Silence! Bowers Group LLC USS .22 Suppressor

By Frank Iannamico

Sound suppressors, aka silencers, have arrived. Their popularity has literally exploded in the last few years. This is evidenced by the growing number of companies making them and the number of firearms being offered with factory-threaded barrels. Regulation changes during 2016 resulted in a big win for suppressor ownership by eliminating the Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) signoff and replacing it with a notification requirement.

Some of the best-selling sound suppressors are those designed for .22 caliber firearms. There are many reasons for their popularity. One is that just about everyone owns a .22 caliber firearm in rifle or pistol guise, in most cases both. Ammunition is relatively inexpensive, and .22 caliber firearms, using subsonic .22 caliber ammunition are very, very quiet. With a sound suppressor, you can target shoot without disturbing the neighbors—and preserve your hearing at the same time. A quality .22 silencer will come the closest to “movie quiet.” They are also an excellent tool to use when teaching novice shooters. Suppressors reduce felt recoil, and, most importantly, they allow an instructor and student to communicate more easily. When considering buying a suppressor, there are several things to keep in mind. The Federal transfer tax added to any purchase makes it a somewhat sizeable investment. With the $200 transfer tax, along with the time required for the BATFE processing procedure, silencers should be regarded as durable goods. Regardless of your budget, a smoking “deal” on a silencer won’t be of too much value if the manufacturer cannot or will not provide service or support for their products. Another consideration beyond the buyer’s budget is the intended use. There are a lot of manufactures and options, and there are a lot of .22 caliber suppressors on offer. The questions to ask are, do you need/want a silencer that will perform well on a pistol as well as on a long rifle? Are you looking for full auto capability and/or a silencer that can be used on multiple calibers? A silencer’s rating, caliber-wise, is largely determined by its materials. When it comes...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V22N7 (August 2018)
and was posted online on June 22, 2018


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