Frequently Asked Questions

At Silencer Central (formerly Dakota Silencer), we’re only interested in providing you with actionable knowledge about gun silencers, how to select the right suppressor for your needs, and more. Check out our most frequently asked questions below to learn more or contact us with specific questions.

General

Silencer Background

Why Are Silencers (Suppressors) in Such High Demand?

Until recently, most Americans thought silencers were illegal. There are many benefits: better hunting, no hearing protection, reduced recoil, better accuracy, and happy neighbors. This market segment is the fastest growing in the firearms industry; we have been in this market exclusively since 2005.

What Are the Benefits of Owning a Silencer?

There are countless benefits of owning a silencer, a few of which include:

  1. Better Experience – Game is less likely to spook while hunting.
  2. Reduces Recoil – Significantly reduces recoil when you shoot.
  3. Increased Accuracy – Because of recoil reduction.
  4. Less Noise – Means you won’t disrupt neighbors, family or pets.
  5. Great for Family – Added safety for even the youngest family members.
How Do You Choose Which Silencers to Keep in Stock?

Through our over 12 years of experience in the silencer marketplace, we’ve found customers have three main issues driving their purchasing decisions:

  1. Best sound reduction
  2. Best value for the price; and
  3. Lightest weight for shooting convenience

Due to customer demand for these three types of silencers, we carry a large volume in each category. Of course, we’re also here to provide any other silencer you may want. As such, we can order any manufacturer’s silencer to ensure you have everything you need.

When you’re browsing your options, please note that a higher price doesn’t automatically mean that a silencer will be quieter. Large manufacturers commonly compromise value to mass produce in large volumes and turn larger profits (meaning you’ll pay more for less quality). As always, you can contact our staff between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week and after hours via email to assist with the purchasing process if you aren’t sure which silencer is right for you. Please tap into our experience and expertise.

How Do You Test Your Silencers?

At Silencer Central, we sell only the best, so we test with only the best. Currently, we test each of our silencers with a Bruel & Kjaer 2209 military grade sound testing meter that meets all military standards for silencer testing.

As the only silencer dealer in the country with this testing meter and one of only a few manufacturers with it, we can guarantee the quality of our products due to our rigorous testing process. We don’t carry any silencers that don’t meet our strict criteria and as such, you can purchase any of our products with confidence.

Are Silencers as Quiet as on the Movies?

The only silencer as quiet in real life as it appears in movies is the .22 rimfire. All other calibers will sound like a .22 short to a .22 long when suppressed. However, every silencer we sell is hearing safe, meaning you won’t need additional hearing protection. See the silencer sound chart by caliber.

Silencer Ownership & Legality

Am I "grandfathered" in after I purchase my first suppressor?

No, when you purchase your next suppressor you will still need to complete the ATF application process, pay the $200 tax stamp and wait for approval. Silencer Central keeps your fingerprints and passport-style photo on file in a secured location making your future purchases fast and simple.

What is a NFA Gun Trust?

Silencer Central provides a FREE NFA Trust with the purchase of each silencer.

  • NFA trusts allow sharing ownership of silencers with others.
  • Trusts ensure the next generation inherits your suppressor.
  • We have done over 15,000 gun trust silencer transfers and counting!
  • We keep on file for future purchases.

The gun trust is 20 plus pages and allows you to add unlimited co-trustees to also use your silencers or other NFA items. We offer this Gun Trust FREE if you purchase a silencer from Silencer Central. We also help ensure you completed the gun trust correctly so ATF does not reject. We have completed over 15,000 silencer to gun trust transfers and counting!

What Game Can I Hunt With a Silencer in my state?

You can hunt all game animals with a silencer in the the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, NebraskaNorth CarolinaNorth Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

See Suppressor Laws for other states.

Can I use one silencer for multiple firearms?

Yes. Buy one silencer and you can use it on all guns of smaller caliber. For example, if you bought the Banish 30 Multi-Caliber Suppressor, it will work with all of your rifle calibers from .17 to .30 caliber magnums

Who Can You Sell to?

Currently, we’re licensed to sell directly to residents in all 42 states where silencers are legal, including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

For most customers, we’re able to mail the approved silencer and all forms directly to you, meaning you’ll never have to visit a physical location. This enables us to sell to customers across the country, no matter their zip code!

