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I just saw Ruger's announcement of the new light weight, scope only, threaded barrel 10/22-FS supplied with a flash suppressor.
For years I have thought a silenced 22LR would be a good pest eliminator without disturbing neighbors..
I would like to separate gossip from truth:
Is it easy to make a home made silencer for 22LR power cartridge?
Does owning a silenced gun or using one only on your own property (assuming it is legal to shoot in your zoning) a violation of federal or most other gun laws?
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Contact your local branch of the BATF if you want fact and not fiction.

Chances are, a silencer, whether homemade or factory, will fall into a restricted catagory of ownership and require the federal license.
 

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I agree with kdub

A friend recently went through the BATFE process to get a silencer for a .22 rifle. It took months, lots of paperwork and a $200.00 transfer tax. Take care...
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A friend recently went through the BATFE process to get a silencer for a .22 rifle. It took months, lots of paperwork and a $200.00 transfer tax. Take care...
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Thanks for sharing. This is very informative.

And we continue to think we have 2nd Amendment rights.
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You can make a homemade suppressor but you still have to have it registered with the ATF pay for the tax stamp. There are many companies these days making them at fairly reasonable prices but you will have to go through the paperwork issue and get the tax stamp. If you get one you will want to shoot subsonic ammo in it for the quietest report. You can shoot supersonic ammo through one but you will still get the "crack" sound since it will be breaking the sound barrier. The good news is subsonic 22 ammo is readily available and just a little more expensive than the bulk box stuff.
 

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Wonder if when applying to BATF for the application stating it's a homemade device if that triggers the agency to keep an eye on you as a "manufacturer" of taxable items?
 

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Wonder if when applying to BATF for the application stating it's a homemade device if that triggers the agency to keep an eye on you as a "manufacturer" of taxable items?
I don't think so unless you are suspected of building them for sale rather than you own use.
 

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Dont build anything until you have the OK from ATF. Suppressors are highly regulated. You are not allowed to even have extra parts, IIRC. Its best to just buy one. Contact a local ClassIII dealer for more info. Suppressors are very popular now and its causing a backlog on transfers. A lot of people here have them. I would recommend one you can take apart easily for cleaning as a 22lr is dirty.
 

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Thanks for all the input. For quiet pest control it seems that a sling shot with good size lead balls may be the simplest solution. Certainly a lower cost. :)
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Thanks for all the input. For quiet pest control it seems that a sling shot with good size lead balls may be the simplest solution. Certainly a lower cost. :)
Dave
And its good practice for bow shooting.
 

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Wonder if when applying to BATF for the application stating it's a homemade device if that triggers the agency to keep an eye on you as a "manufacturer" of taxable items?
About a year ago I looked into getting a FFL, with an ammo manufacturing license from the ATF so that I could start an "at home business" doing gunsmith work, and hand loading ammo for anyone that wanted it....and found out too, that if you intend on MANUFACTURING anything that would be a functional part of a weapon other than ammo, you would have to have a class 3 FFL with a few other attachment licenses, and that all runs about 3500.00 dollars....I was later informed by a friend of mine who is a police officer in NC, that by gettin an FFL, or any other license from the ATF it pretty much tells the ATF and just about any other Federal agency that you're more than willing to let them search your property at any time unwarranted. I ended the process as soon as I found this to be true, I'll just continue doing what I'm doing....which isn't anything more than cleanings for close friends...Good luck God Bless...
 

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> I ended the process as soon as I found this to be true

Yep, which is why I decided to skip one for my wife's .22. It isn't worth the hassle.
 
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