(VIDEO) SilencerCo’s new shotgun suppressor

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So of course the main question regarding SilencerCo’s new “Salvo 12″ shotgun suppressor is how quiet is it?

If you’ve ever shot a 12 gauge shotgun without ear pro, you know it’s really loud and can be pretty painful. Well check out my experience in this short video using a Benelli M4 with the 12″ version of the Salvo 12:

I’ll be getting a whole second day with hands on time tomorrow, so let me know in the comments if you want to see anything in particular in video and pictures.




Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion, author of “Shoot to Win,” and an NRA News Commentator. A self-taught amateur (and former Googler) turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.


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  • Andrew

    I wanna see/hear it on a KSG.

    • Andrew

      Also, since shotgun barrels are smoothbore anyway, does the 12″ suppressor maintain similar velocity/performance as if it was simply another 12″ of barrel? Any plans to make integrally suppressed barrels?

    • LCON

      So you can have the gun jam and not have everyone else notice?

      • JSmath

        I quit looking once they released, but for all the trash talk, I never once saw a video of the KSG jamming – several instances of the operator forgetting to switch at round 7/8 though.

        • M

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          Mine never has–

    • Ninjaofdoom

      I would too. Haters be damned, my KSG has been flawless. This seems perfect for the KSG.

  • Patrick Karmel Shamsuddoha

    I want to see a unboxing type vid explaining hoW to add and remove sections.

  • Sven79

    I’d like to hear the shorter models, and I’d also like to see how they break down for cleaning. Thanks.

  • TV-PressPass

    We’re in the golden era for suppressors. Chris: I’m curious to hear more about the square shape. Is there an engineering aspect or is it just for aesthetic design?

    • Michael Bergeron

      Given that so much of the squareness is below the barrel it is probably to allow for the proper amount of expansion area without completely obscuring the sight picture to a degree that you cannot see what you are shooting at, and not a purely aesthetic choice.

      • Stojespal

        It also seems to fit the general shape of the gun, at least as far as overall width and height. A suppressor that is close to the front profile is obviously a good idea.

        That said…now I’m wondering how it’d do if it were integral to the barrel and gun – something like the MP5SD series. You’d lose some shell capacity in a tube, but if you went with a box feed like a Saiga…

        • Michael Bergeron

          On a full length shotgun with a 28″ barrel you have plenty of room past the tube for the 12″ suppressor to take up that last bit of barrel length, for shorter barrels there are shorter suppressors.

        • Cymond

          I suppose if they wanted to really push the integral suppressor concept, they could produce barrels with volume off to the side, or down beside the magazine tube in a V-shape.

          • bbmg

            You could also create a full length suppressor that has a hollow to fit over the tube.

            Since we’re increasing volume, why not do something radical – hollow out the stock and make it pressure resistant, and run some tubing into it. It would keep your cheek nice and warm in winter to boot ;)

        • raz-0

          Why lose mag capacity? Why not just run the mag tube through the expansion chamber? IF the lost volume is too detrimental to suppression, just run some extra silencer off the end, but I bet you could get the overall length down a fair bit.

          • Richard R

            Something tells me running hot gasses over a tube filled with shrapnel and explosives pointed at your shoulder is a bad idea. Maybe if it was wide on both sides and flatter to accommodate the mag tube without being obstructed (and yeah, it would look like a Fake BMG compensator made of spray pained matchboxes, but if it works, screw the appearance function over form, am I right?) and you can even run the gas block for the saiga’s piston in the dead center of a setup like either my previously mentioned design, or the osprey style above. I love suppression technology and where it’s going. Truly magnificent!

          • raz-0

            You mean that tube that a gas operated semi auto runs hot gasses over?

            It won’t blow up, first mode of failure would be failure to feed due to the plastic shells distorting.

    • Paladin

      It’s essentially the same as their Osprey design. The eccentric design means that the suppressor can still have a significant internal volume, which is necessary to be effective, without blocking the sights or being excessively long.

  • ColaBox

    A suppressed shotgun is quit the contradiction. This needs to be in a Starburst commercial.

  • sianmink

    I.. I wanna try this on my 32″ Saiga bullpup.

  • Anonymous

    Stfu with your asinine questions. I want to buy it.

  • Paladin

    This would look so awesome on a short barreled shotty, it’s times like this I curse the fact that suppressors are illegal in Canada.

    • David Sharpe

      I wonder if this will be one of the announcements tomorrow…..doubt it.

      • Paladin

        I doubt they have the spine to throw us a bone that big, but I’ll keep hoping.

      • 1leggeddog

        highly doubt it.

        Saving our hearing and having respect for poeple living near a range makes too much sense for canadian politicians.

  • GUNxSPECTRE

    I can see Anton Chigurh smile; it’s creeping me out.

    • jpr

      Call it.

