SilencerCo Hopes Shotgun Suppressor Salvo 12 is a Hit

Suppressor manufacturer SilencerCo has introduced what it is hoping is the first commercially-viable shotgun silencer.

The new product, named the Salvo 12, is a modular design that allows the shooter to add or remove sections to balance length, weight, and sound-suppression needs. It arrives as a 12-inch suppressor, but can be reduced to 10-, 8-, and 6-inch configurations as needed.

“The Salvo 12 represents a revolution in silencers, not just an evolution,” asserts Joshua Waldron, chief executive officer for SilencerCo. “There is a huge installed base of shotgun hunters and shooters that has been waiting for a product like this for a long time.” SilencerCo’s sales angle is to protect the hearing of shotgun owners just as the record-breaking proliferation of rifle and handgun suppressors do for those users.

The Salvo 12 is made for 12-gauge shotguns, and at its full 12-gauge length, measures 12.19 inches and weighs 32 ounces, according to company specifications. It is 2.21 inches wide and is 2.96 inches tall.

More important, sound levels at the shooter’s ear is 132.0 dB for the 12-inch configuration, 134.1 dB for the 10-inch configuration, and 137.0 dB and 140.6 dB for the 8-inch and 6-inch set-ups, respectively.

Is a shotgun suppressor something you would use while bird hunting or for self-defense? Let us hear your thoughts in the comment section.

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Comments (44)

  1. Shotgun suppressor was something that no one expected. It is an incredible and very interesting product. It can be used both for bird hunting or for self-defense. Also, it is good addition to tactical shotguns.

  2. I think this is a great product and would love one. I shoot my shotgun when I go out shooting more so than I do my AR15. I could spend hours shooting at clay targets as well. We spend money to help protect our shoulder with high price butt stocks so why not spend some on protecting our hearing ? Everyone has at one time or another had someone next to them blow off a 12 gauge and you didn’t yet have on your ears. OOOUCH.

  3. I do believe a suppressor should be used for indoor shooting ranges.Also it makes shooting a gun less intemidating for those who are afriad of the loud blast

  4. I believe all firearms should be required to be suppressed as they are not “silenced” and only do damage to our hearing.
    Sure, at the rang we have the time to prepair by adding hearing protection, but in a home invasion or in an attack on the street, who has time to fumble with hearing protection?

    1. @ Robert.

      Depends of Gauge Size and Barrel Length. For example, 12-gauge Short Barrel of ~18-inches, ~165 decibels. Long Barrels of ~28-inches, ~150 decibels…

  5. To answer the question asked, I would definitely use this for a home defense option. I have been in rooms where a 12 gauge shotgun has been fired and the acoustic damage is, to say the very least, painful.

  6. I would use it in hunting ,I really don’t care if my self defense shotgun is loud the intruder might like to know what killed them.

  7. to the gentleman with uni-lateral hearing loss, also check for a benign tumor called an acoustic neuroma.

    It is crazy that we cannot legally own suppressors that reduce the sound pressure to a certain decibel level, leaving those who commit crimes making enough noise to be heard, (to to help them not have to go for a knife, bat, or pipe. This is pure and simple a health and safety issue that ATF has swiped with one broad and ignorant brush.

    I only have one hearing ear left, and I want to protect it. We should move on congress with social media that show how the Decibel level is what should be regulated, not the device. Every one knows a plastic coke bottle taped on a 22 LR greatly reduces the sound. Think the Yo’s don’t know that? Or the BTK’s?

    More dream world stupidity. but hearing loss is serious and a national problem. the VA pays billions each year to vets who lost hearing.

    This is real, we need to get some doctors on it.

    Old Huey Driver (even doubled up with plugs and the SPH-4, the M-60 popping nearly lateral to my right ear was AWFUL.

    1. @ G Culp.

