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If you own a suppressor, why did you buy it?

  • For home defense

    Votes: 13 37.1%
  • For hunting

    Votes: 8 22.9%
  • For range use

    Votes: 11 31.4%
  • Because it is my right

    Votes: 9 25.7%
  • Because it looks cool

    Votes: 4 11.4%
  • Other

    Votes: 15 42.9%

  • Total voters
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Every time I look at suppressors I think, "Okay, they look cool, and I can see some benefits, but!" They just don't make a lot of sense to me.

I mean I get the whole ear protection thing, especially in your house, but really? I struggle with the cost of a good quality suppressor, looks like anything decent hovers right around $1000.00. I struggle with the bulk and length. I struggle with the tax stamp. If I get one, I have to buy a threaded barrel. I struggle with the fact that if I get one for my pistol, I can't carry it on a daily basis so it's only really good for at home, at night, if someone breaks in. And then they tell you that you should still wear ear protection...

I've thought about buying one for hunting and aside from the price, it means carrying a rifle that is a good 6 inches longer than I like for the wooded places I hunt. If I want to take it out of state for hunting I have to ask for permission?

Is there something I don't understand about suppressors? I like all things firearms, but I just don't feel the itch to buy a suppressor...
 

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I like them simply because the gun is not as loud. There is no benefit to being loud. Also, the government doesn’t want me to have them.
 

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Every time I look at suppressors I think, "Okay, they look cool, and I can see some benefits, but!" They just don't make a lot of sense to me.

I mean I get the whole ear protection thing, especially in your house, but really? I struggle with the cost of a good quality suppressor, looks like anything decent hovers right around $1000.00. I struggle with the bulk and length. I struggle with the tax stamp. I struggle with the fact that if I get one for my pistol, I can't carry it on a daily basis so it's only really good for at home, at night, if someone breaks in. And then they tell you that you should still wear ear protection...

I've thought about buying one for hunting and aside from the price, it means carrying a rifle that is a good 6 inches longer than I like for the wooded places I hunt. If I want to take it out of state for hunting I have to ask for permission?

Is there something I don't understand about suppressors? I like all things firearms, but I just don't feel the itch to buy a suppressor...
I came to the same conclusion as you.
If they actually worked like they do in the movies I’d be all over them. But they don’t. Meh ...
 

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Integral suppressors don't increase barrel length, and are legal on my air arms without having to jump through ATF hoops, which I refuse to do to comply with any of their ridiculous discriminatory restrictions that generate funds for them to further oppress otherwise law-abiding gun owners.

Since I reside in a suburban location, I can't legally discharge any kind of firearm without justifiable cause. So, this is why suppressors aren't on my wish list. At the range, I'm required to wear hearing and eye protection, which I always do anyway. So what's so practical about owning a can?
 

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If the prices were a lot lower I might be interested in buying one but they are way above a reasonable price for what they are. I also do not want to deal with the extra paperwork that is involved with getting one.
 

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99% of my shooting is at indoor ranges so a suppressor doesn't have much benefit for me. I'd rather have a set of ear muffs next to my HD guns than spend hundreds to thousands for a suppressor.
 

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I've never once given thought to keeping ear protection in my nightstand next to my .45. If something is going bump in the night I want to be able to hear exactly where it is. So having a silenced weapon for home defense never made my radar.

And in all the years I've spent hunting, the muzzle blast never bothered me when taking a shot. As I was told early in life by my uncle, when you take the shot you won't notice the boom or the kick. And he was right.

And, at the range? What good would a silencer be if everyone else is shooting without one? You're still gonna need ear cover.

So, if the cool factor is what it comes down to, just spend $35 bucks on a fake suppressor.
 

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Yes, I heard that they are still too loud to use inside a house without ear protection.
Hey if you want one, great!
As for me I would rather spend my 1K on another gun.
Don’t believe everything you’ve heard.

I’ve fired suppressed pistols on an indoor range with no earpro, and it was nowhere near too loud; definitely not even close to painful, about the same as firing a .22 rifle outdoors without earpro.

Bare concrete walls and floor would be about the worst environment to have any noise attenuation, too.
 

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I also struggled with the price, until I found them at a 60-75% discount. The 308 suppressor was 499 from 1499. A month later, the same vendor had the 5.56 unit for 349 from 1380. It took 10 1/2 months to get the tax stamps from ATF. Ridiculous !!

One private island where I hunt hogs requires running suppressed.

It's nice to be able to shoot the AR10 and Rem 700 without ear pro if I want. The 556 unit also works on the 22s and with subsonic ammo is pretty much like the movies. Unless your ammo is subsonic, you will always hear the supersonic crack of the bullet.

The 556 unit consists of two suppressors. The first is a "pressure regulator" that controls the initial blast of gas followed by a "signature reduction module" that lowers the Dbs. The first can be run by itself adding about 2 1/2" to the barrel length. The AR pistol I'm building has an 8 1/2" barrel with a 10" hand guard. The regulator alone extends less than an inch beyond the guard.

The suppressors are from OSS and incorporate their "Flow thru" design. There's no gas in your face from the ejection port on the ARs.

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If they were off-the-shelf items for around $100, I would buy a couple. At $1,000 with a ten month wait and then having to carry the tax stamp with the gun and use sub-sonic ammo, they are not on my wish list.
 

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If they were off-the-shelf items for around $100, I would buy a couple. At $1,000 with a ten month wait and then having to carry the tax stamp with the gun and use sub-sonic ammo, they are not on my wish list.
Had the HPA been passed, we would see the prices come down considerably.
 

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If they were off-the-shelf items for around $100, I would buy a couple. At $1,000 with a ten month wait and then having to carry the tax stamp with the gun and use sub-sonic ammo, they are not on my wish list.
You don’t have to use subsonic ammo; most suppressors work fine with supersonic ammo, it’s just not as quiet as subs will be.

I’ve fired supersonic ammo (9mm) through suppressed pistols on indoor ranges, and they aren’t painful, either...just a bit louder.
 

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I didn't participate in the poll, I can't have one here. I didn't think much of them till I got a chance to hunt with one! I was out of state hunting ground squirrels alongside a horse ranch. we were shooting suppressed 22lr and suppressed 17HMR. The horses did not even notice! I got to thinking about how many more places I could shoot If it did not disturb the neighbors! Both two and four legged . A lot of out of state target shooters also use them because without the report and shockwave they can keep the sights on the target and actually see the impact. I'm looking forward to getting my first one! DR
 

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I think they are neat and useful in some circumstances, but I’m not giving the Federal Gov a dime.

An oil filter works good enough for me.
 
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