How Suppressors Work (The Best GIF I Have Ever Seen)

Sometimes, I am just in awe of what a good creative person backed by a solid concept can create. SilencerCo has created the most impressive GIF image I have ever seen. By animating the shot, the explanation is incredibly more effective than a simple static graphic could hope to explain.

Outside of my lauding, the graphic itself is a solid fact-sheet advocating for suppressor ownership. It is amazing to see the growth within the Class III community.

Click on the picture to be taken to the original animated GIF.


Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • gunslinger

    silencer sales go up, violent crime goes down? ok
    is there a direct correlation between the two? i doubt it.

    • Giolli Joker

      They don’t mean to imply a direct correlation, but they want to imply that more silencers doesn’t mean more crime as “others” might argue.

      • gunslinger

        ok. i can understand that.

  • bbmg

    Silencerco also have some high-speed footage up where you can actually see what is going on inside the suppressor:

  • SD3

    I fully support suppressor use, but “increased accuracy”?…

    • bbmg

      A properly installed suppressor reduces the amount of blast that can destabilize the projectile after it leaves the barrel, as well as adding weight and reducing perceived recoil considerably.

    • Commonsense23

      A good suppressor increases accuracy, and in some cases will actually increase your FPS, especially with a rifle that has a shorter barrel than the cartridge is designed for. Not going to be much but can add a little.

    • iksnilol

      Also it helps reduce flinching/anticipation.

  • DashVT

    The map in the poster shows vermont as having legal suppressors. Did something change or is this a mistake?

    • ColonelColt

      As far as I’m aware it’s still illegal due to an idiotic old poaching law.

  • echelon

    Now, let’s abolish those pesky NFA “laws” and watch suppressor ownership quadruple or more.

    It would be so nice if most guns were just integrally suppressed.

    • iksnilol

      How do you clean an integrally suppressed barrel? I am seriously confused here, what do you do if a patch falls of in the suppressor?

      I am thinking about an permanently attached suppressor on a VEPR (SBRs are illegal, suppressors are completely uncontrolled in Norway). 12.5 inch barrel, shortened gas system and permanently attached T8 Scout suppressor is the plan.

      • Commonsense23

        Intergrally suppressed doesn’t mean the suppressor can’t come off. It typically just signifies that the firearm isn’t designed to fire without it. As in the MP5SD, the suppressor comes off for cleaning.

        • iksnilol

          I need the tube itself permanently attached for legal reasons.

          Got to check out how to add a removable endcap to a T8 Scout.

          • Chrome Dragon

            Loctite Red?

      • echelon

        Short answer: Don’t use patches!

        I don’t think your plan will work out well if you permanently attach the suppressor. I mean you can do things to clean it but it will be a pain.

        Early versions of the HK MP5SD were not user serviceable and it was a pain to clean them. HK ended up changing the design later so that it unscrewed and you’d just use a brush. That works great.

        Overall, my point is that if there were no silly restrictions on barrel length, suppressor use, etc. the technology would be so much more ahead of where it is today.

        • iksnilol

          Threaded endcap and remivable baffles.

          • echelon

            Ok…but then you wouldn’t have the problem with losing patches in the first place…

            I was just stating that having a permanently attached can without some way to remove the baffles like some early integrally suppressed guns had would not be a good idea in the realm of ease of cleaning…

          • iksnilol

            I know, that’s why I said that I would have to modify the can in question to have removable baffles. I should have said “Threaded endcap and removable baffles it is then/are the only option it seems”.

    • dan citizen

      I have owned a couple sealed units.

      Generally you fill them with cleaning fluid and do a lot of shaking. Routine cleaning is a must as build up is hard to correct.

      As to a cleaning patch, I didn’t get them in that section, instead using a soft brush or having them firmly in a slotted jag. A buddy did lose a patch in baffles, then tore it up trying to remove it. Parts of that patch stayed in their and just got chewed up by the gasses.

  • Scott Clark

    My Surefire SOCOM 556SB is a bitch to get off after a hundred rounds or so…

  • familkeg

    “… two overlapping bangs”

  • Ben

    Hyperacusis and tinnitus are horrible.

    Please use silencers so you don’t end up like me.

    My ear plugs didn’t work, I still got hyperacusis and tinnitus.

  • Blake

    Excellent graphic.

  • mechamaster

    I want to see Browning- tilting barrel animation with suppressor attached in the barrel.. it’s funny to see tilting suppressor because it’s like a ‘dirty joke’. LoL.