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A cylindrical device that attaches to the end of a barrel of a gun and muffles the loud noise of a fired shot. A silencer works by adding volume to the short, narrow barrel, thereby reducing the pressure created by the hot gas that is released when the gunpowder is activated.

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"SilencerCo Osprey .45 suppressor on a Springfield pistol, October 13, 2013" by DickClarkMises is licensed under Public Domain.

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