Silencer Central Banish 46 Review: Ultimate Guide

I think the Banish 46 multi-caliber suppressor is a great choice for those who want to suppress the noise signature and tame the recoil of bigger bore rifle afield and at the range. I explain why I feel that way in this Banish 46 review.

While more and more hunters and shooters are beginning to appreciate the benefits of using a suppressor, it’s a simple fact that there are few suppressor options for those who use bigger bore rifle cartridges.

Like many people, I initially entered the silencer world with the purchase of a .30 caliber suppressor, which worked great with a lot of my favorite rifles in cartridges like 223 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor, 300 Blackout, 308 Winchester and 300 Win Mag. However, I also had a couple of bigger bore rifles with a more substantial muzzle blast and fierce recoil that I wanted to suppress as well, but were too big to use with my Banish 30.

Fortunately, Silencer Central released their new Banish 46 suppressor right around the time I was looking for a larger caliber suppressor. It looked like it had the characteristics I was looking for and I decided to see how it would work for me.

I explain the pros and cons of Silencer Central’s Banish 46 suppressor in this article and explain who I think should purchase one so you can make an informed decision regarding whether or not it make sense for you to use yourself.

Before we get started, I have an administrative note:

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What is a Banish 46 silencer?

Previously known as Dakota Silencer, Silencer Central is a suppressor manufacturer based in South Dakota that specializes in simplifying the process of legally obtaining firearm sound suppressors.

Why is this important?

You may be aware that suppressors, (along with other things like machineguns and short barreled rifles) are regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934.

Long story short, this additional regulation makes purchasing a suppressor more complicated than simply buying a new firearm. Just like with other NFA items, you’ll also need to purchase a $200 Federal Tax Stamp when purchasing a suppressor.

I’ll dive into the process of buying a Banish 46 (or any other firearm suppressor) from Silencer Central near the end of this review, but realize that doing so isn’t as complicated as you might be thinking and Silencer Central has done excellent work in streamlining the process.

They’ll also ship your suppressor straight to your door once you receive ATF approval!

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get down to brass tacks with Silencer Central and their Banish 46 suppressor.

Though Silencer Central also sells silencers from other companies (like AAC, Dead Air, Gemtech, Nosler, Rugged, and SilencerCo), the company also designs, manufactures, and sells their own line of silencers too: the Banish line.

Their Banish line of suppressors contains 8 models at this instant: the Banish 22 (a .22 caliber rimfire silencer), the Banish 223 (a .22 caliber centerfire silencer), the Banish 30 (a direct thread .30 caliber silencer), the Banish 30 Gold (a larger, heavier, and more robust quick detach .30 caliber silencer), the Banish Backcountry (an extremely lightweight and compact .30 caliber silencer), the Banish 338 (a .338 caliber silencer), the Banish 45 (a .45 caliber handgun silencer) and the Banish 46 (a heavy duty .45 caliber handgun or rifle silencer).

The Banish 46 silencer is the biggest suppressor model in the entire Banish line and can be used with the widest range of rimfire, handgun, and rifle cartridges.

It’s a direct thread, user serviceable .46 caliber suppressor with a hardy titanium construction. Since this is a modular silencer, it may be used either in a 10-inch configuration with 10 baffles or in a slightly lighter and shorter 7.9-inch configuration with 8 baffles.

While the Banish 46 is a .46 caliber suppressor, it’s not restricted to just .45 caliber cartridges.

It will work just fine with rimfire, centerfire rifle, and handgun cartridges from .22 caliber all the way up to (and including) the various 45 caliber rifle cartridges like the 450 Bushmaster and 45-70 Government. It will also work great on handgun cartridges up to the 10mm Auto and 45 ACP.

So, you can safely use it on a wide assortment of rifle calibers, rimfire calibers, and pistol calibers in that range like the .22 Long Rifle, the .22 Hornet, the .223 Remington/5.56 NATO, the .243 Winchester, the 6.5 Creedmoor, the 270 Winchester, the 7mm Remington Magnum, the 308 Winchester, the 7.62×39, the .30-06 Springfield, the 338 Winchester Magnum, the 338 Lapua, the 380 ACP, the 9mm Luger, the 357 Magnum, the 350 Legend, the 375 H&H Magnum, the 44 Magnum, the 450 Bushmaster, & the 458 SOCOM.

