Though it might come as a surprise to the non-gun-owning public, silencers (also known as suppressors—the terms are interchangeable) are perfectly legal to own and hunt with in most of the United States. While acquiring a silencer isn’t as easy as heading to your local gun shop to purchase a rifle, it’s a relatively simple process to follow once you get the hang of it.
If you’re interested in buying a suppressor, here’s a quick rundown. For the sake of simplicity, this guide assumes that you’re purchasing through a dealer and live in a state where it’s legal to own silencers. For an up to date list of legal states visit the American Suppressor Association.