Far too often shooters and gun owners accept gun shop gossip or “my buddy told me” information as fact—this is often true when it comes to sound suppressors for firearms. Before we jump into a discussion of hardware, we need to dispel some rumors and distortions. Distortion #1: “Silencers are illegal for citizens to own.” This is usually offered as a blanket statement, but the fact is that in a solid majority of the 50 states, a citizen can indeed own a firearms suppressor. To determine the laws in your state you will need to conduct your own research. An excellent resource is nraila.org/gunlaws.
The Ruger 22/45 TB offers users a threaded muzzle ideal for accepting a suppressor. Note the knurled thread protector. It is shown equipped with a Sig Sauer Mini Red Dot Sight and a LaserMax Uni-Max Micro red laser.
Distortion #2: “I’ve thought about getting a suppressor, but the paperwork process is too difficult.” You actually have to complete far more paperwork to purchase a car than you do a suppressor. You will indeed have to go through a Class III licensed dealer to purchase a sound suppressor. Any dealer licensed to sell suppressors will be able to walk you through the appropriate paperwork, called a “Form 4”—that’s their job.
There is little doubt that William B. Ruger set the bar for .22 LR pistols when he introduced the world to his MK I pistol. In the decades that followed its release, the Ruger MK I underwent numerous upgrades and improvements—including the redesigned frame, dubbed the 22/45. This year Ruger has introduced two new models of the 22/45 with factory threaded barrels to accept sound suppressors; Model 10149 and 10150. The 10150 model has fixed sights, while the 10149 includes Picatinny rails both atop the frame and fixed below the bull barrel. For this review, I examined the Model 10149.