choosing the right suppressor

Choosing The Right Suppressor

Suppressors are taking the shooting world by storm and for good reason. 10 years ago I knew nothing about them and thought they were a novelty and only in movies. Today, you can hardly go to a shooting range without seeing a variety of suppressors and brands. With the spike in popularity there‘s also been a spike in consumer options when it comes to suppressors. If you followed how to own a suppressor you know that it’s quite the process. It pays to do your research and make the right decision up front. Today I‘m going to help you in choosing the right suppressor.

What‘s your intended use?

Using the right tool for the job is the most important thing to keep in mind. There isn’t one best suppressor for every job. While there are brands that are better quality than others, your initial thoughts need to be around what you‘re using the suppressor for.
Planning to hunt with the suppressor? Check out suppressor legal states first. Do you hunt from a stand or do you need to hike around where weight becomes important?
If you hunt from a stand, weight shouldn’t really be an issue and you can go with a heavier and larger suppressor that‘ll have better decibel reduction.
On the other hand, if you plan to hike through intense terrain where size and weight are important, look for a shorter and possibly titanium baffled suppressor. The same goes for tactical purposes where excessive length can hinder you ability to turn corners quickly or maneuver effectively. The general rule of thumb is that the larger the suppressor, the better the sound reduction but weigh the pros and cons when it comes to your specific use.

What caliber should I get?

Suppressors are modular and can be used on more than one rifle or pistol. So, if you plan to just get one suppressor you‘re going to be better off getting one that fits your largest bore rifle as you can still use it on your smaller bore rifles. With that said, the closer the suppressor caliber to the specific caliber you‘re shooting, the quieter it‘ll be.
The first can (suppressor lingo) I got was .30 caliber (7.62mm) because I knew I could use it on my .30-06 my .223 and everything in between. The second can I bought was a .22 caliber specific can because I wanted one that would be extremely quiet and small. Remember, start with the most versatile suppressor and if you want to get more specific down the line you‘re able to. I’m now looking at Bowers VERS 50 for my .50 Beowulf. It’s huge but it has the capacity to capture the expanding gasses and suppress a large bore, something you just don’t need for the .22.

Quick detach or screw on?

There are several ways to attach your suppressor to your rifle, pistol or shotgun. I chose to go with a quick detach because it’s easy to put on and take off but some prefer to screw the suppressor directly onto their threaded barrels.
Keep in mind suppressors get very hot when they‘re fired so sometimes it’s difficult to unscrew them by hand. I have a surefire suppressor and I use the surefire Warcomp flash hider/brake on all of my rifles. It makes it very easy to grab just about any rifle I own and know that I can immediately attach my suppressor to it. Keep in mind the cost of the quick detach muzzle devices can add up quickly.

Sig SRD556-QD – Sig’s .556 Quick Detach. Notice the collar that attaches to the muzzle device.

Other thoughts to consider when choosing the right suppressor

When it comes to choosing the right suppressor there are a few other things to keep in mind. Suppressors have blowback, meaning some of the gasses that are normally propelled down range will come back through the bore and into your face. There are a few brands out there that have some new and innovative designs to help mitigate that. If blowback is a concern, check out the high quality OSS Suppressors.
Another thing to consider is the ease of cleaning. Some suppressors have removable baffles that can make cleaning a bit easier. Others prefer to just drop the entire suppressor in a sonic cleaner and not worry about taking it apart. Check with your suppressor manufacturer as to what they recommend for cleaning and keep in mind sonic cleaners can strip paint off of certain finishes.
Do you due diligence and read the reviews. Suppressors aren’t cheap or easy to get ahold of so making wise decisions up front can really save you a lot of headache in the long run!
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