Regardless of the firearm you use it on, the Banish 46 will provide both sound suppression and recoil reduction. Indeed, Silencer Central advertises that the Banish 46 will provide “unmatched sound suppression.”

Specifically, they claim the Banish 46 will provide “best-in-class noise reduction” of up to 34.5 dB of sound reduction in the large 10 inch configuration and will also still be hearing safe for most cartridges in the 7.9 inch configuration.

Since it’s made from titanium alloy, the Banish 46 provides the ultimate combination of durability and weight reduction (considering its overall size).

It weighs about 20.4 ounces in the full, 10-inch configuration. That weight drops down to about 16.3 ounces when used in the shorter 7.9-inch configuration.

It is also classified as “limited full-auto rated.” The folks at Silencer Central recommend allowing the suppressor to fully cool between rapid fire strings and advise against using the Banish 46 for full auto fire in a belt-fed machine gun.

Additionally, and similar to the case with several other Banish suppressors, the Banish 46 is a user-serviceable suppressor. Just use the included torx wrench and to remove the end cap and push the baffles out with either a wooden dowel or their Baffle Removal Tool (sold separately).

Then, place them in a tumbler or ultrasonic cleaner or clean them manually with a brass or nylon bristle brush.

banish 46 review disassembled

The Banish 46 has a unique design and can be used as either a direct thread suppressor (which means you screw it directly onto your threaded rifle barrel), with a quick-detach muzzle brake attachment, or used in conjunction with a Nielsen Device on a handgun.

5/8×24, 1/2×28, .578×28, 11/16×24, 3/4×24, and M16x1RH thread mount options are available. Plus, you can use the suppressor in conjunction with a thread adapter as well.

I have a couple of different rifles that have a more unusual thread pitch and we’ll talk more about how the Banish 46 performed with them later in this article.

Here are the detailed specs for the Banish 46 modular suppressor:

  • Overall Length: 7.9″ or 10″
  • Diameter: 1.73″
  • Number of Baffles: Up to 10
  • Weight: 16.3 oz (7.9″) or 20.4 oz (10″)
  • Material: Titanium
  • Direct Thread Pitch: 1/2 x 28 TPI, 5/8 x 24 TPI, M16x1RH, 11/16 x 24 TPI, 3/4 x 24 TPI
  • Piston Mounts: .578 x 28, 1/2 x 28, 5/8 x 24, 9/16 x 24, M13.5 x 1 LH, M14.5 x 1 LX, M16 x 1 LH, M16 x 1 RH
  • Muzzle Brake: 1/2 x 28 TPI, 5/8 x 24 TPI, 11/16 x 24 TPI, 3/4 x 24 TPI
  • Self-Service: Yes 
  • Caliber: .460
  • Rifle Caliber Range: .22 to .45 caliber magnum (including 7.62×39, 338 Lapua, & 45-70 Government)
  • Pistol Caliber Range: .380 ACP to 10mm & 45 ACP
  • Color: Black
  • Finish: Gun Kote
  • Sound Reduction: 34.5 dB
  • Mount Style: Direct thread or Muzzle Brake
  • Full-Auto Rated; Limited full-auto rated
  • MSRP: $1,249

The BANISH 46 comes in a rectangular box with magnetic closure. This box contains:

  • User manual (read before using!)
  • Torx Wrench & Key tool (use together do disassemble suppressor)
  • Spare O Ring
  • Silencer Central sticker

Of course, the box also contains the BANISH 46 itself. The silencer comes fully assembled in the longer, 10″ configuration, but can be quickly switched to the 7.9” configuration by removing of the extension. 

banish 46 review box

Now that we’ve covered the basics of the Banish 46 silencer, let’s talk about what I like and don’t like about it as well as what the process is like to purchase one.

What I Like About It

To start off, I think the Banish 46 does a good job in its primary role of suppressing the sound of a gunshot.

Let’s be clear here: no suppressor will make your rifle or handgun sound like silenced guns assassins use in movies.

A good suppressor will reduce the sound of the gunshot by a significant degree though. For reference, most forms of hearing protection have a noise reduction rating of 20-30 dB.

