What’s the difference between a silencer and a moderator?

By Published On: 18 March 2022Categories: Air Gun Moderators

A silencer is a muzzle device that reduces the volume of an air gun shot. They can also reduce the recoil of an air gun. Silencers, also known as sound suppressors, are unlikely to completely reduce the noise of an air gunfire to silence, so a moderator is a more appropriate term as it modulates the speed of the fire.

Related FAQs

Q: How does a moderator work?

A: A moderator works by slowing down the speed of the air gun pellet as it leaves the muzzle. This reduces the volume of the shot: the slower the pellet, the quieter the shot will be. The moderator may also have a baffle to further reduce noise.

Q: Will a moderator work on any air gun?

A: In most cases, yes. You will need to check if your air gun has a muzzle thread before you buy a moderator, as this is how it will attach to the gun. If your air gun doesn’t have a muzzle thread, you can get an adaptor to fit it.

Q: Do I need a license to use a moderator?

A: No, you do not need a license to use a moderator in the UK.

Q: How do I attach a moderator to my air gun?

A: You will need to screw the moderator onto the muzzle thread of your air gun. If your air gun doesn’t have a muzzle thread, you can get an adaptor to fit it. Make sure the moderator is attached securely before use.

Q: What are the benefits of using a moderator?

A: The main benefit of using a moderator is that it will reduce the noise of your air gun. This is beneficial if you don’t want to disturb your neighbours or draw attention to yourself when shooting. Moderators can also help to reduce recoil, which can be helpful if you are shooting for long periods of time.

Q: Are there any downsides to using a moderator?

A: The main downside to using a moderator is that it can decrease the accuracy and range of your air gun. This is because the moderator will slow down the pellet as it leaves the muzzle. Another downside is that moderators can be expensive, so you will need to weigh up whether the benefits are worth the cost.

Q: Can I make my own moderator?

A: Legally, no. In the UK, it is illegal to make your own moderator.

Q: Where can I buy a moderator?

A: You can buy moderators from most air gun retailers, such as The Wolfman. Make sure to check that the moderator is compatible with your air gun before you purchase it. It may be best to seek advice from a knowledgeable expert before buying if you aren’t sure which kind to buy.

Q: How do I know if a moderator is effective?

A: The easiest way to tell if a moderator is effective is to take it to an indoor shooting range and test it out. If the noise of your air gun is significantly reduced, then the moderator is working effectively.

Q: Do I need to clean my moderator?

A: Opinion is divided on whether this is necessary. Some people say that it’s best so that you can keep your rifle and kit in top condition. Others say it may be best not to, as lead residue is toxic. Moderators are designed to be taken apart for cleaning and replacement if necessary.

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