Frequently Asked Questions
In most states, yes. Individuals, corporations and trusts can legally own silencers in the following states: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, and WY.
No. It is a relatively simple process to submit Form 4 applications to own a silencer. Typically, it is no more involved than obtaining a concealed firearm permit in most U.S. states. The typical process includes submitting two simple forms, two sets of fingerprint cards, two passport photos, a citizenship declaration form, and a signature from a chief law enforcement officer in your home jurisdiction. Check with your local Silencerco dealer for more information or regional information.
You can process a Form 4 without a chief law enforcement officer’s signature by means of a Firearms Trust. There are many attorneys who have vast experience with this type of trust, and it is also a relatively simple legal process. Your local Silencerco dealer should be able to point you in the right direction. If not, you can always call us for assistance.
You will be the “registered owner” of that silencer, which is recorded on a “list.” But remember, you have a social security number, which is a “list”; you are registered to vote, which is a “list”; you pay your taxes, which is a controlled “list.” From your birth, the government has had ways of identifying you. So relax, take a deep breath, and exercise your right to buy a silencer.
No. You do not give up your guaranteed rights in any regard. You are simply the registered owner of an NFA item.
Yes. You can sell it, but the transfer must be done in accordance with all regulations.
Yes, if the state you are traveling through is a suppressor legal state. Other ATF regulations require a temporary permit for machine guns or short barrel rifles to travel across state lines.
It varies based on ATF NFA branch workload, but it can take as long as 90-120 days.
No. A license is only required to be actively involved in the reselling of silencers for profit.
$200 for each suppressor.
No. You pay a one-time $200 Transfer tax.
Entire books have been written on this topic. A summarized explanation is that they slow and cool the expanding gases that propel bullets. This hot, high velocity, expanding gas is what causes the “boom” of a gunshot. Slowing and cooling this gas before it exits the muzzle greatly reduces the muzzle report of a gunshot.
Only in video games. Modern dry sound suppressors do not contact the projectile in any way under normal conditions. They do not decrease the velocity but actually have a slight tendency to increase velocity. This phenomenon is generally referred to as “suppressor push,” but generally the increase is very small—so small that it is generally not a factor.
Yes. This effect can vary from host to host, but SWR strives to minimize point of impact shift. This point of impact shift is minimal and repeatable.
Generally speaking, accuracy is not affected enough to matter. If your host firearm shot well before it was suppressed, it will shoot just as well if not better with the silencer attached. If your gun shoots poorly, it will still shoot poorly. Barrel threading and the quality of those threads will affect the shot. If not threaded concentrically, the bullets can strike the baffles and cause accuracy problems and damage to the silencer.
In the real world, a firearm with a silencer does make noise, so it is not “silent.” However, the silencer will greatly reduce the muzzle report of a gunshot. SWR products reflect state-of-the-art technology in sound suppression; you will not find finer products for their intended design goals anywhere in the world.
With proper care and maintenance, your SWR sound suppressor should provide you a lifetime of shooting enjoyment. That’s why we offer a lifetime guarantee on all our sound suppressors.
No. SWR sound suppressors are “dry” suppressors that utilize state-of-the-art proprietary baffle stacks meant to optimize sound reduction. They require nothing other than the most basic of maintenance. They are not “packed” with anything.
Shooting “wet” is introducing an artificial medium (water, oil, grease, wire pulling gel) into the baffle stack of the suppressor to further reduce sound output levels. It works by further slowing and cooling hot gases before they exit the bore. Silencerco sound suppressors can be shot wet with a reasonable amount of coolant. Typically, 5CCs of coolant is the maximum that should be used.
Subsonic ammunition keeps its projectile below the speed of sound. Supersonic ammo propels it faster than the speed of sound. When a bullet breaks the sound barrier, it creates a miniature sonic “boom” or sonic “crack” that is audible. The suppressor cannot reduce the sound of the sonic crack. Subsonic ammo will be quieter out of a suppressed firearm, but not necessarily out of one without a suppressor. The speed of sound changes based on many variables, but it is roughly 1100 fps @ sea level in standard conditions.
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LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY
Should the sound suppressor require repair or modification, the owner should contact SWR either in writing or by telephone because many problems can be handled without returning the unit. If it is determined that the suppressor should be returned to the manufacturer for repair or modification, it should be shipped to SWR.If repairs are required due to a defect in manufacturing or materials, there will be no charge for repairs.
Subject to any restrictions set forth herein, SWR agrees to replace and/or repair our product for an unlimited amount of time. This warranty covers repair, service, and replacement of damaged product caused by normal use, free of charge, only at a SWR facility.
LIMITATIONS TO WARRANTY: THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER DAMAGE TO THE SUPPRESSOR OR THE HOST FIREARM RESULTING FROM CARELESS OR IRRESPONSIBLE HANDLING, ADJUSTMENTS OR MODIFICATIONS TO ITS DESIGN, IMPROPER HANDLING, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER ABUSE. SWR ASSUMES NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR UNSAFE USE OF THE SUPPRESSOR OR FOR CRIMINAL USE BY ITS PURCHASER OR ANY OTHER PERSON THAT COMES IN CONTACT WITH THE PRODUCT AFTER PURCHASED. SWR ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR PHYSICAL OR MENTAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE RESULTING FROM CARELESS OR IRRESPONSIBLE HANDLING AND/OR USE, OR BY ANY USE CONTRARY TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS, WARNINGS, AND CAUTIONS GENERALLY LISTED IN PRODUCT MANUALS. SWR DOES NOT COVER DAMAGE TO THE SUPPRESSOR OR THE HOST FIREARM RESULTING FROM IMPROPER HAND-LOADED OR RELOADED AMMUNITION OR DEFECTIVE AMMUNITION. SWR ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR BAFFLE STRIKES THAT WERE NOT CAUSED BY DEFECT IN WORKMANSHIP.
Should a suppressor require repair, the owner should contact SWR and make arrangements to return the suppressor. The customer must return the damaged product with a legible copy of the approved ATF form and a legible written description of the problem, defect, and/or malfunction. Please include in such written description the serial number of the product and the events leading up to the issue, including what ammunition has been used and what host weapons have been used.
If SWR determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, that a returned suppressor is not covered under this warranty, for any reason, you may purchase a replacement product at 75% off the suggested retail price.