As firearm ownership is growing, why is there a need for silencers?

Silencers may have received a bad rap from TV and film because only drug lords, gangsters, and killers have a need for them, right?! The truth of the matter is, many people have a need for silencers, but either don’t have access to buying one or the taboo of owning one has deterred them. So, the question begs to be answered, why use a silencer if you’re not a criminal?

At Liberty Firearms Institute, we’ve created a facility for avid firearm and archery enthusiasts to come and sharpen their skills and learn more about honing their hobby! Take a moment with us today and explore why people invest in silencers. 

Navigating Silencers

Silencers can also be characterized as sound suppressors to prevent damage and reduce the noise of a gunshot. And, if your hobby is going to the shooting range or going outdoors to hone your craft, a gun silencer can be very helpful. Let’s look more into why a gun silencer is a firearm tool and not something to be feared or carried with such a heavy, judgemental taboo. 

4 Reasons To Rethink Silencers

Silencers are such a great resource for gun owners, yet they have a stigma attached to them. If you’re not entrenched in the gun world you may have the perception that only criminals use them, but alas, silencers are used more than just for crime portrayed in the media. Let’s go more into detail below. 

General Health And Safety

Roughly 26 million Americans ages 20 to 69 have hearing disabilities according to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and many are a result of hobbies such as playing or listening to music, or, you guessed it, shooting. 

A joke that many firearm enthusiasts like to make about the widespread hearing loss in the gun community is to go to an NRA meeting and notice how many people are wearing hearing aids — it’s virtually all of them! 

And while wearing ear protection is encouraged and may people use it diligently, silencers can not only add additional protection but offer on-the-go protection to those who are avid gun shooters. 

Let’s take a closer look at this. 

Noises and sounds that are safe for the human ear come in at 140 decibels (dB) as stated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) — gunshots of a rifle emit 158 dB per shot, so they’re not exactly safe for our ears. And, imagine firing round after round, it definitely takes a toll.

If that same rifle had a silencer, it would decrease the decibels to roughly 128 dB, which is just under what’s been marked as what’s safe for a human ear. 

Using a silencer is a great option for those with firearms because it greatly protects their health and wellness.     

Silencers, just like guns, are not the enemy! It’s important to navigate your curiosity and challenge the taboo because they’re very helpful for gun owners. 

We’ve only just begun with exploring reasons to rethink silencers! If you love this post, look for part two in the very near future! 

If you’re curious about silencers, talk to our local gunsmith today!