Hunting With Suppressors – Bridging The Divide Between Traditional And Tactical Shooters


We have a huge problem in this country that has us all on edge. An issue that separates citizens into two distinct groups, laden with emotions that are deep rooted in a history of distrust and anger. No, not THAT issue – I’m talking about Tactical Shooters versus Traditional Sportsman.

That’s right, on one side there are those that refer to hunters and sport shooters as “Fudds” and on the other you have those that use the term “tacticool” to describe a seemingly militaristic-style of firearms owners. When it comes down to it, each side really doesn’t understand much about the other.*

* There are exceptions to every rule: there are those “Fudds” that don’t believe the Second Amendment includes firearms like AR15s. There are also hunters that enjoy and understand tactical and defensive shooting.


As with most hot-button issues, finding common ground is key. I happen to believe that using suppressors while hunting might be one way to bridge the gap between traditional and modern gun owners.*

* By common ground I am only referring to mutual interests, not concessions on any sort of magazine/firearm restrictions,

Recently, New Hampshire State Representatives James Spillane, John Burt, and Joe Duarte successfully sponsored House Bill 500 (HB500) that legalized hunting with suppressors, making it the latest state to adopt the growing trend. Backed by hard-working politicians, HB500 was supported by a broad range of firearms owners – non-hunters supported their brothers and sisters in arms, and traditionalists embraced newer technologies that they might not have considered otherwise. Win-Win.

(I’m stating facts here, not discussing politics.)






So, no matter what side of the fence you are on, try to find some middle ground. The next time you are at the range, show that “fudd” zeroing his old lever gun your new suppressor that you mounted on your Modern Sporting Rifle. On the other hand, if you are a hunter, grab one of your “tacticool” friends and take them waterfowl hunting. In the end, the only way we are going to survive as gun owners is by doing it together.

And don’t forget to support your local politicians, the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) and the American Suppressor Association (ASA).


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  • Ryfyle

    Makes sense. Honestly though, why would you not go hunting with a decent AR or AK derivative? Surely a nice and light rifle would be great to have in the bush? Now we will soon have folks running around the woods with oil filters getting the next weeks meal.

    • QuadGMoto

      Some states (such as mine ? ) do not allow semi-auto rifles for hunting.

    • gusto

      very few hunting scenarios call for a semi auto with a 30 round mag (:

      I can’t due to laws but wouldn’t want it anyway

      A lightweight AR that shoots as good as an bolt of equal weight and prescision is quite expensive to

      I don’t care for the ergos either, nah gimme a nice bolt or lever anyday

      • Repoman3737

        You don’t have to run a 30 round mag in it you could use a 5 round. Put an adjustable gas block on it and turn it down all the way and you have a bolt action AR for hunting. Nice thing is you can turn up the gas and stick a 30 round in it if the SHTF in the future.

  • HMSLion

    Good point, but Traditional does not equal hunter. There are three distinct groups – Tactical, Precision, and Hunter.
    The Precision shooters are just that – interested in precision. Their idea of a pleasant shooting session is shooting a tight group at what most people would consider long range.
    The Hunters are, in my experience, interested in firearms only as a tool for hunting. And the Hunters are fading out. The old 1950 mindset of Gun = Hunting hasn’t been true for at least twenty years.

    • Tassiebush

      In my area (Tasmania) hunters would far exceed other types of shooters in number. Tacticool seems to be a small group and various types of competition shooting would be the next most common but most would also hunt. I’d say though that being in a restricted environment it’s only really hunting that has a truly strong position against further restrictions.

  • MissileMech

    I guess I’m a tacti-fudd. I love the AR platform, but cannot use it for hunting where I hunt. I’m very interested in tactical mods like hydraulic buffers for shotguns and I’d love to have shotgun supressors as well. The cost of said items is the biggest barrier. Hunting multiple species can get costly so the next AR build gets shelved for the time being. The investment is worth it because I get to spend time with my son at the range and in the woods. It’s probably a stage of life thing too.

    • c4v3man

      I thought an AR10 in .308 winchester should be hunting legal practically everywhere, except you may need to use a restricted capacity magazine. I would assume an AR15 in 300AAC/BLK/Whisper would also be legal mostly everywhere due to sharing the same caliber projectile as the .308, which is what I thought many jurisdictions based minimum hunting loads on (meaning bullet diameter only)? Does where you live have a minimum energy requirement as well?

      That being said, nothing wrong with using a bolt or lever gun…

      • MissileMech

        I wasn’t clear above. Apologies. Where I hunt is shotgun or muzzle loader only. There a couple of places I can use 22lr for small game. Firearms limitations for hunting are set by the counties.

  • Oldtrader3

    There is, of course, crossover as well. My only issue is Tactical’s in this part of the world, is those who sit behind the bench to my left, with flash hider on sandbag way at the back of the bench so that their hot brass hits me in the arms or head. You know, the paper pie plate, target guys? (LOL)

    • Clearly, you need to invest in an SBR G3 with a huge compensator, so you can set up in the stall to the left of them and teach them the earror of their ways.

  • gusto

    I have them on all my rifles
    quiet (obviously)
    most oftne hunt with a dog
    reduces recoil
    It is better for everybody and I don’t have to wear earpro… atleast not when hunting, when at the range I do

    It can change the balance of the rifle thou, but for me it works great, the slight weight at thefront gives me a smoother swing for running target

    but on shotguns? when waterfowl hunting and other bird hunting you shoot much more frequently than rifle hunting deer or something, and if you have to wear earpro anyway what is the point? a semi auto shotgun hardly recoils much anyway…
    and training trap for instance? 5 series minimum, do they hold up?

  • Jim Jones

    I have built myself the most-heavenly Honey Badger AR15 clone in 300 BLK. It is currently an 8.5″ Noveske pistol, and once my forms clear in 2026, I will have an 8.5″ SBR in 300 BLK coupled with a Saker 7.62 to use to hunt my deer out of my midwestern tree stands. No more bulky 20″ .308 rifle to carry in the woods for a 20 to 40 yards shot. I can’t wait to take a big buck with my adult toy.