Buying a Suppressor in the US

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  1. 375 Ruger Fan

    375 Ruger Fan AH ENABLER GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

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    This link was listed in the American Hunter Insider: https://silencerco.com/suppressed/

    Recent changes in the US on buying and owning a suppressor.

    I've never been all that interested in buying a silencer or suppressor. I guess my perception was based on all the movies and TV shows. You only need a silencer if you are going to shoot somebody and you are in a James Bond movie.

    Well, then I actually went and shot a rifle with a suppressor and saw the benefit first hand. Both the noise and the recoil was cut in half on a 7mm mag. For the PH and the trackers, this is a real blessing. Same for the shooters. The low recoil makes you a better, more confident shoot. The weight on the muzzle actually helps to balance while on the sticks too. To me, the only negative is the looks and the added weight when carrying the rifle.
     

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    Just sent off for my stamp this week. Hunting with one is now allowed in WY. Won't be right for all trips, but it has its place. Nice to have both the recoil and noise reduced! Bruce
     

  3. Eddie P

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    I've got a few on my guns as they are easy to buy in the UK. Even to the pount the police encourage us to buy them for hunting to keep the neighbours happy.

    I'd suppress every gun possible.
     
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  4. markferrigno

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    The regulation change effect July 13. It basically aligned the rules between trusts and individuals, both now need finger print cards and a photo. The Chief law enforcement officer is notified (previously for an individual sale the CLEO needed to sign off on it) They should be removed from the NFA because as the above poster showed, the suppressor is a victim of hollywood silliness...........
     
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  5. Amado

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    I have three and don't know why you wouldn't use one if you're able to. I love them. Even makes my .300 win mag purr like a kitten.
     

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    markferrigno AH Enthusiast

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    I can't wait to get mine, I really wish they were over the counter......
     
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    I have them on all my rifles. Hunting with a dog it just makes sense. I would not be without one and my next rifle will also have one. I do not understand why all the restrictions in the US. Here in NZ we can just buy one of the shelf and go use it. They do not really work the way you see in the movies. Unless you are running fully subsonic ammunition there is still quite a "Crack". I think the extra weight they add to a firearm along with removing the loud "BOOM"is what actually helps with the perceived "less recoil"
     

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    It is 100% becasue of Hollywood in the US. People think you can screw one onto a .45 and it sounds like a mouse fart...
     
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    Thats crazy, my new .375-300wsm will also be suppressed. Its going to have a short 16 inch barrel at this stage so total "barrel length" with suppressor fitted will be right on 20 inches. I think un-suppressed it will be very loud
     

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    I had the EXACT same experience ... I was VERY happy with the balance ... both on the sticks and off-hand.
     

  11. ActionBob

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    I have 3 on tbe way, got in under wire with the trust. Wanted one for the 20" barreled 375 Ruger Guide Gun but couldn't find anything I wanted. Ordered a rimfire model good from .17 up to 22 hornet. A 30 cal that can handle a 300 mag and got an adapter to take it downto .223. That one should screw right onto my 2 threaded AR15's, my DPMS Light Hunter AR 10 .308, Ruger Guide gun 30-06 and Kimber Mountain Accent 300 WSM. Then also got one for my 12 gauge SBE II. Hope to be trying them out as soon as the government gets around toissuing the stamps.

    Interestingly, when searching the internet for a .375 model, the best deals I found were in RSA. One could buy about 5 or 6 for the cost of one here in the USA... They could actially be a throw away after one hunt for the cost;)
     
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    Suppressors are great. I love not needing to wear ear protection on my hunt. The hassle of buying one in the US is dumb and frustrating, but still totally worth it.

    I just got back from south Africa and I brought mine along on the trip- no issues with customs on either side of the Atlantic. My PHs said I was the first American they'd seen bring one along!

    I used a silencerco omega on my 7mm rem mag. Here's a Waterbuck and my wife's sable:
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    Its for the children's ears....
     

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    I shoot and hunt suppressed almost exclusively. Suppressors look sexy on m4s ;) and you nailed it! Tons of benefit to it. 2urm1j8.jpg
     

  15. Philip Glass

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    I have several including just purchasing Silencer Co Omega. I wanted a lightweight 30 cal suppressor for my 10 year old son to use in his new .308. The recoil reduction is remarkable. Want to take him to Africa soon! I can't imagine not having them now.
    Regards,
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    Of course the attitude towards them is stupid, but a quick look at NZ laws shows a lot of nonsense too. In the states our gun laws overall are much less restrictive than those in NZ. It varies of course from state to state somewhat and even city to city in some of the less shooter friendly states. For instance Chicago Illinois, has some of the toughest gun laws in the country and also one of the highest murder rates! So much for gun control! Most gun laws are pretty stupid though. Most states here don't require any kind of license to own or shoot guns, we don't have to belong to a club to shoot, I believe in the UK handguns must be left at a club locked up, not criminals of course. As far as suppressors go, they seem like a good thing in most cases but no way in hell am I going to pay a $200 tax, and do BS paperwork for the privilege of owning one. They make all manner of good hearing protection that can be used in the field or on the range.:rolleyes::D
     

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    Ear protection is only partially effective. This is because the nasal cavity as well as the skull and jawbone both transmit sound impulse. It can be damaging. Supressors greatly reduce this, as well as the unpleasantness of concussion.
     

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    Its just gonna have to do.
     
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    Have you ever shot suppressed?
     

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    Nope. I can see how it might be beneficial in many ways, but like I said for various reasons, mostly because of the govt BS, not gonna happen. Plus they ruin the lines of a fine looking rifle.:rolleyes:
     

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