Silencerco “How To Purchase A Suppressor”


I received an email from Silencerco about how to purchase a silencer or if the term fits suppressor. The video is done very well. It’s both informative and humorous.

Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • patrickiv

    Haha I like it.

  • SafeArmsReview

    Good stuff – like the retro 50s commercial.

    BTW does anyone have good links about NFA trusts? Inquiring minds what to know.


  • Zapp Brannigan

    This is a question I’ve been pondering and it’s sort of related to this subject so I’ll ask it here. When does a thingy that can be screwed on the end of the barrel become a silencer? If I stuck an empty soup can on the end of a rifle, it would probably lower the decibels a bit but would it be a silencer? Does the intent of the person manufacturing the thingy matter and if so, who determines that and how?

    • George W.

      I’ll answer your questions in order .
      Probably ,
      Not really , it is more if it lowers the sound of the gun shot ,
      The ATF , mainly through heavy handed tactics , changing rules , going back on what thay said was ok and plain old thuggery . The rule right now is somewhere in the neighborhood of 2-3db of sound reduction makes it a suppressor .

  • gunslinger