      Sounds like a oxymoron, a Silenced Shotgun. Maybe they should call it a
      “Deafened Responder”

  8. Excellent idea. Had my first experience with a silencer on a handgun a couple months ago, and what a difference it made! There’s simply no good reason for not making a silencer as standard an accessory as a scope. They’re not “silent” — which is the excuse that gun-control folks use to claim that they encourage crime — but they *do* make it so a person could practice without fear of ear damage. All up-side, no downside.

  9. I would seriously consider getting one for my Akdal MKA 1919. As I live above a 10 foot garage in a rural area I don’t concern myself with over-penetration much when it comes to HD. I promise that I will only load the heaviest Buckshot round or the heaviest slug I can get if you come knocking on my door uninvited. To be able to provide that without waking the neighbors half a mile away would be really considerate, don’t you think?

  10. After 20 plus years of trap, skeet, upland and waterfowl hunting, I have significant documented hearing loss in my left ear. The doctors and I can only guess that it’s due to my shouldering the stock on my right side, which results in less sound waves reaching my right ear or temporal bone which protects the ear, but also transmits sound waves into the inner ear. In tournaments I’ve worn the minimal mandatory hearing protection; some clubs required hard over the ear muff type protection, some allowed ear plug inserts. (I have custom molded inside the ear plugs I prefer for a good cheek weld on stock.)

    I never wore hearing protection while hunting, for obvious reasons…I wanted to hear what was going on around me. Today I wear electronic ear plugs that both protect my hearing from gun shots, while amplifying ambient sounds.

    All this said, I think it’s about time someone offers a shotgun suppressor. Thousands of shotgun enthusiasts in local T&S clubs could benefit from these. I imagine, you cut back the barrel enough to compensate for the length of the suppressor and weight so your swing remains the same, and presto, all you need to do is learn the point of aim / pattern throw for the combo.

  11. Ralph, any firearm that launches a projectile fast enough to penetrate the 12″-18″ of human being required for adequate self defense will “over penetrate” a few layers of sheet rock. Shotguns are not some how excluded. I personally feel that if I have to repel invaders to my home I choose a short AR pattern rifle in 5.56. I think the old axiom that a 12 gauge shotgun is the optimum HD firearm is outdated.

    1. There is a high probability that that AR15 WILL over penetrate. Over penetration of the bad guy isn’t the goal. It certainly is not a great outcome to “over penetrate” your son, your daughter, your wife, etc. The goal of any self defense firearm is to neutralize the bad guy(s). In a self defense situation in the home confusion will prevail. A shotgun does not require a good aim at close range. An AR15 is designed to wound. NOT to neutralize a threat. To wound. I want an assailant to go down and to stay down. I was talking to a friend who was in Nam about a suitable deer caliber for a young hunter I considered a 243. He stated that he saw a man (he used another term for the Viet Cong) take 6 shots to the stomach and run off into the jungle. I bought the 243 anyway and my son hunted at age 12 and bagged 6 deer in four years….all one shot with no need to track. No home invasion will include 50. 75 or 100 yard shots. Probably 4 yards. If the goal is to put the bad guy out of commission with a high success rate go with a shotgun. If the goal is for less mess to clean up afterwards use an AR15 and pray.

    2. In my estimate, you’ll have a bigger mess if the “bad guy” is shot with the smaller caliber weapon, he just won’t die, just keeps bleeding and wetting his pants. Reduced charge 12 Gauge ammunition is available (CTD has RIO brand) and will not over penetrate (and the weapon will hold more ammunition due to RIO’s shorter case)

  12. A suppressor for a 12 gauge sounds dandy, but sound travels at 1087 ft./s. From a 410 to a 12 gauge you still have speeds over that Mark which means a hypersonic crack. You can’t get around this, without slowing down your shot. it is hard enough to hit it Claybird with high-speed shot let alone slowing it down to below the speed of sound.

  13. Chris, I hope you live way out in the country because if you miss with a rifle or a handgun you may hurt or kill a family member or a neighbor from over penetration .

