FAQs 2017-06-23T12:54:52+00:00
How do I clean my centerfire suppressor 2017-06-23T12:54:53+00:00

Hughes Precision Products center-fire suppressors are constructed of 100% 4130/4140 Chromium molybdenum steel. As such there is little concern about corrosion (your gun barrel is made of this stuff) from the products of combustion of the propellant gases. We have found no need for cleaning the inside of the suppressor. We strongly advise against such efforts or the immersion in solvents. Solvents will not drain completely and residual liquid may cause unexpected pressure peaks which can damage the unit. The high flame temperature burns out the majority of any remaining powder residues.
All threads, mounting surfaces and alignment surfaces should be inspected and remain clean. They may be cleaned with a brass or nylon brush dipped in mild solvent.
Unlike firearms, its neither necessary nor desirable to clean center-fire suppressors. It is acceptable to blow out particulate matter with high pressure compressed air. DO NOT under any circumstances, attempt to pass a cleaning patch through the suppressor.

What is the WARRANTY and RETURN policy? 2017-06-23T12:54:53+00:00

Hughes Precision Products LLC Warranty, Return and Refund Policies:

WARRANTY STATEMENT
Our “warranty” has been practiced since our personnel started in the suppressor business in 2007, in a time before legalese and when a handshake and this simple statement sufficed: “If a Hughes Precision Products LLC product breaks and it’s your fault, we’ll fix it for a fair price in a timely manner. If it’s our fault, we’ll fix it quickly at no charge.” This policy born of pride in craftsmanship and honor has served us and our clients well for over two decades and will continue in Hughes Precision Products LLC’s future.

The small print follows:

The Magnuson-Moss Act (Public Law 93-637) does not require any seller or manufacturer of a consumer product to give a written warranty. It does provide that if a written warranty is given, it must be designated at “full” or as “limited” and sets minimum standards for a “full” warranty. As do most major firearms manufacturers, Hughes Precision Products LLC has elected not to provide any written warranty, either “limited” or “full” rather than to attempt to comply with the provisions of the Magnuson-Moss Act and the regulations issued thereunder. There are certain implied warranties under state law with respect to sales of consumer goods. As the extent and interpretation of these implied warranties varies from state to state, you should refer to your state statutes. Hughes Precision Products LLC certifies that all sound suppressors manufactured by them are free of defects in materials or workmanship, and that they meet manufacturing specifications at the time of manufacture. It is our intent that the customer be completely satisfied with the product. Certain Hughes Precision Products LLC products may be classified as ordnance and/or implements of war and are sold by us with the specific understanding that Hughes Precision Products LLC has taken every reasonable precaution in providing our customers with inherently safe merchandise, and that we assume no liability whatsoever for unsafe handling or operation by the purchaser or his agents. Hughes Precision Products LLC assumes no responsibility whatsoever and we will honor no claims for damages, regardless of nature, for physical injury or property damage resulting from careless and/or irresponsible handling, adjustments to equipment, improper operation, neglect, or abuse. Hughes Precision Products LLC reserves the right to make changes at any time and without notice, in prices, to change specification or design, to add or remove accessory materials, and to add or delete items without incurring any obligation. Use of ammunition that does not meet SAAMI specifications will void all warranties.

Return and Refund Policies:

RETAIL CLIENTS:
CANCELLATION OF BACKORDERS:

ACCESSORIES:
Backorders for accessories may be cancelled at any time prior to shipment without penalty.

RETURN OF ACCESSORIES:
Hughes Precision Products LLC will exchange or refund your purchase within 30 days from date of delivery with a 25% restocking fee. Refunds will be made to the original form of payment. The original S&H charge is not refundable. Returns/exchanges must be unused and in their original packaging, in resalable condition. Please contact Hughes Precision Products LLC for a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) prior to sending any returns. There are no refunds 30 days after delivery.

INCORRECT ITEM:
If you receive a product that is incorrect, Hughes Precision Products LLC will exchange or refund your purchase, including shipping & handling (to the original form of payment) at no charge within 30 days from date of purchase. Returns must be unused and in their original packaging, in resalable condition.

