My Suppressor Tax Stamp Nightmare Is Finally OVER!

Have you ever had an experience that was so frustrating it just about drove you to your wits’ end? Here’s the definition for that phrase:

At wits’ end
The idiom at wits’ end means to be very upset, or at the limits of one’s emotional or mental limitations.

That pretty much describes how I felt after a very long and very frustrating experience waiting for three suppressor tax stamps to get processed. I wanted to publish this story to both tell this story, and give a glimpse at what’s to come for suppressor content  here on Ultimate Reloader!

SilencerCo Suppressors: Worth The Wait

Pictured above, from left: Tax stamps, SilencerCo Omega 300, SilencerCo Osprey 45, SilencerCo Hybrid 46

I feel very fortunate to have the three suppressors pictured above! With the Omega 300, I’ll be able to use a direct-thread mount for either 5/8×24 muzzle threading, or 1/2×28 threading. This will cover pretty much every rifle configuration from 223 up to 300 PRC with the exception of calibers over 30 caliber (such as 350 Legend which uses a 0.355″ bullet).

That’s where the Hybrid takes over! Being a 46 caliber can, I can shoot large caliber rifle cartridges like 350 Legend and 45 ACP, and also go up beyond 300 PRC shooting cartridges like 338 Lapua and 300 Remington Ultra Magnum. The Hybrid can also accommodate semi-automatic pistols using tall sights or reddot/holographic sights, or even scopes.

The Osprey 45 is perfect for pistols! It’s got a lowered profile that preserves sight picture with iron sights like what you’d find on a Glock, 1911, or other comparable pistol configuration.

What’s Coming on Ultimate Reloader

These suppressors are fun, but they are also great tools for the ranch, and for stories/content. I’m very much looking forward to using the tools in my studio to measure velocities, take high-speed video, and more. There’s a lot of interesting reloading stories related to suppressors, and much more.

Here are some of the specific things I’ll be using these suppressors for related to content:

  • Reloading ammo for suppressed shooting: subsonic, supersonic, etc
  • Hunting with suppressors
  • Effect of suppressors on recoil (with comparison to brakes, and no muzzle accessory)
  • Exploration of ultra-slow-motion footage related to suppressed shooting
  • Effect of suppressors on POI and accuracy
  • Long-range suppressed shooting
  • Component selection for suppressed shooting and reloading
  • [FUTURE] measurement and analysis of noise reduction

Did I miss anything? Please leave a comment with your thoughts!

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10 thoughts on “My Suppressor Tax Stamp Nightmare Is Finally OVER!”

  1. What have you put in place for legal transfer in event if your death? Did you do s trust and if so what is the easiest method? I have only one suppressor so far.

  2. Hey Gavin, I know that many people don’t like much math, but in this case, and as an engineer myself, I think suppressor testing is rife with data acquisition and analysis opportunities that can provide us with real insights. Some suggestions:

    1. It’d be great to get sound data in dBs of sound level decrease for all tests, not only for each suppressor, but for each caliber. So in the case of the .30s, how much sound level drop do we get for the .308, 30-06, 300 Win mag, 300 PRC, etc.

    2. Similarly, how much increase do we get in velocity for each of these? Do we lose (or gain) any accuracy with a can on the barrel?

    3a. If you fire sub supersonic rounds, does the extra barrel length from the cans increase the velocity into the supersonic range?

    3b. If so, does the can actually make the shot louder than it would have been without it?

    4. What is the measured clearance, essentially, the delta between the OD of the bullet and the ID of the can? Having that with the sound and velocity data could give us insight into how that delta affects sound level and velocity.

    5. And if you have any cans where you are willing to change the can ID by drilling it slightly larger, how much of an effect does that have? Now, I realize that, between the cost of each suppressor and the long wait times to get its tax stamp, you may be loathe to do such a thing. I only suggest this because I’ve never seen any data on how close the can ID should be to the OD of the projectile and I have no idea how much one loses by going somewhat oversize, and how using one can on smaller calibers determines how much you lose in sound level suppression and velocity gain (and you did ask for suggestions of valuable knowledge we could gain from your testing, after all).

    I have additional suggestions, but thought I should first submit these in case you feel I’m going too far.

  3. Glad you were rewarded by your diligence.
    I too have a Hybrid along with a CSG 45 Nautilus I’m waiting on. Hybrid will be used on a AR10 6 creedmoor, RPR 6 creedmoor & AR15 Valkyrie. Looking forward to comparing results with you.
    Nautilus will be fixed to my CZ Scorpion pistol.
    Would you also include accessories needed for quick changes to each rifle and a how-to for install?
    PS: That 80.5 Berger full bore in my Valkyrie is grouping nicely. Thanks again for that video.
    Using 26.5 PP 2000, & .02 jump.
    1:7 Criterion 22″ brl.
    Also my Golden Retriever never liked fireworks or thunder.
    Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas to all.

  4. Your clickbait title worked… but your “nightmare” is nowhere to be found.
    You jumped the hoops, paid the piper, got the cans. So far, that’s the drill..
    What makes you any different from many hundreds/thousands of other less “high profile” gun owners?

    1. It was a nightmare (mis-handling of my papers, late submittal, lack of refund status) and now it’s over. How is that click bait? Did you even watch the video?

  5. Hey Gavin, I love that you’re going to be testing suppressors and interested in our comments. Here are a few suggestions:

    1. This is obvious, but how much gain in velocity by adding a suppressor? This will vary on the suppressor’s length, barrel length, caliber, etc., but if you’re able to do this with a few different rifles, at least we may be able to get a feeling for the degree of change and the limits.

    2. Similarly, how much of a reduction of sound level (in dB) can one expect by adding a suppressor? Again, the results will be “soft” numbers, but at least it should be able to give us some sense of that reduction.

    3. Related to the above two items, the clearance delta between the bullet OD and the suppressor ID has got to make a significant difference in both velocity increase and sound decrease, but how much. So, if you could try your 30 caliber suppressor on different 30 caliber cartridges (300 PRC, .308, 30-06, etc.) and then smaller calibers (such as .284, .270, etc., on rifles that have the same barrel thread), we could learn a lot about how much loss in velocity gain and sound decrease we experience as blow-by increases. I’ve not found any articles on these topics and it’d be interesting and helpful to have some metrics, even if they are soft numbers.

    4. Is there an effect on muzzle flash? Perhaps using a fast light meter to compare some shots taken at a safe target at night with and without a suppressor would provide insight into its effect on muzzle flash.

    5. With the expected velocity increase, is there any concern that using a suppressor with a subsonic round would increase its velocity enough to make it supersonic and actually increase the sound level rather than suppress it?

    6. What about cleaning a suppressor? It’s going to accumulate soot, lead, and copper like the barrel – how does that affect velocity and accuracy? How often should we clean a suppressor? What’s the right way to clean one to reduce the rate of corrosion? What’s the wrong way?

    7. Does a dirty suppressor do anything to the bullet passing through that we care about as in affecting velocity or accuracy? Really dirty barrels seem to reduce accuracy, what about suppressors?

    8. What are the different suppressor designs? Which are better? Or which are better for certain characteristics?

    Obviously, there’s a lot you can test here. But what excites me is the opportunity to learn more about how we can use suppressors for more advantages than just reducing sound level.

    Thanks for asking for suggestions!


    1. Just resubmitted my original comments (with a few additions) because I never saw them posted over the last week and thought the submittal might have failed. I now see them still awaiting review – sorry for the duplication. At least the second submittal includes a few additional thoughts. Thanks.

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