Understanding Suppressor Laws
In this article I want to dive into three things related to firearm silencers – I want to discuss suppressor laws given the current effort to pass the Hearing Protection Act, I want to answer the age-old question of ‘do silencers work’, and finally elaborate on how does a silencer work to begin with.
Suppressor laws and The National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) are more often than not poorly understood, and let’s not even get in to the nerdy discussion that goes something like this:
“It’s not a silencer, it’s a suppressor.“
“Well, the federal government calls it a silencer.“
Silencer vs suppressor. It’s true, according to most of the legal wording, especially in the NFA and federal definition, those things which screw on to the working end of a firearm and suppress, dampen or muffle the sound which emits from the firearm after discharge, those are called a silencer.
Suppressor laws refer to the silencing of a firearm, to whatever degree. It’s just terminology, you could also refer to it as suppressing, muffling, whatever.
Think of it as quieting a firearm. I think suppressor laws ought to be called firearm quieting laws (not really), because that term gets to the heart of the Hearing Protection Act, which we’ll cover in a bit. From here on out I’ll interchangeably refer to suppressor, silencer, whatever, just to make a point that it’s all the same.
Suppressor Laws Today
We’re affiliated with SilencerCo because they deserve the utmost respect of everyone because of their willingness to take a stand and get dirty in the fight for American liberties and freedom. I respect the hell out of them! On top of the fact that their silencers are the best!
They’re not only a leader in silencer development, but they’re at the forefront of fighting for the rights of all Americans by engaging in discussions about suppressor laws and making sure that people can shoot their firearms safely without fear of losing their hearing.
Silencers are also so much better for surrounding wildlife!
SilencerCo is a huge one-stop source for not only buying a silencer, but getting the paperwork taken care of for you. They’ll either take care of everything via one of their really cheap plans, or help you do it yourself. Either way, suppress on!
Also, they offer a FREE information course called “SuppressED: EasyGuide” which you can get for free and then learn for yourself, in detail, what it takes to get your silencer paperwork done in a snap by doing it yourself. Check out SilencerCo right here.
Part of the gun silencer price equation are processing and fees. If we eliminate needless laws we can also make suppressors even more affordable, though frankly they’re already within reach for everyone.
Silencers are legal in most states. With suppressor laws changing in 2017 and beyond, especially with President Trump in office, hopefully soon everyone will have the legal right to use one.
As it is, suppressors are heavily regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) but still, private citizens can legally purchase and possess silencers in 42 states without a permit.
For the following people the number of states where you can own a silencer is expanded even further: FFL dealers, manufacturers, peace officers, or member of a law enforcement agency or other government agency.
SilencerCo has a great map of suppressor laws by state, so be sure to check out their page for that. Here’s what they say about the process.
To purchase a silencer the following qualifications apply:
RESIDE IN ONE OF THE 42 STATES THAT CURRENTLY ALLOW CIVILIAN OWNERSHIP
BE A RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
BE LEGALLY ELIGIBLE TO PURCHASE A FIREARM
PASS A BATFE BACKGROUND CHECK
BE AT LEAST 21 YEARS OF AGE TO PURCHASE FROM A DEALER
BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE TO PURCHASE FROM ANOTHER CITIZEN
Here’s an interview SilencerCo’s CEO Joshua Waldron had with Donal Trump Jr. (Sept. 2016) and it reflects how serious these guys are about American rights and also of course about what they do, which is make damn good silencers.
Oh, the second video is quick opinion piece of our boy Jep Robertson shooting a SilencerCo suppressor and discussing the importance of suppressors for personal safety and protection! Check out more about the Fight The Noise campaign here and get involved in the fight for your rights. #FightTheNoise
Also as it relates to suppressor laws there’s a push to challenge the federal government on its right to regulate firearm activity strictly within the confines of a state’s borders.
The Firearm Freedom Act (FFA) is gaining some traction. The movement was sparked when it was originally introduced and signed into law by the Montana Governor on April 15, 2009. The FFA declares that any firearms made and retained in-state are beyond the authority of Congress under its constitutional power to regulate commerce among the states.
The FFA has much more to do with the 10th Amendment than the 2nd. The 10th Amendment deals with the federal government’s right to regulate interstate commerce.
To find out if your state has passed the Firearm Freedom Act, and to see which ones have, check out their page here.
Also, here’s a look at which states it’s legal to own a suppressor in, as of publishing date.
SilencerCo has an updated map on their website so check it out here.
