Originally Posted by A/C Guy
The proper term is suppressor, the device does not completely silence the report of any firearm larger than a pellet gun. Using the word silencer simply feeds the ignorance and hysteria of the uneducated anti gun crowd.
Actually, that's not true. The first such commercial device in the USA was marketed as a silencer.
The information in that link can be found in any number of other places too.
Both terms are equally correct, in name. Silencer is less correct in function, but that is essentially irrelevant.
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