When Gemtech opened its doors in 1993, it was a new company, but it wasn’t new to suppressors. The founders brought many years of experience and an advanced approach to the manufacturing process. Phil Dater, Gemtech’s owner, has been associated with suppressors for over 50 years. In the mid-1970s, Dater founded Automatic Weapons Company, one of the first companies to bring suppressor technology to the mainstream shooting market. AWC’s products could be found with progressive law enforcement agencies as well as select government and military units.
Recently appointed as Gemtech’s new CEO, Tom Collins served with the 82nd Airborne Division and is Ranger and SF qualified. He served as weapons sergeant with the 5th SFG and, after being commissioned, served as an ODA commander with the 12th SFG. Collins has an MBA and brings a wealth of experience along with an impressive business background. Ken Hunt is the company’s new government liaison representative responsible for military and government sales. Like Collins, Hunt comes from the military, where he started his career as a Special Forces medic and served with the 5th SFG. Hunt also served with the 10th and 12th SFGs in various command and staff positions, retiring in 2007 as a lieutenant colonel. It is obvious that Gemtech is looking to expand its military and government presence, domestically and overseas—Collins’ and Hunt’s background and real-world experience places Gemtech in a unique position to work in these areas.
Gemtech has experienced tremendous growth. A company representative stated that sales in 2012 were up 100 percent over 2011 and that 2013 projections are very positive. Just within the last year, this growth has led to the doubling of Gemtech’s corporate staff and production staff. In addition, the company has continued to invest in new machines and upgrade its production facilities, enabling it to expand overall production of goods fivefold. I am told that 2014 will be an exciting year for the company, with several new products coming available.
Five For 5.56
Gemtech has become a leader in the industry through the use of CNC machines and robotic construction methods, building a loyal following of clients that include government and military organizations and the general public. Currently, Gemtech offers a complete array of suppressors, from rimfire units to centerfire rifle suppressors. Its 5.56mm line is comprised of five models to meet a variety of user needs.
Gemtech describes the Halo as its “grunt” suppressor. It is 7.2 inches long, has a 1.5-inch diameter and weighs 21 ounces. The Halo mounts directly to most 5.56mm NATO flash suppressors and requires no proprietary mounts or modifications to the host weapon. To meet operational needs, the suppressor can be swapped between any number of properly set up weapons. The Halo also is rated for full-auto and can be used with the M4/M16/HK416 and the M249 SAW. The stainless steel core and Inconel blast baffle are encased in a stainless steel shell for enhanced longevity.
The Trek and Trek-T are compact suppressors each with an overall length of just 5.7 inches and a diameter of 1.5 inches. The Trek series is full-auto rated and specifically designed for short platforms that have barrel lengths of 10.3 inches or more. The Trek is constructed from stainless steel and Inconel and weighs 17.3 ounces. For those who require an ultralight suppressor, the Trek-T will fit the bill. It is the same size as the Trek but constructed from titanium and Inconel, which bring the weight down to a mere 10.3 ounces. Both the Trek and Trek-T mount directly to a 1/2×28-threaded barrel. According to a Gemtech spokesperson, when mounted on a short-barreled rifle, the Trek and Trek-T are the shortest hearing-safe suppressors on the market.
The most popular suppressors for military and law enforcement are the G5 and G5-T. The G5 series are similar to the Trek models but utilize Gemtech’s 5.56mm QuickMount, a precisely machined flash suppressor/adapter that uses a push-and-twist mount. The G5 and G5-T are each 7 inches long, 1.5 inches in diameter and full-auto rated. The G5 is constructed from stainless steel, titanium and Inconel and weighs 18.8 ounces. The G5-T is an all-titanium suppressor with an Inconel blast baffle. Utilizing the QuickMount adapter, the G5 or G5-T only adds 5.5 inches to the overall length of the host weapon.
If you are in the market for a .223/ 5.56mm suppressors, or a rimfire or centerfire rifle or pistol suppressor, then take a look at Gemtech. I think you’ll find just what you need. For more information, visit gem-tech.com or call 208-939-7222.