What Is A Silencer
This is the definition of a silencer contained in U.S. Code, 18 U.S.C., § 921(A)(24):
“The term “Firearm Silencer” or “Firearm Muffler” means any device for silencing, muffling, or diminishing the report of a portable firearm, including any combination of parts, designed or redesigned, and intended for the use in assembling or fabricating a firearm silencer or firearm muffler, any part intended only for use in such assembly or fabrication.”
So as we already clarified, put the discussion to bed regarding calling it a silencer, suppressor, muffler, whatever.
How Does A Silencer Work Diagram
Silencers are amazingly simple in design (OK, relatively LOL) yet one of the most common questions is how does a silencer work?
Silencers operate very simply on the principle of slowing sound waves so that they dissipate and lose their energy before they finally reach open air.
The silencers do this by using baffles or chambers to capture the escaping gases so that they more time to dissipate.
Surprisingly the idea and implementation of a firearm silencer has been around for over 100 years. Do silencers work? Damn right they do.
In 1909 American inventor Hiram Percy Maxim applied for a patent on his device as you can see in the diagram shown here on the left. How a silencer is made (the technical manufacturing aspect) may have changed a lot, but the general concept remains unchanged.
Hiram’s father was the inventor of the Maxim gun, the first recoil-operated machine gun (the first true “machine gun”) and the successful replacement for the mechanical Gatling gun.
Ironically, Hiram Maxim himself called his invention the Maxim Silencer, further shutting down nerdy argumentative types (it’s a suppressor!). Even more ironically, Maxim is also the inventor of the muffler for automobiles as we know them today, and he released them almost simultaneously with his firearm silencers. Maxim called his mufflers “automobile silencers”.
Silencers don’t and can’t reduce all of the noise from a firearm, but they’re very effective.
Here’s another diagram of a silencer from the ATF.
Here’s a great couple of videos. First up, SilencerCo will explain how a silencer works and the also discuss the three areas that a silencer can help make firearms shooting safer and more effective.
And then on deck there’s a great clip of the awesome Mythbuster crew testing a SilencerCO silencer and answering the question, do silencers work? What does the inside of a silencer look like? How loud is a gunshot with a silencer? Mythbusters will give you a glimpse of that, too.
Well yes they do, and Mythbusters prove beyond a doubt that silencers do work and work just like you see in most Hollywood movies. Though in fairness some low-budget movies portray the silencers as quieter than a butterfly fart, which of course is silly.
Conclusion – Suppressor Laws
The landscape is changing quickly and it seems that from most perspectives the tide is turning in favor of law-abiding Americans and the 2nd Amendment. Suppressor laws have already weakened even with Obama in office for 8 miserable years, so we can only expect for things to get better.
Though your safety is your responsibility so suppressor or not always use ear protection. I opt for something like these Surefire’s in addition to muffs (from Amazon), depending on what and where I’m shooting.
On the issue of common sense firearm regulation and laws, most states that haven’t yet adopted private citizen-friendly suppressor laws look to be on that path; the number of states where suppressor ownership is legal is nearing 50!
Also, the with growing number of states taking up the fight of the Firearm Freedom Act, along with a new Trump administration and a newly sworn in conservative Supreme Court justice, things truly seem to be getting back towards the sensible side.
If you haven’t already, go over to SilencerCo’s website here and check out their line up and also see how easy they make the buying process.
How do you feel about suppressor laws in general and in your state? Do you have anything to add to the discussion that I missed or got wrong? Let me know.
The Nighthawk TRS Comp Pistol
The new TRS Comp pistol from Nighthawk Custom is a full-sized, government frame 9mm double stack built around a match grade barrel and a monolithic slide. It’s built to compete and starts at $4,599.
The TRS Comp comes standard with a recon rail under the barrel and a dimpled rear cocking design that offers ample traction when racking the slide. It also sports unique dimpled frame and slide textures that match the grip pattern.
The TRS Comp is Nighthawk Custom’s first full-size pistol designed around a double stack frame. It features a 17+1 capacity and incorporates Nighthawk’s Fire Hawk compensator, which boasts a precision-designed port that reduces muzzle flip for quicker follow up shots.
This model also features a unique dimpling texture found throughout the slide and grip, which provides ample grip while being snag-free during holstering. The TRS Comp uses a 14K gold bead front sight that does an excellent job catching light, coupled with a Heinie Ledge Black rear sight for quick target acquisition.