RETURN OF SUPPRESSORS:
Hughes Precision Products LLC does not sell suppressors direct to the public. They are purchased through a licensed dealer. Please contact your dealer regarding their return policies. Once a suppressor has been transferred to an individual with a Form 4, the dealer (or Hughes Precision Products LLC) would be required to pay a $200 transfer tax to transfer it back from you. If your suppressor is damaged please contact Hughes Precision Products LLC directly for repair information.

Return of Damaged/Defective Suppressors:
If a suppressor is damaged due to a manufacturing defect once it has been fired, it may be returned to Hughes Precision Products LLC for repair or replacement. Determination to repair or replace is made solely at our discretion and only after we have opportunity to examine and determine that the cause of damage is due to manufacturer defect. It is the responsibility of the customer to cover shipping costs and insurance to return the suppressor to Hughes Precision Products LLC for inspection or repair. Hughes Precision Products LLC will pay any reasonable shipping and insurance costs to return the unit to you.

For any repair returns, to ensure proper legal procedures are completed, please download, fill out, and provide a copy of this document with any packages sent to us: General Service Form (right click and “Save As…” to your hard drive then fill out the form)

DEALERS AND DIRECT GOVERNMENT CLIENTS:

CANCELLATION OF BACKORDERS:

SUPPRESSORS: Backorders for suppressors may be cancelled at any time without penalty if prior to our filing of BATFE transfer paperwork.

ACCESSORIES: Backorders for accessories may be cancelled at any time prior to shipment without penalty.

CANCELLATION OF TRANSFERS OR RETURN OF SUPPRESSORS:
Once an order has been placed and BATFE paperwork has been filed there is a sliding scale for returns/order cancellation based on our investment of time and effort in filing paperwork, various production and shipping costs incurred by Hughes Precision Products LLC, and allocation of inventory to a specific customer, preventing us from selling it to someone else during the time period that BATFE is processing paperwork. In some cases, a VOID request or return transfer paperwork must also be filed so the silencer is not recorded as in your inventory by the BATFE, adding to our labor costs. Restock fees are as follow:

Cancellation after BATFE paperwork is filed, but product has not yet shipped: 10% restock/cancellation fee.
Cancellation after shipment/receipt of product: 40% restocking fee.
Return of product after use or modification: NO REFUNDS.

Return of Damaged/Defective Suppressors:I Ifa suppressor is damaged due to a manufacturing defect once it has been fired, it may be returned to Hughes Precision Products LLC for repair or replacement. Determination to repair or replace is made solely at our discretion and only after we have opportunity to examine and determine cause of damage is due to manufacturer defect. It is the responsibility of the customer to cover shipping costs and insurance to return the suppressor to Hughes Precision Products LLC for inspection or repair. Hughes Precision Products LLC will pay any reasonable shipping and insurance costs to return the unit to you.

For any repair returns, to ensure proper legal proceedures are completed, please download, fill out, and provide a copy of this document with any packages sent to us: General Service Form (right click and “Save As…” to your hard drive then fill out the form)

RETURN OF ACCESSORIES

ACCESSORIES: Hughes Precision Products LLC will exchange or refund your purchase within 30 days from date of delivery with a 25% restocking fee. (Refund will be made to the original form of payment) The original S&H charge is not refundable. Returns/exchanges must be unused and in their original packaging, in resalable condition. Please contact Hughes Precision Products LLC for a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) prior to sending any returns. There are no refunds 30 days after delivery.

HELP ME FIND A DEALER IN MY STATE 2016-11-12T20:50:59+00:00
Can my suppressor be repaired? 2016-10-11T14:22:54+00:00

Yes, in many cases we can repair suppressors with minor damage, depending on which part has been damaged. The most common repairs are baffle or end cap strikes due to poor threading, ammunition issues, or improper installation. Because of our mon0-core construction methods we can repair many of our suppressors very quickly and at a very reasonable price.

Can I use frangible ammo? 2016-10-10T23:00:07+00:00

No. Frangible or pre-fragmented ammo should never be used with a  suppressor. There is a risk that the bullet will come apart upon exiting the barrel and strike the internal components of the suppressor.

