistol or something that is all tricked out with all the safeties pinned or removed.
Example: True story
HK import plant Chantilly VA 1984.
HK Employee uses Ruger AAC 556 full auto in self defense. After he was chased from West Virginia to his work in Chantilly VA. Talk about a flee plee, well I only ran away for 60 miles and the guy put bullet holes in the back of my car, wife was pregnant and after trying to get in to a secured facility,(HK) I used my machine gun in self defense. The lawyer even said "BECAUSE" he used a machine gun in self Defense he was going to be tried for capital murder. He ended up loosing his job a crap load of money. I think their was even a statement in that article saying "If he used a Browning Superpous instead it would have made things alot differen't"
Last edited by Rob99VMI04; May 29th, 2007 at 10:05 AM.
My home defense Mossberg 835 is already super huge, and I think if someone's attacking me in my home, my hearing is the least of my concerns.
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Have you ever shot one indoors? I Shot my AAC Tactical can on an indoor shooting range while the can was wet, and there was a pretty load sound of the bullet hitting the back stop. Yes the initial sound was cut down but the load pinging sound that was ring in my ear wasn't cool. I take that to kind of like throwing a shoe against the wall as hard as you can, if you did that in a house it wouldn't be very quiet. PS They don't really sound like Muffled crickets.