  • G0rdon_Fr33man

    I´m very curious to see the internal design of this thing, and how on earth they can justify the price tag.

    Another thing, what kind of ammunition were used? I imagine slugs to be extremely quiet, but I don´t see how the suppressor can effectively deny escaping gasses on buckshots.

    • Paladin

      A suppressor doesn’t have to prevent gases from escaping, it just needs to slow them down, and the wad creates an effective seal regardless of whether it’s pushing buckshot or slugs.

    • http://www.TopShotChris.com/ Chris Cheng (TFB Staff Writer)

      Since they are the only company selling it :) And of course, charge what the market will bear.

      I took a factory tour and the quality is really astounding. They control 100% of the production, compared to some of their competition who outsource their manufacturing. The result is a highly polished, quality product. There’s a lifetime warranty, and it even guarantees against “stupid” which I think is hilarious and awesome. Even if you screw something up, they’ll fix it up for you. I’ve read comments from SilencerCo customers who love the customer service and warranty. I don’t have any SilencerCo products, so I can’t speak personally.

  • Dr. Daniel Jackson

    Quick someone put it on a Serbu Super Shorty.

    • LCON

      I am wondering about AA12.

    • Jamie Clemons

      Only it would no longer be short.

      • Dr. Daniel Jackson

        But it would still be shorter than if it were on any other shotgun.

  • Joe Del Zotto

    Will there be a micro version of this suppressor? Not that the 12″ version isn’t effective it just looks massive.

    • Cymond

      Apparently, the suppressor is modular, and you can change its length by removing sections. Of course, this also reduces its effectiveness.

    • http://www.TopShotChris.com/ Chris Cheng (TFB Staff Writer)

      As noted by Cymond, you can remove sections to make it shorter, but you can also buy 6″, 8″, 10″ versions. Available Fall 2014.

  • John Kelly

    Is this really a big deal? We’ve had silenced shotguns in the UK for years, and they don’t cost as much as that.

    • justin

      They also suck.

      • John Kelly

        They don’t. I tell you what, I’ll shoot my moderated pump and you shoot this. They’ll sound exactly the same. except mine cost £300 all in. Yours would cost £1000+

        • Dr. Daniel Jackson

          Our prices are higher because over here in the US suppressors are heavily regulated its not like the UK where you can just buy one,we have to go through a bunch of ATF paper work,get approved by the local police cheif,pay a $200 tax stamp,and then we have to wait 6-8 months.

        • Pigsnguns

          You are mixing up $ & £.
          The msrp of the salvo-12 is £826. Places like http://www.silencershop.com sell them for a lot less. For example, I made two recent purchases from them.

          Silencerco Saker 762 msrp is £762 (lol) but they sell it for £527. Silencerco Harvester msrp is £439 but they sell it for £308.

          We also cannot import them from any country. Plus Silencerco has the best lifetime warranty in the business. You get what you pay for in this market. I’m glad you have the freedom to purchase silencers where you live but just because you got one at a great deal doesn’t negate the total value of this silencer. I, for one will gladly buy it.

  • LCON

    That video has made me have to change my Pants.

  • Cymond

    This might do for shotguns what suppressors have already done for rifles: encourage the sale of NFA models to preserve handling characteristics.

  • bbmg

    They seem to have achieved similar suppression levels to their 45 ACP pistol suppressors, which is quite an impressive feat. It would be nice to see a video like this one for the Salvo:

  • gunslinger

    neva been dun ba-four

    • atm

      I believe Red Jacket does already build several of the shotgun suppressors mentioned here, all for less that $1400.

      • http://aftermathgunclub.com/ Aftermath Gun Club

        My experience with the RedJacket shotgun suppressor, is that it is still much too loud.

      • http://www.TopShotChris.com/ Chris Cheng (TFB Staff Writer)

        There’s been plenty of chatter here at the event from guests who have shot the Red Jacket version. I have not heard any good things, and I haven’t shot it myself so I do not have an opinion. As with most things, it’s good to get your hands on a product and see for yourself.

  • eddie d.

    This could actually be a very reasonable addition to the KSG Tactical.
    With the 13″ barrel and the 12″ suppressor the OAL of the shotgun ( @ about 33.5″) would still be at least 5″ under an 18.5″ Mossberg 590, yet maintaining reasonable fighting accuracy and being fairly silent, without excessive forward weight shift.

    Shame the KSG is basically vaporware, let alone the shorter models.
    Don’t know if KEl-Tec even has any plans to release the shorties for civilian sales.

  • hydepark

    Definitely want to see the modular details in action. Maybe just a dismount, swap from largest to smallest configuration, then a remount. I’m printing out my Form 4’s tonight.