This is roughly on par with the sound reduction provided by typical suppressors. The details vary a lot here depending on the exact suppressor in question, the cartridge you’re using it on, the type of rifle (a bolt gun will be quieter than a semi-auto), etc.

Your rifle will still sound like a rifle when you shoot it, but it will be significantly quieter and the noise won’t carry as far. This is good for you the shooter, those standing next to you, and any neighbors close to where you’re shooting.

It can also have some surprisingly dramatic effects on game too (more on this shortly).

I don’t have the high end sound measuring equipment necessary to tell you that a suppressor provides X dB of sound suppression with a particular load. However, the Banish 46 obviously reduces the sound level of a gunshot on every rifle and with all the rifle calibers I’ve used it on.

So far, I’ve used my Banish 46 on my Nosler M21 (27 Nosler), my Christensen Arms Ridgeline FFT (7mm PRC), my Diamondback DB15300 (.300 Blackout), my Ruger Hawkeye FTW Hunter (.300 Win Mag), and my Ruger M77 (.458 Win Mag).

That’s a pretty big array of action types (bolt action and semi-auto) and chamberings across the spectrum of what will work with the Banish 46.

There was also a dramatic difference in both sound level and recoil (which we’ll discuss in more detail later) between those rifles unsuppressed and suppressed.

I shot my 300 Blackout in conjunction with the Banish 46 using both subsonic and supersonic ammunition. Those subsonic rounds, though not “movie quiet”, were still impressively suppressed. In each case, the sound of the rifle bolt cycling and the bullet impacting the target downrange were both louder than the actual gunshot with those subsonic loads.

So, even though my suppressed 300 Blackout with subsonic ammo didn’t make that “pew pew” sound we’re conditioned to expect from movies and video games, I was still very impressed by how quiet it was.

I’ve noticed similar, but not as dramatic, results with supersonic ammunition too.

Since it’s a .46 caliber suppressor, you’d probably expect that the Banish 46 tends to work best on larger .45 caliber cartridges.

With the exception of my rifle chambered in .458 Winchester Magnum, all of those other rifles I’ve used it on are chambered in cartridges .30 caliber or smaller.

For that reason, I’ve shot all of those cartridges (27 Nosler, 7mm PRC, 300 Blackout, and 300 Win Mag) in conjunction with my Banish 30 as well. At least to my ear (remember, I wasn’t using precision sound measuring equipment) there wasn’t a tremendous difference between the report of those cartridges when used with the Banish 30 vs the Banish 46.

There are many factors that go into this, but (all other things being equal) a larger bore suppressor should generally be a little louder when shooting a smaller caliber cartridge because there’s a bigger mismatch between the silencer bore diameter and the bullet diameter.

For instance, a 22 caliber suppressor will probably be more effective at suppressing the noise of a 22 caliber cartridge than a 30 caliber suppressor. Likewise, a 30 caliber suppressor will probably be more effective at reducing the report of a 30 caliber cartridge than a 46 caliber suppressor.

According to a discussion I had with Silencer Central CEO Brandon Maddox, the larger overall diameter of the Banish 46 results in a bigger expansion chamber that offsets some of the inefficiency associated with the larger caliber “hole” the bullets travel through to a certain degree.

It’s probably a little better to use something like a .22 caliber or .30 caliber suppressor on smaller caliber cartridges purely in terms of noise reduction, but I wouldn’t say it’s a night and day difference between shooting something like a 6.5 Creedmoor or a 300 Win Mag out of a Banish 30 vs a Banish 46 either.

Remember: I’m just talking about sound suppression at this point. That’s a vitally important factor to consider, but it’s not the only one.

I want to make one last point about sound suppression before moving onto some other important considerations.

Specifically, I mentioned how game sometimes reacts differently to suppressed gunshots earlier. Here’s an example that demonstrates what I mean.

I shot a buck pronghorn out of a herd containing about 10 does and fawns on a hunt up in Colorado in 2022 with my 6.5 Creedmoor. Though I used my Banish 30 on that particular hunt, this is still a good example of how game sometimes reacts to a suppressed gunshot.

