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Old January 20, 2016, 03:16 PM   #1
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If the hearing protection act ever becomes law, would the price of suppressors become more affordable, besides the 200. tax. ?
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Old January 20, 2016, 08:58 PM   #2
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Don't bet on it. I doubt if the makers could supply the increased demand, for some time, so prices could even rise for a while.

BATFE could not ramp up approvals without shifting budget and priorities, either. Don't expect them to defer actions on the Administration gun orders, either, to do so.
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Old January 21, 2016, 01:07 AM   #3
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If they completely came off the NFA, then probably...but that is pure speculation.
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Old January 21, 2016, 04:51 PM   #4
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Wishful thinking. If I could skip the 200 tax, I would buy one regardless
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Old January 21, 2016, 06:58 PM   #5
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Yeah, if the prices were much lower, I'd consider the $200 tax as the cost of doing business and go get one, but they're running $750 or so here. If that was $150, the tax wouldn't mean as much.

I'd also like it if the $200 tax got you an omnibus suppressor schedule or something, so when it wears out I can replace it, or add another one, without paying another $200.
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Old January 21, 2016, 09:11 PM   #6
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I could see some cheaper ones.

Due to the NFA hoops we must jump through, suppressors in the US are basically heirloom quality. You won't find many that aren't carrying a very long (if not lifetime) warranty. If you're going to wait for months and pay a $200 tax to get one, you want one that will last and preferably one that's as useful as possible (can be used on multiple guns/calibers). Nobody but nobody will bother with suppressors from a company with a reputation for cans that don't last.

Take that away and yeah, I can see manufacturers deciding to cut some corners and make cheaper ones. Even that oil filter adapter will become popular and more widespread.

Still, though, I don't think you'll see many... people will still want some baseline of quality. Maybe reduction in the paperwork required to deal with the things will drop prices somewhat.
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