If you are just waiting for HPA to pass before picking up a silencer, you may be in for some disappointment. HPA hardly a slam dunk and even if it does become law, it could be a long time before it takes effect. Worst of all, the suppressor market is going to be like the wild, wild west if it passes with high demand, high prices, and fly by night operations popping up all over the place. The long and the short of it is, if you want a silencer… buy from an established manufacturer like Griffin Armament and now is the time to act.
Griffin Armament is rolling out a very cool promotion where they will basically give you your $200 tax fees back and they are calling it the “Make Silencers Great Again” promotion. Every Griffin Armament suppressor (rimfire excluded) will now ship with $200 worth of store credit at Griffin Armament’s website. That means you can buy a can and then get the muzzle devices needed to set up a few more rifles for free.
From Griffin Armament:
Sales are down unnecessarily, said Evan Green business development manager at Griffin Armament. “When the markets have been rallying and jobs are being produced, consumer misunderstanding of the legislative process and the Hearing Protection Act, is hurting an otherwise stable industry. Many people who want to buy are sitting on discretionary spending in the hopes that HPA will soon pass. The entire industry has come to a very similar conclusion that it will be quite a while until HPA is able to pass if at all despite almost unanimous support. People not buying right now is only further delaying them from enjoying silencers. It just doesn’t make any sense and this shouldn’t have happened.
Unfortunately a lot of misinformation was flying around and nobody in the industry was trying to educate consumers on how long it actually takes to get a bill to pass, what percentage of bills pass, that the legislative process usually takes hundreds of days etc. This bill in some form has been presented to congress since 2015 and this congressional session is closing in a few months, so it looks like it will be rolling to another year.
Griffin is just as hopeful as everyone else for the HPA. However having a realistic viewpoint on it is critical to the survival of the silencer industry and the Americans who work hard to move it forward. The ‘Make Silencers Great Again’ promotion is the most we can do as a company to try to encourage spending right now.”
Evan continued. “It’s honestly an amazing time to be a buyer. I remember when I was younger and was spending my money on an OPS INC can and promotions didn’t exist in the market. You could barely even get a dealer to handle the sale for you. Muzzle devices had to be purchased separately from the silencer, etc. I remember having to help my local class 3 dealer to understand the paperwork because he did so few transactions. But times have changed and there are plenty of dealers on the market selling products at great prices and walking the customer through the purchase quickly while keeping them informed. This program is also a great way to let consumers know that we appreciate them, we’ve been wanting to so something like this for a while.