When people think about buying their first silencer, there’s some natural hesitation. Silencers are expensive, the paperwork is a pain in the ass, and it takes forever for the ATF to approve anything. It seems like a lot of hassle for something that doesn’t provide a lot of benefits. Until you use one for the first time, that is . . .
Many of the people at the Silencers Are Legal shoot were already silencer owners, but there were a couple who had never fired a silenced gun before. You could tell which ones they were instantly. They picked up the gun, fired their first round, and then giggled.
I did it the first time, too. There’s just something about firing a suppressed firearm that makes it more fun, even if the people around you are still “going loud.” It could be the reduced recoil or just the novelty of making less noise than usual, but everything about guns seems better with silencers.
It’s hard to describe to someone who has never fired anything with a silencer, but those who have know exactly what I’m talking about. Once you have your giggle moment, you’re hooked. And no matter how much of a pain in the ass it is you feel the need to buy one for yourself.
Rationalize it all you want, telling your non-firearms-loving spouse that you need it for “hunting” or “hearing protection.” But we all know the real reason you’re getting the stamp. You want that giggle factor every time you go to the range. And I can’t blame you one bit.