Several leading firearms and accessory manufacturers have teamed up to help make a Maine Boy Scout camp one of the quietest in the nation by becoming the first to teach firearms safety and marksmanship using suppressors.

Gemtech, which makes suppressors and subsonic ammunition for pistols and rifles has teamed up with Sturm, Ruger & Co. to provide ammo, cans and 10 All American .22 LR rifles to Camp William Hinds in Raymond, Maine, to help mitigate noise on the range during summer camp activities for Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts and Cub Scouts earning their firearms qualifications and competing in shooting sports events.

“Training new Scouts the safe, responsible enjoyment of shooting sports is greatly enhanced by reducing the decibels of gunshots,” Joe Debergalis, Chairman of the NRA’s Education and Training Committee, told the Windham Eagle newspaper. “This is a superb initiative that will enable Scouts to improve their skills while teaching them respect for their environment.” 

Gemtech donated eight suppressors and 25,000 rounds of subsonic .22 ammo, and Silencerco donated two Salvo shotgun suppressors.

"We are very excited to support them in their efforts to teach firearms safety and responsibility with the use of suppressors," said Gemtech CEO Tom Collins. "Suppressors have become more popular in all aspects of shooting and using them to help protect hearing and avoid noise pollution is the focal point.”