So… my new pellet gun, which should get here next week, supposedly on July 5, is known to be a little loud.
So I did a google search on “pellet gun silencer.”
According to many of the results I got back from that search, I am now likely on a BATF “watch list” for potential federal firearms laws violations.
What’s even worse is I watched a fascinating Youtube video on how silencers work. And that video had a huge disclaimer about how even watching the video was likely to get you in trouble.
Then on one of the pellet gun boards they posted a legal case where a guy got convicted of federal firearms violations for shipping a pellet gun with a home made silencer attached. He actually eventually won the case on appeal but not before serving time in jail.
This is serious stuff! Apparently the BATF has a hair trigger in investigating and prosecuting any potential use, creation and especially sale of any noise suppression device that can be put on a firearm. And since the technology that suppresses sound on a pellet gun also works on firearms, well, that means pellet gun silencers are potentially illegal too.
Now, from what I’ve gleaned by risking watching a few videos and reading up on the technology of silencers, I actually believe a pellet gun silencer would not need all the components of a firearm silencer (primarily due to the lack of hot and in some cases still burning gases in firearms), the basic ideas are similar enough that a pellet gun silencer adapted to a gun would probably reduce the noise a bit, and might reduce it enough to qualify as a “silencer.”
I am sort of amazed that this is such a potentially dangerous area of investigation. I suppose I understand it, but from what I can understand, just talking about it can get you in trouble.
I am really sort of amazed… and a bit concerned. My natural curiosity is going to get me in a world of hurt one day. But I didn’t think it would be over PELLET GUNS.