Review: Bowers Group Suppressors

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Recently my friend Chris with Campbell Defense has become a Bowers retailer. He asked if I wanted to review a few of the Bowers suppressors, and it took me about a tenth of a second to respond with a yes!

The suppressors by Bowers Group are well known for their affordability and light weight, but as an added bonus they make a plethora of full auto rated submachinegun cans. I am a huge fan of sub-guns due to their low recoil, cheap ammo, and cheap parts (generally speaking), and it just seems like a suppressor is  a great accessory for any sub gunner.

Chris brought out a CAC 45 threaded for my Lage equipped M10, a VERS 9 with an UZI adapter, and a VERS 9s (a compact version of the VERS 9). Below is my M10 with the CAC 45:

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As per Bower’s website, “This suppressor is also suitable for 9mm and subsonic .30 caliber applications such as the .300 Whisper. It is 11.25” overall and 1 ¾” diameter. It is strong and light, weighing approximately 18 oz.” Retail is listed at $485 as well, which is a great price for a great suppressor.

The dedicated 9mm can with UZI adapter was neat. The suppressor’s attachment point replaces the barrel nut on the UZI and installation is quick and easy. Unfortunately all we had that day was supersonic ammo, but that did not stop us from getting in some excellent trigger time!

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Of course reviewing suppressors is hard, as it is difficult to describe the sound reduction, so I have shot a video to display them in action:

As you can see, the Bowers suppressor put a smile on my face, and with the new ATF eforms, transfer times have dipped back down to 2 and a half months (if you use the system rather than mailing forms the old fashioned way).

Now for the bullet points:

The Good:

  • Affordable
  • Quiet
  • Light
  • Multiple mounting systems available
  • Mounts interchange in seconds with just a wrench
  • Multi-caliber rated

The Bad:

  • NFA hassle of $200 tax and a wait (not Bower’s fault in the slightest)
  • Extra adapters are pricey, and the UZI mount is $100 more

The Ugly:

  • POI shift was about a foot high and right at 20 yards

All in all, I don’t think you can go wrong with a can from Bowers Group. If you own one, I would love to hear your feedback in the comments as well!


Alex C.

Alex is the Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog who was born and raised in Texas with years of experience in hunting, shooting competitions, and general collecting. A degree in History from Baylor University has contributed to his love of both early and modern firearms technology, but Alex is most fond of machineguns. Alex also owns a firearm consulting business licensed to produce title I and II weapons.
You can reach Alex at [email protected].


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  • BryanS

    That NFA tax is a great motivator to get politically active and educate lawmakers. Suppressors are not firearms themselves, and should not be regulated as such.

    (not that the government has any right to regulate firearms anyhow… )

    • TokenGimp

      You make a good point. Our government is always looking for new sources of revenue and this is a slam dunk. Due to popular misconception suppressors are not just for assassin spies. Suppressors are a good way to show respect for and not irritate neighbors with noise. We should really follow SA or NZ as a civilized country. See attached article; http://onlygunsandmoney.blogspot.com/2010/11/new-zealand-is-civilized-country.html

      • BryanS

        The manufacturer should be making money off of them, and the only money the fed should get from it is in a sales tax. Nothing more, nothing less. Much like a chimp with a flamethrower, you wonder how they got that much power and know that they cant be trusted not to hurt everyone including themselves with it.

  • bbmg

    It would have been nice to hear the Uzi with subsonics. Nice little test, and excellent choice of truck :D

    Was the POI shift consistent?

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Alex C.

      Ha, thank you. That is a fleet truck (I am in the vehicle rental business) that I borrowed for a few days. Great vehicle!
      But yes, I have purchased some subsonic ammunition and will try again to see how it does. Also the POI shift was very consistent and repeatable. I think the best thing to do might be to sight in a cheap red with a QD mount for use with the can.

  • David

    The POA shift is obsurd. That’s all I need to know about them

    • me ohmy

      hang weight out from of a piece of steel, something has to shift…deal

      • david

        The Surefire suppressor has no windage shift at all and only 1/2 moa down due to weight. Compare that to a 5ft shift at 100 yards for the Bowers No thanks

        • david

          “POI shift was about a foot high and right at 20 yards”

          Thats 5 feet high and 5 feet right, compared to Surefire’s 1/2 inch low and nothing right.

        • me ohmy

          surefires costs a grand…and isnt any more effective….I like Bowers

          • AAC

            If you’re shooting a gun then accuracy is important. So yeah, I’d say a 60 MOA shift is a reduction in effectiveness.

  • Micki Mahoney

    Finnish tests with suppressors on rifles showed POI shift of between 4 and 10-inch at 100 yards, due to altered barrel harmonics. But on a stubby SMG barrel, a 12-inch POI shift seems rather excessive at just 20 yards.

    Did you check for signs of baffle-strike, Alex?

  • claymore

    Next time you do a test on suppressors you might want to put your recording device out past the end of the barrel. What everybody is hearing now is the sound of the action, muzzle blast being directed out the open action, and the mechanical sound from moving parts.

    The industry standard when testing suppressors is 10 feet from the muzzle perpendicular to the barrel.

    That being said I like this type of story any and all suppressors bring them on.

    The shift in POI on these is quite large when other brands that I have test have had no impact..

  • AR-PRO

    I love my Bowers suppressor, I have the CAC 45 and use it on my AR SBR in 45acp, works awesome!

  • AR-PRO

    And it shoots the same POI with or without the can.