At VRA, we often hear customers say that they would love to own a suppressor, or silencer—but that they aren’t exactly sure what they would use one for. It’s clear that the real benefits of using a suppressor are eclipsed by a perceived “cool factor.” While we agree that suppressors can indeed be “cool,” we also know that they serve many purposes and can make shooting a safer and more enjoyable experience.

Noise Reduction

Obviously, a suppressor will decrease the sound of your shots. Since many shooters choose not to wear adequate hearing protection when outside, a suppressor can help prevent hearing loss. From a general safety point of view, the resulting noise reduction will also make you more aware of your surroundings. And as strange as it may sound, using a suppressor can also make you a better—and more considerate—neighbor. Think about it! Not everyone has a large lot of land in the middle of nowhere where they can shoot all day long. Even if you do live in a rural area, you probably still have neighbors in the general vicinity. It’s a simple equation: When you decrease the amount of noise your firearm makes, your neighbors’ appreciation will increase.

Home Defense

As stated above, using a suppressor can be necessary when shooting outside. Please understand that using a suppressor can be vital when shooting inside. Should you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to use your firearm for home defense, a suppressor is a must. Otherwise, you might as well kiss your hearing and vision temporarily goodbye. The flash from the muzzle will make you see stars; the noise will make your ears ring. You see, not only will the suppressor reduce the noise of the shots fired, but it will also drastically lower the amount of muzzle flash.

Being able to see and hear clearly in a defensive situation can be the difference between life and death.

An Extra Benefit

Of course, using a suppressor can just be fun. New suppressor laws—such as one taking effect in Ohio on March 23, 2015, which allows people to use suppressors while hunting—only help to increase the enjoyment of using a suppressor. Shooting is a great sport. Why not make it as enjoyable as possible? (It’s your legally-protected right, after all.) We look forward to answering any questions you might have about suppressors. Just give us a call at 937.387.0485, or email Alex Hague at