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Suppressors: Tapping the Untapped Potential

Posted by American Suppressor Association on 11/29/18 11:30 AM

In today’s firearms market, suppressors offer significantly more growth potential than any other product offering. According to information given to the American Suppressor Association (ASA), as of August 2018, around 1,554,000 suppressors were registered with ATF. Although the registry has amassed these suppressors over the past 84 years, over 80% have been added since 2011 – the very year that ASA was formed. In many ways, the growth curve of the suppressor market mimics that of black rifles following the sunset of the assault weapons ban in 2004, albeit on a smaller scale. However, unlike the current AR market, the suppressor segment still exhibits incredible potential for growth. The demand is most certainly there; industry just needs to tap it.

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The Scientific Case for Suppressors

Posted by American Suppressor Association on 10/27/18 9:33 AM

It is sometimes said, if the firearm were invented today, it would be required by law to have a muffler. Today we understand the risk of noise-induced hearing loss much better than ever before. “Hearing loss affects more than 28 million Americans, including more than half of those over age 75. Hearing problems—including tinnitus, which is a ringing, buzzing, or another type of noise that originates in the head—are by far the most prevalent service-connected disability among American Veterans.”[1] In the shooting community, we’ve frequently heard that suppressed gunfire that is below 140dB is considered “hearing safe.” How was this threshold derived? First off, in actuality, we would be wise to avoid the term “hearing safe” and instead use “hearing safer.”

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