Everywhere I look, major firearm manufacturers are offering threaded muzzles. I feel it’s because these gun makers are listening to us, the American shooters! Today’s generation of shooters want as many options on our guns as possible, and that means suppressors. So, let’s look at the suppressors I own and why you might want one, too.


Table of Contents

Quiet Time Video 
Brief Suppressor History 
Why Get a Suppressor? 
My Suppressors 
Range Time
Conclusion

Quiet Time Video
 


Brief Suppressor History


In 1934, the National Firearms Act (NFA) became law. Prohibition-era gang violence pressured lawmakers to use the power of taxation to limit the availability of suppressors and certain firearms. Since then, a lengthy background check and a $200 federal tax stamp have been required for an individual to possess a suppressor. During the Great Depression, this basically meant the end of suppressor sales. 
 

Firearm Suppressors
Suppressors have been around for a long time and offer shooters a lot of benefits, including safety. But misinformation, politics, and fearmongering have made it a chore for shooters to own them. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Today, inflation makes ownership within reach for most shooters. Submit to the background check, fingerprints, $200 fee, send it all to the ATF, and when approved, you can own a suppressor – depending on your state’s laws. Currently, 42 states allow private ownership of suppressors.
 

Why Get a Suppressor?

 

Firearm Suppressors
These tools are still incredibly practical and fun, even if you need to put in some extra work to own one. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Hearing protection is the most important benefit of using a suppressor. It absorbs most of the sonic “crack” of a gun and redirects it out more quietly. This can help you and those around you on the shooting range by making shooting less stressful and noisy. Plus, new shooters benefit by not being intimidated by the firearm’s sound as much. 

Hunters also use them to avoid clumsy hearing protection while in the field – but make sure to check your local and state laws for hunting with suppressors. Lastly, there is evidence suggesting that suppressors make firearms more accurate by stabilizing the bullet after leaving the barrel.
 

My Suppressors

 

Firearm Suppressors
Just two suppressors handle most of my shooting needs. All it really takes is a suppressor-ready gun and a quiet can to change to the tone of your range days. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


My .22 rimfire suppressor is the Tactical Solutions Cascade. Located in Boise, Idaho, they specialize in small-caliber suppressors, barrels, and suppressed firearms. This is a light suppressor. I don’t feel any added weight when attached to my Ruger Mark III target pistol. 

Though, I do notice the great reduction in sound when shooting. I could shoot it without earplugs. The sound reduction just makes the gun less stressful to shoot. 
 

Suppressors
My .22 suppressor, top, is small and light, but it is limited to .22 for caliber choices. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Here are the specs on that can:

Length: 5 inches   
Diameter: 1 inch    
Weight: 8 ounces   
Thread: 1/2x28 inches
Status: Discontinued, replaced by the Ascent 22.

My “everything-else” suppressor is the SilencerCo Hybrid 46. This multi-caliber can is fully welded, versatile, strong, and rated for full-auto shooting. This is my favorite suppressor. It’s customizable to handle any handgun or rifle chambering from 9mm, .45 ACP, 5.56 NATO, .45-70 Gov’t, .458 SOCOM, and anything in-between. It is a solid, hefty accessory that tames my rifles and pistols with minor customization. 
 

SilencerCo Suppressor
My SilencerCo Hybrid is a go-to option for a wide variety of plinking-time fun. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Here are the specs on the Hybrid:

Length: 7.61 inches   
Diameter: 1.57 inches     
Weight: 14.1 ounces  
Thread: Custom end caps allow various thread sizes and calibers.   
 

Range Time = Quiet Time

 

SilencerCo Suppressor
The SilencerCo Hybrid suppressor is ready for most handguns and rifles. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


For our testing, I grabbed my Glock 17 and Rossi R92 tactical carbine. Attaching the Hybrid to my Glock 17, I notice the weight, which makes the gun nose heavy. Also, my sights are blocked by the Hybrid, making the sight picture instinctive and imprecise. 

The Glock 17 requires the Bravo Pistol mount installed onto the muzzle end for the suppressor. This allows the Glock slide to recoil back independently from the suppressor so the handgun can cycle properly. However, despite these disadvantages, the Glock fires reliably and hits the steel every time. The added weight makes felt recoil minimal. The Hybrid on a Glock is not a concealed carry option, but it does tame the noise for quiet range time.
 

SilencerCo Suppressor on a Glock 17
My SilencerCo Hybrid does block the sights on my Glock 17, not to mention making it rather big for daily carry, but it's worth it on the range. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)
SilencerCo Suppressor
Sure, it adds length to my rifle, but the suppressor also helps make it a better shooter for me. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Attaching the Hybrid to my Rossi R92 tactical lever-action carbine brings the Old West into modern times. Rossi’s upgrades to the Winchester 1892 are amazing, offering a big loop lever, Picatinny rail, black finish, shotgun-style butt pad, and a threaded barrel. It makes this gun ideal for competition, hunting, and home defense. 

Mine is chambered in .38 Special/.357 Magnum. I have added the Holosun HE510C for more precise shooting. The Hybrid transfers from the Glock 17 quickly without modification. 
 

SilencerCo Suppressor Tools
Attaching the SilencerCo is easy, and it comes with some tools to help you out. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Although the suppressor adds weight, it is easy to handle. I really like the way it feels in my hands with the Hybrid attached. It adds length, which makes it more stable. It holds on the target well and has little recoil. Hitting the steel plate is easy at close range and equally simple at longer distances. Although not approved in the rules, I have shot this combo in lever-gun silhouette matches for fun with good results out to 100 yards. 
 

Conclusion
 

Firearm Suppressors
Shooting suppressed puts a smile on my face, and I bet it will do the same for you. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Allowed by most states, and with the Hearing Protection Act not yet dead in the water, suppressors are here to stay. Whether you own pistols, carbines, or rifles, the benefits of hearing protection, sound reduction, and possible increased accuracy are all benefits to shooters. 

Suppressors are varied and made by many manufacturers. Some are caliber-specific pieces like the Cascade, and others are versatile like the Hybrid. Once you are cleared with your tax stamp paid, you too can hear the “sound of silence.”

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