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Old January 20, 2014, 09:28 AM   #1
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What convinced you to invest in (buy) a Silencer?

Many people have purchased at least one sound suppressor (silencer) within the last decade.

Questions:
1. What convinced you to buy a sound suppressor?

2. Was it worth the time and effort?

3. Was it for a pistol or a rifle?

4. What manufacturer?

Answers:
1. I wanted to shoot my rifles politely on my property and not annoy my neighbors.
2. It was well worth the time and effort.
3. Mine is a .308 caliber rifle suppressor.
4. Smith Enterprise is the manufacturer.
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Old January 20, 2014, 10:59 AM   #2
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I have a groundhog problem. They dig under my front porch, and under my shed. When my wife stepped in a GH hole, and fell, I decided it was time to thin the herd. I started with CB type ammo. I have very close neighbors, and didnt want to upset anyone. After hitting several GHs with the CBs, and watching them run away, wounded, I decided that more power was needed. I bought a SilencerCo SS Sparrow. It was most certainly worth the time, and effort. I have cleaned up the neighborhood now, and my one neighbor has thanked me because his garden is safe. I switch back and forth between pistol, and rifle with my suppressor, and really enjoy shooting with no ear protection. Im getting ready to make another rimfire suppressor purchase.
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Old January 20, 2014, 06:02 PM   #3
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Excellent reasoning, weblance
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Old January 20, 2014, 07:22 PM   #4
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I decided to get a suppressor after shooing my friend's MP5SD. My first can was a SWR Trident9 for my Sig P226.

Was it worth the effort? I guess so. While waiting for the Trident9's stamp I bought a Spectre for my 10/22 and 22/45 and a TAC-9 for my Uzi. When I bought the Trident9, it was one of the top suppressors on the market.

As I said, it is used on a 9mm pistol. At one time there were other mounting systems available for the Trident9 but I never purchased them.

I think it was the CDI factor that sold me on the suppressor to begin with. After shooting with the Trident9, I bought another 9mm can and a .22 can. Two years later I bought my 5.56mm can. I honestly prefer to shoot with friends who have suppressors for their guns so nobody has to mess with ear plugs or phones.

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Old January 20, 2014, 07:23 PM   #5
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1. I made the mistake of shooting a friend's suppressors and got hooked.
2. Yes, for sure.
3. One of each.
4. SWR (Silencerco) Octane-9 and an AAC 7.62 SDN-6.
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Old January 20, 2014, 09:19 PM   #6
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Willie Lowman I decided to get a suppressor after shooing my friend's MP5SD.
The MP5SD was the 1st suppressed weapon I ever shot... it took me another 20 years to finally buy a suppressor for myself though.
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Old January 24, 2014, 10:32 PM   #7
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1. They finally became legal to use in WA

2. Very much so!

3. Both.

4. Made them myself.
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Old January 25, 2014, 02:46 PM   #8
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1: I always thought they were super cool. Now I make enough money to own one.

2: I'm still waiting but yes. I've got to shoot it twice now & it makes everyone around giggle.

3: Rifle.

4: YHM
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Old January 25, 2014, 02:54 PM   #9
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how does the purchase work? Do you need to apply for each weapon or each suppressor, for both or apply once and your covered for for everything for life?
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Old January 25, 2014, 03:44 PM   #10
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Grizz, for every NFA regulated item you want to own (silencer, machine gun, short barreled rifle/shotgun) You must go through the entire process again.

Even if you are purchasing two on the same day. Gotta do it all for each one.
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Old January 25, 2014, 04:19 PM   #11
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does that mean I can get one suppressor with one application and use it one multiple weapons of the same caliber or do I need to go through the process with each weapon?
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Old January 25, 2014, 05:47 PM   #12
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You can use the suppressor on whatever you want. As many different hosts as you can find to mount it on. It doesn't even have to be your gun.

You just can't loan it out.
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Old January 25, 2014, 05:47 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Grizz12
does that mean I can get one suppressor with one application and use it one multiple weapons of the same caliber or do I need to go through the process with each weapon?
Legally, you can put your suppressor on any gun you want (unless it's an integrally-suppressed gun, of course); it's only the suppressor that's regulated. That said, from a technical standpoint you don't want to use your suppressor on a gun that has too big a caliber or has too much pressure, otherwise your suppressor won't last too long .

