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3 Suppressors for Hunting

LMT Suppressed

Silencers can now be used for hunting in forty States.  Eighteen States have legalized suppressors since the American Silencer Association was formed in 2011.  As of September 1, 2012 it became legal to hunt game animals with a suppressor in my home State of Texas – and you can bet I was ready with a new Templar Tactical (Crux) Ark30!  That first year only a handful of my friends were deer hunting with a suppressor.  Today, I estimate that at least a third of the sportsmen on our hunting lease run a can.Silencers Hunting

What is the best suppressor for hunting?  The short answer is, “whatever you got” as long as it fits the lawful definition in your State.  However, there are a handful of suppressors specifically made for hunting and we have field experience with many of them.  These hunting-specific suppressors share common traits:

  • Full-size silencer around 8″ length.
  • Aluminum / Stainless construction.
  • Moderate price point around $500 – $700 street.
  • Not Short Barrel Rifle rated.
  • Not Full Auto rated.
  • Direct thread or taper mount.
  • 7.62 caliber.

Let’s take a look at three of the most highly recommended suppressors purpose-built for hunting.  These models will all provide years of enjoyment and make a great entry-point into the NFA world.   It is important to understand that these are not heavy-duty beaters to burn through mag-dumps.  These are quality products but they are designed to run moderate rate of fire on hunting rifles.  Contrary to what the liberal left would tell you, suppressors are ideally suited for hunting.

Gemtech Tracker

Gemtech built the Tracker specifically for hunting.  At only 11.3 ounces and 7.9 inches it is lightweight – which is great when stalking through the woods or mountains.  Gemtech is a well-respected industry leader.  You can’t go wrong with the Tracker.  Silencer Shop current price $470.

Full Review of the Gemtech Tracker!

Gemtech Tracker on a TC Contender

Hunting with a Suppressor

On September 1, 2012 it became legal to hunt game animals with a suppressor in Texas.  Thanks to the tireless work of the American Suppressor Association and the National Rifle Association more states are allowing suppressors to be used while hunting.  It is critical that you validate your own state’s regulations before going into the field to hunt with a silencer.  

Suppressor versus Silencer.

Let’s get something out of the way.  Either term is acceptable and anyone who corrects you for using the “wrong” word is an idiot.  

Silencer Shop Authority: Surefire SOCOM556-RC2

SureFire SOCOM556-RC2

Surefire has certainly become a dominant player in the suppressor market.  I remember buying my first Surefire flashlight many years ago (the “FBI” model) and it still serves me well today.  Today, Surefire is also known for producing innovative silencers.  As the labeling indicates, the SOCOM556-RC2 has been adopted by US Special Operations Command.  I had the opportunity to run the can on my 5.56 custom build over the weekend.

Purchasing NFA – Rule 41F Background Checks for Responsible Persons

Silencer Shop Kiosk

Anyone who owns a suppressor or NFA item is very aware of ATF Rule 41F which went into effect on July 13, 2016.  Rule 41F is the final version of the initial Rule 41P.  Over 9,500 comments were submitted.  The primary source of anxiety was a proposal to require NFA Gun Trusts to obtain Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) signature – which is virtually impossible in most parts of the country.  Indeed, the unprecedented rise in NFA Gun Trusts is tied directly to the dramatic increase in suppressor sales during the past decade as CLEO signature was not required for a Trust entity (as it is was for an individual applying for a Form 1 or Form 4.

The good news is that the final ATF Rule 41F dropped the CLEO signature requirement to only CLEO “notification.”  NFA Gun Trusts and individuals are now pretty much handled the same.  After July 13, 2016 the following rules apply for a Form 1 or Form 4 application:

AAC Ti-RANT 45 Suppressor on a M&P 9

AAC TiRant

Purchasing your first suppressor can be intimidating.  Not only is a high quality suppressor expensive but the entire buying experience is confusing to first-timers.  In addition to the purchase price itself, you also have the added expense of a $200 tax stamp along with a months-long wait.  That wait is a killer – kind of like Christmas morning being postponed four months.  Two pieces of advice, 1) purchase your silencer (yes, “silencer” is an acceptable term, don’t let the NFA snobs tell you otherwise) from a reputable shop that sells a high volume of silencers, and 2) make your first purchase a 7.62 for rifles or a .45 ACP for pistols.

AAC Illusion 9 Suppressor Review

AAC Illusion 9

Advanced Armament Corporation (AAC) has always been one of the innovators in suppressor design.  The AAC Illusion 9 continues that tradition.  The Illusion 9 uses an eccentric design whereby the hole the bullet travels is offset from center.  “Timed” correctly, this effectively lowers the majority of the suppressor volume which allows the suppressor to run on many 9mm pistols while using factory sights.  The typical round suppressor is “taller” and blocks out the factory sight picture – which can be solved by installing new tactical sights but that incurs additional expense (and frankly, no one likes tall tactical sights).

Hearing Protection Act – Fight The Noise!

SilencerCo, the American Suppressor Association, and the SilencerShop have teamed up to introduce a bill to remove silencers (i.e. suppressors) from the NFA.  If the legislation becomes law, a suppressor would be transferred through an ATF Form 4473 just like a rifle.  Most importantly, no $200 tax stamp, a reduction of the paperwork hurdles, and elimination of the long wait times wondering if the government is going to accept your tax payment and allow you to possess the suppressor you have already paid for.

SilencerCo has launched a new Fight The Noise campaign.  Join in today!

Silencer Shop Suppressor Test

Tactical Gun Review and the Silencer Shop teamed up to to test three .30 caliber suppressors – Thunderbeast PSS, Thunderbeast PS, and Silencerco Harvester.  Note that these decibel readings are off of the first round pop.

300 Blackout (300 BLK)

In case you have been living in a cave for the last several years, the 300 Blackout is the sexy new girl on the block.  This article is part one of a new series on the 300 Blackout (300 BLK).  While the cartridge-haters will tell you that the 300 BLK is the answer to a question no one asked it is an interesting option – especially for use with subsonic ammunition and a suppressor.  After all, do we really need much more than .22lr, .45 ACP, and .308?  Variety is the spice of life and the Blackout is growing in popularity.

Best barrel length for .308 rifle

308 and suppressors

Now that suppressors are becoming more common, many shooters are looking to shorten and thread the barrel on their existing .308 rifle.  Shortening the barrel helps to offset the length and weight of the added silencer.  But how short to cut?  Barry Bass of Silencer Tech provided TGR the results of his testing.


TGR asked a friend in the suppressor manufacturing business for some words of advice for someone looking to buy their first can.  Barry was kind enough to offer his suggestions.

Sorry I missed you at the SHOT show.  Though Silencer Tech did not have a booth, it was a very busy and productive trip for us. There were several new contacts made at the show that may turn into bigger projects – we’ll see.

Silencers are Legal Shoot in Dallas, April 28

Silencerco and the American Silencer Association is putting on the first annual Silencers Are Legal Shoot in Dallas Texas on Saturday, April 28, 2012.  This event promises to be one of the most exciting and educational live fire events of the year. Bring your personal firearms and have the opportunity to test various manufactures suppressors on it. All live fire at this will be suppressed and no unsuppressed fire will be allowed.