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suppressor

[sə′pres·ər]
(electricity)
In general, a device used to reduce or eliminate noise or other signals that interfere with the operation of a communication system, usually at the noise source.
Specifically, a resistor used in series with a spark plug or distributor of an automobile engine or other internal combustion engine to suppress spark noise that might otherwise interfere with radio reception.
(electronics)
(spectroscopy)
In an analytical procedure, a substance added to the analyte to reduce the extraneous emission, absorption, or light scattering caused by the presence of an impurity.
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It is true that suppressors do not quiet guns; industry experts often cringe at the popular reference to "silencers." Instead, suppressors act like a car muffler -- both devices were pioneered by the same inventor, Hiram Percy Maxim -- by cooling and dissipating the gases that emanate from the chamber as the trigger is being pulled.
Wheeler, according to a 2017 internal memo by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (BATFE) Chief Operating Officer Richard Turk, suppressors are used in approximately 44 unspecified crimes per year in the U.S.
I've seen pistol-caliber and rimfire suppressors that had not been cleaned, and they were caked with powder residue and lead particles--so much so that they could no longer be disassembled (that's how you clean a rimfire suppressor) and had to be cut in two to demonstrate the buildup.
DefCan lightweight suppressors are durable, optimized for decibel reduction and have an affordable price point.
A sound suppressor for a firearm has to cool and slow the hot, high-speed gases that escape out the angry end of a gun to reduce the perceived sound.
Using a 6.75" match-grade barrel and ports that are designed to support the host suppressor, the 12" suppressor features a large expansion chamber and unique barrel support and baffle system.
Suppressors are used to lessen the risk of damage to a person's hearing.
* Polymer materials are now being used in the rimfire suppressor category, and we show you how and why.
Gemini Technologies is a provider of suppressors and accessories for the consumer, law enforcement, and military markets.
Sound suppressors are big business these days and any number of reputable companies produce remarkably effective suppressors or "cans" in the lexicon of the purist.
To wring them out, I traveled to the range with 10 different 9mm loads and four different suppressors, with the intention of trying every combination possible.