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Old December 10, 2009, 11:08 AM   #9
Skans
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I tend to agree with Dave. They are commonly and technically refered to as "silencers". The term suppressor came later, probably as folks made these devices to suppress the sound of higher powered firearms than what they were originally intended for.

"Suppressor" Probably came along with the advent of "false advertising", consumer protection laws and sue-happy folks who cry when they don't think they got what they bargained for.
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