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comps silencers and suppressors

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by boneguru, Mar 26, 2002.

  1. boneguru

    boneguru G&G Newbie

    need help figuring out which is which and what are legal, understand most all are legal but must be registered. not looking to do harm but tired of the noise.fired at a range in germany and it seemed everyone had one.
  2. Big Dog

    Big Dog Retired IT Dinosaur Wrangler Forum Contributor

    If it reduces the accoustic signature ("suppressor") it is subject to the $200 transfer tax required by BATF, as with any Class III device. The time required for the paperwork to go through can take three months. You also must have a Federal background check, and other requirements. Check out the BATF web site.
    Compensators are usually okay, though check local and Federal laws on post ban semi-auto weapons. Flash-hiders are okay on pre-ban only, if originally equipped. "Silencers" are just a less-than-accurate name for suppressors. I think that covers it. When in doubt, check the laws, though. Stay safe and legal!

  3. BattleRifleG3

    BattleRifleG3 G&G Evangelist

    Here's a basic breakdown:
    Sound suppressors/silencers- Reduce noise, subject to NFA registration as Bigdog explained.
    Flash suppressors/flash hiders- Reduces visual flash, not INTENDED to reduce noice (but are much quieter than muzzle brakes); They are one of five restricted features on detachable mag semi-auto RIFLES, out of which a US made post-ban rifle can have one; imported rifles can have zero, and the list of features is longer; Federal law does not restrict them on anything but detachable mag semi-auto rifles, but state and local laws might.
    Muzzle brakes/recoil compensaters- Unrestricted by Federal law as long as they don't also reduce the flash (many devices were designed as both); often, their design must be approved by BATF before installation (a lot of adds say "BATF approved", this is why); Non-flash-reducing muzzle brakes almost always INCREASE the noise, because they must expose the flash, but if it isn't exposed forward, it must be exposed through the sides, meaning it blasts in the direction of you and your buddies.

    Oh what a horrible thing to make guns less noisy. When the ban comes up for renewal, get active.