Since Laser Products first introduced their SureFire tactical flashlights, they have literally revolutionized the field. Lately, in addition to leading the charge towards LED-powered tactical lights, SureFire has also diversified their offerings with a line of sound suppressors, which are available in calibers from .223 and 6.8mm to .308 to .338 Lapua, including versions rated for full-auto fire. Of these, their FA556-212 drew my attention.
Originally named the FA556K (that’s how mine was marked) the FA556-212 is a shortened version of SureFire’s FA556AR; both are 5.56mm (.223) suppressors designed for AR carbines, and come equipped with SureFire’s patented Fast-Attach system. At 6 inches long and 1.5 inches in diameter, and boasting an advertised reduction to 135 dB (decibels) at the shooter’s ear, the compact FA556-212 weighs 16 ounces and adds a little less than 4.5 inches to the overall length of the weapon.