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Silencer Central has something to fit your needs, whether you’re packing a pistol, SBR, or high-powered hunting rifle. Along with our top of the line, all-titanium, true multi-caliber BANISH Suppressors, we also carry a variety of the most popular silencers on the market today. We can help you find the best suppressor for your firearm. (Not to mention help you navigate the ATF’s mountain of paperwork!) We’re your one-stop silencer shop.
Yes. Rimfire suppressors are legal. But because firearms are regulated at a state level, there are a few exceptions. Rimfire suppressors are not legal in California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Delaware, Hawaii, and Washington D.C.
With different regulations in different states, we recommend that you read up on local law in our state-by-state guide on silencer ownership. Though rest assured, that with the exception of the 9 listed above, Silencer Central is there and licensed to sell.
We can point you in the right direction in terms of silencer specifics, accessories, and covers. And We can help you figure out all the different legislation you’ll have to navigate, like traveling with your suppressor. Turns out, most of it is easier than you think. With a little help, we’ll have you equipped with your legal rimfire silencer in no time.
There are a lot of factors that affect 22lr suppressor’s dB testing at any given time, so this is a surprisingly challenging question to answer. A gunshot’s volume, measured in decibels, or “dB”, depends on the weight, caliber, and speed of the bullet, the length of the barrel, and how fast the gunpowder is burning.
No two gunshots will even sound exactly the same, even from the same gun. Sound measurement can be changed by something as innocuous as temperature or humidity.
That being said, we do have a few favorite 22lr suppressors that we’ve picked out. The AAC Element offers a fantastic 41bD reduction potential, which makes it almost as quiet as a Red Ryder BB gun. The BANISH 22 offers a similar reduction potential, while the integrally suppressed Ruger 10/22 by Yankee Hill Machine offers a great 30dB reduction potential.
Yes, absolutely. .22 caliber rifles are excellent candidates for suppressors. We recommend the BANISH 22, as it can be quickly configured for pistol or rifle use. It’s also one of the quietest silencers out there, reducing sound by almost 35dB.
When choosing a silencer for your 22, we recommend considering your needs regarding cost, weight, user serviceability, ease of cleaning, ability to use with magnum cartridges, and durability. No suppressor is one-size-fits-all. For more information, check out our full guide for how to choose the right .22 suppressor.
How loud a silencer is, is measured in decibels or “dB”, for short. How loud your 22 will be with a silencer depends on the silencer being used. On average, you can expect to get 20-36 dBs of sound reduction with a silencer.
Silencers don’t work quite as they do in Hollywood movies, so don’t expect your silencer to reduce the level of sound to a whisper level 0 dB. Rather, a silencer is designed to reduce the risk of hearing damage caused by a gunshot.
Both a Walther p22 .22lr pistol and a Ruger 10/22 .22lr rifle without a suppressor are likely to cause hearing damage. Both guns have a relative sound pressure of well over 140 dB.
According to OSHA standards, “Exposure to impulsive or impact noise should not exceed 140 dB peak sound pressure level”. With a silencer, both fall into safe dB levels.
This is a darn good question! And a tricky one to answer. How many rounds a suppressor is good for depends on the quality of the silencer and the maintenance and care provided by the owner. It also depends on what you’re shooting and how you’re shooting.
Some suppressors, like first-generation Maxim Silencers from the early 20th century, can last 100 years or more! But some burn their suppressors up on full-auto fire, and they’re demolished in under 10,000 rounds.
Essentially, suppressors are devices that handle a lot of hot gas under pressure, so it will start to experience wear and tear. Heat and physical obstructions are the ultimate enemies of a suppressor. So a bolt action .22 will put less wear on a suppressor than a full auto military rifle.
For more information, check out our full “How Long Do Suppressors Last” article.
It isn’t that difficult to get a suppressor tax stamp but it can be stressful. You have to get a tax stamp through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and like most government bureaucracies, it can be slow.
How long it takes will depend on how you go about it. You can register it with an ATF Form 4 if you’re buying it from an FFL dealer or from somebody who is selling a suppressor. You can use an ATF Form 1 if you’re making your own silencer.
ATF forms can be submitted via e-file or through the mail. How long it will take will also depend on whether you register it as an individual or as an NFA gun trust.
Ultimately, if you e-File an ATF Form 1, it can take about 30 days or so, while an e-Filed Form 3 can take about 12 months.
What happens to your silencer after you die depends on how it’s registered. If you registered your silencer through an NFA gun trust, after your death, the suppressor goes to your co-trustee(s), or if they are also deceased, to the beneficiary.
If you registered as an individual, you need to declare who the silencer will be passed on to in your will. After your death, there will be a free transfer to your beneficiary, and they will have to complete similar paperwork you complete, namely an ATF Form 5.
If absolutely no one wants the silencer or is eligible to own it after your death, then the silencer may be turned over to the ATF and destroyed. But even then, a dealer may still be willing to take the silencer and resell it.
It can take up to about a year to get a suppressor in 2021 because it takes so long for the NFA to process all the appropriate forms. There are several different forms used to make or transfer NFA items.
The wait time can depend on the filing method (paper vs. e-filing) and if the form is filed in the name of an individual, corporation, trust, or dealer-to-dealer transfer. E-filing is faster than paper and the benefits of a trust usually outweigh the benefits of an individual or corporation filing.
For more information on wait times, and filing with the NFA, see our complete guide to NFA wait times.