Can I Use a .30 Caliber Silencer on All Sub Calibers?

Yes! Doing so is very common with a stacked baffle design, like the BANISH 30.

Having one silencer for all rifle applications doesn’t often impact performance because .308 silencers are longer with additional baffles. Due to its light weight, titanium is one of the most popular materials for application on all sub calibers. Please note that not all .308 silencers work well on a .223. Stack baffle design is typically best for dual application because there is a greater surface area to remove heat from the blast.

In recent tests, we found that our own exclusive silencer, the BANISH 30, was quieter on a .223 than a .223 silencer was. Additionally, we have tested some silencers that are not hearing safe on all sub-calibers. As such, it’s best to ask our staff if you have a specific question about certain models.

Silencer Buying Process

How Do I Get My Silencer After It Has Been Approved?

Once we have received your approval, we will send you an email and a text message informing you of the next steps. You will choose to either pickup your silencer purchase at an approved gun show in your state of residence OR have your silencer purchase shipped directly to your front door.

Pick up your silencer at a gun show:

  1. Your approval email will include a list of approved gun shows in your state.
  2. Notify us by email which show you will attend.
  3. Bring your driver’s license with you to the show.
  4. Fill out the required Form 4473 and take possession of your purchase.

Have your silencer shipped to your front door:

  1. Our Operations Manager will send you an email with instructions on how to complete the required Form 4473. This is an electronic form that you must fill out and sign, and is returned back to us.
  2. The Attorney General CLEO letter goes out and we hold the silencer for seven days per compliance regulations.
  3. After the seven day waiting period, we package your silencer and accessories.
  4. Our FFL location receives and verifies your paperwork.
  5. The USPS tracking numbers go live and your silencer is delivered to your front door.
What’s the Silencer Buying Process Like?

Buying a silencer can be an intimidating task. Dealing with the government and their seemingly constantly changing laws is enough to discourage even the most savvy shooting enthusiast. Silencer Central makes it simple to own a silencer. We do all the work for you and make it as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Select your silencer – We offer the best brands and can help you choose the silencer that’s right for you.
  2. We do the paperwork – We will manage the entire buying process for you, let you pay for your silencer in installments and even set up a free NFA Gun Trust that allows others to use your silencer.
  3. Direct-to-your-door shipping – Once approved, we will ship you new silencer directly to your door.
Can You Help Me Purchase My Silencer Through a NFA Gun Trust?

At Silencer Central (formerly Dakota Silencer), we offer a Gun Trust free for all our customers. In fact, 99.5% of our customers choose to purchase their Class 3 firearms through a Gun Trust.

Through a Gun Trust, you can create a “joint ownership” scenario in which you can legally share your silencer. You can also select who will inherit. Because we have a full-time staff to assist with your paperwork, we ensure the ATF won’t reject your paperwork. To discuss further benefits of a Gun Trust, contact a member of our team at 888-781-8778.

Do I Need to Have a Class 3 License to Purchase a Silencer?

No! The best way to think of a silencer purchase is as a “title” transfer between our company and your Gun Trust or to you directly. While ATF must approve this transfer (which we will assist with), you do not physically need your own license to make a purchase.

Is There a Federal Tax Involved in Purchasing a Silencer?

There is a $200 Tax Stamp required per silencer. This fee is tax deductible and is a one-time fee. The best way to conceptualize this fee is as a title transfer tax.

Can I Order Any Silencer From Any Manufacturer From You?

Absolutely! While we stock only the most extensively tested and approved silencers, we can easily acquire a silencer from a manufacturer we don’t typically carry on our site.

Will You Transfer a Silencer if I Buy One Online From Another?

Absolutely! However, just keep in mind the transfer to us from another dealer not licensed in your state can delay your approval. If you’re considering purchasing from another dealer because you don’t see something on our site, please note that we can quickly order your item from the manufacturer or a national wholesaler. By ordering through us, you will get your silencer much quicker than if you were to order from a small dealer or a dealer not licensed in your state. In addition to silencers, we also offer machine guns, short barrel rifles, and other NFA items.

Order Status

How Long Does It Take for the ATF to Approve My Purchase?

One of the most significant benefits of working with Silencer Central is that we manage your entire buying process and submit your paperwork quickly so the ATF can begin the approval process. Of course, the time for ATF approval following our processing may fluctuate depending upon demand placed on the ATF. Visit NFA-Status to see how fast approvals are arriving.

