- Drown Out Those Decibels - Suppressors can significantly reduce the sound produced upon pulling the trigger which is better for your ears and those of who are around you. While a suppressor doesn’t negate the need for hearing protection entirely, they certainly go a long way in protecting your hearing overall. Roughly 26 million Americans, age 20-69, are living with hearing loss caused by exposure to noise at work or during leisure activities. Shooting your firearm frequently without any hearing protection is a recipe for hearing loss in the long-term.
While many shooters wear hearing protection while at the range, the reality is that very few hunters use hearing protection in the field. The 20-35 decibel sound reduction that most suppressors provide means although hunters should be using hearing protection, they’ll be afforded a buffer in the field if they don’t.
- Curb the Kick - Recoil in a firearm is the result of explosive gas exiting the barrel behind the bullet. A suppressor traps that gas, benefiting the shooter by reducing the felt recoil. That translates to fewer shoulder hickeys and a more enjoyable shooting experience.
- Improved Accuracy - By reducing both noise and felt recoil, you also reduce flinching. Despite a shooter’s best efforts, many will flinch in anticipation of noise and recoil. This flinching can lead to pulled shots and diminished accuracy. By reducing the recoil or eliminating it almost entirely, depending on the caliber you are suppressing, shooters are less likely to flinch and thus can reap the benefits of increased accuracy.
Not only are reduced sound and recoil advantageous for accuracy, but they also make the shooting more fun for young and new shooters. If newbies start off with a gun that doesn’t bark or bite, they can learn the fundamentals and focus on form and accuracy before bad habits emerge.
- Noise Pollution - I’ll be honest, the effect of noise on those that surround me isn’t that great of a concern as I live in the country and my “neighbors” are miles away. However, there are many of you that live in more populated areas and the impact of gun shots on your neighbors could be an issue. Suppressors can help you avoid noise complaints from non-shooting neighbors and they can also reduce the impact you have on wildlife and other hunters in the area. A little courtesy can go a long way! If you look at the example being set by New Zealand and much of Europe, suppressors are easily accessible, widely used and often times not using one is considered bad manners or impolite.
The purchase of a suppressor does require a $200 Tax Stamp, background check and processing period that can be up to 9 months, but recently has significantly declined to as little as 90 days. Currently, suppressors are legal for citizens to own in 42 states, most of which permit hunting with them as well. If you aren’t already shooting suppressed, now is the time to change that!
Don’t be depressed, shoot suppressed!