  14. Well… It isn’t really a huge reduction in sound to be honest. I think a better option for home defense is an AR-style pistol chambered in .300BLK with a suppressor attached. You won’t kill your hearing and you will have some real knock-down power with plenty of shots to follow up with if the situation calls for it. You can buy a nice short barrel (7″ to 8″ works great for .300BLK) loaded with subsonic ammo and it will be quiet, wieldy in a close quarter combat situation (short barrel), and you can do it all for about the price of a decent shotgun with this expensive suppressor on it. Just my .02 but I’ll take a rifle/pistol over a shotgun any day. With a shotgun, you can’t be as precise and the chances of collateral damage are higher.

  15. I truly do want one but the price is insanity . I am not a machinist but I am dam sure they are charging way to much for it and as well as the rest of the industry .If they were all priced (All suppressor’s) under 300 bucks people of all ages race and wealth would buy them all day every day of the the year . Want it to be a hit stop marketing for the 1% and start doing it for the 99% .

    1. @ Brian Martin: Allow me to present a different perspective. When the sales of silencers are heavily regulated, not by the free market, but rather the government’s BATFE, it presents problems for production in the commercial world.

      These unnecessary regulatory hoops artificially push prices up because commercial enterprises have no way to project silencer sales; especially when it’s a new product. It is not cost effective to have machines sitting around idle waiting to make a silencer, so companies literally have to wait one group order at a time before retooling their machines to produce each silencer.

      This process is quite costly, and unfortunately those additional costs must be passed on to the customer at the time of sale. Do away with the BATFE and you will see prices drop immensely because manufacturers will be better able to predict sales.

    2. Great points as usual G-Man. Having a plethora of experience in the procurement world around specialized machinery, you have definitely beat me to the punch on this information. I always appreciate someone knowledgeable willing to share with the rest of us.

    3. FYI, any NFA item has the cost of a $200.00 manufacturing tax right out the door. Also, you as the purchaser will have to pay another $200.00 on the transfer stamp (with the exception of the AOW which is only $5 to transfer).

      So even if it only costs $300 to manufacture, and the producer makes 20% profit above the manufacturing cost you are still out $760 total, with just over half of it covering NFA taxes. Oh, and don’t forget to throw in the sales tax, transfer fee (tax), fingerprinting/mug shot fee (tax), and any other fees (taxes).

  16. Two-pounds of weight attached to the end of a barrel is a lot of weight. And putting that much weight at the end of the barrel, cause to over compensate for barrel leading aim shots. And of my understanding of how a silencer works, wouldn’t limited you to using “Double Ot Buck” shot only.

  17. Ive considered that option too but since after weighing all the options and feeling Im safer dealing with such a situation in the dark, I will put in earplugs if time permits. Subsequent actions by multiple perps would put you in extreme danger because you wouldnt be able to hear anything else that may be going on after firing a shot inside the house. Along those same lines, I would prefer a shell in the chamber although some say that ratcheting sound of a pump action is pretty scary. The experts say no because you give up your location. I suppose its all a matter of conditions and personal preference.

  18. A silencer for a shotgun? Technically, a step forward. But today’s home-invaders, like grapes, tend to come in bunches. There is nothing so righteously satisfying to me than to let fly a 12-gauge blast after getting shot at in my own home (it happened to me while I was living in South Carolina some years back). The score? One man down with a healthy load of #6 birdshot in him while the rest “beat feet” right out the door. After the sheriff’s deputies showed up, they actually recovered two firearms that were dumped on the ground outside my front door in their haste to get the hell out. And as a secondary benefit, that blast woke up several neighbors who called the sheriff’s department immediately thereafter. In all, a win-win situation. I’m all for letting Ole Betsy roar!!

  19. Awesome! Now I can defend my family from those pesky home invaders and never wake the baby.

    Also to CherokeeScot’s question above… the answer would be YES. This is a silencer no different than those used for rifles and handguns and therefore fall under the requirements of the National Firearms Act for transfer, registration and tax stamp fees; as well as any state laws that may encumber the ownership of silencers.

  20. My hearing is bad. I know its from shooting. I dont hunt but love target shooting. Id love to have one! Is some type of fed reg associated with owning one of these like with a rifle or handgun?