The pistol also features Nighthawk Customs’ Interchangeable Optic System (IOS), which is a dedicated dovetail machined onto the slide and allows for optic mounting with adapters. This system allows for an interchangeable series of sight options to quickly switch rear sights in a matter of seconds.
Interchangeable Optic System
Nighthawk Custom’s Interchangeable Optic System allows a user to switch from a plate with a traditional rear sight to a red-dot optic in seconds. This feature is especially beneficial for concealed-carry practitioners who want to train with a red-dot but still carry a traditional rear sight.
Nighthawk’s unique IOS system involves milling the top rear section of their slide to interface with an interchangeable series of sight options, including a Trijicon RMR and other red-dot sights. This low-profile system also incorporates a suppressor-height rear sight as a backup to the optic’s front sight.
The TRS Comp features a match grade 5.00′′ barrel on a government sized frame with a monolithic slide, a full-length dust cover and an integrated single-port compensator. This combination reduces muzzle flip and delivers faster follow-up shots on the range, a must-have for competitive shooters.
The TRS Comp is finished in black nitride for a sleek, durable look. The lightweight aluminum trigger possesses a serrated flat face and a gold bead front sight does an excellent job catching light, providing quick target acquisition. A Heinie Ledge Black rear sight completes the package.
Match Grade Barrel
One of the most important features of any match pistol is a properly fitted barrel. A true match grade barrel will have zero play in the muzzle or at the hood, and it should glide into battery smoothly without any drag or snag on the slide.
This is achieved by carefully fitting the barrel to all of the chamber hood contact surfaces and the lower locking lug. Once this is done it will have a true target fit and shoot groups that rival a 1911 handgun.
The TRS Comp is the first Nighthawk Custom model to be designed around a double stack frame, offering 17+1 capacity and using their integrated compensator, the fire hawk. The compensator has a precision port that reduces muzzle flip and helps shooters stay on target for follow up shots.
Unique Dimpled Texture
The TRS Comp is the newest addition to Nighthawk’s line up. It is a high-end double stack 1911 that packs a 17+1 punch, as well as a lot of style and class. It also happens to be the most accurate and durable gun in its caliber. It also comes in a variety of colors and finishes, from matte black to high-shine chromium. Its crown jewel is the aforementioned patented integrated compensator, which may be the best thing to happen to your sidearm in years. It is a real head turner, especially for those who don’t usually opt for the sexy gun. The aforementioned gizmo is accompanied by a precision designed port in the rear of the slide that reduces muzzle flip without sacrificing a hefty amount of power. The aforementioned gizmo features a matching name badge aft of the slide, as well as a match-grade 5″ barrel and a full-length dust cover with accompanying nifty-fun accessory rail.
AGP Arms PC Charger Brace
The PC Charger is a pistol chambered in 9mm, and it can take Glock magazines. It is very popular and has become more of a sought-after gun than the original carbine.
Many owners of the PC Charger equip it with a brace to give it stability. This makes it a lot more shootable.
Ruger PC Charger
Ruger’s PC Charger is a pistol-caliber carbine (PCC) that combines the fun and utility of an AR style pistol with the reliability and accuracy of a high capacity AR. Designed to take both Ruger Security 9 and Glock magazines, the PC Charger is a highly customizable weapon that makes a great range gun or home defense tool.
Adding a brace to the PC Charger increases its stability and makes it more shootable. The brace can be attached to the MIL STD 1913 rail on the back of the pistol.
The SB Tactical FS1913 Brace is one of the best PC Charger braces available today. It is made of a polymer material that offers quick deployment and a lightweight profile.
This brace is perfect for a shooter who is new to pistol braces, and is looking for a compact and inexpensive option. It is also a good choice for people who are already familiar with the design and use of a buffer tube.
The AGP Arms brace kit for the Ruger PC Charger is the best way to upgrade the standard stock and barrel. The brace is the logical extension of AGP’s acclaimed pistol grip Gen 2 stock and handguard, allowing users to customize their pc charger to their own specifications. The brace is the brainchild of a dedicated team of military and law enforcement personnel, many of whom have been in the trenches for longer than most of us will ever know. Featuring a modern twist on a classic design, the brace is an understated delight. Its most prominent feature is a cleverly engineered gearbox that enables the user to rotate the entire gun by hand, and then lock it into place using a single pin. The aforementioned pin is mounted in the rear of the gun, where it is tucked under a protective cover for safekeeping. In keeping with the aforementioned design, the brace is also anodized black for a look you can be proud of.
