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October 28th, 2010

Suppressor Sales Rise in United States

Reflecting increased awareness among shooters of the benefits of firearms noise reduction, suppressor sales in the USA rose 9% in the past year (10/1/2009-9/30/2010) compared to the previous 12 months. This is based on BATFE records of NFA transfer stamps issued through state Form 4s. According to a report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, suppressors (also called silencers, sound moderators, or ‘cans’) are becoming increasingly popular as more shooters learn the proper procedures for lawful suppressor ownership.

Texas is #1 in Suppressor Ownership
The three top states for BATFE-approved suppressor sales are Texas (3,621 sales), Florida (2,053 sales) and Georgia (1,153 sales). Ironically, in some of the most “eco-conscious” states, such as California, suppressor ownership by regular citizens is still prohibited. But we may see further liberalization of state laws on suppressors, as the public perception of firearms sound moderators evolves.

Well-informed American legislators have taken note that suppressors are legal (and widely used) in many European countries. In fact, in some European nations, the use of a suppressor is mandatory if you want to shoot or hunt near populated areas. The Europeans understand that sound moderators provide important safety protection for shooters while reducing “noise pollution” affecting the general populace. For both shooters and non-shooters, the benefits of suppressors far outweigh the problems associated with the use of silencers by criminals. Unfortunately, there are still many states where anti-gun decision-makers continue to block private suppressor ownership, even where that conflicts with health and safety rules. reports that: “In the states where [suppressors] are still illegal the Laws and Regulations on Noise Pollution, Health & Safety at Work etc. are in direct conflict with Firearms Legislation outlawing the use of Suppressors on Firearms.”

To learn more about suppressor design features and ownership requirements, we suggest you read ZaK Smith’s article: Modern Rifle Suppressors — What You Need to Know.

NSSF Approved Silencer Report for 2010

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October 28th, 2010

MidwayUSA Discount Promo Codes Good Through 10/31

MidwayUSA has provided special Promo Discount Codes for our readers. You can save 15% on a $100 order, and save up to $100 on a $650.00 order by using these Promo Codes, when you shop online at The Promo Codes are good on all regularly-priced merchandise (not sale or clearance items). Act quickly — these Promo Codes expire at 11:59 PM CT on Sunday October 31, 2010.

Here are the PROMO CODES:

MidwayUSA Promo Codes (Expire 10/31)
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$60 off a Purchase of $400 or more – Use Promotion Code 6101071
$100 off a Purchase of $650 or more – Use Promotion Code 10101071

How to Use Promo Codes
For orders, enter the Promo Code in the box entitled “Promotion Code” on the shopping cart page. You will see the discount on the Confirmation page before placing your order. For phone orders, simply tell the customer service rep you have a promotion code. Call (800) 243-3220 to place an order.

Promo Codes are valid for online orders placed on Offer is limited to one per Customer and one promo code per retail order. The offer cannot be combined with Birthday, Special, or Dealer Pricing. Offer not valid on Midway Gift Certificates, Nightforce, Sale, and Clearance products.
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