Do suppressors work with gas-piston type AR-15’s? 2016-10-11T14:25:45+00:00

Yes, our suppressors will work with the gas-piston type AR-15’s. Although, gas-piston systems do not suppress as well as a direct-impingement operating system. The gas-piston system vents excess gas pressure right at the gas block of the weapon instead of directing it back into the action. Yes this keeps the weapons action cleaner and cooler, the trade off is that hot propellant gasses are now released into the atmosphere faster than if they were allowed to cool and expand in the action. Therefore the gun is not as quiet.

Why is there more gas blow back when I shoot with a suppressor? 2016-10-10T22:55:07+00:00

Suppressors work by trapping gas pressure and slowing its release into the surrounding atmosphere. In the case of the AR-15, using the standard direct impingement gas system, this causes increased pressure within the gas system of the rifle and blow back for the shooter.

Things that might help.

Use less lubricating oil on your bolt/upper. This will keep the gun cleaner to begin with and produce less smoke and/or oil to blow back in the shooters face.

Switch to a gas piston operating system

Are your 7.62mm suppressors rated for use with .300 Win. Mag. or .300 WSM? 2016-10-10T22:50:45+00:00

Yes, they can be used on .300 Win Mag or .300 WSM.

What is the minimum barrel length I can use with my suppressor? 2016-10-10T22:47:49+00:00

Please refer to each suppressor type for specific barrel length minimums, based on your desired caliber. Listed below are general calibers you may be considering.

Enigma-338 Lapua Mag
18″ or longer 300WM/338 Lapua Mag
12″ or longer 7.62×51/.308 WIN
10.3″ or longer 5.56×45/.223
8.5″ or longer 6.8 SPC
8″ or longer 7.62×39
7.5″ or longer 300 BLK

Resolute-7.62 X 8.5″
18″ or longer 300WM
12″ or longer 7.62×51/.308 WIN
10.3″ or longer 5.56×45/.223
8.5″ or longer 6.8 SPC
8″ or longer 7.62×39
7.5″ or longer 300 BLK

Shadow-7.62 X 6.5″
18″ or longer 300WM
12″ or longer 7.62×51/.308 WIN
10.3″ or longer 5.56×45/.223
8.5″ or longer 6.8 SPC
8″ or longer 7.62×39
7.5″ or longer 300 BLK

Reticent 5.56 X 8.5″
10.3″ or longer 5.56×45/.223

Sentry 5.56 X 6.5″
10.3″ or longer 5.56×45/.223

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How long will my suppressor last? 2016-10-11T13:02:51+00:00

HUGHES suppressors are made of premium materials so they are very strong and will last an extremely long time. There are no moving parts to wear out. In most cases a suppressor will outlast the barrel life of the host firearm. We have examples of centerfire rifle suppressors that have had over 75,000 rounds fired through them. We have examples of submachine gun suppressors with over 50,000 rounds fired through them.  We use a precision machined mono-core baffle system made from various metals for long life.

What is First Round Pop (FRP)? 2016-10-10T22:23:56+00:00

First Round Pop is a phenomenon in which the first round fired through a cold suppressor is louder than the subsequent shots fired. This is caused by the combustion of oxygen within the suppressor. After the first round is fired, the oxygen is burned up and replaced by combustion gasses. If the suppressor is allowed to cool for a short period of time (minutes) the FRP will occur again.

Silencer or Suppressor? What’s the difference? 2016-10-10T22:22:36+00:00

The terms “silencer” and “suppressor” are both correct. Most people within the industry prefer the term “suppressor” because it is more technically correct in that a suppressor does not actually silence a firearm but suppresses the noise some amount. That said, the legal term as used by BATFE to classify these weapons is “silencer”. You may also hear people refer to suppressors by the slang term “cans”.

