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Then, politicians did the politician dance, meaning they didn’t do a damn thing except fundraise and stump for reelection. Now, the House has flipped and there’s a better chance that Alyssa Milano will become the new NRA President than the Hearing Protection Act passing before Wolf Blitzer takes an anchor job with the Blaze.
Even still, you can buy one, just like before, as long as you’re prepared to wait. So, today’s question is, with all that headache and waiting around just to get your hands on a suppressor, should you ever consider using one on a home defense firearm? As with anything else, there are pros and cons to consider. Here’s a list of things to ponder.
Suppress a Home-Defense Gun Sound
Since “looking cool” isn’t really considered a useful feature for a home-defense rifle or pistol, the big benefit to using a suppressor is the sound reduction. Duh. If you’ve not touched off a round indoors before, hold on to your shorts. It’s loud. If you use an AR, the indoor noise level is orders of magnitude beyond loud. Deafening comes to mind.
So, do you or should you care? While living through the encounter will rank far higher to me than protecting some percentage of my hearing when I’m 78, I’m not so much worried about long-term hearing impacts as the “here and now” benefits. While a suppressed pistol or rifle shot indoors will still be loud (remember, Hollywood suppressor whisper noises aren’t real) you’ll stand a much better chance of being able to hear important things like family members, 911 operators on the phone, and sirens or shouts from responding officers during or after suppressed gunfire. It is something to think about…
I’ve been testing a Springfield Armory SAINT Edge pistol, and it’s sitting next to my nightstand outfitted with a SilencerCo Saker 556 suppressor. It’s a handy combination because given the smaller size of the pistol the addition of a suppressor still keeps the total package length shorter than that of a standard AR-15 rifle. With the stock set where I like it, the SAINT Edge with suppressor measures about 32 ½ inches overall. A Rock River Arms 6.8 SPC AR-15 I keep handy measures 37 inches unsuppressed. So, if you go pistol or SBR for the firearm, and suppress that, you can still come in with a package that’s shorter overall than the loud version of a rifle.