SB Tactical is the inventor of pistol stabilizing braces. They were started in 2012 by Army veteran Alex Bosco after he designed a brace for his disabled friend so he could continue to shoot.
SB Tactical was the first to introduce adjustable pistol stabilizing braces. This was a big win for the industry and gun owners alike.
After getting pre approval from the ATF, they began selling pistol braces for AR/AK style firearms, CZ Scorpions, H&K MP5 designs, 1913 rails, and more.
The SBA3 is one of the best pistol braces on the market and offers 5-position adjustable adjustment, ambidextrous QD sling attachment points, and a Velcro strap to connect to your arm for one-handed shooting.
The SBA4 is another great choice and offers a sturdy M4-style strut, 5-position adjustable, and an integral QD sling socket. This is an excellent option for a Ruger PC Charger gun with a Glock drum, but it also works well on any pistol without a buffer tube.
Midwest Industries is a family owned and operated company that manufactures quality parts, uppers, lowers, rails, barrels, furniture and muzzle devices for AR platforms and many other firearms. They also have a number of innovative products and services that make them a great choice for those looking to upgrade their firearms.
Probably the most useful item that they manufacture is their Combat Rail Handguard in hard coat anodized 6061 aluminum. It features eight functional M-LOK slots and two anti-rotation sling swivels. Its hefty price tag might be a turn off, but its high performance and robust construction is well worth the outlay.
What you might not have known is that they also make the pc charger brace aka the FS1913. Basically the same as the name aforementioned but a lot more durable and the brace actually folds to a compact size for easy transport. They even include a nice looking sling with an integrated bottle opener to boot.
Mini Mamba – A YouTube Star With a Net Worth of $1-5 Million
Mini Mamba is a famous YouTube Star who has earned a fortune as a professional. He has a net worth of $1-5 Million at the age of 11 years old.
Mambas are venomous snakes of the family Elapidae, which also includes coral snakes and cobras. They live throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Black mambas are venomous snakes that are found in Africa. They can grow to up to 14 feet in length and are one of the longest venomous snakes in the world.
They are very fast and aggressive, and their venom is particularly deadly for humans. It takes only about 20 minutes for a bite from a black mamba to kill a person.
They live in grassland, savanna and rocky slopes of southern and eastern Africa. They are primarily diurnal and prey on small rodents. They have excellent vision and a highly developed sense of smell.
Green mambas are found in coastal areas of eastern Africa including Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa. These snakes are venomous, which makes them extremely dangerous to humans.
They are a diurnal species, which means they are active during the day. They also spend a great deal of time in the trees and rainforests of western Africa, where they live amongst the forest canopy and thickets.
This snake preys on birds, lizards and small mammals. Its venom isn’t as powerful as the venom of the black mamba or the red mamba, but it can still kill.
Green mambas breed during the rainy season. Females lay eggs, which hatch in about 10-12 weeks. Males seek out and compete for females by following a scent trail or by wrestling or dancing. These combats aren’t biting, but rather a way for the two snakes to establish dominance over each other.
The red mamba is a species of snake that lives in Africa. It is related to the black mamba and can be found in various countries throughout the continent.
It is a medium-sized snake that can grow to be 2 m long. They are mainly found in tree hollows and termite mounds.
They are very venomous and kill their prey quickly. Their venom is highly toxic and can affect the breathing, heart and muscle function of the victim.
They can also paralyze their prey, which they then swallow. They feed primarily on birds and small mammals.
The mamba is an African snake. There are four species: black mamba, green mamba, red mamba and yellow mamba.
The Eastern green mamba (Dendroaspis angusticeps), formerly known as the white-mouthed mamba, is a venomous snake that lives in coastal regions of East Africa. It is found from Kenya south through Tanzania, Malawi, and eastern Zambia.
The eastern green mamba is a shy snake that avoids humans when possible and only strikes if provoked or cornered. Its habitat is fragmented in parts of its range and it is listed as Vulnerable by South Africa due to habitat destruction and deforestation.
Mambas are notorious for their speed and aggression, and they come in a wide variety of species. They are a common sight in Africa’s rainforests, and all have deadly venom.
Of the four types of mambas, the most venomous and dangerous is the black mamba. Known for its lightning-fast speed, erratic behavior, and painful bite, it can strike multiple times in a matter of seconds.
Its venom is highly neurotoxic and cardiotoxic, with fasciculins present to paralyze the muscles of a bite victim. The venom can kill a victim within hours of a bite.
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