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Should I Buy A Suppressor?

Should I Buy A Suppressor?

Should I Buy A Suppressor?

Should you buy a suppressor? Yes. Yes, you should.

Thank you for coming to our TED talk.

But seriously, whether or not you should buy a suppressor is a question that gets asked a lot. There are a bunch of different things to factor in, consider, weigh the pros and cons, and more before committing to buying a suppressor.

In a perfect world, we’d say that everyone should buy a suppressor – or two or twenty – but we don’t live in a perfect world.

So without further ado, let’s answer the question.

Is It Worth Buying A Suppressor?

As you learned in our very brief TED talk, we certainly think it’s worth owning a suppressor. However, buying a suppressor is a rather unique process given that they’re an NFA item with extra regulations from the ATF.

We’ll go over how suppressors work, the benefits of using one, what the purchase process is like, and even some of the downsides of suppressor ownership.

By the end, you should have a pretty good understanding of suppressors and whether or not you should buy one.

Benefits of Using a Suppressor

Less Noise

As was explained above, suppressors bring down the decibels that you hear each and every time a gun is shot. Making less noise while shooting is beneficial if there are a lot of people at the shooting range if you’re out hunting, or simply if you’re trying to do everything possible to preserve your hearing.

Better Accuracy

An extra benefit of suppressors is that they reduce the felt recoil when a gun is fired. Since there’s less recoil, both you and the gun are moving around less than you would without a silencer. That reduction in movement helps you to make more accurate shots.

More Fun

Shooting suppressed is simply a ton of fun. Seriously, we’ve never met anyone who shot suppressed for the first time and then turned around with a frown on their face. It just makes the entire shooting experience a lot more enjoyable.

What to Expect When Buying a Suppressor

Now that you know why you should buy a suppressor, let’s go over some of the things you can expect when you buy a suppressor.

How Much Does A Suppressor Cost?

The cost of a suppressor varies depending on the model. Some cost as little as $300-$500 while others can cost more than $1,000. It all depends on the caliber rating, build materials, intended use, and more.

One thing that doesn’t vary is the cost of the tax stamp, which is set at $200. You’ll have to add that cost into the final cost of your suppressor.

How Long Does It Take To Buy A Suppressor?

Buying a suppressor is not like buying a gun. There’s a good bit of extra paperwork (including photos and fingerprints) that have to be submitted at the time of purchase. Then, you’ve got to wait for the ATF’s NFA branch to approve your purchase. With the recent launch of eForms, wait times have come down significantly, but they’re still not almost instantaneously like it is for most firearm purchases. Instead of people waiting a year or more, most people are seeing wait times around 90 days.

You can check our website for the most up-to-date wait times.

Buying Online vs. In-Store

These days, everything can be done online – including buying a suppressor.

If you’re the kind of person who likes driving to the local gun shop to do your research, check out different models, submit purchase paperwork, then come back yet again to pick up your suppressor, then, by all means, go to a store is the right way to buy for you.

On the other hand, if you’d prefer to do everything – and we mean everything – from the comfort of your own home, then buy online with Silencer Central. We’ll handle all the paperwork for you and then mail your suppressor right to your front door once approved.



This is one of the best benefits of buying your new suppressor from Silencer Central. We have FFLs set up in all 42 states where suppressors are legal to own and use. Once your approved form and stamp come back to us from the ATF, we will mail your suppressor right to your front door.

How Long Do Suppressors Last For?

Suppressors last a long time. As long as you take care of it and don’t do anything that it isn’t designed to do, there’s no reason for your suppressor not to last your entire lifetime. In fact, it’s entirely possible (and likely) that your suppressor will outlive you and bring suppressed joy to plenty of other people before reaching the end of its service life.

Is There A Downside To Suppressors?

Suppressors are great and all, but there actually are some downsides that we need to address.

First of all, there’s no such thing as One Suppressor to Rule Them All, a la Lord of the Rings. Even the best modular, multi-caliber suppressor can’t be used on every single gun in every single caliber. As a result, you’ll probably need to buy more than one.

Second, they are expensive. Even if you get one that only costs $300-$500, you’ve still got to factor in the cost of the $200 tax stamp. This puts you into the $500-$700 range instantly.

Finally, they’re regulated. You can’t just walk into a gun shop and walk out with a suppressor. You’ve got to undergo a more in-depth purchase process and then wait on ATF approval before you can take possession of something you already paid for.

Get A Suppressor To Fit Your Needs

Even though there’s no one suppressor that can do it all, there are a ton of different makes and models on the market for you to choose from.

The best way to figure out which suppressor will fit your needs is to make a basic list of the following:

  • What guns do you want to suppress?
  • How many different calibers do you want to suppress?
  • What’s your budget?

Answering these few simple questions will help you start narrowing down which suppressors are right for you and which ones you can remove from your consideration.

Time to Silence Your Firearm

Whether you’ve decided on which silencer to buy or not, the next step is to get ahold of us here at Silencer Central. If you know what you want to buy, we can start your order right away. If you’re still deciding, our staff can help you pick the right suppressor for your firearm based on the list of questions above.

Silencer Central is licensed to sell suppressors in all 42 states where they are legal. We’ve been doing this all day, every day for more than 15 years, and have sold countless thousands of suppressors in that time.

Let us handle the entire purchase process for you and even deliver your suppressor right to your front door once it’s been approved. It really doesn’t get any better than that, so what are you waiting for? Call us now!