A: Of course they are! Most states allow you to privately own a suppressor. If you are a resident of that state you may legally purchase one through a licensed Class 3 dealer. The following states allow suppressors: AL, AK, AR, AZ, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MI, MO, MS, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, and WY.
A: Once your heart is set on an OPS Inc. suppressor, contact your local Class 3 dealer and the process will start. There are a few forms to fill out and provide to the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) and then a federal $200 tax stamp is also required. I know, but there's no way around that. Once the suppressor is purchased, we have to fill out paperwork to transfer it to the dealer; this paperwork takes about 4-6 weeks depending on BATFE. Once that paperwork is approved, ATF will do a background check which takes approximately 90 days. After the well deserved wait, you will be shooting quietly at the range with a look of envy from the faces around you. Your dealer can explain more about the process if you have more questions. For a list of OPS Inc. dealers, click on "Distributors" at the top of the page for a dealer in your state. If you already have a class 3 dealer that you prefer, we are more than capable of dealing with them as well.
A: The suppressor changes the low frequency gunshot blast to an ultra high sound pitch, much like a dog whistle. The sound is still there but has just changed frequency. The gases are tumbled through our baffles inside the suppressor, increasing the muzzle velocity and directing the gases for a more accurate shot. The baffle stack traps and changes the sound by canceling it off of itself as it bounces between baffles. Example: if two billiard balls are rolling towards each other at the same speed, once they collide, the energy will cancel itself out and stop the two balls. For a super detailed description from Phil Seberger himself, read the article at the following link:
A: Same question could be asked about guns. It is in our rights to own both, and for those that want to enhance their shooting experience, a suppressor is one of the best ways to do it. A suppressor allows a shooter and the people around them to shoot without the use of uncomfortable ear muffs, giving them the ability to communicate for spotting. Also, over time as a shooter it will reduce the risk of hearing loss or damage. The military and law enforcement have both been using our suppressors for multiple reasons as well. It conceals the shooters position, giving them an advantage for multiple shots without the targets locating them, also improving their long distance accuracy. While indoors, it reduces the shock wave and sound bouncing off the walls around you. Not to mention that the first thing you will do after you shoot an OPS Inc. suppressor is look at everyone around you with astonishment and a big smile on your face.