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Silencers are awesome, but if you dont know anything about them the details can get overwhelming. Check out our most frequently asked questions below, and feel free to give us a call.


1. What is a silencer/suppressor?

A silencer, suppressor, or sound moderator is a device that attaches to the barrel of a firearm to muffle the noise of the gunshot and reduce visible muzzle flash.  Despite what you may have seen in the movies, silencers do not make a gun completely silent, but some can get darn close. .


2. So how quiet is a silencer? 

It depends. A .22 LR with subsonic ammunition is no louder than a staple gun and some bolt actions are like a red rider bb gun. while an AR-15 chambered with standard .223 ammo sounds like an un-suppressed .22 rifle. If you want to hear for yourself how quiet a silencer can be, schedule a demo at our store in Seymour, Tennessee!


3. Why would you own a silencer?

Silencers will allow you to shoot guns at all hours of the day without disturbing neighbors, family members, or skittish pets. Silencers are also a great hunting accessory and can protect your hearing while target shooting. Most importantly though, silencers are fun to shoot, look awesome, and make all your friends jealous! 

4. Is it legal to own a silencer?

In the state of Tennessee, private citizens may own a silencer for hunting or other recreational use. 

5. Who can Tennessee Silencer sell to?

Tennessee Silencer is licensed to sell directly to Tennessee residents.If you are too far to visit the store in person, the silencer can be shipped straight to your door after approval. We can also sell to out-of-state residents by transferring the silencer through a class 3 FFL dealer in your state.  Also, if you decide to buy your silencer from an out-of-state dealer, Tennessee Silencer is available to act as your NFA/Class 3 dealer. 

6. What is the process to buy a silencer?

In a nutshell - if you come to the store with money and a drivers license we can do everything there. Usually takes about 20 minutes once you've selected which one you'ld like. Currently, most silencers are registered to either a trust, or to your own name. We will fill out your ATF Form 4, do your fingerprints on our live-scan system, and take and print passport sized photos. The complete process, from sending in the forms to receiving your silencer, takes on average 6 months historically although as of Mid 2019 its taking around 10-12 months. For more information, see our flyer: Buying Your First Silencer.

7. Why buy from Tennessee Silencer?

Since 2015 Tennessee Silencer has completed several thousand NFA transfers. We have a brick and mortar store and do free silencer demos. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY, so you can get a closer look at the silencers before you buy. We have tried all the silencers we stock and akmost all the silencers we dont stock so you can get honest opinions of various models. Tennessee Silencer is not a weekend operation. We do this full-time Tuesday thru Saturday 10AM-6PM, and on our days off we are usually also playing with guns and silencers. We will always be there to guide you through the registration process and are available to answer any questions you may have. We keep multiple brands and calibers in stock, reducing your wait time. And if you want a silencer that Tennessee Silencer doesn’t carry? We are happy to special order it for you!


Do you ship to other states? 

Yes, we ship to all states with legal silencer ownership. 


How long does shipping take? 

We try to ship same business day after payment and FFL or approval is received. 99% of the time we are able to get your order out by the next business day at the latest. 


Will I be charged for taxes?

We are a Tennessee business and so we must charge Tennessee purchasers sales tax. Although we agree this sucks if you have to pay sales tax. We are grateful to live in a state with no income tax. Sales tax will not be charged for out of state buyers. 


What forms of payments do you accept? 

Money Orders • Cashier's Checks • Personal Checks (require 10 business days to clear before shipment will be made) • Credit Card by phone or in store (visa, amex, discover, mastercard, diners)



All our standard guns through gunbroker unless otherwise noted have a no-questions asked return policy. There is a 3 day inspection period starting from the time tracking shows delivery. No assembly or firing, must be returned as shipped. Buyer responsible for shipping and insurance if returned. Once we verify the item has been returned unchanged we will issue a refund of the purchase price minus shipping through US mail via check.  


NFA Sales?

We do not offer returns on our NFA regulated items like Silencers, Short Barreled Rifles, Machineguns because of the additional tax stamps and wait time. We do however inspect every product for defects before registering it to the purchaser. If you have a problem give us a call and we'll help you determine the easiest fix. 


We do have a layaway program.


We require 25% down and the balance of the purchase within 90 days.  If you're purchasing an NFA item, silencer, short barreled rifle, etc, the same applies, but we require at least 50% of your non-tax stamp total be paid before we will mail the Form 4 transfer paperwork to the ATF.

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