In the upcoming May 2014 issue of RIFLE FIREPOWER, author Jeremy D. Clough writes, “Time has been good to the sound suppressor. As inflation has reduced the impact of the $200 transfer tax that must have been stunning when introduced in 1934, they’ve become much less cost prohibitive. Changing public perception also helps, as more people now view the suppressor as a considerate tool for quiet practice and less of a James Bond assassin’s tool. And while they do have other benefits, such as evening out the cycling on some weapons with marginal functioning, in the long run, that’s perhaps their greatest utility for civilian use: being able to practice quietly. Fortunately, suppressors go well with another item that’s become much more accepted in the last 20 years: the AR.”

One suppressor that was made specifically for rimfire ARs is Gemtech’s G5-22, which Clough wrings out at the range. “Essentially a scaled-down version of the .223 G5 suppressor, the rimfire-only G5-22 is about 6.5 inches long, significantly larger in diameter than Gemtech’s usual .22 cans (1.38 inches instead of the nominal 1 inch usually seen on .22 cans) and uses a quick-attach “QuickMount.” As is the current trend, the G5-22 can also be completely disassembled for cleaning by the end-user.”

To learn more, check out the May 2014 issue of RIFLE FIREPOWER, available on newsstands and digitally February 18, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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