Anyone hoping to become an assassin, one truly recession-proof job, is out of luck, though. Suppressors are a less popular term than silencer, but they're a more accurate one. Many sites compare a suppressed gunshot to the sound of a door slamming, or a car backfiring. They can't silently crumple a look-out while an enemy camp is asleep. The most they can do is make people in a fairly noisy area, not too close to the gun, not immediately recognize the sound as gunfire. So, if stealth is a factor, better pack a crossbow.
--Esther Inglis-Arkell, io9, on the not-so-silent silencer