Do you think there is any firearm accessory that brings about more fear than a suppressor aka silencer? Its purpose and benefits are vastly misunderstood
For the Newbs.
What is a suppressor? A suppressor is a muzzle device that attaches at the end of your firearm. It reduces the muzzle flash as well as muffles the sound intensity when the firearm is discharged.
A not so brief history.
In 1901, a man named Hiram Percy Maxim developed 2 important inventions simultaneously. Mr. Maxim and his company developed the first automobile muffler and firearm silencer. The two inventions use the same concept to make them both so effective. They both displace gases using a bunch of curved baffles that release the gases at a slower rate while reducing the severity of each sound wave emitted from them.
It was an egregious overstep by the federal government
Many speculate that it was difficult for law enforcement personnel
Why should you own one?
1. Home Defense - The chances of you wearing proper ear protection while protecting your home from an intruder is unlikely and could be dangerous. You need to be able to hear everything going on while not compromising your ear health.
2. Noise Pollution - As hunters shoot game close to residential areas, and outdoor shooting ranges are close to homes, the use of suppressors would lower the local noise pollution.
4. Novelty - As firearm owners, we know sometimes having something that is taboo for common folks is fun to have. It feels so good to feel bad sometimes.
5. It's your right - Self-explanatory.
In closing, I believe the suppressor has an incredibly interesting history in this country and it doesn't get the respect it deserves. Just like with other things politicians used fear mongering to regulate it out of the market. Thankfully we have the NRA and ASA flighting the good fight while changing public perception one person at a time.
Should the goverment be able to regulate suppressors? Let me know in the comments below!