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Silencer Shop vs. SilencerCo vs. Silencer Central

Silencer Shop vs. SilencerCo vs. Silencer Central

With the amount of legwork involved, obtaining a suppressor can be a time-consuming experience. But, with the right help, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, there are dealers, like Silencer Central, who have built their business models around simplifying the overall purchase process involved with buying a silencer.

With that being said, let’s take a look at three popular sources for silencers — Silencer Shop, SilencerCo, and Silencer Central – and what makes each of them unique in their own way. By highlighting differences and similarities, we hope to make you a better-informed consumer.

Comparing Silencer Shop vs. SilencerCo vs. Silencer Central

There are a few things to consider when looking at the approach of a manufacturer, dealer, or wholesale provider of suppressors. First, let’s take a look at some basic background on each company, so you can understand which one may best meet your needs.

SilencerCo is a suppressor manufacturer that has grown to produce more silencers than anyone else in the market in just over 10 years. They offer a range of products across several gun styles, including rifle, pistol, and shotgun, which can be purchased at dealers throughout the U.S.

Silencer Shop specializes in wholesale silencer products, and with their “kiosk” system, have tried to improve the overall purchasing experience and dealings with the ATF. When you purchase from this company, you’ll work with both them and your local dealer to submit paperwork and obtain your accessory.

In comparison to the other two, Silencer Central supplies a full-service approach to purchasing a silencer, where every step of the background check is taken care of for you. All you need to do is choose your product, provide us with the proper information, relax while we file everything for you, and wait for the delivery of your suppressor.

For a quicker rundown of what you can expect when working with Silencer Shop, Silencer Central, or SilencerCo, take a look at the following table:

 Silencer CentralSilencer ShopSilencerCo
Where are you licensed?42 U.S. statesTexasUtah
Are you a dealer, manufacturer or wholesaler?We are all three!WholesalerManufacturer
Who handles the paperwork?We handle all of the paperwork for youThey handle some of the paperwork for youYou or the dealer from whom you buy
How do I receive notifications on my ATF approval status?You’ll hear from Silencer Central’s team at each step along the wayYou’ll be notified by your chosen dealer, not Silencer ShopYou'll be notified by your chosen dealer, not SilencerCo
Do you offer payment plans?Yes, you can put just 25% down when you order with zero interest Yes, through 3rd party lender with application, interest & other feesDepends on the dealer from which you buy
Can you ship the silencer to my home?Yes, we ship direct to your door for FREENo, they ship to a registered Class 3 dealer in your areaIf you buy through Silencer Central
Do you set up an NFA Gun Trust for me?Yes, we do this for FREE with every silencer purchase
Yes, for a $129.95 feeIf you buy through Silencer Central
Do you provide barrel threading services?Yes, we do it in-house!No.No.
Do you have good customer reviews?4.9/5 rating on Trustpilot4.9/5 rating on TrustpilotNo Trustpilot or Google reviews available
What’s your refund policy?Full refund within 30 days, less a 25% processing fee and $250 for the NFA Gun TrustStore credit on price of silencer within 90 days of Form 4 approvalRefunds are coordinated between you and the dealer
How long have you been in business?Since 2005Since 2010Since 2008

Can You Buy Directly from SilencerCo?

Unfortunately, you cannot buy directly from SilencerCo. You will have to find an authorized dealer in your area and work with them to purchase a proprietary SilencerCo product.

Where Can I Buy SilencerCo Silencers?

There are many independent and major gun dealers throughout the country that sell SilencerCo products, including Silencer Central. You can find SilencerCo’s Omega and Salvo 12 models in our online catalog.

Why Silencer Central is Your Go-To Source for Silencers Online

Silencer Central makes purchasing a Class 3 firearm simple because we handle the process from start to finish — no dealing with kiosks or other middlemen. This means less time waiting around and more time spent at the range with your new silencer. Using our eZ-Pay Plan, we get the paperwork process started right after you submit 25% of your total payment; the remaining payments can be broken up to keep it affordable for you.

Once your balance is cleared and the ATF has approved your paperwork, simply pick up your silencer from our store in South Dakota, or have it delivered straight to your doorstep. It’s that easy!

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