new rifle pistol suppressors

Sound suppressors are the fastest-growing segment of the firearms accessory market; their manufacturers invest in research and development knowing that innovative products are essential to success.

Recently, a number of different suppressor manufacturers debuted brand-new wares. In addition, a few new companies jumped into the suppressor market to make things even more interesting.

Without further ado, here are 21 suppressors you need to know about.

This article is from the May/June 2018 issue of “Tactical Life” magazine. To order a copy and subscribe, visit

AMTAC Hornet Suppressors

For those who have a short AR-style 9mm pistol or carbine, the AMTAC Hornet is worth a close look. The Hornet is 7.7 inches long, but extends the barrel length by only 4 inches. It’s rated for submachine gun use and is made using flat baffles machined from a single piece of 17-4 PH stainless steel. The stainless steel tube is finished in Cerakote. AMTAC rates its sound reduction as being up to 30 decibels, and the can weighs 16.6 ounces. (

CZ S2 Ti Reflex

For 2018, CZ-USA has unveiled a new line of suppressors. The most interesting of the lot is the S2 Ti Reflex, which is made specifically for the new CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S2 Micro pistol, but will also fit Scorpion EVO 3 pistols after changing the handguard and barrel. The S2 Ti Reflex is a tubeless, fully welded suppressor designed by Aerocharger. To keep the Micro pistol short, the S2 Ti uses a 2-inch reflex chamber that wraps around the barrel so the weapon is only 5.2 inches longer with the sound suppressor mounted. A 17-4 PH stainless steel version, the S2 SS Reflex, is also available. (

CZ Ti Reflex

For those who wish to suppress 5.56mm, 7.62mm or .338-caliber weapons, CZ offers the Ti Reflex in three different sizes. Each model has a modular reflex chamber that can be attached to add an additional 3 inches of volume so the suppressor wraps around the barrel, or the unit can be mounted flush with the muzzle if the barrel does not allow it. The CZ Ti Reflex is direct-thread mounted and uses the same tubeless, fully welded construction as the S2 Ti Reflex. (

Daniel Defense Wave

The DD Wave is made via 3D printing, which offers far greater design flexibility and fewer potential structural weak spots than conventional builds using machined and welded parts. The baffling is made of nickel alloy without any seams and has a .30-caliber bore. The DD Wave mounts to Daniel Defense’s muzzle device via direct threading or a fast-attach system using Acme-type threads that are coarse enough to not become carbon cemented for easy removal. This can is 7.6 inches long, 1.5 inches in diameter and weighs 17.2 ounces. It’s also rated for full-auto use. (

Dead Air Wolf-9SD

Dead Air’s new Wolf-9SD is a true submachine gun suppressor made completely of 17-4 PH stainless steel using a tubeless, fully welded baffle stack. The Wolf-9SD is rated for 9mm and even supersonic 300 BLK rounds and can be configured into two lengths: 4.1 or 7.58 inches. Its diameter of 1.62 inches provides added volume for better sound reduction in a relatively compact footprint. The Wolf-9SD has a Cerakote finish and is available with seven pistons and six fixed-barrel mounts. (

Dead Air Wolverine

Soviet weapons like the AK-47 and Dragunov are hard to suppress because of the wide barrel, front sight and thread pitch variations between models. But this didn’t stop Dead Air from making the Wolverine, the only U.S.-made suppressor specifically intended for these rifles. The Wolverine is made with Stellite baffles and a stainless steel tube for extreme durability and full-auto fire. It is thread mounted and locks to the AK-47’s front sight block pin. Different thread inserts are available (include those for mounting on an AR-15), as is a .22-caliber end cap for better flash capture on AK-74 and 5.56mm weapons. (