What if my item is out of stock?

While we make every effort to fulfill your entire order, on rare occasion we may need to cancel one or more item(s). If we are unable to fulfill your entire order due to merchandise out of stock, you will receive a cancellation e-mail and will not be charged for unshipped item(s).

Shipping

How Do I Get My Silencer After It Has Been Approved?

Once we have received your approval, we will send you an email and a text message informing you of the next steps. You will choose to either pickup your silencer purchase at an approved gun show in your state of residence OR have your silencer purchase shipped directly to your front door.

Pick up your silencer at a gun show:

  1. Your approval email will include a list of approved gun shows in your state.
  2. Notify us by email which show you will attend.
  3. Bring your driver’s license with you to the show.
  4. Fill out the required Form 4473 and take possession of your purchase.

Have your silencer shipped to your front door:

  1. Our Operations Manager will send you an email with instructions on how to complete the required Form 4473. This is an electronic form that you must fill out and sign, and is returned back to us.
  2. The Attorney General CLEO letter goes out and we hold the silencer for seven days per compliance regulations.
  3. After the seven day waiting period, we package your silencer and accessories.
  4. Our FFL location receives and verifies your paperwork.
  5. The USPS tracking numbers go live and your silencer is delivered to your front door.
How long does it take to ship my silencer

The mailing will take 10-15 days based on federal requirements behind the scenes.

How do we mail your silencer?

Learn how we mail your silencer here: Silencer Shipping: How We Mail Your Silencer

Do you ship to military addresses?

Absolutely! When entering your address on the order form, please click the box to indicate that your address is a PO Box, APO or AFO. Silencer Central only ships to the contiguous United States. There may be additional charges for shipping to Hawaii and Alaska. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Do you require a signature upon delivery?

In most cases, no, we do not send with a signature required.

Do you ship internationally?

At this time, Silencer Central only ships to the contiguous United States. There may be additional charges for shipping to Hawaii and Alaska. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Payment

Payment (General)

What payments do you accept?

Currently, we accept Silencer Central Gift Cards, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover payment options. Gift cards that display the Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover logos are also accepted.

All prices and amounts are in U.S. dollars.

Do you charge sales tax in my state?

Current law allows us to collect sales or other applicable state taxes, based on the order’s “ship to” address. Silencer Central follows the guidelines for each state as they pertain to your order. Most states assess sales tax on shipping and handling charges. All applicable taxes will be clearly displayed on the invoice that accompanies your order. If you have questions about the taxes on your order, please call us at 888-781-8778.

Note: State sales and other tax rates are subject to change at any time.

How do you purchase and use gift cards?

If you are interested in purchasing a Silencer Central gift card, click here. Gift cards are available online in the following denominations: $100, $250, $500, $750, and $1,000. Gift cards never expire.

Payment (eZ-Pay)

When do you file the ATF transfer paperwork?

Once 25% is collected, the paperwork process will begin for you or your trust. If you are transferring your NFA item to your local dealer, your silencer or SBR must be paid in full.

Does an eZ-Pay Plan purchase qualify for a free Silencer Central Gun Trust?

Yes, all silencer purchases qualify for a free NFA Gun Trust generated by Silencer Central, individualized and specific to your state.

Are there any fees to use eZ-Pay Plan?

No, we offer four interest-free, eZ-Pay payments. No fees ever.

Other companies are charging over 15% in fees for this type of payment plan. We buy in large volumes directly from the manufacturer, which eliminates the middleman, allowing us to provide this payment plan to you at no additional cost.

Are all silencers eligible for purchase using eZ-Pay Plan?

Yes! You will even find a couple SBR’s on our website available with the eZ-Pay option. Our website will always note which products are eligible.

Can anyone use the eZ-Pay Plan?

The eZ-Pay Plan was designed for customers in our licensed states (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.) who are filing a Form 4 transfer, which typically takes 12 months for ATF approval.

All customers are welcome to use the eZ-Pay Plan, but please keep in mind that the we do not ship eZ-Pay Plan orders until the order is paid in full. Form 3 transfers (dealer to dealer) are significantly shorter than in-state Form 4 transfers, so your order must be paid in full prior to shipment to your local dealer. Most Non- FFL residents who consider using eZ-Pay Plan elect to pay in full upon Form 3 approval to their local dealer or shortly thereafter.

