Silencer Shop distributes silencers. AKA suppressors (aka firearm mufflers). A lot of them. In fact, Silencer Shop is responsible for about 50 percent of all Form 4s filed in the U.S.. If you’re local to the Austin, TX area there are a couple other services that Silencer Shop can provide you, and that’s where our “thank you” comes in . . .
Did you know that Silencer Shop transfers nearly all of TTAG’s review guns? If you’ve read a gun review on here in the last year, chances are that loaner firearm passed through Silencer Shop. A service they provide to TTAG at the rate of zero dollars, by the way.
A couple weeks ago I was in there to pick up five firearms — yes, the ATF calls Silencer Shop every few months specifically to inquire about yours truly — and they were packed with customers. Tight on time (I popped in on my way to a meeting) and thinking I should just leave and pick up the guns another day, their COO came in from the back offices to provide reinforcement to the counter staff and I got out of there in just a few minutes. Their electronic 4473 system makes transfers quick and easy, too.
While the no-charge transfer thing is a much-appreciated favor that Silencer Shop provides TTAG, they do firearm transfers for any Texas resident. Their normal going rate is just $20, which is well below average.
Most people don’t realize this, but Silencer Shop doesn’t actually retail (sell direct to the customer) any suppressors at all. They’re strictly a distributor that sells through their retailer network. If you’re an FFL thinking about selling silencers, becoming a “Powered By Silencer Shop” dealer is, by far, the easiest and most efficient way to do it.
For the consumer, whether you take advantage of Silencer Shop’s professional assistance over the phone, order and pay directly through their website for transfer through a Powered By dealer near you, or go direct to your local dealer from the get-go, the experience will be as streamlined as possible and that local dealer makes the same margin regardless.
If you’re in the Austin, all of your paperwork, fingerprinting, photos, trust, tax stamp, and Form 4 submission can be handled at Silencer Shop HQ. Silencer Shop’s S.I.D. kiosks make this whole process as fast and easy as it can be. To find a local dealer with an S.I.D. kiosk, simply use their Class 3 Finder to search your zip code and look for a dealer with the fingerprint icon next to their name. Kiosk or not, though, your local “Powered By” dealer can get the job done.
Finally, I’d like to thank Silencer Shop for putting me on their SOT. That’s what allows me to borrow suppressors to test out for TTAG reviews (and sometimes SBRs and other NFA items), which I’ve been trying to do approximately monthly since late 2016.
What does Silencer Shop want from me? Honesty. Not only are they accepting of The Truth About Guns doing what The Truth About Guns does, even for the products they sell, but they literally had me sign a piece of paper stating that I’d be borrowing suppressors for the express purpose of producing unbiased, honest reviews of them.
As they sell a huge range of suppressors from many brands, Silencer Shop’s concern is helping their customers choose the right one that the customer will be most happy with. How happy? Money-back guarantee happy. Yes, even after your Form 4 has cleared and you’ve owned the suppressor for up to 90 days, you can return it for a full purchase price credit to Silencer Shop.
Anyway . . . just wanted to give them a shout-out and say thanks to Silencer Shop for all of the firearm transfers and for making it easy for TTAG to get and review NFA items.