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ASA Changes Name To American Suppressor Association

This is an announcement from the American Suppressor Association regarding their recent name change from the former American Silencer Association. We are pleased about this decision, as it more properly reflects the function of firearm suppressors while distancing the organization from the stigma associated with the term ‘silencer’.


The American Silencer Association is pleased to announce that we have changed our name to the American Suppressor Association. We feel that this is a necessary step to portray our industry in the most accurate light while advocating and educating the public on behalf of the suppressor industry.

The core mission of the ASA is to educate the public on the merits of suppressors. To do so, we must first dispel the widespread notion that firearm suppressors can silence their host gun. To those familiar with suppressors, the difference between the two terms is largely semantics. After all, Hiram Percy Maxim, the man who invented the first commercial suppressor, called his products silencers. However, to the millions of Americans whose only exposure to suppressors has been through Hollywood, the term ‘silencer’ takes on a literal meaning.

Anyone who has ever used a suppressor knows that although they do reduce the overall sound signature of the host firearm, they are incapable of ‘silencing’ anything. Even the most effective suppressors on the smallest and quietest calibers reduce the peak sound level of the gunshot to that of a chainsaw or a hammer drill (110-115 dB). For most centerfire rifle and pistol calibers, suppressors can only reduce the peak sound level to that of a snare drum at a rock concert, or a jet engine at takeoff (130-140 dB).

It is for these reasons that we have decided to change our name. You can visit us online at All previous American Silencer Association URLs and email addresses will still remain active.

We thank you for your support, and look forward to a bright future under the new American Suppressor Association banner.

One Response to “ASA Changes Name To American Suppressor Association”

  1. Andrew says:

    This is a good move for all of us. Well done!