Originally Posted by willfully armed
That's awful funny.
None of my cans or boxes say silencer on them anywhere.
I'm pretty sure Hoss is setting a fact trap.
As always facts are best.
For this discussion we go to the ruling body. The good ole' boys at the ATF.
The word silencer, when used as the primary definition.
Suppressor when used refers to Flash Suppressor.
Today, when most people talk about getting a suppressor, they are referring to a sound suppressor. These days, "Suppressor" is just another name, (but not official) for a silencer. Other names used are can or firearm muffler
A suppressor by definition (Dictionary), supresses, reduces or other wise minimizes.
The question is what is suppressed. A flash, A sound, A tongue?
Suppressor by itself is ambiguous, but in context can be clear.
In the context of reducing the rifle's report, then it obviously is one of sound.
And yes..... Suppressor is the commonly used term for a sound suppressor, or silencer. When dealing with the ATF or Hoss, please refer to this as a NFA Silencer.