The Campaign For DA

12.08.2014

Hey, You Gun Folks


My ears perked up the other day when I heard an ad for silencers on The Ticket's online stream from this Texas store. I'm not sure I had ever seen a print ad for a silencer and certainly haven't ever heard one on the radio. I didn't even know they were legal.


10 comments:

SpanishWarDonkey said...

They're legal in about 35-40 states. Some don't allow them for hunting, for whatever reason. It's only about a 25-40 dB reduction, so most guns are still around 90-100 dB, but most people can handle that without ear protection. I prefer the term suppressor as they damn sure don't sound like they do in the movies... Well most don't anyway. The NFA paperwork takes anywhere from 4-8 months, along with a $200 tax stamp. Only then can you purchase the can ($400+ at the low end). Oh yeah, you also have to have a trust set up to own one, so add another $100 on there and you can get into the game for about $1000 for a decent can.

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a huge hassle. Why would someone need this?

Anonymous said...

So are many other weapons including machine guns if you have the money and can pass the checks.

10:36. You don't just have to have a trust. Several other ways.

Anonymous said...

Or to elaborate further, in good, red blooded Texas counties where we have conservative sheriffs like Wise county, you can get the paperwork done on an individual form like I did.
Barry, you sound like a knee-jerk moonbat more and more everyday. Believe it or not besides "cans", law-abiding citizens can even own destructive devices and fully automatic weapons and sawed off shotguns too.
Go ahead and gasp. But the statistics weigh out the truth--NFA weapon owners have almost non - existent altercations involving said weapons.
God Bless Texas!

SpanishWarDonkey said...

Well I know of registering to yourself (useless unless you're always in possession of it; forget lending it to a family member/trusted friend) or a corporation (more work than a trust). What others are there?

SpanishWarDonkey said...

It's nice to be able to spend all day at the range without having to take off and put on ear protection every time tou want to talk. Forget about when you forget your ears and having ringing for 10 minutes after one shot. All in all, it's not THAT big of a hassle, so long as you've got the money. Mine was actually pretty painless and took about 6 months. It's also being a curteous neighbor, which everyone can agree upon. It's also great if you've got a plot with many different animals and don't want to scare off all the other ones when you take a shot.

Anonymous said...

@11:25 That sounds like a huge hassle. Why would someone need this?

Spanish War Donkey has given some good info. I would emphasize that they don't work like Hollywood has always portrayed them. Unless you are shooting specially made ammo designed to deliver the bullet's muzzle velocity at under about 1100fps (the speed of sound), a shot is still loud, it is just muffled by about the same degree as normal hearing protection muffs and ear plugs do. Some air rifles (pellet guns that are not firearms) deliver muzzle velocities of 1400fps or so.
Maybe the reason some of you are just now seeing ads regarding suppressors is because while they have not been prohibited from individual ownership, the status just recently changed to be included in "lawful means and methods" in the hunting regs in Texas, which made them much more desirable for shooting/hunting enthusiasts. So the market is suddenly much larger. In addition to suppressing the sound but not "silencing", the other reasons "suppressor" is a better term is that the more noticeable effects are to reduce felt recoil and also greatly reduce the muzzle blast from high powered rifles. If you enjoy target shooting, it is so much more pleasant to go out and shoot 50-100-or more times without that muzzle blast. I've seen women and others that wouldn't shoot again after experiencing taking a shot with a firearm. But after experiencing it with a suppressor, they go "Wow, now this is fun!".

Anonymous said...

11:25 here -

Thanks for the info, that makes sense. My initial thoughts were "that seems like a lot of time, money, and effort to spend when you could just put on hearing protection."

Anonymous said...

Barry's little liberal head would explode if he new how many people in wise county have fully automatic weapons

Anonymous said...

A guy a lot of us know makes automatic weapons here in Wise County,- Legally. You just can't buy one unless you're a cop/military. I won't mention his name because he keeps a low profile.