How The Deregulation Of Silencers Will Help Airgunners

Our recent segment on the American Suppressor Association and the subsequent support of the Hearing Protection Act was well received. As a reminder, even though we are all feeling the positive vibes from a promising pro-gun political climate, now more than ever we all need to continue our support of the organizations who work hard to preserve our second amendment rights. So if you have yet to join, the ASA, please do so. Today I’d like to speak directly to a unlikely segment of our community – Airgunners.

In my previous story, “David” commented on an important fact I had forgotten. The airgun community also stands to benefit from the deregulation of silencers. A move away from the National Firearms Act will allow non-powderburning shooters to buy, make and service their silencers much easier than regulations currently allow.

You see, even though airguns are not classified as firearms under the U.S. Code, the devices designed to make them quieter can be covered under NFA control. Airguns that are suppressed must follow a strict set of conditions to ensure that they cannot be used on actual firearms. Either they come suppressed from the factory and are “permanently” installed or the guns are retrofitted by one of a few qualified dealers.

Alternatively, individual makers can install silencer-type devices under the auspices of “lead dust collectors” or “barrel shrouds” that aren’t advertised as silencers. These builders are forced to walk a fine line between manufacturing a device for their airguns and not a silencer that can be attached to an actual firearm.

Frustrating, right?




Airgun Suppressors & NFA Deregulation @ TFB


Airgun Suppressors & NFA Deregulation @ TFB


Airgun Suppressors & NFA Deregulation @ TFB

Now, for those of you who may be turning up your nose at the airgunning community, let me remind you that these shooters also share our passion for power and precision. Modern airguns range from .25 to .50 caliber and are on par with many of our favorite guns. I ask you to welcome them in our support of the ASA and the Hearing Protection Act.

We are, of course, stronger together as a unified voice.

Join the American Suppressor Association today. 


LE – Science – OSINT.
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  • thedonn007

    Plenty of air guns in .177 caliber, I would bet that is the most popular caliber.

    • Twilight sparkle

      Also .22
      From my limited expierence the calibers from .25 to .50 are going to be used in more professional air guns

  • Herr Wolf

    I didn’t realize there was any bias against the airgunning community. Many of the people that I shoot with are actually very involved in airguns, whether it be for pest control, introducing kids to shooting or just as a low cost alternative to getting some trigger time in.

    • David B

      I’ve noticed that many have a bias against airsoft players, usually because there is a misunderstanding of the purpose of airsoft or the attitudes of some of the players. This can and does get projected onto any type of gun that doesn’t burn powder, even the serious big bores that are worthy of medium game.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      For the most part, I don’t think there is. Maybe some misunderstanding on both sides.

    • Southpaw89

      Hard to believe as most gun owners I know started out on pellet guns, but there does seem to be a bit of a bias against them by some.

  • Bill Jordan

    There are several 25 caliber air guns that are equivalent to 22LR 38-40gr projectile moving at 800-900FPS. Its very easy to buy one integrally suppressed. About as quiet as the Sparrow mounted to my 10-22

  • Edeco

    I want a Hatsan Hercules or one of their 25 cal spring type. Will hold off for a while, maybe threaded barrel will end up being a thing.

    Wonder if a detachable can would work on a big spring air gun… wouldn’t want to grab it to charge the gun, but if the barrel were long enough to crank without it the whole setup might be too long.

    • iksnilol

      Wouldnt do much on a spring gun, the spring makes most of the noise from slamming forward.

  • BryanS

    Us old paintballers are always careful to note that the thing on the end of the barrel is a raincover.

  • Graham2

    The Huggett airgun silencer in the photograph is probably the quietest available- it’s also the best looking by a mile! The UK’s stupid firearms laws have certainly resulted in some very talented engineers designing quality products.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Agreed on both. It’s a $400 option here in the US.

  • adverse4

    The “suppressor” on the end of my gas piston break action .22 pellet rifle is a slide on, (perhaps it was supposed to be glued on) piece of plastic that simply protects the crown insert, no other function what so ever. The rifle is quiet, as advertised, after the oil and preservatives have been shot out, until then it cracks like a .22 LR round. Maybe other “air” rifles would bust your eardrums without a suppressor? And, what about the recoil?