As a seasoned hunter, your passion runs deep as the thrill of the hunt gets your heart pumping as you become one with nature.
You take your sport seriously, and you’re always looking to improve your skills.
That's why we want to let you in on a little secret - suppressors.
Now, before you brush them off as another fad or an extra expense, hear us out. Suppressors, commonly known as silencers, offer some major benefits that can really uplevel your hunting game.
But with so many assumptions, myths, and misconceptions since they became the most highly regulated gun accessory in the US, it's understandable if you're hesitant about getting one.
That's why we've created this guide - to give you the real facts. We'll walk through everything from how suppressors work to their many advantages in hunting situations.
By the end, you'll see why more and more hunters are equipping their rifles with these handy devices.
So join us as we delve into the need-to-know information about suppressors. Time to gain some expert insights that you can confidently take into the field.
Let's get started!
What is a Suppressor?
Let's cover the basics - what the heck is a suppressor anyway?
A suppressor is a nifty device that attaches (through screwing on) to the barrel of your rifle or handgun. It works by slowing and cooling the gasses from each shot as they exit the barrel, keeping the sound levels lower—not silent, but much quieter than a regular gunshot.
We're talking hearing-safe levels that help you have a better experience and prevent you from scaring away potential prey while you’re in the sticks.
Now, there’s a rumor going around that these things are illegal, but it’s completely false! Suppressors are completely legal in 42 states. And many states actually encourage hunters to use them. Why?
For major benefits like:
Hearing protection: Save your ears from the deafening shots.
Reducing noise pollution: Keep your hunting spots open and maintain good relationships with nearby landowners. You also won’t scare away prey.
Improved accuracy: Less recoil means you can aim better for clean shots.
So not only are suppressors legal in most of the country, they're a smart tool all around.
The pros who use them have a huge advantage.
But, notice how we say “most states”. Suppressors are illegal in:
the District of Columbia
Here in Texas, you’re absolutely fine.
Silencer vs. Suppressor: What's the Difference?
Let's quickly clear up some terminology - you may have heard "silencer" and "suppressor" used interchangeably. We’ve done it in this guide. But there is a difference.
The term "silencer" implies that the device totally eliminates the sound of gunfire, but in reality, no suppressor can completely mute the sound. Instead, suppressors are designed to reduce the noise to a more moderate, hearing-safe level.
So, while "silencer" sounds much cooler and dominates the action movies, it's not technically accurate.
Suppressor is the proper term for those cylindrical devices attached to your barrel for noise reduction and control. That’s what you should ask for while shopping around.
How to Choose the Right Suppressor
Now you know the fundamentals of what suppressors have to offer now, it’s time to choose the one that’s right for you. And, oh yes, there are plenty of different types to choose from.
Here are a few factors to consider when making your decision:
Caliber Compatibility: It's important to choose a suppressor that is compatible with the caliber of your firearm. Many suppressors are designed for specific calibers, so be sure to check before making your purchase.
Size and Weight: Suppressors come in various sizes and weights, so you'll want to choose one that fits your needs. A larger suppressor will typically provide better noise reduction, but may be heavier and more cumbersome to use.
Top Brands and Models: Some of the top brands and models of suppressors on the market today include SilencerCo, SureFire, and Dead Air Armament. Do your research and read reviews to find the best option for you.
Consult with a Pro: If you're new to suppressors or not sure which one to choose, we recommend consulting with a professional or an experienced hunter. They can help you determine the best suppressor for your specific needs and offer advice on how to use it properly.
And that’s really the best way to go about it. Your hunting style, preference, weapon, and everything in between is unique to you and how you want to
immerse yourself in the experience. Therefore, your suppressor needs are your own.
Take time to think about what you want (including your budget), and head in-store to ask a professional what options are best. We’re only over at 3701 Franklin Ave, Waco, TX 76710, so come on down, and we’d be happy to help!
Tips for Hunting With a Suppressor
Hunting with a suppressor can be a game-changer, but it's important to know how to use it safely and effectively. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Using Your Suppressor: Be sure to read the manufacturer's instructions carefully before using your suppressor. Always make sure it is properly mounted and secure on your firearm before firing. And remember – a suppressor doesn’t eliminate all sound from a gunshot, so you should still wear hearing protection.
Handling and Storing: When not in use, store your suppressor in a secure location that is out of reach of children and unauthorized users. It's also a good idea to clean your suppressor regularly to ensure optimal performance.
Adjusting Your Shooting Technique: When using a suppressor, you might need to adjust your shooting technique slightly. Practice with your suppressor before heading out on a hunting trip to get a feel for how it affects your aim and recoil.
With improved accuracy, reduced noise, enhanced stealth, and increased power, it's easy to see why so many hunters swear by a suppressor.
If you're looking to purchase a suppressor or any other firearm-related gear, be sure to check out our range here at Fun Guns!
Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect firearm or accessory for your needs. Plus, we offer a wide range of products from top brands at competitive prices.
So what are you waiting for?
Head on over to Fun Guns Waco, Texas, and start your next hunting adventure off on the right foot!