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The idea of a shotgun silencer isn’t anything particularly new — ever since No Country for Old Men came out a few years ago, people have been wanting to get their hands on such a device. Not many people, but people nonetheless. A couple companies have come out with their own version of a shotgun can, most notably Red Jacket Firearms as shown on one of their episodes. And every time someone mentions the idea to me, my response is always the same: why? I understand the George Mallory effect, but somehow I doubt that such a thing would be commercially viable. SilencerCo seems undaunted, and appears to have invited some people out to an event to show off their brand new shotgun silencer (our sources have already confirmed the product’s existence — there’s not really any doubt left at this point). The only question: will it sell? Make the jump for the press release.

WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH – July 21, 2014 | Confirming its place as a trailblazer in the firearms industry, suppressor manufacturer SilencerCo has unveiled the first commercially-viable shotgun silencer ever produced. The company made the announcement today at an exclusive event near its Utah headquarters.

Every year, millions of sportsmen and women venture into the field to hunt. While advances in technology have spurred a record-breaking proliferation of rifle and handgun suppressors, shotgun owners have been without a real solution for sound protection. Some choose hearing protection in the form of earmuffs or plugs for relief in controlled environments, but most spurn their use in the field or in a home protection scenario, where the ability to detect other sounds is critical.

The new product, named the Salvo 12, provides a much needed option for shooting enthusiasts.

“The Salvo 12 represents a revolution in silencers, not just an evolution,” asserts Joshua Waldron, Chief Executive Officer for SilencerCo. “There is a huge installed base of shotgun hunters and shooters that has been waiting for a product like this for a long time, and we are proud to deliver it.”

In addition to its inherent novelty, the Salvo 12 is a modular design that allows the shooter to add or remove sections to balance length, weight and sound suppression needs. It arrives as a 12 inch suppressor, but can be reduced to 10, 8 and 6 inch configurations as needed.

For SilencerCo, answering the call for new products is nothing new. Since its origins in a Utah garage in 2008, the company has earned a fiercely loyal customer base by pioneering much-needed advances such as this. Among many others, its first and best-selling product, the Sparrow 22, is the quietest and easiest-to-clean rimfire suppressor on the market. The Osprey pistol suppressor still holds the only eccentric design in existence, allowing the host gun to maintain a flat sight plane.

Adding value to the sale, the Salvo 12 will carry with it the same celebrated lifetime warranty as all other SilencerCo products. To learn more or to find out how to purchase a SilencerCo Salvo 12, visit

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  1. A subsonic slug would be fun to shoot! Probably all you can use in it. Buck would probably tear up the baffles.

        • Yeah…but in italy there is no such thing as a short barreled rifle (SBR) so it isn’t too bad.

        • Well, anything with a barrel under 300 mm is considered a short firearm (handgun) in Italy 🙁

        • I’m in Norway where suppressors are completely uncontrolled. The only problem is that I can’t buy American suppressors (Murica doesn’t like it’s goods out of Murica). This usually isn’t a problem but sometimes you hit one out of the ballpark when it comes to silencers.

  2. I’m interested. I really wish the NFA process was quicker. You’d imagine with $200 per form that they’d want us to submit multiple items. Just saying, but if I could get it approved in a timely manner I’d probably have a suppressor for every caliber that I own.

    • The only one that I can think of is the Hastings Low Recoil Youth slug, but I believe that has been discontinued (a quick search didn’t find anything). It clocked around 1020 FPS. Most of the other low-recoil slug offerings (before suppressors were available, this was the only reason to sell a low-speed slug load) run in the 1200-1300 FPS range, sometimes with a slightly lighter projectile.

      Roll your own for a while, I guess.

  3. Considering AAI Corp made suppressed shotgun shells back in the sixties that could be fired by any shotgun as is, it is surprising that nobody has really tried to solve this problem since then.

  4. The application is simple: home defense. Shotguns are loud, and the police like to ask questions after you turn an intruder into a smear on the carpet. They aren’t going to appreciate that the only thing you can say is, “Muh, muh, muh”

      • Maybe, but I’m a believer in Murphy’s law. After a bad night, I’m going to have a worse morning. I would somehow have the bad luck of having to talk to the one cop in my small town I’m not on a first name basis with, and who hates the idea of armed citizens. He is not going to be amused by Archer impression.

    • I would agree that a photo showing just the gun, without the psycho-killer and/or gore, would be a better choice.

      Even better might be a shot of the actual suppressor(s) being discussed.

      RF, does that violate any TTAG standards for promotion? If not, and the company doesn’t mind (free exposure? I’d think that wouldn’t be a problem), please consider a change.

    • Well, the image is just to show the Hollywood idea and depiction of shotgun silencers….. which, uh, is kinda hard to do without the image depicting Hollywood’s idea of shotgun silencers.

  5. Shot doesn’t separate from the shot cup until about 4-5 feet after it leaves the muzzle. Saw some slo mo of Jerry Miculek. The British have been using shotgun silencers for decades.