Gemtech Aurora II

According to Gemtech, the Aurora was originally made for a pilot’s survival kit for the U.S. government. As such, it didn’t need to last long, but it did need to be compact. These parameters produced a commercially available follow-up that is only 3.5 ounces and 3.4 inches long. Instead of using baffles, it is filled with petroleum jelly and has eight neoprene wipes that sit between three spacers. The unit can be disassembled to replenish the ablative jelly or replace the wipes, which are effective at reducing sound but wear out after 30 to 40 shots. The Aurora II has 1/2×28 threading on one side and 13.5×1 LH on the other. (

Innovative Arms IASW

Innovative Arms makes integral suppressors for several firearms, such as the IASW model for the Smith & Wesson M&P15-22. Designed for ultra-quiet operation, the IASW ports the barrel to reduce the speed of high-velocity ammo to subsonic levels. This suppressor is made with a stainless steel monocore and aluminum sleeve, and it’s user-serviceable and full-auto rated. (

NG2 Defense MAXFLO 3D

Made from either Grade 6 titanium or 17-4 stainless steel, this suppressor is offered in 5.56mm or 7.62mm. Rather than contain or block gas as with baffled designs, the MAXFLO 3D channels it into an intricate series of passageways, creating turbulence and reducing heat and flash with the gas ultimately venting out the front of the suppressor on either side of the bore. The intent of this design is to eliminate backpressure, which causes a gas-operated weapon to run faster and hotter and can negatively impact the shooter with blast and debris. The MAXFLO 3D also comes with a lifetime warranty and a 100,000-round service life guarantee. (


For 2018, Operators Suppressor Systems (OSS) redesigned its entire line to simplify construction and save on costs. The resulting units that are lighter, stronger, shorter, a bit quieter and much cheaper than previous models. The new HX-QD 762 is suitable for weapons from 5.56mm to .300 Win Mag, and it’s full-auto rated for use up to 7.62mm NATO. Made from heat-treated 17-4 stainless steel and Grade 5 titanium, it mounts flush onto an OSS muzzle brake that is designed to self-tighten during firing. (

Rugged Micro 30

The Micro 30 is modular and features a Stellite core as well as a 17-4PH stainless steel tube and mount. The Micro 30 has a 7.62mm bore, is 1.5 inches in diameter, and 5 and 6.5 inches long in short and standard configurations, respectively. This suppressor was designed specifically for reducing sound at the shooter’s ear when using gas-operated weapons to account for the effects of backpressure. Rugged’s tests show that sound levels at the ear using the standard-length Micro 30 were 123 and 131 decibels for 300 Blackout and 5.56mm NATO rounds, respectively. (

Rugged Obsidian 9

The Obsidian 9 is a 9mm version of Rugged’s Obsidian 45 with the same durable materials and modular design. This unit can be used in its short or standard configurations and can handle full-auto 9mm and subsonic 300 BLK shooting. The baffles and piston are made from heat-treated 17-4 stainless steel, the aluminum tube is anodized and Cerakoted. This suppressor uses a non-slotted piston and rubber O-rings at the piston and between the module to trap gas inside the can, thus reducing sound better than other designs. (

Ruger Silent SR-ISB

Ruger’s integrally suppressed barrel for the 10/22 Takedown rifle is among the most interesting and versatile products the company has launched in the past year. The Silent SR-ISB uses a stainless steel barrel permanently attached to an aluminum sleeve containing six 17-4 stainless steel baffles. The barrel is about 10.5 inches long followed by the baffle stack. This is a very high-volume design that helps reduce sound and backpressure. It’s also easily cleaned because the baffles fit together tightly to keep gas and lead away from the tube, thus allowing the stack to be readily removed. (

Ruger Silent-SR

Ruger also makes a detachable suppressor that is durable enough to be used on .22 WMR and 5.7x28mm pistols and rifles. The Silent-SR is 5.37 inches long, 1.06 inches in diameter and weighs 6.3 ounces. It has a durable titanium tube, and the baffles, front cap and mount are made of stainless steel. Like the SR-ISB, the baffles snap together tightly to keep combustion gases inside the core without cementing together. (