What are my payments?

After your initial down payment you will make three equal payments over the next 90 days (one payment due each month) to pay off your eZ-Pay Plan balance. You will receive an email 5 days prior to your next payment, reminding you that you have a payment coming out.

How do I select an eZ-Pay Plan?

If you used a credit card for the initial down payment, our system will set up recurring payments automatically. You will receive an invoice via email five days before your payment is due. Recurring payments will be made by credit card; however, you can choose to make a payment by cash, check or money order, at any time prior to your monthly recurring payment date.

Can I pay off my balance prior to 90 days?

Yes. You can pay your entire balance at any time during the 90-day period without incurring any penalty.

After I make my final payment, when can I pick up my items or have them shipped to me?

After you make your final payment, you can pick up your items once your transfer has been approved by the ATF. This wait time varies. You can visit our NFA Approval Status page to see the average wait times.

What if my eZ-Pay Plan installment payment is not paid in full at the end of any of the 30-day increments?

You will have three equal payments due on the same day each month. If you fail to make any of your monthly payments, your order will be cancelled and all products will be returned to stock. If eZ-Pay Plan products are returned to stock for delinquency of payment, all money you have paid towards your eZ-Pay Plan balance is non-refundable.

Can I cancel an eZ-Pay Plan order?

eZ-Pay Plan orders may be cancelled within 10 days of the order date, if we have not initiated the ATF transfer process. If the ATF transfer process has not been initiated and a cancellation request is made within 10 days of the purchase date, a 25% processing fee, plus a $250 fee for the NFA Gun Trust will be applied to the refund amount. Once the ATF transfer process has been initiated, cancellation is not possible.

See more details about our refund policy.

Can I transfer the payments I have made through eZ-Pay Plan to someone else?

No. Since your paperwork is specific to you, your trust, or your local dealer, once submitted to the ATF, no changes can be made. Once your purchase has been paid in full and you have received approval from the ATF, you can transfer your silencer to another person, however they will incur an additional $200 fee for another tax stamp and will be subject to current ATF wait times.

Barrel Threading

Where to Get Barrels Threaded?

99.9% of the time when a customer calls about an issue with their silencer… it turns out to be a poor threading job. Our Threading Central service offers the most precise and fastest barrel threading in the nation. You can get your rifle barrel threaded for just $99.99 including a free thread protector (a $20 value). We have several options for getting your barrels to us for threading.

  • Live out of state? Purchase the 360 Mailing Program.
  • Visit us at a show and drop off your barrels. With option, we will return ship your threaded barrel to you for free!
  • Drop off and pick up your barrels at our Sioux Falls location.
What is the cost for barrel threading and how long does it take?

Barrel Threading is $99.99 per barrel, plus tax and shipping depending on your chosen service. This includes a thread protector and any assembly or disassembly needed. Turnaround time varies based on current workload. If you would like to confirm turnaround time, please contact us at 888-781-8778.

An invoice is emailed to you as soon as your barrel(s) are threaded and ready for pickup or shipping. Once payment is received your order will be shipped out and a tracking number emailed to you. If your credit card information was included on the threading form or submitted at a show, we will charge your card when the work is complete. We will then send an email with your receipt and tracking number.

Visit our services page for additional services available, prices vary depending on additional services requested.

What shows can I drop my item(s) off for threading?

A full list of our upcoming shows is available here.

Take note that you are only able to drop off rifles for threading if the trade show facility allows it. For example, the farm shows and the shows at fairgrounds do not normally allow firearms. We suggest you call the specific event you are attending to see if firearms are allowed on site.

We look forward to providing you with the most precise barrel threading available! We can return it directly back to you without it needing to go through an FFL dealer.

How do I get my barrel to Silencer Central?

Please note, items must be unloaded, ensure there is no round in the chamber and that the magazine or tube is empty before shipping or dropping off with us.

Rifles: Please remove all accessories such as scopes and rings, bi-pods, slings, lights, etc… Bolt action rifles should be left in the stock whenever possible. If you must ship the barreled action by itself, we strongly advise removal of the trigger assembly. This avoids the chance of having the fragile trigger group break or suffer damage in shipping.