Check out my "Silencer Myth" sticky at the top of this forum, I give a quick run-down of the process to buy a silencer.
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Old January 25, 2014, 07:36 PM   #14
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I made my first ones after I found out how to construct a trust and do it legally.
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Old January 25, 2014, 08:42 PM   #15
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I hunt a lot of Deer and Elk. Every time I shoot I wear hearing protection other than while hunting. So suppressing my hunting rifle (45-70) seemed like a good idea. Coming up with heavy subsonic loads for the 45-70 is pretty easy. After that I was hooked.

Questions:
1. What convinced you to buy a sound suppressor? I wanted to keep my hearing

2. Was it worth the time and effort? Yes its great and I get lots of people asking about it.

3. Was it for a pistol or a rifle? My Hunting Rifle (45-70 Govt)

4. What manufacturer? AWC
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Old January 26, 2014, 02:54 AM   #16
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Deja vu I hunt a lot of Deer and Elk. Every time I shoot I wear hearing protection other than while hunting. So suppressing my hunting rifle (45-70) seemed like a good idea. Coming up with heavy subsonic loads for the 45-70 is pretty easy. After that I was hooked.
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Old January 26, 2014, 03:17 PM   #17
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1. What convinced you to buy a sound suppressor? I want to protect my hearing and they are cool.

2. Was it worth the time and effort? Yes, definitely.

3. Was it for a pistol or a rifle? Since it is primarily for .22LR I can use it on both. It makes my FV-SR with standard velocity ammo quieter than an air gun.

4. What manufacturer? Silencerco Sparrow
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Old January 26, 2014, 11:23 PM   #18
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So far only 1 deer ( I did not draw for Elk this year) 500 grain hornady bullet penetrates like crazy even at 1050 FPS.
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Shot placement is everything! I would rather take a round of 50BMG to the foot than a 22short to the base of the skull.

all 25 of my guns are 45/70 govt, 357 mag, 22 or 12 ga... I believe in keeping it simple
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Old January 28, 2014, 10:50 PM   #19
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Sorry to go slightly off topic for the post, but Deja Vu, what rifle is that?

I do not know much about lever guns as I have never had an interest in one until recently, and that thing is beautiful.
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Old January 28, 2014, 11:50 PM   #20
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Its a Marlin 1895SBL It comes with the larger lever and peep sights as well as a rail on the top of the barrel and a "recoil pad" but the pad is pretty hard. It also comes with the pepper laminate stock.

I had a local smith thread it so it will not come with a threaded barrel.

I have shot bullets as light as 250 grain and as heavy as 540 grain with it. It seems to favor the heavier bullets (350+grains).

p.s. just saw this is post 1911 lol!
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all 25 of my guns are 45/70 govt, 357 mag, 22 or 12 ga... I believe in keeping it simple
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Old January 29, 2014, 10:06 AM   #21
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Congratulations on your 1911 post!
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Old January 29, 2014, 11:50 AM   #22
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1. What convinced you to buy a sound suppressor? I always wanted one. Its a cool "big boy toy" No other reason

2. Was it worth the time and effort? Yes it was. And getting my first suppressor led the way for more NFA Items

3. Was it for a pistol or a rifle? Its a screw on (.22 RF) which means I can use it on both

4. What manufacturer? Tactical Innovations Quest. An all stainless steel, K-baffle, which the user may take apart for maintenance. Rated for limited Full Auto fire. I really like it and do not regret my decision to get this model for one minute
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Old January 30, 2014, 05:17 PM   #23
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Jay24bal ... that thing is beautiful.
Agreed.

I think I would need to replace my barrel with one that was just long enough to thread.
Is there a .45 caliber pistol can that will also tolerate .45-70?

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Old February 14, 2014, 11:32 AM   #24
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The guys at AWC said that no 45 caliber can will handle a supersonic 45-70... That said they were trying to sell me something (which they did) so take there advise with a grain of salt.
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all 25 of my guns are 45/70 govt, 357 mag, 22 or 12 ga... I believe in keeping it simple
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Old February 14, 2014, 12:13 PM   #25
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This might sound silly but...
The trust/efile route is what finally made me get off my ass and get 1. ( well its more then 1 now)

The whole pay for it and wait a year just made me say F... That.

So now ive bought 2 and am looking for my 3rd

1. AAC 762sdn-6 for my 308 bolts, 300blk and 556's
2. SWR Warlock II for all my 22lr stuff

Looking for a good pistol can but havent made a choice yet
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