Nevada gun owners have it better than most states, primarily when it comes to National Firearms Act (NFA) items such as silencers, short barreled rifles and machine guns and their ownership. Of all the NFA items out there silencers are perhaps the most useful and second only to machine guns when it comes to the fun factor. Yet, many people, including experienced shooters do not have the foggiest idea when it comes to choosing one. With a little help from silencershop.com we hope to get you on your way to navigating this field.
In order to purchase a silencer, you must complete an NFA Form 4 and file it with the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms). Along with this form you need to submit a check for $200 and if you file as an individual you need to send along 2 passport photos, 2 fingerprint cards and have the form signed by your local chief law enforcement officer.
Luckily in Nevada most CLEOs have no problem signing off on the form as long as you are not a prohibited person. If you wish to forgo this route (which adds a few weeks to the wait time, costs a $50 processing fee, etc.) you can file as a corporation or a trust. This does not require photos and prints, either.
So whenever some keyboard commando mentions all the complicated paperwork with NFA, they really know nothing about the subject, unless they have a hard time signing a form filled out by their local dealer.
The process has been made incredibly easy the past few years by a company known as silencershop.com who is like the Amazon.com of the NFA world. As a distributor they keep a huge variety of silencers in inventory and can help buyers establish a trust if they need it. Simply order on line, pay for it and select a local dealer to have the item delivered once the paperwork clears.
At times it may be easier or more convenient to buy from a local dealer, but many simply do not have the selection that silencershop.com offers and the folks at silencer shop play an extremely active role in protecting our second amendment rights with regard to NFA.
Choosing a silencer
This all depends on what firearms you wish to suppress. Our basic rule of thumb is that any shooter only needs three to fit a rifle, center fire pistol and a rim fire. This is because most companies offer mounting adapters to allow the shooter to move the silencer to a different host firearm as long as they are compatible.
A sturdy 308 can will work well on center fire rifles such as 300 Blackout and 5.56 NATO. We say 308 because those silencers can still be had for a lower price point like the AAC 762-SD or 762 SDN. If a shooter wants to splurge a little and maybe wants to use the silencer on a 300 Winchester Magnum rifle or even a 338 Lapua, this can still be done with offerings like the GEMTECH ONE (to 300 Win Mag) or Sig Sauer’s latest 338 Lapua model.
In general, unless all you ever plan to own or shoot is 5.56 NATO, the 5.56 silencers are unnecessary.
Of course you will need to buy the appropriate mounts to move one of these silencers from rifle to rifle.
There are a lot of great pistol cans on the market, but by far the quietest and most user friendly we have tried is the AAC Ti-Rant 45. This model can be used on any pistol chambered in 9mm, 40 S&W or 45 ACP as long as the barrel is threaded and you have a piston in that thread pattern.
It is the same when looking at a rim fire can. Although they represent some of the least expensive ones on the market, you need to do a little research before you buy depending upon what you are shooting.
Our personal favorite for use with 22 long rifle is the GEMTECH Outback IId. It is light, compact and easy to clean. As rim fire tends to be the dirtiest round to shoot, this is important.
We recently sent our Outback back to GEMTECH for the IOU upgrade to replace the baffle stack with a one piece monocore and allow us to fire it on 22 Magnums when it comes back.
For use with 17 HMR, 22 WMR or even 5.7 there are silencers made by Silencerco, GEMTECH and AAC that will handle all of these rounds with no problem.
We said three, but there is actually a fourth option from Silencerco that mounts to a 12 Gauge shotgun. The Salvo is the world’s first commercially available shotgun silencer manufactured in the US. Silencershop.com sent us a loaner last month and it was interesting to say the least.