Bass Pro Shops Stocking Silencers?

Sharp eyed TFB reader “RB” spotted an Instagram post showing SilencerCo suppressors and accessories on display at a Bass Pro Shop location. The original posting picture, ironically enough, was made by The Farm Gun Works, a firearms dealer in Naples, Florida specializing in the sale and transfer of NFA regulated items such as silencers. According to Bass Pro staff at the Estero, FL location, there are six locations that have begun carrying silencers (updated below to 10 stores nation wide via Capitol Armory).

The arrival of silencers at large retail sporting goods stores like Bass Pro is a significant event. As recently as a few years ago, NFA firearms like suppressors, were unique to smaller FFL/SOT dealers where customers come to shop specifically for  “niche” items. Obviously, these high-traffic locations will give manufacturers like SilencerCo increased visibility.

Prices posted by Bass Pro are slightly on the high side, but not outlandish compared to other retail outlets. However, like the guys at The Farm alluded to in their Instagram post, one has to wonder if Bass Pro is prepared for the questions that will come from potential buyers.

As you all know, silencers are a unique item that requires research and forethought to end up with the right tool for the right job. For most gun owners, buying a suppressor is not an impulse purchase: threaded barrels, caliber restrictions and host compatibility all need to be considered prior to buying. If I had to guess, people will “window shop” for silencers at the larger stores while they are there shopping for other guns and accessories. They will then return to the store to complete the purchase or more likely buy from an online retailer after researching options and pricing.

It will also be interesting to see if Bass Pro will offer other manufacturers of silencers alongside SilencerCo. Right now it looks as if Gerber and KaBar are their only in-store competitor.


If you are in the Naples, FL area, stop in and checkout The Farm Gun Works. Links are below.

Bass Pro

The Farm Gun Works – Facebook 



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  • USMC03Vet

    Do they realize they’ll have to keep inventory for 6+ months of sold items?

    • PK

      Many big box stores and smaller regional chains seem to get into transferring and selling NFA items without realizing just how much different they are to deal with… a poorly trained employee, or an inattentive employee, can cause a lot more trouble with a paperwork screwup. When it comes to errors in the A&D, for example, the IOIs tend to be a lot more forgiving of title 1 than they are of title 2.

      I wish them the absolute best. It’s very nice to see the continuing normalization of NFA items.

      • Pete – TFB Writer

        Agreed

    • Benelli

      Ask yourself this, would you rather park a can at a big box that you know is going to be there in six months our with your local home based Class III.
      I had one dealer quit his licenses 2 months into a transfer causing he was moving out of the state and he shifted his stock to another local Class III I had no relationship with.

      The new guy then disappeared for about a month and a half because of his work and I sat around looking at a stamp with no idea when I would be able to take physical possession of the suppressor.

      Oh the dream of walking into Bass Pro, watching them feed the fish, picking up some chocolate peanut clusters and then walking out with my new can….

      • B-Sabre

        Ask yourself this, would you rather park a can at a big box that you know is going to be there in six months or with your local home based Class III.

        There’s perils to the big box approach as well. A coworker had a new crib sitting at the store for 6-8 weeks after it was delivered because it had been marked with his first name, not his last. Keeping track of inventory in the store for 8 months would be a nightmare.

        A better approach would be to not order the physical can until the NFA is approved. The “order” process reserves a can in the manufacturer’s queue 6-8 months down the road.

      • USMC03Vet

        With the high volume of attrition that retail entails, big or small it makes no difference.

  • PK

    If this trend continues, of more hunting oriented stores starting to carry silencers and/or other NFA items due to demand, I genuinely believe that we’ll see an end to the regulations surrounding them sooner rather than later.

    I had been hoping to see silencers removed from the NFA by 2024 or perhaps an election cycle or two later, but at this rate… if it continues, I’ll be even more optimistic.

  • Maxpwr

    Much like when places like Cabela’s and Gander Mtn (RIP) started carrying AR-15s seriously in the early 2000s and putting them on the shelves next to Remington 700s and we saw an explosion in AR ownership, having suppressors in mainstream stores can only help in trying to get less regulated and more popular as people see them more and more they become more normalized to the public. You no longer have to go to some dusty grungy cosmoline smelling gun store and ask for the “good stuff in the back” like in the 80s and early 90s. Not that I don’t love old dusty cosmoline smelling gun stores.

  • Haulin’ Oats

    Bass Pro brand silencers, because you’d hate to spook the fish with your tacticool AR.

    • Sasquatch

      He your laughing but I would by a bass pro shop brand silencer for less than the competition. All there stuff works very well in my experience.

      • Haulin’ Oats

        That’s not what I meant at all.

        • Sasquatch

          No just pointing out that bass pro brand suppressors would be awesome.

  • JASON B

    Bodes well for the HPA. Love to see this.

    • IdahoMan

      You don’t want the HPA to pass. There is a newer bill being pushed now: the SHUSH Act. It’s much better than the HPA.

      • JASON B

        No I actually want the HPA to pass. The SHUSH act has absolutely no realistic chance of passing. I am focusing my energy and dollars on the HPA, since it has a real chance of passing.

        • IdahoMan

          And there’s the lie. So typical. The pathetic excuse that the enemy always throws out.

  • Haulin’ Oats

    Gerber and KaBar make knives. Do they also make suppressors?

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      That’s the joke. Check out the picture.

      • Haulin’ Oats

        Oh “right”, it’s a bit out of frame but i get it.

  • Rob in Katy

    Don’t rely on their website for inventory. I was looking for a 320RX and had gone in on a a date night with the wife and ask about it, “no, we never can get those in, never had one, had one come in via special order on the site…” They were packing up for the night it was almost 9, so I happened back in on Tuesday with a buddy looking for a case for his pistol to carry to NC, and I was just looking to see if they had a 320 to check out…there 2nd shelf 3rd from the right, I see what looks to be an RX, no, that is a 320/with optic, are you sure it isn’t a RX, no it isn’t it is an 320 with optic…google the part number it is an RX, sold! The BP part number had some P320c-BSS-xx-r, not RX, they didn’t have an RX in stock. sorry, long post if you can go look!!!

  • LazyReader

    Silencers, perfect for quietly killing those bass-terds