Once you shoot suppressed, you’ll never want to go back. While suppressed pistols are nothing like what’s portrayed by Hollywood and politicians, they are much more pleasant to shoot.
For starters, the noise and blast is greatly reduced. In round numbers for a 9mm pistol, the sound level is reduced from about 158 dB to the 130 dB range. Stated differently, a suppressed 9mm still makes about the same amount of noise as a chainsaw or jackhammer. Even still, that reduced noise level is hearing safe (in moderation) and far more polite for others near the range. The shooting sensation is also dramatically changed for the better. With muzzle blast largely eliminated and felt recoil dampened, a suppressor allows one to focus on the joy of shooting without all the distracting commotion.
The newest offering from Springfield Armory, the XD(M) OSP Threaded, is all about optimizing a 9mm pistol for suppressed use. It sports a threaded barrel ready for silencer attachment, an optic sight mounting system on the slide, a Vortex Venom red dot sight, and suppressor-friendly iron sights. In other words, all you need to do is screw on a suppressor, and it’s ready to go.