    1. Silencer fall into a class of weapons known as NFA. These require you, 1. live in a state that allows them, 2. File paper work including mug shots and finger prints, 3. submit a $200.00 transfer tax to the feds along with your transfer paperwork. The wait for the transfers is up to and over 10 months at this time. Also, you cannot take this item out of state without prior approved 5320.20 paperwork, 90 days at least, and you may NOT loan this item to anyone! It must remain in your possesion at all times!

    2. Mike you are right on that parov getting a supressor. The better way to do it is put them in a revokable trust. It will cost you a one time fee to have a lawyer draw up a trust. It emiminates the need for finger prints, mug shot, and having the local chief of police or sheriff to sign off on it. They can then be used by anyone listed in the trust. When you die they will automaticly go to the people in the trust with out the transfer and 200 dollar tax stamps. I paid 300 dollars for my trust, and to add any other NFA items to the trust you use the same trust and make out a new “Exhibit A” the page listing the NFA items, and list the new items on it.. The wait time for supressors right now is 4 months.

    3. Form 4 has not been added back to E-file so you are back to paper and can expect a wait substantially longer than 4 months.

  21. The idea is good but the stats are not impressive. You have to put a two pound hunk of metal at the end of the shotgun, totally destroying its balence and swing. Then all you get is a modest reduction in sound down to 130-140 db which is still above the threshold of pain and hearing damage. Look at any db chart and you see that you still have an intensity of standing right next to a jack hammer, air raid siren, or 747 jet on take off. How is this better than quality electronic hearing protection?

    1. Shotgun silencers are not practical due to the weight of them and the lack of serious suppresion. This is why MAJOR players in the Silencer manufacturing business DO NOT MAKE THEM!

    2. @ Mike.

      I don’t know if they make White-Noise Generators, for Shotguns. But, it might be worth looking into them.

    3. I disagree with this. You’re comparing apples and oranges. Permanent hearing damage is caused by a combination of intensity and duration. i.e. the longer the duration, the less the intensity needs to be to cause permanent damage, and vice-versa. What is the duration of a gunshot sound? I honestly don’t know, but I don’t think you would argue that the loud part of 140-140dB lasts for a tiny fraction of a second. The other sounds e.g. jack hammer, air raid siren, jet engine.. if those lasted for the same duration as a gunshot, would you even know what the heck it was? But at some point, the intensity can be great enough to cause instantaneous damage, like a gunshot without a suppressor.

    4. @ Dave H.

      I have partial hearing in my left ear, caused while be in the Army. I was on the taxi way next to the tarmac, next AH-1S. That had just landed, as the main rotor blade had spooled down from rotation. When somebody from behind me was asking a question, as I was turning to hear his question. A qust of wind caught the main rotor blade and pinwheeled in my direction. The tip of main rotor blade, hit me so hard on the back of head, causing me to see stars literally speaking. After shrugging off the blow, I continued with my work. Several hours later, a Line Officer pointed out to me that that the back of my uniform, from the collar down to the seat of my pants was saturated in blood. It wasn’t until I got to the hospital, that I found out that force of the impact, laid my skull open. For several years after that I couldn’t hear anything through my left ear. Until on day, I could here people whispering to themselves from over a 1/4 of a mile away, while at the same time you could be shouting at me from my left side up close a personal. And I’d never hear you. And that happened back in the ’80’s. And it’s still that way to this day. I’m no good shooting left handed, but if I was. I’d never have to wear ear plugs or ear protection of any kind from my left ear ever again. But, I can still hear your whispers from a 1/4-mile away, or more.

    5. Ya I need something to keep me from going deaf . I work underground as a miner . Any sound down ther is amplified because of closed spaces . I always use ear plugs but I can still tell that my hearing is not good . I get pissed off when people expect me to endear stand what they are saying using a normal voice from 30 to 40 feet away . That and me wanting to go hunting without protection so I have situational awareness tells me I need a suppressor . Some times I here voices that are actually just ringing and ambient sounds that I can not make out .

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