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, a Silencerco Osprey.
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. An example of the movie suppressor sound can be found below.
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.
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.