Hunter, the silencer laws we have here were passed in 1934, during the tail end of the "Gangster Era" when the papers were filled with stories of daily killings during bank robberies, bootleggers getting into firefights with police, etc. In those days, silencers were seen as the tool of the assassin or hitman trying to avoid notice. Public opinion and certainly opinions among lawmakers have changed little since then. Look at popular movies like the James Bond series and similar, movies depicting hitmen, etc. and they all use silencers for the express purpose of killing silently. I can't think of a single mainstream movie where they were used for recreational purposes, other than maybe a bored hitman using one to "target practice" in his hotel room while awaiting further instructions. Same for books, the silencer equipped pistol or "sniper rifle" is standard fare for every writer out there. Sadly, outside of those arenas, few people have actual experience with suppressors. You can go to almost any range here today, screw a can on the end of your gun, and at least 90% of the people there will think you are breaking the law and are a criminal of some sort. I know of at least one guy who got so tired of having to educate patrons, range personnell, and the cops who were called on him that his stuff was legal that he simply sold all his stuff for a huge loss and bought some ear plugs.
We get the same sort of thing in the UK. Semi-auto shotguns are not welcome on clay grounds or traditional pheasant shoots, because people believe that the guns are unsafe. Pump-action shotguns are almost completely over looked, so this reason prices for new pump actions are as little as $400. Why? Well pump action shotguns are for films and not real shooting!
Originally Posted by kernelkrink
Back 20 years ago, our police forces didn't like people using sound moderators for all the reasons you listed, center fire sound moderators were almost unheard of.
These days it's expected that you will use a sound moderator for hearing protection and in some cases landowners wouldn't let you shoot on their land if you were not using a sound moderator. The major benefit with center fire sound moderators is the kill in recoil, making a .308 shoot like a .410.
The world is a crazy place, thats for sure. Both you and I know that a sound moderator makes little difference to a 'hit' man, who in all likelihood would use a shotgun any way or some other form of killing and lets be honest, it's not hard at all to produce a sound moderator in any half equipped workshop. I would bet I could produce one in half a day in my garage, using aluminium tube, of two diameters, washers and some plumbing fixings, give the whole lot a spray with black paint and you would have a half good sound moderator. The crazy thing is in the UK that would be legal, and it would be legal to use it on a shotgun or an airgun but not a firearm unless you registered it with the police and had it added to your firearm certificate!
Have a gander at this : hushpower.co.uk
You may notice that boxes of them appear on the gun shop counters: Jackson Rifles - rimfire and air rifle silencers
Or the Parker Hale MM1
AIR GUN SUPPRESSOR RIFLE SILENCER BASIC TEST 24. PARKER HALE. - YouTube
And talking about the MM1, I took mine apart for a clean:-
What I do is smear the crown with "copper grease" to protect it from corrosion, all the crud simply wipes away.
Here are the internals, not cleaned in many years. I honestly can not remember the last time I took this thing apart but I'm sure I have at some point (baffles are just like the engine block freeze plugs) :
Wiping out the inside of the moderator (I'll also scrub it with a 12 bore bronze brush). Robla Solo Mil is great for cleaning all the crud off, in fact it eats powder residues for breakfast.