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Posted: 9/11/2005 12:49:06 PM EDT
What does a supressor do?

I am guessing the supressors are the same as "silencers"? NO, YES?

I think for a weapon to be silenced, the bullet needs to travel less than the speed of sound, around 1100 fps or slower, yes? this ain't happening with standard 223 rounds, so by elimination it cannot be silenced.

So can someone give me the skinny on what a supressor is?

Are they regulated?

sorry for the rookie questions.
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 1:13:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Blammer:
What does a supressor do?

I am guessing the supressors are the same as "silencers"? NO, YES?

I think for a weapon to be silenced, the bullet needs to travel less than the speed of sound, around 1100 fps or slower, yes? this ain't happening with standard 223 rounds, so by elimination it cannot be silenced.

So can someone give me the skinny on what a supressor is?

Are they regulated?

sorry for the rookie questions.



1) silencers are a movie term. Guns can only be supressed.
2) For silent the bullet needs to be subsonic that is true, but supressed is a lot quieter than without a supressor.
3) They are regulated by the NFA of 1934. you can own them if NC allows it.
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 1:20:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/11/2005 1:22:34 PM EDT by M4Madness]
Sound suppressors (not to be confused with flash suppressors) do not "silence" a firearm. The .22LR suppressor is the quietest of the suppressors, and pretty much the only one that comes close to those portrayed in films. Centerfire rifle and handgun suppressors drop the sound pressure level down to levels below the hearing damage threshold of 140 dB while using regular supersonic ammo, which is far from silent.

Subsonic ammo reduces the SPL more, but you sacrifice velocity, which translates to shorter effective range.

Yes, they are regulated by the BATF. If your state allows them, you must have the local Sheriff or Chief of Police sign your papers, and also submit fingerprints for an FBI background check, and pay the BATF a one-time $200 tax per suppressor.

EDIT: North Carolina allows suppressor ownership, but the owner must hold an FFL.
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 1:24:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Kalahnikid:

1) silencers are a movie term. Guns can only be supressed.



"silencer" and "firearm muffler" are the legally defined terms. Since 1934.
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