By Mike SearsonMike gives us a range review of the Q Full Nelson Silencer.
Delta 5 With Vortex HD Razor Gen 2, Atlas Bipod and Innovative Arms sound suppressor. IMg Jim Grant
U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- In Maine, the Governor signed suppressor, (gun muffler, silencer) reform into law. The change in law took effect on 8 June, 2021. It is now part of Chapter 112, Public Law.
When the Maine legislature reformed Maine’s ban on hunting with suppressors, the law required a hunter to obtain a special permit to hunt with suppressors. It was an added bureaucratic burden which did not good. It increased useless paperwork and wasted everyone involved’s time.
Here is how the old law read. From mainlegislature.org:
2. Permit. In accordance with this subsection, the commissioner may issue a permit to a person allowing that person to use a noise suppression device with a firearm when hunting any wild animals or wild birds the person is licensed to hunt under this chapter and for which use of the firearm is allowed or for the purpose of killing a wild animal or wild turkey under section 12401 or 12402.
A. A person applying for a permit:
(1) Shall show proof of lawful possession of the noise suppression device; and
(2) May not have had a hunting license revoked as a result of a serious hunting violation. [PL 2015, c. 262, §1 (NEW).]
B. A permit is valid unless revoked under this section. [PL 2017, c. 366, §1 (AMD).]
Hundreds of people applied. No one was turned down. No one was arrested or charged with violating the game laws with a suppressor. The situation was ripe for reform. An incremental change was put forward in the legislature with LD 635. It eliminated the requirement for a separate permit to hunt with a suppressor but added harsh penalties for game law violations with a suppressor.
It is another incremental step in the deregulation of hunting with suppressors. It was a popular bill. It appears to have passed on voice votes. Here is the new law from mainlegislature.org:
S.P. 249 – L.D. 635 An Act Relating to Hunting with a Noise Suppression Device
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §10902, sub-§6-A is enacted to read:
6-A. Mandatory hunting license revocation when using a suppressor. The commissioner shall suspend a person’s hunting license for at least 3 years if that person is convicted of any violation listed in subsection 6 and found to have been in possession, at the time of the offense, of a firearm with a device used to suppress or deaden the sound or natural report of the firearm.
Sec. 2. 12 MRSA §11161, as amended by PL 2017, c. 366, §1, is repealed.
Sec. 3. 12 MRSA §11214, sub-§1, ¶C, as amended by PL 2015, c. 262, §2, is repealed.
The reform of removing the requirement of a special permit to hunt with a suppressor in Maine is a classic example of incrementalism.
The next reform might be to remove the requirement for a Federal Suppressor Tax Stamp, as was recently done in Texas. The Federal NFA tax stamp requirements make far less sense than did the Maine permit for using a suppressor while hunting.
Suppressors, gun mufflers, silencers are part of the weak underbelly of the National Firearms Act. Regulation of them never made any sense. They were just part of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) administration’s power grab to place firearms under federal jurisdiction.
It seems, even in the FDR administration, it was only Homer Cummings, the progressive Attorney General ideologue, who pushed hard for federal gun control. When he was gone, the push for gun control stopped for over 20 years.
About Dean Weingarten:
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.
Below the Radar: Making America Safe and Secure Act of 2019
United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- From now on, when an anti-Second Amendment extremist says they want to “regulate” something, you can take it to the bank that what they really want is a ban. One prime example of this is legislation introduced by Senator Robert Menendez and Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman.
Rhode Island: Two Bills To Legalize Suppressors Scheduled For Committee Hearing
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – -(AmmoLand.com)- On Monday, April 12th, the Rhode Island Senate Committee on Judiciary will host a virtual public hearing on 21 firearms related bills. Included in the docket are Senate Bill 508 and Senate Bill 517, two pieces of legislation introduced by Senator Gordon Rogers (R-21) that seek to repeal the prohibition on the ownership of firearm suppressors in Rhode Island. If enacted, SB 508 would also legalize the use of lawfully possessed suppressors while hunting.
Territory of Guam
Hagåtña, Guam – -(AmmoLand.com)- On Monday, April 5th, 2021 Guam’s Committee on Public Safety, Emergency Response, Military and Veteran’s Affairs, Mayor’s Council, and Public Transit hosted a virtual public hearing on legislation that seeks to legalize suppressor ownership within the island territory.
BANISH 22 suppressors mounted on the author’s SW22 Victory pistol. (author photo)
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- I put off buying a suppressor for a long time. They’re not cheap, Uncle Sam insists on taxation without justification, and then there’s the wait. In the spring of 2020, I decided that I had put it off long enough and bought my first suppressor. Actually, I bought three.
