Choosing Your 1st Suppressor
July 1st, 2015, is a day that will go down in history for shooting, outdoor, and hunting enthusiasts in Minnesota. Suppressors will become legal for purchase in MN for the first time! With this new type of tool available to us, we now need to research what’s out there: what’s good, what’s bad, and what may be right for us. No need to worry though, because we did most of the research for you. While there are thousands of firearm manufacturers, there are only a handful of suppressor manufacturers on the market. Here is our staff’s Top 5 in the industry right now, with highlights of each company and suppressors to absolutely consider.
Gemtech has been in the suppressor business since 1993. The bread ‘n’ butter of their business is suppressors, but they also manufacture a lot of similar accessories such as threaded barrels, bolt carrier groups, flash hiders, mounting tools and pieces, and smaller soft goods associated with suppressors. This American company based out of Boise, Idaho offers a wide array of suppressors to fit any firearm you may have and they have some unique designs to offer. Their line of G-Core suppressors utilizes a one-piece baffle system and single piece exterior shroud, making it simple to disassemble and clean.
Suppressor to Investigate – “Extreme Duty – One“
This suppressor is rated to suppress 98 different calibers! Everything from a rimfire .17 H.M.R. to the thunderous .300 Win MAG! Constructed of high quality Titanium and Inconcel with a Cerakote finish to boot, it’s quality and versatility is unmatched!
Sig Sauer is widely known for their metal-framed pistols and great quality rifles, but they’re also soon to be known for their suppressors. The Sig Sauer brand of suppressors are unique to the industry because they use a tubeless design which reduces weight and increases volume capacity, and thus increases the noise reduction capabilities. Their fast-attach mounting system is also a plus for consumers because it requires no tools to adhere them to your firearms.
Suppressor to Investigate – “SRD762Ti-QD“
This suppressor is rated for any caliber from .204 Ruger up to .300 Win MAG. It is constructed from Grade 5 Titanium and features Sig Sauer‘s lightweight, tubeless design. It comes with one Taper-Lok Muzzle Brake with a 5/8″-24 Thread per Inch (T.P.I.).
Silencerco is an infant company which has taken over the suppressor industry. While they are only 6 years old, they are the largest seller of suppressors in the U.S. and can brag that they are the only company to make a viable shotgun suppressor. They also tout a Lifetime Warranty with a 48-Hour turnaround time (that’s freaky fast customer service). Being based out of Utah, they are supremely proud of their American roots and are pushing the suppressor industry forward with their designs. Currently, they have the hottest rimfire suppressor on the market, which is also the easiest to clean.
Suppressor to Investigate – “Sparrow 22“
Speak of the devil… The Sparrow 22 is the best selling rimfire suppressor, the shortest in length, and has the quietest 10-Round average on the market. Its compartmentalized design and monolithic core create an extremely easy disassemble process for consumers. It can also go 2,000 rounds before a cleaning is needed, making it even more desirable.
Yankee Hill Machine is a manufacturer of all things AR-15. They produce complete rifles, upper assemblies, receivers, barrels, integrally suppressed barrels, AR-15 build parts, and suppressors. Their current line-up has 22 different suppressors to choose from for the more purpose-driven shooter. They engineer and manufacture all of their own parts and are experts when it comes to anything related to the AR-15 rifle. If you’re specifically looking to suppress an AR-15, this is a company to take a good look at.
Suppressor to Investigate – “YHM-3220 .45 Cal Sidewinder“
This suppressor is Brand New to 2015 and isn’t quite readily available on the market yet with its 2nd quarter projections. It’s one of the most user-friendly suppressors offered by Yankee Hill Machine and has a mono-core baffle system with a Class 3 Hardcoat Anodized finish. Its lightweight, easy-to-clean design has a lot of people eyeing this one once it’s available to the public!
Dead Air Armament is another fledgling company that’s making big waves in the suppressor industry. With only 3 different suppressors to their name (4th coming soon) people wonder how they are competing with the big boys. Well, that answer is simple: quality. They use better materials–expensive materials. And it shows! They use Stellite baffle systems, which are 3x more expensive than Stainless Steel and function better than their Inconel competitors. When these specific premium materials are not in play, they still employ Grade 9 Titanium for their suppressors because as Dead Air Armament resoundingly states, “close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades” when it comes to quality.
Suppressor to Investigate – “7.62 Sandman-L“
This suppressor is coated in a Cerakote finish, uses a Stellite baffle system, has a minimal Point-of-Impact shift, and the tube and mount are made from Precipitation Hardened and Heat Treated Stainless Steels. It can easily be mounted with one hand and will reduce firearm noise of standard 7.62mm NATO ammunition by 31 decibels.
So there you have it! These are the heavy hitters and the suppressors that have everyone’s attention. I did not discuss price because if anyone is contemplating getting a suppressor, they will already know that it is a significant investment between your NFA Tax Stamp and the suppressor itself. Just like choosing a firearm, you need to identify your budget, your needs and your prospective uses, and see what fits you.
If you ever have a question or would like anything explained in greater depth, feel free to contact us! We would be glad to help!