The whole herd took off running right after I fired, but the buck collapsed after going just 25-30 yards. When he did, the other pronghorn immediately stopped, looked at him for a handful of seconds, and went back to eating.

picture of banish 30 antelope

All those pronghorn clearly heard the gunshot, but they were confused about what happened. It looked like the does and fawns ran because the buck was running, but stopped after he dropped because they’d never heard a suppressed gunshot before.

My guide was shocked at their reaction.

He said the antelope around there are subject to a lot of hunting pressure and will typically run for a mile or more without stopping after someone shoots at them.

I’ve heard (and experienced) other similar stories with other game either standing completely still, or milling around in confusion after hearing a suppressed gunshot and allowing the hunter to take another shot or two at a different animal. Nothing is guaranteed of course and this sort of behavior isn’t always 100% attributable to a suppressor.

Additionally, really heavily pressured game may very well take off running, even when shot at with a suppressed rifle. This is even more likely if they’ve been shot at a few times with suppressed firearms in the past.

However, I’d still say this is a very real benefit that could potentially pay dividends afield from time to time.

Is there a big difference between how much sound suppression the 7.9 inch and 10 inch configurations of the Banish 46 provide?

The Banish 46 is certainly a little quieter in the longer 10 inch configuration, but at least to my ear, it’s not a gigantic difference compared to the 7.9 inch configuration. Go with the longer configuration if you want the absolute most reduction in sound and recoil, but with the shorter configuration if you want something that’s shorter, lighter, and easier to handle, but still pretty quiet.

Speaking of recoil, my Banish 46 also does an outstanding job of reducing perceived recoil.

Once again, this is really hard to directly quantify. I’ve heard it said that a good suppressor can provide an approximately 20% reduction in recoil that’s more or less what you’ll get with a good muzzle brake.

The important thing here is that putting a muzzle brake on your rifle will indeed reduce recoil, but it does so at the expense of significantly increased muzzle blast. This is a terrible side effect for the shooter and especially for anyone standing next to the shooter when they fire (like a hunting guide).

There’s a reason why guides and professional hunters often hate it when a client brings a rifle with a muzzle brake.

However, a suppressor will often provide a similar reduction in recoil while at the same time reducing muzzle blast and the overall sound signature of the rifle.

This is most apparent with a heavier recoiling cartridge than a really light recoiling cartridge.

I mentioned my 458 Win Mag earlier. Well, that’s a tremendously powerful cartridge and can fling a gigantic, .458 caliber 500 grain bullet at over 2,100 feet per second (around 5,000 ft-lbs of muzzle energy).

It’s literally an elephant gun.

Well, weighing just over 8 pounds, my Ruger M77 in .458 Win Mag is far too light for use with that heavy hitting cartridge. In fact, it was borderline un-shootable due to the ferocious recoil produced by that massive cartridge in such a lightweight rifle.

I knew I needed to make some serious changes to that set-up in order to make it easier to handle and I figured pairing it with a Banish 46 would make for an interesting experiment. So, I sent it off to have the barrel threaded and then took it to the range after I received my Banish 46.

It’s hard to describe what a difference that suppressor made in terms of recoil: it transformed a rifle that was literally too painful to shoot into something significantly more manageable.

That rifle still has stout recoil, but I’d say it’s actually even more pleasant to shoot than my 375 H&H Magnum now. Plus, the 458 Win Mag weighs about a pound less and still retains the impressive performance characteristics of the 458 Win Mag (it’s around 10-20% more powerful than the 375 H&H, which is no slouch itself).

I’m not exaggerating too much when I say that 458 Win Mag hits like a sledgehammer.

To illustrate this, I put a thermal scope on that rifle and tested out the whole set-up on a big east Texas hog that was hitting one of my feeders.

Watch the video below to see how that 458 Win Mag with a Banish 46 attached performed. Pay close attention to how little the muzzle jumps when I shoot.

See what I mean?

I think recoil reduction is a major (and often overlooked) benefit to shooting suppressed and can allow an otherwise recoil shy hunter to step up in caliber without suffering the effects of increased recoil.

picture of banish 46 hog

I realize the 458 Winchester Magnum is a pretty extreme example here and few other people will have a need or a desire to suppress a rifle in that particular chambering.

