Published: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 11:19 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 11:19 a.m.
There is nothing nefarious about a firearms suppressor.
It’s just a steel tube with some baffles that screws onto the end of a threaded barrel.
They’re legal for civilians to own in Florida and 38 other states.
They are by far the most popular item regulated by the National Firearms Act, which also controls short-barrel rifles and shotguns, as well as fully-automatic firearms.
Suppressor sales have skyrocketed nationally. Last year, they increased 37 percent over 2012. Hundreds of thousands are being sold.
Now, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is considering allowing sportsmen to use suppressors for hunting.
It’s already become a trend nationally.
There are 32 states that allow hunters to use suppressors, and a few like Florida that are considering new legislation.
It’s a good move.
Suppressors allow plinking without hearing protection, and without disturbing the neighbors. Some trainers use them to introduce new shooters to the sport, so they can become accustomed to shooting before experiencing the muzzle blast.
For most suppressor owners though, they are just plain fun to shoot.
They don’t “silence” a firearm’s report, they “suppress” it a bit.
An unsuppressed 9mm handgun produces around 160 decibels. Suppressed, it creates only 126 decibels. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the “pain threshold” begins at 140 dB, so it’s a substantive drop.
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