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Assault Weapon Sales Down, Silencer Sales Up

After the booming of assault weapons sales has cooled off, silencer sales soared by 37% in 2013.

For the last two years, sales for military-style semiautomatic rifles have significantly increased due to a form of panic buying for fear of possible federal ban on these guns.

After the shooting tragedy in the Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 14, 2012, some guns that cost a few hundred dollars increased to $1,400. The guns being bought are usually AK-47 or AR-15. Storeowners always find their shelves out of stock from 2012 to 2013 due to the boom of assault rifle sale.

That booming trend on assault rifles has finally cooled down to normal. However, another trend is dominating the market. Sales in silencers are surging, according to statistics.

After buying all those AK-47s and AR-15s, it seems like buyers have turned their eyes on accessories, especially silencers, the cylindrical shaped piece of equipment that muffles the sound of gun fire.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives registry, the civilian market for assault rifle silencers went up 37%, which is close to half a million in 2013 from 2012’s 360,000 sales and 2011’s 285,000.

Silencers have become so popular that the ATF made the approval for the registration take up to nine-month.

According to Stamford, Conn CRT Capital Group certified firearms instructor and gun industry analyst Ben Shim, People went crazy in buying guns; now they are done with guns for the moment and have set their eyes on buying accessories.

Shim said, those people who bought all guns from 2012 to 2013 are now customizing their gun with a very broad array of accessories including silencers, laser scopes, flashlights, pistol grips, stocks, and rail systems, which allows to attach more accessories on their guns.

Gun Silencer

Silencers are best for hunters

Silencers can be used for both handguns and rifles. It is attached to the gun barrels end. Silencers are more popularly known as suppressors because the sound made by the fired gun can’t be totally silenced, only suppressed.

According to Milwaukee Morgan Dempsey Capital Management gun industry analyst Brian Rafn, the silencer is becoming popular because of its value, especially for hunters who don’t want to disturb the entire game when they shoot.

The federal government considers the silencer as a firearm even if it can’t fire a bullet, according to ATF special agent Tim Graden. The National Firearms Act regulates silencer sales because of gang violence. Silencers are sometimes more expensive than the guns they are attached on. They could range from $700 to $1,500.

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