  6. “And every time someone mentions the idea to me, my response is always the same: why?”

    To make it quieter.

        • Thats how we do it in Norway. Back in the old days we used crossbows from motorcycles but when crossbows were sorta banned we resorted to suppressors (especially the steel ones, they make good bludgeons).

          Besides, it is uncouth and rude to not use a suppressor. Where is the courtesy, y’know what I am saying?

  7. “And every time someone mentions the idea to me, my response is always the same: why?”

    Is this a trick question? For the same reason sombody might want to silence a gun or rifle? To preserve hearing while hunting ducks and other game? You really can’t see the applications? Why are you writing on this website again?

  8. It was the first episode, season 1 of Sons of Guns that featured the Red Jacket shotgun suppressor. Although they claimed to have suppressed it quite a bit, I think they had it at 38 DB, it was still pretty loud in my opinion – not something I would call “silence.”

    • When you look at these images with the long suppressors, it really makes you laugh at Hollywood’s idea that shotgun suppressors are these teeny, tiny things.
      LOL – Delusional!

    • While the item you linked is cool (and I mean REALLY COOL), I take “commercially-viable” to mean that it will be user-installable on any of the millions of single-barrel screw-choked shotguns already in the hands of hunters, shooters, and home-defenders in America.

      Based on that interpretation, I think they are probably correct.

      Yeah, it could be considered nit-picking.

      Thanks for the educational material at the link; I’ve never seen one of those before!

      • It’s now even the first one in the USA (Irongoat guns makes one). I like SilencerCo but I hate false advertising.

        The Hushpower ones can be mounted on any shotgun (they make screw on ones too).

  9. Never mind self defense applications for a shotgun silencer. This product will sell otherwise.

    Hunters that train puppies to hold point when the bird flies will love this. Forget puppies… My 4 year old dog is great with a gun, but it still distracts him more than I like. A silencer would calm him even more in the field. If I am right, this silencer will sell FAR more easily than a pistol or rifle silencer. Upland gamebird hunters are a prime target market… especially those with dogs.

    I will save for the stupid silencer stamp starting this week because of this product.

  10. Claiming this suppressor to be hearing safe according to OSHA standards is dishonest, negligent, reckless, and immoral, at least according to the official 1998 standards I’m looking at right now (“Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Occupational Noise Exposure, Revised Criteria 1998” DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 98-126; available from the CDC at This shotgun is, according to Silencerco figures, in the shortest configuration (6″) 140.6 dB at the shooter’s ear and 149.2dB at the muzzle. Those figures were probably recorded with a long barrel, and the suppressor would be even louder with a short barrel. A person should always wear hearing protection over their ears when shooting or standing near someone shooting this suppressor. According to OSHA standards, exposure to noise 130-140 dB is permissible for less than a second and above 140 dB is not permissible at all for any length of time. In the best case with this suppressor, after about a single suppressed shot without ear muffs or plugs the shooter will have met his maximum daily allowable OSHA noise exposure. However, it is possible that in just one suppressed shot he will have been exposed to a level of noise that according to OSHA rules is never considered hearing safe. Anyone who goes out for a day of shooting with this suppressor without wearing ear plugs or muffs will certainly be subjected to levels of noise exposure with the potential to cause permanent hearing damage.

    Marketing aside, this is a great new product. It looks like a good design, a bit heavy but it’s pretty much the only non-custom and commercial off-the-shelf comparable product in town and a must-have for home defense especially. I love the modularity, making it adjustable for the right match to each shotgun for handiness, as well as compactness in an America where shotguns with barrels less than 18″ are highly-regulated NFA items. I like Silencerco and their products. Silencerco, I hope that with these products you will be protecting the health and safety of your customers, and that you will not damage your customers’ hearing by misleading them in the information about your products you provide.


    I posted the above in the comment section for Silencerco’s YouTube reveal video.

    Nick, do you really have to be a Fuddy-duddy poo-pooing new firearms innovations as “Why do you need one of those? What purpose does it serve? Why do you want one of those?” You don’t have to buy one if you don’t want to! This has obvious advantages for self-defense and hunting (especially when shooting around animal hunting companions, see Toby in KS’s comment above), as well as the reasons suppressors are fun in general for shooting, like less worry about potential hearing damage and noise complaints. Plus it might have a nice effect on the recoil. Reducing the blast gets rid of a major downside to relying on a shotgun for defensive purposes. If you don’t have time to throw your earmuffs on before you fire your ears will be ringing and you might not even be able to see due to the flash in the dark. That disorientation puts you at a big disadvantage if there are further threats. Not to mention that you could be living the rest of your life with damaged hearing. I think this product should be popular with many shotgun owners.

  11. this is a product that would go over big for duck , turkey or any shotgun activity . the cost of the permit as well as the cost of the silencer. And the refit would make it expensive for some. but for those who could get one, great idea.


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