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Magnum Wheel Man
January 26, 2009, 07:48 AM
Is there a decibal rating that defines a silencer ???

I have a local machinist that could build me compensators that could scrub "some" sound from my rifles...

I'm not looking for total silence... but I'd like to tame some of my hunting rifles to a level that could prevent hearing loss from shooting them without hearing protection... some of the handguns would be cool as well,but my question stems around the hunting rifles... I also realize I won't get rid of any super sonic "crack" just looking to scub enough noise off to save the ears...

is there a definable decibal reduction in the rules ???

if one went & got the tax stamp, can you get as many siliencers as you want / could afford, or are there limits ???

there are probably rules saying you can't hunt with a silencer ( concern about poaching...:confused: spelling ) ??? but if one could quiet up the gun enough to save the ears, yet still be allowed to hunt with the weapon, I'd outfit all my hunting rifles, & probably a couple target rifles as well...

thanks...

PTK
January 26, 2009, 09:02 AM
Any device designed or intended to reduce the report of a firearm is a silencer, whether it works or not. If your goal is ANY reduction in sound, or if there is ANY reduction in sound, it's a silencer and must be registered.

Magnum Wheel Man
January 26, 2009, 09:09 AM
so in theory, even screwing on 6" of addition barrel tube would be considered a silencer, since it would ever so slightly reduce the muzzle blast :confused:

hogdogs
January 26, 2009, 10:08 AM
Mag, I think the 6 inch extension is splitting hairs since it was added to increase range/velocity/energy/accuracy... But I could be wrong as I once thought if you made it from a shampoo bottle it wasn't a silencer... glad I got that out of the way before any one official informed me...
Brent

aroundlsu
January 26, 2009, 11:10 AM
The rule is 1db of sound reduction = silencer.

One stamp = one silencer.

Barrel extensions are not silencers but a barrel extension surrounded by baffles would certainly be a silencer.

Magnum Wheel Man
January 26, 2009, 12:01 PM
anyone have a quick & easy explaination on what it takes to get a siliencer then for one or two of my "louder" target rifles ???

I think I remember reading in the MN laws that they ( silencers ) were not allowed for hunting use... does anyone live where they can / do use a silencer for hunting ???

David Hineline
January 26, 2009, 12:09 PM
Minnesota does not allow silencer ownership. Move along, next question.

Magnum Wheel Man
January 26, 2009, 12:30 PM
sorry...:o

& thanks I guess

PTK
January 27, 2009, 01:19 AM
The rule is 1db of sound reduction = silencer.

Nope - Federal regs state differently...

Muffler or silencer. Any device for silencing, muffling, or diminishing the report of a portable firearm, including any combination of parts, designed or redesigned, and intended for the use in assembling or fabricating a firearm silencer or firearm muffler, and any part intended only for use in such assembly or fabrication.


And, as defined by 18 USC Sec. 921...

(24) The terms "firearm silencer" and "firearm muffler" mean any
device for silencing, muffling, or diminishing the report of a
portable firearm, including any combination of parts, designed or
redesigned, and intended for use in assembling or fabricating a
firearm silencer or firearm muffler, and any part intended only for
use in such assembly or fabrication.


The way it's worded, even if it doesn't work or makes the report louder but was INTENDED to reduce the report, it's a silencer. :)

ottosear
March 15, 2009, 08:27 AM
You, my friend need to get a Lavang compensator from D.P.M.S. It sends the sound forward and slows muzzle jump. Brownells sells them. I love mine. :D