I purchased cans in .22, .45, and .30 calibers to cover all of my bases in terms of calibers and guns that I already own and calibers and guns that I think I might seriously consider getting one day.
The three suppressors I went with were all from the BANISH line offered exclusively by Silencer Central. This review is of the BANISH 22 suppressor.
BANISH 22 Suppressor
BANISH 22 suppressor from Silencer Central
As you would expect from a .22-caliber can, the BANISH 22 is small. It’s 1” in diameter, 5 ⅜” long, and weighs just a tad over 4 ounces.
Made for Silencer Central by Mack Brothers, the BANISH 22 is made of titanium (hence the super lightweight specs), has eight baffles inside of it, uses a standard 1/2×28 thread pitch, is user-serviceable from both ends, and is even full-auto rated from .17HMR up to 5.7×28.
Some gun guys and gals won’t admit it, we can be kind of vain about our guns and gear. While function certainly outweighs form when it comes to a suppressor, it doesn’t hurt that I think the BANISH 22 is a good looking can.
The author’s ugly mug on the range. (author photo)
I headed to the range with my BANISH 22, my Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory pistol, and a couple 50-round boxes of both super and subsonic .22LR rounds.
I was lucky enough to have the entire outdoor range to myself, so I was able to shoot the BANISH 22 the way I really wanted to: without any hearing protection.
Wow. I was not disappointed. I’ve shot suppressed before, but I’ve always had to wear some sort of ear pro even if it was just .22’s, so this was a real treat!
I started with the regular, supersonic rounds and the first thing I noticed was the sound. Not that of the suppressor, the gun cycling, or the “crack” – but of the rounds impacting the steel. I had never really, truly heard rounds hitting steel. The BANISH 22 brought the decibel level down to a point where that’s really the only sound that I noticed.
Then I switched over to the subsonic rounds, which is really what I wanted to check out. Yowza! Now this is what shooting suppressed is all about! Without the supersonic crack, shooting my pistol with this suppressor was, well, for lack of a better description, stupid quiet. I mean, this is about as close as you can get to “Hollywood quiet.”
Needless to say, it was an absolute blast. The gun, the ammo, and the suppressor all performed wonderfully together. I wish I had brought more ammo with me, but, well, we all know how that’s going right now.
Back at home, it was time to start cleaning. Everyone tells you how much fun it is to shoot suppressed. Almost no one tells you how much of a pain in the ass it is to clean both your gun and your suppressor – especially when you’re talking rimfire – when you don’t have an ultrasonic cleaner. So, I got to work with my solvents and an old toothbrush.
Carbon buildup is no joke, and even with the small amount of rounds I shot (approx. 100), my gun was filthy and the suppressor’s baffles were stuck. It took a good bit of work to get them out of the tube, but once I accomplished this, the baffles themselves weren’t that bad. Maybe I’ve just seen one too many rimfire suppressor baffle horror photos online?
BANISH 22 suppressor before cleaning. (author photo)
A good scrubbing with the toothbrush and some Hoppe’s made quick work of the majority of the carbon. I let them sit with the solution for a bit and then gave them a final scrubbing and rinse under warm water in the kitchen sink.
Once dry, I put a light coat of oil on the baffles and lined them up for reinsertion into the tube. Unlike some suppressors where the baffles sort of clip together for indexing purposes, the ones on the BANISH 22 do not. Instead, they’ve got an indexing line engraved on the outside of them that you line up visually. It was a bit of a hassle keeping them lined up as well as I could while putting them back into the tube, but it wasn’t a huge issue.
BANISH 22 suppressor cleaned, drying, and waiting for reassembly. (author photo)
Is it the least expensive .22 can on the market? At $535, no, it is not. Is it “the best” out there? That’s subjective, but overall I’m happy with my purchase.
If you’re in the market for a .22 suppressor, I’d definitely recommend looking at the BANISH 22. Plus, Silencer Central made the process super easy. I was able to break up the cost into four monthly payments while I waited for my paperwork to clear, and then once the ATF gave their blessing, the suppressor was sent to one of Silencer Central’s FFL in my home state, and then it was mailed right to my door. Payment, paperwork, fingerprints, trust setup, etc. was all done from my home office. Pretty convenient.
About Logan Metesh
Logan Metesh is a historian with a focus on firearms history and development. He runs High Caliber History LLC and has more than a decade of experience working for the Smithsonian Institution, the National Park Service, and the NRA Museums. His ability to present history and research in an engaging manner has made him a sought after consultant, writer, and museum professional. The ease with which he can recall obscure historical facts and figures makes him very good at Jeopardy!, but exceptionally bad at geometry.