Most of you reading this are aware that suppressors are not at all what Hollywood portrays them to be,
If they were, that’d be pretty cool. But in all reality, a suppressor is simply a device that takes the extremely loud, concussive volume of a rifle or pistol shot, and brings it down to a safe level for hearing.
For many people, that means they can put a suppressor on their gun and shoot outside without ear protection.
This is especially true for those shooting smaller calibers.
Suppressors also control how gas is ejected from a gun, which means they often will modify and lessen recoil, making a gun more pleasant to shoot.
But here’s the thing, because suppressors are not an easily accessible item, most people don’t know much about them. It’s not like you can walk down to the gun shop and buy a suppressor and walk back out.
It’s a long, complicated process to obtain a suppressor. You can’t buy them used really…and in many cases, specific machining and accessories are needed to adapt a suppressor to the gun you shoot.
All that being said, suppressors are an interesting subject of study. They’re fun to use, fun to own, and we’re about to give you details about all the different kinds of suppressors available on the market.
All The Different Kinds Of Suppressors Explained
For the time being, there are 5 different kinds of suppressors.
Obviously, firearms come in different shapes, sizes, calibers, cartridge type etc. And because that’s true, there are different kinds of suppressors for these different types of firearms.
So without further ado:
Most people’s first impression of a suppressor is what they see in the movies. This is why so many people think “James Bond” when they think of suppressors. ‘
A pistol suppressor will run anywhere from $400 – $900 in price. They’re different than rifle based suppressors because they’re made specifically to handle the recoil of a pistol. The key difference here is pistol suppressors are built with a specific device called a Neilsen Device (or booster). This spring assisted device internal to the suppressor helps cycle the action of the pistol.
A key note about pistol suppressors is some of them can fire rifle rounds, so long as they’re subsonic and the suppressor can make use of a fixed barrel mount rather than a booster for mounting to the barrel of a rifle.
Pistol suppressors bring down the volume of pistols significantly since pistols have shorter barrels and don’t achieve the velocities (and volume) of rifle rounds.
Rimfire suppressors are an older rifle design that matches perfectly with suppressors. This is why they’re great for people who really want a quiet gun.
Since they’re generally less loud than centerfire variants, the rimfire rifles are great for reducing the volume to a comfortable level.
Figures vary on how low volumes are brought down, but in many cases, they’re so quiet you can barely hear the report of the rifle and all you’ll hear is the round striking the target.
What’s nice about these suppressors is they’re easy to clean. Most rimfire rifles shoot “dirty” ammo, and the simple takedown cleaning systems let you keep your can (another name for suppressor) running smooth and quiet for years to come.
You should expect to pay anywhere from $200 – $450 for a rimfire suppressor.
The most popular suppressor on the market now, the rifle suppressors many people see are great at bringing down shooting volume to a hearing safe level, or just above.
The key difference with rifle suppressors is they’re built to withstand the heat and the pressure of rifle rounds.
Since rifles are often loaded with more powder (which burns hot) and travel down longer barrels (which leads to more pressure) they need a can that can help dissipate that pressure and spread out that heat.
Mant rifle suppressors direct mount to the threads at the end of a rifle barrel or attach via quick mount attachment systems.
They’re also easy to break down and clean. But, the chances you’ll need to clean them often are diminished thanks to the fact that high pressure from rifle cartridges will blast out built up carbon.
Prices for rifle suppressors are $500 – $1,500.
Right off the bat what you need to know that these suppressors are a bit cheaper than their rifle counterparts. They range in price from $600 – $1,000.
The reason to consider a multi-caliber suppressor is that they’re able to handle rimfire, pistol, and rifles.
Many of these hybrids will handle pistol calibers on rifles, but not much more. Because they’re made for different calibers they’re also not the best at sound suppression for certain rounds either.
This is why this jack of all trades might not be the best at providing superior suppression and recoil reduction. However, they are useful for multiple calibers, so if you’re running all kinds of different guns this might be the best one for you.
As The Firearms Blog writes This is the most niche category on the list. There are few options out there but a shotgun suppressor is probably not a good recommendation first-time buyers.
We’d say that really depends. SilencerCo has introduced the Salvo, a modular suppressor whose length and baffle construction can be changed based on the type of shooting being done.
If you shoot shotguns regularly and want to quiet them down and change their recoil, then who’s to say a shotgun suppressor isn’t for you?