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Shooting without hearing protection

You’ve got to wear hearing protection while you shoot, right? Gunfire will destroy your hearing!

What if I told you I spent all day yesterday on the range and only wore hearing protection for about 30 minutes? And I mean ALL DAY. I started at 10am and didn’t get done until 5pm. That’s because I was at the Silencer Shoot at Durham Rifle and Pistol Club.

I was the range safety officer for NCSilencer.Com. Eric and Hank, along with two other friends of theirs, manned the sales booth and so I took over as range safety, as keeping people from accidentally pointing guns at each other is about the limit of my expertise with silencers.

I did get to shoot several different guns. I brought my rifle and put a Varminter 2.0 silencer in .223 on it. That was fun. It cut down the blast to the point that I could shoot it outdoors without any real problem. You would not believe how loud it is when a 55 grain bullet impacts an 8 inch plate at 75-100 yards. There’s no gentle “ting” when it hits. It sounds like something getting hit with a giant club. The energy is tremendous.

A particular favorite was the AR-15 style short barreled rifle in 9mm. It was a 3.5″ barrel with an Octane 9 suppressor. It was the perfect house gun. It was very short, with about a total of 11 inches of “barrel” length and a  collapsible AR stock. It fired 9mm bullets from a Colt SMG stick mag as fast as you could pull the trigger. I want one of these as a home defense rifle. Fill it with 147gr +P hollowpoints and anyone breaking into your house will have a Very Bad Day™.

9mmSBR2(yes, that is that small)

Hank, who owned the gun, teased us for trying to shoot the 6 inch falling plates at 120 yards. The 8 inch plates closer up were just too easy. It was pretty interesting how we could hand that SBR to a slightly built young woman and she could easily hit an 8 inch plate at 70-100 yards with it, but she had terrible trouble hitting a full sized silhouette at 15 yards with the suppressed Glock 17 shooting the exact same bullets.

The closest gun to the stereotypical movie silenced gun was the suppressed Ruger .22/45 with a mini red dot sight on it. It was like shooting a staple gun. I might say it was a great Bond villain gun but it’s hard to pretend to be a villain when you’ve got a big silly grin on your face.

I didn’t shoot the suppressed Tavor, but I also didn’t like it much. It was pretty brutal. The Tavor was the only rifle that made me put hearing protection on. It also sprayed shooters in the face with gas and carbon.

How good are modern suppressors? I calmly stood behind three different people shooting full power .308 Win bolt guns calling their shots as they tried to hit 6 inch falling plates at 120 yards. We could speak in normal voices as people next to us were blazing away with 9mm and .45 ACP suppressed pistols. I liked it so much that I’ve put in my order. I will be getting a .30 caliber Varminter 2.0 to put on my AR. It works just fine with my 5.56 as long as I use an adapter, and when I get a 300 Blackout barrel I can use it for deer hunting. It’s also rated up to .300 WinMag, so if I ever get a big bolt gun I can use this suppressor.

Thanks to both Eric and Hank at NC Silencer.com for inviting me along. If you’d like to find out more about suppressors, check out their website.

Shoot some suppressed firearms in the Triangle area

Even among gun owners shooting suppressed/silenced firearms isn’t all that common. With the hassles of NFA registration and tax stamps, relatively few gun owners have silencers/suppressors*. That means you, the non silencer owning gun enthusiast, don’t get a chance to shoot silencers all that often. Here’s your chance to remedy that.

Suppressor shoot(Click photo to download PDF)

There will be many suppressed/silenced firearms available for you to test. It’s your chance to see what silencers do for you without sinking the money into buying one. You can test out a few and see which one you like. There’s even a free silencer being given out as a door prize.

I will be there as a guest of NCSilencer.Com so come by and say hi. When you’ve decided which suppressor you want, NCSilencer.Com will be happy to help you navigate the ATF paperwork so you can shoot without bothering your neighbors.

The Durham Pistol and Rifle Club is located between Hillsborough and Burlington, just a bit south of I85-I40. Here’s the map.

*Either term is correct. The original sound reducer for firearms was invented by Hiram Percy Maxim, and he called it the “Maxim Silencer.” Some people will get on their high horse and insist that since it doesn’t completely “silence” the firearm the proper term is “suppressor.” I don’t really care. The guy who invented it called it a silencer, so if you have a problem with me calling it a silencer you should take it up with him. This isn’t the same as the argument about clips vs. magazines, as there is an actual difference between the two.

New site sponsor: NCSilencer.Com

Take a look on the new left sidebar and you’ll see an advertisement for NC Silencer.Com. They’ve agreed to sponsor the site, which is great, but even better they are going to spend some time with me over the next year helping me, and therefore you, understand more about the world of silencers. How to get one, which one to choose, that sort of thing.

I’ve spent some time talking to both Hank, the operations manager, and Eric the owner and they’re both great guys. They’ve both got huge experience both in using silencers, but also in dealing with the hassles of getting through the National Firearms Act process. Most silencer/suppressor/NFA dealers sell only a few NFA items over the course of the year. NC Silencer does it every day. Their experience shows in how smoothly they get through the process. They are in constant contact with the local ATF, meaning they know the laws so that your transfer goes as seamlessly as possible.

Check them out. Look at their website and if you have questions, email them and ask. They can get you any commercially available suppressor on the market, from an inexpensive .22LR suppressor all the way up to a .50BMG suppressor.

And make sure to tell them you heard of them from An NC Gun Blog.

Note: Some people get worked up about the terminology, Suppressor vs. Silencer. The device was invented by Hiram Maxim, and he called his invention a “Silencer.” You may call it anything you like. I will use the terms interchangeably.