A: Until recently, most Americans thought silencers were illegal. There are many benefits: better hunting, no hearing protection, less recoil, better accuracy, and happy neighbors. This market segment is the fastest growing in the firearms industry.
A: For many, purchasing a silencer is an intimidating, confusing process. However, the process is actually more straightforward than you think.
If you live in a state where owning a silencer is legal, you can purchase a silencer from Dakota Silencer. The transfer process is simple but you must choose whether you want to register the suppressor to a trust, to a corporation, or in your own name.
To learn more about which may be best for you, check out our guide or contact a member of our full-time staff to learn more about purchasing your new gun silencer.
A: At Dakota Silencer, we’re solely dedicated to Class 3 firearms, 99.9% of which are silencers. As such, we offer over 10 years of expertise, the support of a full-time staff, and continuing education and legal guidelines to ensure you purchase and are able to register the proper silencer for your needs.
Additionally, our position as one of the largest Class 3 dealers means we receive inventory quickly, also quickening ATF communications and approvals for you, our customers. We’re always staying abreast of Class 3 law changes on both a state and national level as well, meaning we pass this information on to you, our customers.
A: There are countless benefits of owning a silencer, a few of which include:
A: Currently, we’re licensed to sell directly to residents of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. However, we can also sell to residents outside of these states and assist with your local transfer.
For most customers, we’re able to mail the approved silencer and all forms directly to you, meaning you’ll never have to visit one of our physical locations. This enables us to sell to customers across the country, no matter their zip code!
A: Through our 10 years of experience in selling directly to customers and collaborating with gun owners and attending gunshows, we’ve found customers have three main issues driving their purchasing decisions:
Due to customer demand for these three types of silencers, we carry a large volume in each category. Of course, we’re also here to provide any other silencer you may want. As such, we can order any manufacturer’s silencer to ensure you have everything you need.
When you’re browsing your options, please note that a higher price doesn’t automatically mean that a silencer will be quieter. Large manufacturers commonly compromise value to mass produce in large volumes and turn larger profits (meaning you’ll pay more for less quality).
As always, you can contact our staff between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week and after hours via email to assist with the purchasing process if you aren’t sure which silencer is right for you.
A: At Dakota Silencer, we offer a Gun Trust free for all our customers. In fact, 99.5% of our customers choose to purchase their Class 3 firearms through a Gun Trust.
Through a Gun Trust, you can create a “joint ownership” scenario in which you can legally share your silencer. You can also select who will inherit. Because we have a full-time staff to assist with your paperwork, we ensure the ATF won’t reject your paperwork. To discuss further benefits of a Gun Trust, contact a member of our team at 888.781.8778.
A: No! The best way to think of a silencer purchase is as a “title” transfer between our company and your Gun Trust or to you directly. While ATF must approve this transfer (which we will assist with), you do not physically need your own license to make a purchase.
A: One of the most significant benefits of working with our company is that we can process purchases quickly and expedite the ATF approval process. Often, we process purchases the same day because of our multi-million dollar stocking inventory.
Of course, the time for ATF approval following our processing may fluctuate depending upon demand placed on the ATF. Currently, ATF is at 5 to 6 months.
A: There is a $200 Tax Stamp required per silencer. This fee is tax deductible and is a one-time fee. The best way to conceptualize this fee is as a title transfer tax.
A: 99.9% of the time when a customer calls about an issue with their silencer… it turns out to be a poor threading job. We have a corporate partnership with Scheels and Gander Mountain, they give our customers great discounts on threading barrels. You may have seen our flyers in Gander Mountain or Scheels, they refer their customers to us and we refer our threading customers to them.
A: At Dakota Silencer, we sell only the best, so we test with only the best. Currently, we test each of our silencers with a Bruel & Kjaer 2209 military grade sound testing meter that meets all military standards for silencer testing.
As the only silencer dealer in the country with this testing meter and one of only a few manufacturers with it, we can guarantee the quality of our products due to our rigorous testing process. We don’t carry any silencers that don’t meet our strict criteria and as such, you can purchase any of our products with confidence.
A: You can hunt all game animals with a silencer in the states above. See USA Map for other states.
A: Absolutely! While we stock only the most extensively tested and approved silencers, we can easily acquire a silencer from a manufacturer we don’t typically carry on our site.
A: Absolutely! However, just keep in mind the transfer to us from another dealer not licensed in your state can delay your approval by 3 to 4 months.
If you’re considering purchasing from another dealer because you don’t see something on our site, please note that we can quickly order your item from the manufacturer or a national wholesaler. Soon thereafter, we’ll obtain a serial number to begin the transfer process quickly.
By ordering through us, you will get your silencer much quicker than if you were to order from a small dealer or a dealer not licensed in your state. In addition to silencers, we also offer machine guns, short barrel rifles, and other NFA items.
A: The only silencer as quiet in real life as it appears in movies is the .22 rimfire. All other calibers will sound like a .22 short to a .22 long when suppressed.
However, every silencer we sell is hearing safe, meaning you won’t need additional hearing protection. See silencer sound chart by caliber.
A: Because we’ve seen many QD mounts come loose and go down range, we don’t use them personally and don’t recommend them to our customers.
QD models are known to negatively affect accuracy, are louder due to less baffles, can create alignment issues, may drive up costs because you’ll need a connector for each weapon, and are too hot once fired to detach quickly. According to Kevin Brittingham, the founder of AAC and head of research and development at SIG, a QD mount is just another thing to worry about and align, further reinforcing the negative repercussions of purchasing and using a QD.
While we don’t see the practical benefits of a QD, we will gladly order one for you. For additional information about QD models, we recommend this article.
A:Yes! Doing so is very common with a stacked baffle design, like the Varminter 3.0 in .308.
Having one silencer for all rifle applications doesn’t often impact performance because .308 silencers are longer with additional baffles. Due to its light weight, titanium is one of the most popular materials for application on all sub calibers.
Please note that not all .308 silencers work well on a .223. Stack baffle design is typically best for dual application because there is a greater surface area to remove heat from the blast.
In recent tests, we found that our own exclusive silencer, the Mack Brothers Varminter 3.0 in .308, was quieter on a .223 than a .223 silencer was. Additionally, we have tested some silencers that are not hearing safe on all sub-calibers. As such, it’s best to ask our staff if you have a specific question about certain models.