Suppressor

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Several guns with suppressors attached

A suppressor, often called a "silencer" is a device used to make a gun less loud. Suppressors are most often added to the gun barrel, usually by screwing the silencer onto the end of the barrel. Some guns have a built-in suppressor.

Even though many people use the name "silencer" when talking about a suppressor, it does not really make the gun silent.[1] How much the sound is reduced depends both on the cartridges and the suppressor.

In many places, suppressors are illegal to own except for the military and police. This is because suppressors make guns quieter and people worry this could help criminals commit crime.

In most states in the United States, suppressors are legal for civilians to own, but the National Firearms Act requires that buyers must undergo an extensive background check and pay a $200 tax. Possession of an untaxed suppressor is illegal.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Paulson, Alan C (1996) (in English). Silencer history and performance, Vol 1: Sporting and tactical silencers. Paladin Press. ISBN 0873649095.