SilencerCo Chimera 300

The new Chimera 300 is a versatile suppressor suitable for the 5.56mm NATO through the .300 Win Mag. The Chimera uses Stellite for the blast baffle, Inconel for the primary baffles and 17-4 or 316L stainless steel for the rest. The Chimera has no minimum barrel restrictions and is full-auto rated, according to the company. It measures a compact 6.9 inches long, 1.6 inches in diameter and weighs 20.1 ounces. It also uses the company’s ASR quick-attack mount and comes with a muzzle brake to fit it. (

SilencerCo Maxim 9

The Maxim 9 that debuted in 2017 is now shipping. This pistol has a polymer frame and uses a partially tensioned striker like the Glock. It holds 17+1 rounds of 9mm ammo but accepts larger Glock-type magazines. More importantly, the Maxim 9 is integrally suppressed thanks to a series of aluminum baffles with hardened 17-4 stainless steel cones held together with two rods like the system SilencerCo first used on the Salvo 12. It can be switched from a short 9.54-inch configuration to a long one (10.75 inches) by adding two baffles, and the entire baffle core can easily be disassembled for cleaning when needed. (

Silent Legion Multi-Caliber Kit

The Multi-Caliber Kit from Silent Legion is a titanium suppressor suitable for use on weapons from 5.56mm to .300 Win Mag. It comes with a kit that gives the user a choice of mounting the unit using direct threading or a two-lug QD mount on either 1/2×28 or 5/8×24 threaded barrels. More significantly, changing mounts does not add any length to the suppressor as other systems do. Simply unscrew the suppressor’s end cap and replace it with the desired one. (

Suppressed Weapon Systems MISB

Suppressed Weapon Systems’ patented Monolithic Integral Suppressed Barrels (MISBs) can be used on a variety of firearms, including rimfires, bolt actions and ARs. MISBs are bull barrels that are hollowed out in selective areas along their outside, forming cavities that gas is bled into from an integral muzzle device created near the end of the barrel blank. This system is a reflex design, not a ported design like most integral units.  A sleeve matching the diameter of the unaltered barrel fits around the unit and attaches to the chamber area to form a gas seal. (

SureFire SOCOM260-SPS

SureFire has added a lightweight addition to its SOCOM line of high-end suppressors. The SOCOM260-SPS is made of titanium and is designed for 6mm and 6.5mm rounds like the .260 Remington and 6.5 Creedmoor. This unit uses Surefire’s Fast-Attach mount with a secondary retention latch, and like all others in the SOCOM series, each SOCOM260-SPS must hold 1-MOA accuracy. The can is 7.9 inches long, 1.5 inches in diameter, weighs 12 ounces and is finished in black or FDE Cerakote. (

Wilson Combat WCR-22

Wilson Combat’s newest suppressor is designed for .22 LR cartridges. The core is made from K-type baffles made of hardcoat anodized 7075-T6 aluminum while the tube is made of Grade 9 titanium. To keep combustion gases away from the tube, which can make disassembly for cleaning difficult, the end caps thread into the baffles, thus providing compression and a gas seal. This approach also eliminates the need for added parts such as sleeves. This new suppressor is 6.4 inches long, 1 inch in diameter and weighs only 4.4 ounces, making it one of the lightest suppressors available. (

YHM Resonator

The .30-caliber Resonator from Yankee Hill Machine (YHM) is suitable for calibers up to .300 RUM with an MSRP of only $630. It uses a tubeless design where the baffles are fully welded together, saving weight and costs. YHM uses an Inconel blast baffle followed by heat-treated 17-4 stainless baffles, and rates this can for full-auto use with most calibers. The Resonator has a Cerakote finish, uses a QD mount and is supplied with a choice of muzzle device. It’s 7.83 inches long, 1.56 inches in diameter and weighs 16 ounces. (

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