  • Stephen

    I’m all for suppressors but the reason I’m concerned is that there is a false sense of security about suppressors. Dropping from 140 dB to 137 sounds great (pun intended) however a person still can experience immediate hearing loss. The world health org and others have state that immediate hearing loss can occur at just 130 dB if the exposure is less than one second (one report claims it takes less than a
    quarter of a second).

    So I wish TFB would inform readers about hearing loss and that shooting any
    firearm will damage your hearing. Of course its not the same pain as pulled
    muscle or being poked with a needle; the only result is hearing in those
    frequencies is damaged and can never be repaired.

    For those that say “well since I already lost hearing from shooting guns, I’ll keep shooting because you can’t lose what you already lost” – yes I have heard people actually say this!

    This is false because there are multiple frequencies involved the report of a firearm and the facts show that more hearing loss occurs when people do this.

    I hope this helps.

  • Michael R. Zupcak

    Before I knew a lot about guns, I spent a whole weekend shooting 12ga’s at clay pigeons at a friend’s house in Pennsylvania. I had a constant ringing in my ear the entire time.

  • Michael R. Zupcak

    OK, now I just watched the video. That thing is SO awesome. I’m sure it sounds a lot louder at an indoor range, but I was still impressed.

    My first question was going to be “are those underpowered shells?” But if they’re powerful enough to cycle the bolt in a semi-auto, they can’t be that underpowered, can they?

    • David Sharpe

      Most newer semi autos self regulate for power. So they might be low brass.

    • http://www.TopShotChris.com/ Chris Cheng (TFB Staff Writer)

      I was shooting standard 1200fps (2 3/4 dram) #7.5 shot. It is AWESOME!

  • jamezb

    Lol that’s pretty quiet! I suspect this will be popular

  • Julio

    It looks quite neat, but is insanely expensive (on the basis of which, the 2014 brass-neck award goes to….Silencerco! A fine victory in the face of stiff competition from the rest of the US sound-moderation cartel, erm, community).
    It is also notoriously difficult to tell from Youtube-quality videos HOW quiet/loud a gun is, as the microphone tends to be limited to a decibel level some way below that produced by a gunshot; and with no suppressor-on/suppressor-off comparison sequence there’s no benchmark to compare the supressor’s performance against. Maybe that’s something you could add tomorrow, Chris.

    • http://www.TopShotChris.com/ Chris Cheng (TFB Staff Writer)

      Thanks for your post, Julio. I think the proof in the pudding is that I did not have to wear ear pro shooting a 12 gauge shotgun, using standard 1200fps #7.5 shot. I do like your idea of shooting the shotgun with and without the suppressor as a point of comparison.

      Alas, I didn’t have a chance to make that happen yesterday, but I will pass that suggestion on the SilencerCo team, or maybe I will have to come back to Utah to do it :)

      • Julio

        Hi Chris,thanks for your reply. If I’m a little sceptical it’s because I have some experience of suppressed shotguns. In fact, I own two: a Hushpower Mossberg M500 and a Laporte ProTrap II. Both are in 12g and feature permanently-attached suppressors that envelop most of the length of their barrels, giving them an internal volume considerably greater than the Salvo 12’s. Both can also be shot comfortably without ear plugs/muffs, but it’s still better to use protection since damage can occur well below levels that cause discomfort. IMO therefore, the benefit comes by way of *reduced* disturbance to neighbours or potential quarry. It is possible, however, that Silencerco in 2014 have done a better job than Hushpower or Laporte did more than a decade ago, and their development of a readily detachable shotgun suppressor is welcome in itself. In light of this, a direct comparison with the established BR Tuote model (mentioned elsewhere in the comments on your piece) would also be of great interest.

        • http://www.TopShotChris.com/ Chris Cheng (TFB Staff Writer)

          Great that you have all that experience, and your skepticism is understandable. I hope you get a chance to shoot a Salvo soon so you can see/hear for yourself.

  • wetcorps

    Were 3 posts about this the same day really necessary? If anything, it makes it hard to follow the comments.

  • Richard R

    I would like to see what it’s like on a pump, as I assume most of the noise was from the action of the M4. I’d also like to hear what it sounds like indoors at an indoor range. Other than that, bravo! I like the lowhung off-center and boxy design. Very modern and tactical in appearance.

    • http://www.TopShotChris.com/ Chris Cheng (TFB Staff Writer)

      On a pump? Your wish is my command!

  • Phillip Cooper

    How many posts are there going to be about this one product?

    They must have paid a fortune.

    • http://www.TopShotChris.com/ Chris Cheng (TFB Staff Writer)

      Hi Phillip, you must be new here :)

      All joking aside, TFB writers and the team are never, ever, ever, allowed to accept payment for articles on TFB.

      Since this was a live media event with a newsworthy product, I wanted to try and bring you as much “into the event” as possible. We try and do this with SHOT Show and NRA Show so you can get the news first here on TFB.

  • usmcmailman

    That’s as quiet as the one in “No Country for old men” !