I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with a Springfield Armory XD45 outfitted with a suppressor.  I actually had the pleasure of breaking in both the XD and the suppressor.

When firing the gun, the first thing I noticed was the way it dampened the sound.  It’s not like the common noise heard in the movies at all. The reality is a bit different. With a suppressor on the Springfield Armory XD45, the noise level was similar to that of a nail gun.

I was very impressed with the suppressor.  Due to the construction and materials used, it was extremely lightweight.  According to the manufacturer the weight is a mere 11.1 ounces, and that weight is supported by the barrel.  The balance of the firearm did not change whatsoever.

Recoil of the firearm was not noticeably different with the suppressor on.  If anything, recoil might have been slightly less with the suppressor.  The shell casings ejected on a little different trajectory when using the suppressor compared to without.

Overall, the suppressor was an excellent addition to the handgun.  There were a couple of downsides, however; when shooting with the suppressor, the gun was quite a bit dirtier that without.  That can be remedied by cleaning the gun and magazines after shooting.

The other downside dealt with sight picture.  If the suppressor had been 1/8″ shorter, than the sight picture would not have been impacted at all.  But, as it was, the top of the suppressor was just a hair taller than the front and rear sights on the gun.  That means that you won’t be capable of quite as much precision with the suppressor.  We found a way to compensate, and accuracy didn’t really fall off that much compared to shooting without it.  Another interesting item with the sight picture isn’t so much of a downside, but a bit of a novelty.  After a bit of shooting, the suppressor really heated up, and if you looked closely enough while aiming, a heat haze could be seen along the top edge of the suppressor.

Suppressors are legal in 38 states.  If you have the opportunity to try one out, I suggest you do so.  After my experience with shooting a suppressed gun, I am now considering the purchase of one myself.

This post compliments of Aaron Spuler at THE WEAPONS BLOG


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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