Exploring The Different Types of Suppressors

Mar 28th 2023

Exploring The Different Types of Suppressors

Suppressors, also known as silencers, are devices that attach to firearms to reduce the noise generated by the explosion of gunpowder. They have been used for a long time for hunting and shooting sports, as well as for military and law enforcement purposes. There are different types of suppressors that vary in design, materials, and performance. 

Piston-Type Silencer: This type of silencer uses a piston that moves back and forth to seal the muzzle of the firearm. The piston is usually made of stainless steel or titanium and is designed to withstand the high pressure generated by the explosion of gunpowder. This type of silencer is durable and effective in reducing noise, making it a popular choice among shooters. 

Baffle-Type Silencer: This type of silencer uses a series of metal baffles to slow down and cool the hot gases that are expelled from the firearm. The baffles are usually made of aluminum or stainless steel and are stacked one on top of the other. Baffle-type silencers are effective in reducing noise, but they can be difficult to clean and maintain. 

Monolithic Silencer: This type of silencer is made of a single piece of material, typically titanium or stainless steel, and is designed to be both lightweight and effective in reducing noise. Monolithic silencers are easy to clean and maintain, but they can be more expensive than other types of silencers. 

Hybrid Silencer: This type of silencer combines the best features of piston-type and baffle- type silencers. The hybrid silencer uses a combination of pistons and baffles to reduce noise and is designed to be durable and easy to clean. 

NFA Restricted Items

All of these types of silencers are considered to be NFA restricted items, which means that they are subject to regulation under the National Firearms Act (NFA). The NFA requires that silencers be registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and that a tax stamp be obtained before they can be transferred or sold. The NFA also imposes restrictions on who can purchase or own a silencer. 

NFA restricted items, including silencers, can only be sold by dealers who hold a Special Occupational Tax (SOT) license. SOT dealers are licensed by the ATF to engage in the business of dealing in NFA restricted items. They must undergo a rigorous background check and be in compliance with all federal and state regulations before they can obtain an SOT license. This ensures that silencers are only sold to qualified individuals who are authorized to purchase and own them. 

Looking to buy yourself a silencer/suppressor from a reputable SOT Dealer? You’ve found the right place! 

We are a licensed SOT dealer in Washington state that provides consumers with the best quality brand suppressors on the market. Visit is at our Burlington, WA location or buy from our online suppressor shop!