Can I purchase directly from Hughes Precision? 2016-11-12T20:35:07+00:00

You’re here at our webstore! Any page here where you can click “ADD TO CART” is a non-firearm accessory and may ship directly to you. Any product that says “Dealer FFL/SOT Required” can only be TRANSFERED to a DEALER but may be selected and paid for by you here on our web site, but remember you will need to complete the BATFE paper work and pay your dealer his transfer fee and the ATF Tax Stamp Fee through your FFL dealer in a state legal to own them, or you have to order it through a dealer in your home state

What is the $200 Transfer tax about? 2017-06-23T12:54:53+00:00

The short story is: Since 1934, the US Government has required a $200 transfer tax to be paid on any machine gun, short barrel rifle, short barrel shotgun, destructive device, and silencer. The tax was instituted by Congress essentially as a de facto ban on NFA Firearms. It was their hope that such a prohibitively expensive tax on such weapons would make them unobtainable for the average person. They also did not want to outright ban such weapons and cause bloodshed in an attempt to confiscate such weapons from their owners (hence the requirement for registration). As the tax has never been adjusted to keep pace with inflation, it is now more of a “nuisance tax” than a real barrier to owning NFA weapons.

Yes, unfortunately you have to pay it… no two ways about it. Everyone you’ve ever met that has a silencer has paid it. As we say, “You’ve gotta pay to play!” And just remember, $200 was a whole lot more back in 1934.

How does a suppressor work? 2016-10-10T21:45:49+00:00

A suppressor works in much the same way as the muffler on a gas combustion engine. In fact, both were developed around the same time by Hiram Maxim. The primary function is to cool and slow the escape of hot, high pressure, combustion gasses into the surrounding atmosphere. As a practical example of how this works, imagine two inflated balloons. If you were to pop one of the balloons with a pin, the air inside would rapidly expand into the surrounding, lower pressure air over a very short time period. The result would be a loud pop. Take the second balloon and simply release the neck. It will putter around through the air as the higher pressure air inside slowly escapes through the neck into the lower pressure surrounding air making much less noise.

What is the process to purchase a suppressor? 2016-11-12T20:39:53+00:00

A: Step 1: Decide which suppressor you would like to purchase and contact a dealer in your area.

(DEALER SEARCH, BY STATE) click here

Step 2: You or your dealer will order the suppressor from Hughes Precision Products LLC (unless they already have it in stock). Hughes Precision Products LLC must complete some transfer paperwork with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (BATFE) to receive permission to transfer the suppressor to your dealer. This process usually takes about 4-5 weeks, but can take longer in some cases.

Step 3: Once the dealer receives the suppressor, or if it is already in stock, you can then begin the registration and transfer process from the dealer to you. You will need to complete the following:

1. BATFE Form 5320.4 (“Form 4”) in duplicate
a) Also requires that two passport sized, color photographs be affixed.
b) For individuals, this form must be signed by your local Sheriff of Police Chief.

2. BATFE Form 5330.20 (“Citizenship Certification”) in duplicate

3. FBI Fingerprint cards in duplicate

4. If you are purchasing as a Corporation, LLC, or Trust, include copies of your articles of incorporation or trust paperwork.

Step 4: Once the paperwork is completed, it is mailed to the BATFE address listed on the front of the Form 4, along with a check for $200. We recommend using a check and not a money order so that you can see when the check is cashed and start the clock ticking on your transfer.

Step 5: Wait… The BATFE background check and transfer process will take about 90 days to complete. It seems like a really long time. But it will be well worth it once you are quietly shooting at the range or in your backyard (where legal).

Step 6: That wonderful long awaited day will come when your dealer calls to say that your tax stamp is back from the BATFE. Head on over to your dealer to pick up your new Hughes Precision suppressor, you can bring your gun and ammo and head for the range. *Be sure to read your owner’s manual before pulling the trigger that first time (our lawyers make us say that…)

What About Suppressor Legality and Ownership? 2016-10-10T21:57:15+00:00

Suppressors are regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934, which falls under the purview of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). To legally purchase or possess a suppressor you must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age to purchase a suppressor from a dealer.
  • Be at least 18 years of age to purchase a suppressor from an individual on a Form 4 to Form 4 transfer (contingent on state laws).
  • Be at least 18 years of age to possess a suppressor as a beneficiary of a trust or as a member of a corporation (contingent on state laws).
  • Be a resident of the United States.
  • Be legally eligible to purchase a firearm.
  • Pass a BATFE background check with a typical process time of 4 to 9 months.
  • Pay a one time $200 Transfer Tax.
  • Reside in one of the 41 states that currently allows civilian ownership of suppressors.
What are suppressors? 2016-10-10T21:24:41+00:00

Suppressors, also known as silencers, are the hearing protection of the 21st century sportsman. Despite common misconceptions, suppressors are not silent. They are simply mufflers for firearms, which function by trapping the expanding gasses at the muzzle and allowing them to slowly cool.

