How is sound measured?
Decibel numbers for silencers vary within the industry, but there’s more than Db, there’s tone. “Hearing safe” is a term widely used, whether Subsonic or Supersonic ammunition is used in our cans. Phodera Armory Silencers may not be the quietest, (that is not our main goal), what we set out to do is: Accuracy, Recoil Reduction, Displace Shooter Signature and obviously, “Hearing Safe” and we accomplished this.
Based on overall size of suppressor, ammo, gun type, gun model, atmospheric and location conditions, and other factors play a role. Our silencers will typically reduce decibel level
55% to 85%, and no silencer will reduce 100%.
Do I have to renew the Tax Stamp and pay $200 every year?
No. It is a one-time fee and good as long as you own the NFA item
Can I sell the NFA item once it is transferred to me?
Yes. But you will have to fill out a Form 4 and pay another $200 fee to the ATF when you. You must remain in possession of the suppressor while waiting for approval. We can assist with this for a $150 fee.
Can I have one suppressor for several guns and calibers?
We highly recommended to have caliber specific suppressors. Our 6.5×55 Swede will work for “any 6MM and lower caliber safely and effective”. Problems may occur when using one suppressor for several different caliber: Different threads, alignment issues, inefficiency, increase in Dbs, cleaning of Silencers may be required and other bad things can happen.
Weight, Size and Science:
Suppression is a matter of gas management through gas expansion and volume”. Smaller silencers cannot contain and manage the gas efficiently and are not as effective.
What are they made of?
Our suppressors are CNC machined from solid billets of high-strength, hammer-forged aircraft Aluminum, Stainless Steel all High-Quality Materials. Our cans have endured torture tests that included “mag dumps” of 90 round-counts, (getting the barrel and gun to extreme heat) and dunking the silencer and barrel in a drum of water. (Don’t try this on another can).
How often do I clean it?
You don’t. If you use good quality CIP ammunition, we do not recommend that you clean the suppressor. Because of our unique design and specifications, loose residue is blown out with each shot. We offer a 50,000 round thorough cleaning/examination at no charge to our customers, *(Conditions apply). The wrench flat and end cap are for us to put it together, not for you to take it apart.
Can I have it in a different color?
Our Silencers are finished in a High-Qulaity Ceramic Coating. They are available in Cobalt, which is a dark Gray, also available in most popular and custom “H-Series Cerakote colors” * for additional cost.
ATF Approval Process
Recent ATF updating on e-File system.
Based on recent ATF system upgrades, wait times to be able to take your silencer home should be reduced greatly. Estimated wait times are 60-90 days from inception. At the time of this edit, ATF is approving eForm 4s at 4-6 months. Some are faster, some may be longer.
How long does it take to get a tax stamp?
Historically and for most applications, the waiting time could be 7-8 months on average. Some can go out to a year or slightly more. One of the ways you can apply for a tax stamp is a Trust, which historically can add to the wait time. The more common way is to apply as “Individual”.
In the last several months, the ATF has added personnel and instituted reforms to make this process more efficient as popularity has grown to all time highs, 30% increase in suppressor sales for the last 5 years.
QD? Why don’t you offer a Quick Disconnect?
Simply put, the most accurate and reliable way to attach a suppressor to a threaded barrel is Direct-Thread. Period.
We get the temptation to remove and reinstall, or transfer to a different rifle… However, misalignment and extensions can cause baffle strikes, injury and damage can occur. While we understand the “cool factor” with the QD system and its popularity, we do not offer this option for the reasons listed. In our opinion, you should keep a silencer with each rifle at the ready.