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Old October 6, 2012, 01:13 PM   #23
Brian Pfleuger
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Originally Posted by Big Shrek View Post
Silencer is rather inaccurate as a term for best they drop the decibel level by half...
But since Hollywood has screwed up most people's firearm vernacular, I suppose we are stuck with it...
Actually, the name silencer is more correct.

For one, the first such device patented in the USA was the Maxim Silencer, over 100 years ago.

Second, the term that's used on ATF forms, and has been for decades, is silencer.

"Suppressor" has a very "mall ninja, wanna make things sound technical" kind of ring to it, IMO. It's not necessarily, but that's what it reminds me of.
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