However, the point stands that the Banish 46 does an outstanding job in mitigating recoil and users will experience that benefit regardless of the cartridge they decide to use. In fact, I think this may be an even more important benefit than sound suppression in many cases.

For example, I think the 450 Bushmaster in particular is an excellent candidate for use with the Banish 46. Though not nearly as powerful as the 458 Win Mag, the 450 Bushmaster is still a real “thumper” on both ends.

Plus, it’s quite popular among those who hunt in so called “straight wall” states like Iowa and Ohio and/or those who want a bigger bore cartridge to use in their AR-15. It’s also common in rifles with shorter barrels (more on this in a minute).

Well, I have a friend whose wife uses a Banish 46 on her 450 Bushmaster rifle and she loves it for the same reasons I appreciate it on my 458 Win Mag: the rifle is not only more pleasant to shoot overall, but it’s also easier for her to get back on target after shooting for a follow-up shot.

In that same vein, I noticed improved accuracy with almost every single rifle I’ve ever shot suppressed.

This is probably due in part to the fact that the rifle was just more pleasant to shoot suppressed vs unsuppressed. I’ve also heard people theorize that adding a suppressor will sometimes improve barrel harmonics and result in increased accuracy.

In the rare cases where I didn’t notice improved accuracy, I did not notice any accuracy loss either and the rifle shot essentially the same both suppressed and unsuppressed.

Additionally, I’ve also noticed a slight increase in muzzle velocity when shooting suppressed with most rifles and cartridge.

For instance, I measured an 8fps jump in muzzle velocity on average when shooting my 458 Win Mag suppressed compared to that same load without a suppressor.

So, we’re not talking about a big jump in velocity here. The good news is that you won’t see a significant drop off in velocity either (like some video games might have you believe) and you’ll get basically the same performance with that same load as you would without a suppressor, just with less noise and recoil.

The Banish 46 is also a very flexible rifle and handgun suppressor. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve used it with success on a number of different bolt guns and semi-auto rifles.

Most of my rifles use a standard 5/8-24 TPI, but several do not. For instance, my 458 Win Mag uses a 3/4-24 thread pattern, my Nosler M21 uses a 9/16-28 thread pattern, and my Ruger uses a 1/2-24 thread pattern.

Silencer Central makes direct thread mounts for the Banish 46 in most of the common thread patterns (1/2 x 28 TPI, 5/8 x 24 TPI, M16x1RH, 11/16 x 24 TPI, & 3/4 x 24 TPI). So, you can just buy the appropriate direct thread mount if you want to use your suppressor on most rifles.

This is what I did with my rifles in 7mm PRC (5/8-24 TPI) and 458 Win Mag (3/4-24 TPI)

You can also purchase a couple of thread adapters (they usually range in price from $20-50) that will let you use the Banish 46 on other rifles. It’s really as simple as unscrewing the suppressor off the end of your rifle, adding or removing the adapter as appropriate (and if necessary), and screwing it on your other rifle.

This is what I did with my rifles in 27 Nosler (9/16-28 TPI) and 300 Win Mag (1/2-24 TPI).

As long as your firearm is 46 caliber or smaller and has a threaded barrel, you can probably use the Banish 46 on it.

And yes, you can also use it on a handgun as well.

So, this is absolutely a suppressor you could use on darn near any firearm.

Finally, Silencer Central also offers a full lifetime warranty on the their entire Banish line of silencers, to include the Banish 46. If you have a problem with your Banish 46, just contact them for help and they’ll send you a shipping label to ship your suppressor back to them for repair, they’ll fix it, and then send it straight back to your door.

And no, you won’t have to wait for ATF approval to get it back after sending it in for warranty work.

What I Don’t Like About The Banish 46

While I think it’s an excellent rifle suppressor, there are a few things I don’t like about the Silencer Central Banish 46 you should be aware of before you buy one.

First, the Banish 46 is a very large suppressor.

It’s pretty big even in its shorter 7.9″ configuration and is positively massive in its 10″ configuration with the extension tube attached. This is mainly due to the fact that a suppressor must be physically pretty big for optimum performance with the more powerful bigger bore cartridges.