How do you test your silencers? 2016-10-10T21:18:14+00:00

A:  At Hughes Precision Products LLC, we build only the best, so we test with only the best. Currently, we test each of our silencers with a Bruel & Kjaer 2209 military grade sound testing meter that meets all military standards for silencer testing.

As one of only a few manufacturers with it, we can guarantee the quality of our products due to our rigorous testing process. We don’t manufacture or market any silencers that don’t meet our strict criteria and as such, you can purchase any of our products with confidence.

Can I use a .30 caliber silencer on all sub calibers? 2016-10-10T21:15:15+00:00

A:Yes! Doing so is very common with a mono-core suppressor design, like the Resolute in .308/7.62.

Having one silencer for all rifle applications doesn’t often impact performance because .308/7.62 silencers are longer with additional baffles. Due to its high strength, 4140 chrome-moly steel is one of the best materials for application on all sub calibers.

Please note that not all .308 silencers work well on a .223. In recent tests, we found that our Resolute in .308/7.62 silencer, was quieter on a .223 than several .223 silencers produced by other quality manufacturers. Additionally, we have tested some silencers that are not hearing safe on all sub-calibers.

Are silencers as quiet as on the movies? 2016-10-10T21:05:12+00:00

A: The only silencer as quiet in real life as it appears in movies is the .22 rimfire. All other calibers will sound like a .22 short to a .22 long when suppressed.

However, every silencer we manufacture/sell is hearing safe, meaning you won’t need additional hearing protection.

Is there a federal tax involved in purchasing a silencer? 2017-06-23T12:54:53+00:00

A:  There is a $200 Tax Stamp required per silencer. This fee is tax deductible and is a one-time fee. The best way to conceptualize this fee is as a title transfer tax.

How long does it take for the ATF to approve my purchase? 2016-10-10T21:02:21+00:00

A:  One of the most significant benefits of working with our company is that we can process purchases quickly and expedite the ATF approval process. Often, we process purchases the same day we receive your dealers FFL/SOT information

Of course, the time for ATF approval following our processing may fluctuate depending upon demand placed on the ATF. Currently, ATF is at 5 to 6 months.

Do I need to have a Class 3 License to purchase a silencer? 2017-06-23T12:54:53+00:00

A: No! The best way to think of a silencer purchase is as a “title” transfer between your class 3 dealer and your Gun Trust or to you directly. While ATF must approve this transfer (which your Dealer will assist with), you do not physically need your own license to make a purchase.

What are the benefits of owning a suppressor? 2017-06-23T12:54:53+00:00

HEARING PROTECTION

Noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus are two of the most common afflictions for recreational shooters and hunters. Everyone knows that gunfire is loud, but very few people understand the repercussions that shooting can have on their hearing until it’s too late.

Suppressors reduce the noise of a gunshot by an average of 20 – 35 dB, which is roughly the same as earplugs or earmuffs. By decreasing the overall sound signature, suppressors help to preserve the hearing of recreational shooters, hunters, and hunting dogs around the world.

SAFER HUNTING

Most hunters do not wear hearing protection in the field because they want to hear their surroundings. The trouble is, exposure to even a single unsuppressed gunshot can, and often does, lead to permanent hearing damage. Suppressors allow hunters to maintain full situational awareness, while still protecting their hearing. The result is a safer hunting experience for the hunter, and for those nearby.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

As urban developments advance into rural areas, shooting ranges and hunting preserves across the country are being closed due to noise complaints. Although it can still be heard, suppressed gunfire helps mitigate noise complaints from those who live near shooting ranges and hunting land.

ACCURACY

One of the most common problems for shooters is decreased accuracy caused by flinching in anticipation of the firearms discharge and recoil. By containing the explosion of the gunpowder at the muzzle, suppressors reduce recoil, and help decrease muzzle flinch. These benefits lead to improved accuracy, better shot placement, and more humane hunts.