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what to do while waiting for your suppressor

what to do while waiting for your suppressor

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Hey all, we here at True Shot Academy are going to go over what to do while waiting for your suppressor. This blog will focus on effective uses of time before one takes their suppressor home. While current wait times on suppressors are faster than they have ever been, these tips are still worth considering and following. Wait times can be subject to change depending on things such as ATF funding and staffing, meaning that wait times can certainly change once again. Without further ado, let’s go over what to do while waiting for your suppressor.


Acquire a Threaded Barrel if Necessary

Not all firearms feature threaded barrels. Of course, a threaded muzzle is necessary to attach a suppressor, so if your firearm cannot accept one you should get one before you suppressor clears. By doing so, you can eliminate downtime and ensure you can use the suppressor once it clears. With most handguns, one can easily swap a non-threaded barrel out for one that is threaded. For most major, mainstream handguns, one can generally find factory and aftermarket threaded barrel offerings. Some handguns will include threaded barrels from the start, often in the form of handguns branded “tactical” or “suppressor ready” by the manufacturer.

HUXWRX Booster Assembly
HUXWRX Booster Assembly

Consider an Adjustable Gas Block

Semi-automatic rifles, specifically those of the AR-15 or AR-10 variety can benefit from the addition of an adjustable gas block. These components allow an end user to tune the rifle and adjust the amount of gas introduced into the firearm during the firing cycle. Many of these devices bleed off excess gas rather than redirecting it elsewhere in the firearm. AR-15 and AR-10 platforms can be exceptionally gassy when suppressed. The addition of a suppressor and added backpressure they provide can direct gasses rearward and into the fact of the shooter. An adjustable gas block can cut down on the gas which is directed rearward and also tune the rifle to ensure optimal function.

Things such as gas busting charging handles and adjustable piston systems will also help a shooter tame a particularly gassy rifle. These devices help redirect or bleed off excess gasses before they can reach the shooter. The result is a more pleasant and optimal shooting experience for the shooter. These types of charging handles can be had from PRI, Radian, and Geissele to name a few. Adjustable piston systems, such as those developed by KNS, will aid in tuning a firearm for optimal use in both suppressed and unsuppressed use cases.

Simply put, these items are certainly worth picking up while waiting for your suppressor to clear. These items will ensure proper function, improve user control, and optimize the suppressed shooting experience.  


Ensure Your Recoil System is Appropriate for Suppression

One can also use the time waiting for their suppressor to ensure that the recoil assembly of their semi-automatic firearm is ready for suppressed use. By doing this work prior to your suppressor clearing, you will ensure reliable and smooth function of your firearm, for both suppressed and unsuppressed use.

Ensuring that an AR-15 or AR-10 buffer system is tuned and optimal for suppressed shooting is another worthwhile investment of time. Generally speaking, one will benefit from having a heavier buffer on short barreled and suppressed firearms. Doing so will ensure that additional backpressure from a suppressor and the sharp impulse from short barreled firearms will not cause undue wear on the system. If a buffer is too light and a bolt comes flying back with extra authority, one may have the bolt and buffer slam into the back of the buffer tube, accelerating wear.

By selecting an optimal buffer weight, one will ensure optimal function with suppressors and ensure a proper ejection pattern. Generally speaking, with AR-15s, one will want to utilize H2 or H3 weight buffers. Ideally, one should strive for a setup which functions reliably when both suppressed and unsuppressed.

Some handguns may require tuning of their recoil spring assembly to ensure optimal function when suppressed. Some factory springs may be too light while others may be too heavy. “Suppressor ready” and “tactical” model handguns will generally feature an appropriate recoil spring for suppression from the get-go. The type of suppressor used in addition to the specific load one uses are also factors to consider when tuning recoil springs.


Acquire the Necessary Mounting Hardware

It would also be prudent to ensure that one acquires the necessary mounting hardware needed to affix a suppressor to a firearm. Hardware of this type can come in the form of direct thread adapters, tri lug adapters, quick attach muzzle devices, and more. For handguns, one should also ensure that they have an appropriate booster assembly for the handgun and thread pitch they are going to be working with.

Simply put, it is best to acquire mounting hardware conducive to suppressor use before you actually take your suppressor home. That way, you can immediately use it if you want to rather than having to wait longer for parts to show up. It should also be known that some suppressors include necessary hardware from the factory, meaning some suppressors will not require additional hardware.

HUXWRX HX-QD 762 and Surefire 300SPS
HUXWRX HX-QD 762 and Surefire 300SPS

Stock Up on Ammo

Regardless of whether or not you are waiting on a suppressor to clear, it is never a bad idea to stock up on ammo. One can spend their time waiting for their suppressor by acquiring a range of ammunition to test when it clears. This can range from supersonic to subsonic ammo offerings. One can see how supersonic sounds and functions with their suppressor and find a subsonic loading which suits their preferences.

Additionally, by buying a range of ammunition, one will be able to hone in on a specific loading which works best with their particular suppressor. One may find that one subsonic loading is quieter or cycles better than another when using a suppressor.



All in all, these are just a few of the things one can consider doing while waiting for their suppressor to clear. These tasks ensure reliability and usability with the suppressor once you take it home. If you have to wait for paperwork to process, you might as well get your full setup squared away and optimized in the meantime. While we do not deal with NFA products, we do certainly offer a wide variety of ammunition for sale. Whether you are after subsonic ammo or looking for to purchase ammunition of another type, we here at True Shot Ammo have got you covered. As always, happy shooting.


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View more posts about suppressors:

  • Are Suppressors Always Hearing Safe?
  • Carbon Locking and Suppressor Hardware Upkeep
  • Suppressed Handgun Tips
  • Suppressor Mounting Methods: Direct Thread vs Quick Attach
  • The Importance of Suppressor Alignment

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