This is apparent in the photo below comparing the Banish 46 with the smaller Banish 30 and the tiny Banish Backcountry. Note the size of the Banish 30 and 46 both with and without the extension tubes attached.

picture of banish backcountry vs banish 30 vs banish 46

Since the Banish 46 is so large, it can stick up pretty high over your head and potentially make the rifle more prone to getting hung up in branches, tree limbs, etc. when you sling your rifle over your shoulder.

That extra length can also complicate things if you’re trying to quietly maneuver your rifle for a shot inside the tight confines of a box blind without banging it into the roof or the window frame.

This is a bigger deal in some situations than in others. For instance, it’s not unusual to find 450 Bushmaster rifles with pretty short barrels in the 16-20″ range, which lend themselves well to use with a bigger suppressor like the Banish 46.

I also didn’t have significant issues with my 458 Win Mag (which has a 20.5″ barrel) or my 7mm PRC (which has a 22″ barrel).

However, mounting a 10″ long suppressor on the end of a rifle with a 24″ or 26″ barrel can turn an already long rifle into a giant, awkward “musket” that’s a real pain to mess with.

Plus, having all that weight (either 1 pound or 1.275 pounds depending on whether you’re using it in the short or long configuration) at the end of your hunting rifle can also make it more awkward and difficult to carry. This is an especially important consideration on backcountry hunts, when used with certain slings, and when trying to maneuver in tight conditions.

Additionally, though you can certainly use it on a handgun, the Banish 46 is a pretty big and heavy handgun suppressor (the Banish 45 handgun suppressor is 1.2″ shorter and nearly 7 ounces lighter).

For this reason, though I shot the hog above with the silencer in its largest configuration, I’ve used my Banish 46 almost exclusively in the short configuration otherwise.

That extra 2 inches of length and 4 ounces of weight makes a big difference in ease of handling. You probably won’t notice a gigantic drop off in sound suppression or recoil reduction afield though.

For those reasons, I strongly recommend that most people use the Banish 46 in the shorter 7.9 inch configuration while actually hunting unless absolutely necessary to do otherwise.

Next, realize that adding a Banish 46 to your rifle will probably change your point of impact (POI). After all, you’re adding a big weight way out there at the end of your barrel, so even the thickest and stiffest target barrel will still shoot to a slightly different spot.

Results will vary from rifle to rifle (I’ve experienced as much as 2-3″ in impact shift vertically and/or horizontally at 100 yards). So, keep this in mind and do not just throw a suppressor on a rifle and hit the woods without checking your zero.

Finally, the Banish 46 gets HOT after you shoot a few rounds through it.

This is not unique to the Banish 46, but you still need to be aware of this and use caution end of a range session so you don’t accidentally burn yourself by touching a hot can. That heat will also produce a pretty strong mirage radiating upwards from the can and make it difficult to see through your scope.

Fortunately, you can purchase a thermal silencer cover (like the Devour cover from Silencer Central) to mitigate this issue. It makes a big difference and you’re probably best off getting a suppressor cover from the very beginning instead of trying to get by without one.

How do I buy a Banish 46 suppressor?

Like I mentioned earlier, Silencer Central has streamlined and simplified the silencer purchasing experience.

Here’s how it works:

Step One: Verify that you live in one of the 42 states where silencers are legal to own, then purchase your silencer through the Silencer Central web site.

Step Two: A representative from Silencer Central will contact you and provide assistance with the necessary paperwork to create your NFA trust, take your fingerprints, and take passport photos.

Silencer Central will create an ATF trust for you free with any silencer purchase. If you’d like, Silencer Central can assist you in the process of adding additional members to your trust at a later date (it’s not as complicated as it sounds).

They’ll mail you a fingerprint card so you can take your own fingerprints in the comfort of your own home. You can also take your own passport style photo at home and submit it digitally as well.

In each case, they’ll provide detailed instructions so you can ensure you do things properly.

Step Three: Submit your eForm 4 to the ATF. Once again, a representative from Silencer Central will contact you and provide assistance submitting all the required information digitally to the ATF. If necessary, they’ll help you set up your account with the ATF and then walk you through the process of purchasing your $200 tax stamp and digitally signing and submitting your eForm 4.

Step Four: Wait for approval! This is by far the hardest part of the process.

