Silencer Q & A
Q. What are the benefits of owning a Silencer?
A. The primary benefit of a Silencer is to reduce the level of noise from your firearm to safe levels. This makes range time much more enjoyable for you and to those around you. A Silencer also makes your firearm more effective for home defense by reducing muzzle flash and allows for effective command and control to those you are defending. A Silencer also allows for effective sound control when hunting and often expands opportunities to hunt on property where noise pollution is restricted.
Q. Are Silencers legal to own?
A. Silencers are legal to own but are regulated by federal law on a state-by-state basis by the National Firearm Act (NFA) branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). Private citizens can legally purchase and possess silencers in 42 states without a permit. It is legal in South Carolina for citizens to own, use and hunt with a Silencer.
Q. Do I need to form a Trust to purchase a Silencer?
A. While there are benefits to forming a Trust it is not required to purchase silencer.
Q. What are the benefits of purchasing a Silencer through a Trust?
A. Setting up a Trust allows you to pass ownership of your NFA item to your beneficiaries as well as add additional people who are allowed to use your NFA products.
Q. Do Silencers make a gun impossible to hear like they do in the movies?
A. A silenced pistol used with sub-sonic ammunition can reduce the sound of a gunshot considerably. However the gun is not rendered completely silent. In fact, another word often used for silencers in the industry is “Suppressor”. Acting similar to a muffler on a car a silencer suppresses the noise of a gun to “hearing-safe” levels.
Q. Do I need to buy a new gun to add a Silencer?
A. We carry silencers that work with any threaded barrel pitch. Many manufacturers offer replacement pistol barrels that are threaded for silencers. Modern sporting rifles (ARs) are often already threaded and other types of rifles can often be threaded by an experienced gun-smith.
Q. Can I legally use a silencer on more than one gun?
A. As the lawful owner of a Silencer you may use the silencer on multiple firearms and in the case of all silencers we carry you can use the same silencer on various calibers. See guide below for compatibility:
Rimfire Silencer: .22 Short, 22LR, .22 Mag. and 5.7
Pistol Silencer: .380 up to .45 and including subsonic .300
Rifle Silencer: All centerfire rifle calibers up to .300 Win-Mag
Hybrid Silencer (Pistol & Rifle): 9mm through .338 Lapua
Shotgun Silencer: 12 gauge
Q. What qualifications apply to purchasing a Silencer?
A. You must reside in one of the 42 States that currently allow civilian ownership. Be a United States resident. Be legally eligible to purchase a firearm. Pass a BATFE background check. And at least 21 years of age (to purchase from a dealer).
Q. What is the process for purchasing a Silencer?
A. Although the process of acquiring a Silencer requires more time than a non-regulated firearm, we make purchasing one easy by handling the process completely in-house.
Our Turn Key NFA Service involves the following 4 step process:
- You select and pay for your Silencer and your one-time NFA tax-stamp fee.
- We assist you in filling out the necessary paperwork. BATFE form 5320.4 (FORM 4).
- We submit and file all your paperwork with the necessary agencies. BATFE (ATF) and CLEO (Chief Law Enforcement Officer-State level).
- We store your Silencer on site while you wait for your Form 4 approval. You may use your Silencer at our range until your approval comes through. The current wait time is approximately 8–10 months.