Not too long ago, a person purchasing a silencer or suppressor needed one for one purpose and the purpose was not something that you discussed with polite dinner company.
To purchase one legally, you had to jump through hoops and convince interested parties that you were not needing such equipment for offing business partners, ex-spouses or guys muscling in on your illegal racketeering operation.
As we have become more concerned with hearing loss and noise pollution, though, suppressors and the need for them have become a normal part of any shooter's kit, be it for range practice or hunting.
There are now several high-end suppressors on the market and while they are not inexpensive, they will not break your bank.
On the next page, we run down a few.