AR-15 or AR-10 Type Uppers: In most cases, you do not need to remove the barrel. Just ship the entire upper, minus the bolt carrier group, and all rail mounted accessories/sights.

How do I get my barrel back after it is done being threaded by Silencer Central?

Items dropped off with Silencer Central at a gun show will be shipped back to you for FREE.

Items dropped off at our Sioux Falls, SD location may be picked up in the store or shipped to you for $19.99.

360 Mailing Program orders will be shipped to you when the work is completed.

My threaded barrel doesn’t fit my silencer, now what?

We thread to the recommendation and guidelines of the company that builds our suppressors. We always thread to caliber first and then cross reference with diameter of the barrel. Most of our customers have the gunsmith determine the best thread pitch for each barrel to ensure the best results.

If you absolutely want a specific thread, you can put it in the note section on the threading order form and the gunsmith will try to fulfill your request, if diameter allows. We offer a thread adapter that steps up a 1/2 x 28 thread to 5/8 x 24 if your thread is smaller than your silencers thread pitch.

Do you make custom barrels?

We do not make custom barrels. We are set up to mainly do threading and at this time are not setup to build or install barrels.

Can you thread my pistol?

At this time we are only able to thread a blow back style pistol like a Ruger Mark series pistol. We can look to see if an aftermarket barrel exists for your pistol and (if available) order one for you. Payment is required when order. Our gunsmith will then install the new barrel once we receive the part. You will be billed for threading and emailed a tracking number when the work is complete.

Company Info

Where is Silencer Central headquartered?

We are headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Read about our story.

How many locations does Silencer Central have?

Silencer Central is headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We have satellite locations and are licensed to sell silencers in all 42 states where silencers are legal, which allow us to deliver your new silencer directly to front your door. States include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

What makes Silencer Central different from other companies that sell Silencers online?

Ten reasons to buy your silencer from Silencer Central!

  1. Select your silencer – We were the first silencer reseller and have been making silencer buying super simple since 2005!.
  2. Silencers are all we do – We are not a gun shop that sells silencers on the side like virtually everyone else.
  3. Talk to an expert – We have a full-time staff dedicated to making sure your silencer buying experience goes without a hitch. And, if there is ever an issue, you’ll always be able to talk directly to a silencer buying expert.
  4. Direct-to-your-door shipping – We have satellite locations in all 42 states where silencers are legal which allow us to deliver your new silencer directly to your door. States include: ALAKAZARCOCTFLGAIAIDKSKY, LA, MD, MEMIMNMOMSMT, ND, NENHNMNVNCOHOKORPASCSDTNTXUTVA, VT, WA, WIWV, & WY.
  5. Free NFA Gun Trust – We offer a free NFA Gun Trust (a $250 value) to all customers which essentially establishes a joint ownership scenario in which you can legally share your silencer with designated others (as well as determining who will inherit your silencer). This lets others use your silencer.
  6. Pay just 25% down – Our eZ-Pay Interest-Free Layaway Plan allows you to “pay for it while you wait for it”. Submitting your down payment of 25% allows us to file your transfer paperwork with the ATF while you pay off your balance over three months. And we do not charge you any interest!
  7. Barrel threading – In the event you need you rifle barrel threaded to accept your new silencer, we will take care of that as well through our Threading Central.
  8. We know the game – We are the only silencer reseller on the ATF advisory board which means we not only know the rules and the ropes but we influence them as well.
  9. Security – We know you are entrusting us with sensitive information and we are set up to protect it better than any gun shop. We also keep your trust and fingerprint records on file which allows you to streamline the process if you ever choose to buy another silencer.
  10. Shopping protection – Finally, buy from Silencer Central and you automatically get the Norton Shopping Guarantee which gives you identity theft protection, dispute resolution, and a lowest price guarantee. All for free.
Was Silencer Central previously known by another name?

Yes, we used to be known as Dakota Silencer! On August 1, 2019, Dakota Silencer rebranded as Silencer Central. This name change reflects growth outside of our midwest roots and the expansion to conduct business in all 42 silencer legal states.

Who Can You Sell to?

Currently, we’re licensed to sell directly to residents in all 42 states where silencers are legal, including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

For most customers, we’re able to mail the approved silencer and all forms directly to you, meaning you’ll never have to visit a physical location. This enables us to sell to customers across the country, no matter their zip code!