In the world of firearms, suppressors or silencers (the terms are interchangeable, thus saith the ATF) are the great taboo, and at the same time the Holy Grail of things that are fun and way cool.
Most everyone’s basic image of the silencer has always been the Chicago gangster or some assassin whacking a rival in a car or an alley, just like in the old gangster movies. More recently, we might expect to see some special ops guy or SEAL slither out of the water with a silenced pistol or carbine, ready to send some jihadist on their way to all those virgins in the Promised Land.
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