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Rules on airgun with silencer

Postby cashville » Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:35 pm

Hi Everyone,
Does anyone have a take on using airguns with silencers in TN?
Do we need any permit for airgun silencers?
anyone using these?

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Re: Rules on airgun with silencer

Postby Rollo » Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:49 pm

Technically it's called a "moderator" on an airgun. And because and airgun is not classified as a "firearm" it is legal to use a "moderator" on an airgun as long as it is not designed to be used on a firearm. Now, from what I understand, say if you have a "silencer" designed for a firearm and use it on an airgun, you still must hold a federal tax stamp to possess and use the silencer.

Sounds clear as mud to me... I'll try and find the article that explains the lingo but it's out there on the net somewhere
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Re: Rules on airgun with silencer

Postby Omega » Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:15 pm

It is legal to use a silencer for hunting in TN, so as long as the silencer is legally owned then it's no problem. As stated, silencers on pellet rifles, or any non firearm are legal, but, since a silencer is a regulated item, it has to be nearly impossible to use on a firearm to stay legal. I just picked up a Benjamin Titan .22 pellet rifle with a silencer from a member here, it is much quieter than the springer it replaced, which means I can reduce the amount of squirrels around here without bothering the neighbors.
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Re: Rules on airgun with silencer

Postby Kirk » Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:19 pm

The way I understand it is legal for an air rifle. I had a guy in California build mine for my Sam Yang .50 Cal last year. They are similar to a firearm suppressor but not as beefy. Since the pellet is traveling subsonic and there is no gun powder pop all you are really dampening is the PCP air release and any internal action noise. It got the deciblels down under 85. Un-moderated the decibels were up over 115.
Still not silent by any means but low enough not to piss off the neighbors.

I bought a Texan SS .45 cal this year with the built in moderator and it is even quieter around 82 decibels.
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Re: Rules on airgun with silencer

Postby Kirk » Sat Sep 28, 2019 7:15 pm

Sam Yang .50 cal with add on Moderator.

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Re: Rules on airgun with silencer

Postby Kirk » Sat Sep 28, 2019 7:17 pm

Texan SS .45 Cal with built-in moderator.

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