Trey from Rugged Suppressors stops by to talk with Kris at our Greenville retail store about the way suppressors work, and what you need to know before you buy one.
Suppressors are fantastic for a variety of applications. From hunting, to home defense and target practice, a gun producing less noise than normal will not only protect the shooter's hearing, it will also cause less of a disturbance to the natural environment in which the shooter is practicing or hunting.
HOW DOES A SUPPRESSOR WORK?
Suppressors capture the pressure wave that is caused by the explosion within the firearm that sends the round down range.
The baffles inside the suppressor capture the gas, cool it down and make it move slower as it exits the suppressor, thus, suppressing the sound.
Typically, longer suppressors will provide more decibel reduction than a shorter suppressor, but it's really more about the internal volume of the suppressor when it comes time to talk about noise reduction. More internal volume means more noise reduction.
There are suppressors that are specifically designed to shoot multiple calibers which means less expense for the shooter who owns multiple rifles or pistols in various calibers. Don't forget that handguns will require an attachment called a "piston" to allow the suppressor to attach to the threaded barrel of your favorite handgun.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR SUPPRESSOR
When it comes to cleaning, it's commonly accepted that rifle suppressors will essentially clean themselves out during use. The pressure and heat will clear the fowling and debris. However, handgun suppressors could use some TLC every 500 rounds or so. A "user-serviceable" suppressor will allow easy disassembly for a quick toss in a sonic cleaner to get your suppressor as clean as the day you bought it (if not more).
BONUS INFO: There's a bit of a debate about whether it's called a "suppressor" or a "silencer". Guess what? They're both right!
Kris Vermillion is a lifelong shooter who focuses his training on defensive shooting techniques and the shooter's mindset. Kris works for Palmetto State Armory, contributing to both Ecommerce and Marketing.