Fortunately, this part doesn’t take as long as it used to with the old paper system. Additionally, Silencer Central also offers a no interest EZ-Pay plan where you can finish paying for your Banish 46 (or other suppressor) in installments while you wait for approval.

Silencer Central will also send you monthly emails keeping you informed of the progress of your application.

When you receive approval, Silencer Central will ship your suppressor and any additional accessories you purchased (like a silencer cover, thread adapters, or baffle removal tool) straight to your front door.

So, how long does it take? Well, wait times can vary.

I initially purchased my Banish 30 (which was my first suppressor) using the old paper application in March 2021. My Banish 30 finally arrived at my home 15 1/2 months later. However, that was using the old (and much slower) paper system during a time of unprecedented demand for silencers.

Things went much faster with my Banish 46. I used the new eFile system with that one and I actually received it just over 9 months later.

The approval process for my Banish Backcountry (which I also used the eFile system for) was even faster and I had it in my hands about 8.5 months after I bought it.

Your mileage may vary with wait times and I’ve heard everything from 90 day turn arounds to guys waiting even longer than I did for my Banish 30.

Note that the approval time doesn’t change for the type of suppressor you purchase and buying one model or the other won’t speed up or slow down your wait time.

Remember: the hardest part of the process here is waiting on the government to process your form 4 and there’s nothing you can do to speed that process up.

For that reason, the best advice I can give someone wanting to start hunting with a suppressor is to buy it and start the process sooner rather than later. Send the folks at Silencer Central all the requested information as soon as they ask for it, get that application submitted as soon as possible, and then sit back and wait for ATF approval.

Banish 46 Suppressor: Final Thoughts

I think the Banish 46 is a really good big bore suppressor that has turned into a great supplement to my smaller hunting suppressors for use with bigger bore cartridges.

It does a great job of suppressing the report of my rifle and is outstanding for reducing recoil.

Plus, it will work with a tremendous variety of rifle cartridges and I can configure it to the size appropriate for the conditions I’m using it under to a certain extent.

Should you buy one?

It depends.

Purchasing a silencer (regardless of whether it’s your first or just a new suppressor to supplement a couple others) requires a significant investment of time and money and it’s important to get things right from the start.

On one hand, Silencer Central’s Banish 46 is an incredibly versatile multi-caliber suppressor that you can use on literally everything from little rimfire cartridges up to 45 caliber rifle and handgun cartridges.

So yes, you can definitely use the Banish 46 as “one suppressor to rule them all” if you want one single suppressor to accomplish the widest possible variety of tasks with.

On the other hand, the increased cost and massive size and weight of the Banish 46 make it impractical for use under many conditions.

If you primarily hunt with a smaller cartridge that’s compatible with a 30 caliber suppressor, then I’d point you in the direction of either the Banish 30 or Banish Backcountry. Both will provide basically all the benefits of the Banish 46 when used with those cartridges, but in a much smaller package.

The same is true if you shoot handguns or pistol caliber carbines a lot and want a dedicated handgun suppressor: the Banish 46 will work fine for occasional use in that role with something like a 45 ACP or 9 mm pistol, but I think the Banish 45 is a much better choice for someone who wants a really good handgun suppressor.

However, I strongly recommend the Banish 46 for hunters who want something ideal for use with a bigger bore cartridge that isn’t compatible with a .30 caliber suppressor like the 338 Win Mag, 338 Lapua, 350 Legend, 35 Whelen, 450 Marlin, 450 Bushmaster, 458 SOCOM, 45-70 Government, etc.

If you primarily hunt with a cartridge like those listed and then maybe occasionally also use something smaller (like a 6.5 Creedmoor, 270, 30-06, etc.), then I also think the Banish 46 is a great suppressor for you.

For instance, I think hunting rifles like a 16-18″ carbine in 350 Legend or 450 Bushmaster or one of the new Marlin 1895s in 45-70 with a sub-20″ threaded barrel are just begging to be used with the Banish 46.

Rifles with a longer barrel in that caliber range will also work just fine with the suppressor as well, especially on a hunt where a lighter and/or more compact rifle is less important.

All in all, I’m very happy with how the Banish 46 has performed since I received it and it’s now a welcome addition to my hunting gear list!

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