SilencerCo 6″ shotgun suppressor (VIDEO) + Q&A

On Day 2 of the SilencerCo release event, we got to shoot the shorter 6″ version of the new “Salvo” shotgun suppressor. With its shorter length, it is louder than the longer 8″, 10″, and 12″ versions, but I took about 10 total shots with no ear pro and it was fine. If I was going to shoot more rounds such as trap/skeet/sporting clays in one go, I might consider wearing ear pro, or finding a lighter load to see if it would further reduce the noise.

Here I’m shooting a Mossberg 500 series pump shotgun using regular 1200fps 2 3/4″ #7.5 shells, and I’m really impressed with the sound suppression.

Here are some answers to some common questions I’ve seen:

Q: How does it install? Are there chokes?

A: You have to buy proprietary chokes from SilencerCo which have a special threaded end for the suppressor. The chokes range from IC-Full and will be available in Fall 2014 for sale along with the Salvo. You can shoot the gun with the chokes installed, but with the suppressor removed. The installation is really straight forward where you install the suppressor and then turn a ring to tighten and clamp.

Q: Can you explain the modular feature?

A: If you buy an 8″, 10″, or 12″ version, you can remove sections of the suppressor to make it shorter or longer as you see fit. So the 12″ version can be 10″, 8″, or 6″ simply by removing sections

Q: What’s the price? 

A: MSRP $1400 – available in Fall 2014

Q: Does it affect recoil?

A: Yes, it greatly reduced perceived and felt recoil. I found it easy to keep my sights aligned and transition from target to target.

Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur 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. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.


  • mrsatyre

    I appreciate the time and effort that went into this video, but please consider either a) subtitles, or b) not recording at all without a proper mike during windy conditions.

    • Patrick Karmel Shamsuddoha

      Wind screens are our friends lol

      • Jow blow

        Even on the non windy days (looked mild in the video), you still need them. The microphone is more sensitive to the frequencies than our are ears and we filter out the background noise fairly quick(not a good thing at times because you become unaware that crowd conversations can become loud enough to reach exposure limits, same ways eyes adjusting can be bad for brightness). This is especially so after shooting with hearing protection in. So d*mmed if you do…

        Can we say “acute hearing loss” aka the “why we really do need suppressors” but that argument against stupidity and dangerous is so fact filed I’ll stop except for “the bleeding hearts plea for da children….” Why won’t O.S.H.A. think of all the Range officers, LEO, other employees and/or public around guns and require affordable & easy access to to suppressors for all their hearing safety and preservation……After all every police shooting volume of gun reports are high enough Decible Levels to do permanent hearing damage, double up on drive by and criminals who shoot their whole ammunition wad. Those poor children in gangland ghettos…….. If there are agencies that can force change they are IRS & OSHA who seem be able to bend rules/or rulings like the BATFE . Plus just because you’re earings aren’t ringing, not responding to normal 40-60 Decibel conversation and/or bleeding doesn’t mean damage wasn’t done. Our hearing is assaulted every single day of our lives. We are our own worst enemies in this (lawn mowing ranks up there i would have hated to hear it before mufflers) but the damage is accumulative. By the time you really start showing signs it is kinds too late, good hearing is wasted on the youth also. As far as any concerns over hearing things , what every is being said has to be louder than the back ground noise ambient decibel level to be heard and understood. So there is no excuse. you’re just dropping the over all attack level . Which is why we loose the voice in the video in spots.

        Anywhere can be issues, which the fibrous foam filter will also cut down on the high end(frequency) back ground noise. Some cotton balls could work as make shift filter for a flat mic on the camera.

        Feel free to use the industry nicknames for the bright colors cone covers which also to help identify which mic is which especially with wireless handhelds. Just if used close to people mouths wash those dirty things , they are know to be bacteria cesspools on par with congress. That lovely/obscene term for the covers is “clown c*ck”(s)

        If ever using a boom mic the simple movement from swaying can be enough to give the wind sound which I don’t see brown shadows(aka mouses) from the mic getting in front of the light sources. that and air vents for HVAC can also burn you on camera/microphone placement. Something to watch/listen for inside videos.

        Because one day TFB will/may grow to in house professional interviews. With better equipment. So lets get ahead of the sound issues and even dumber “vidiots” mistakes 😉 curve.

        The sound level was a little hard to tell because of the distance and wind noise but you do get a decent idea if you adjust for the sound for the operation of cambering the next round as the guide.

        • Guy


  • Garret

    What kind of ammo are you guys using? Subsonic?

    • BryanS

      Sound in dry air, at ~68F, moves at 1125fps, he stated he was using 1200fps ammo.

      • Blake

        Sound moves at the speed of 22LR!

        (Which is really really fast when GreatWall Mart opens in the morning if they’ve got any on the shelf!)

  • Rey

    Is the recoil reduced because slowing the gas down or the increased weight to absorb it?

    • claymore

      The gases exiting the barrel then impact the baffles in the suppressor bumping the firearm forward. If the baffles were not in the path the expanding gasses would have a unimpeded exit so no force is directed forward.

  • DEFCON_1

    Call it, friendo.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    “I don’t feel my ears hurting”, “My ears aren’t ringing” are not even remotely indications something is hearing safe.

    To even imply otherwise is sort of negligence.

    Hearing-Safer, yes. 6″ hearing safe, no. Don’t be dumb, wear plugs.

    • Stephen

      I totally agree Jump.

      I’m all for suppressors but the reason I’m concerned is that there is a false sense of security about suppressors when it comes to those that review them.

      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 stated 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 does occur when people shoot without ear pro.

      I hope this helps.

    • dan

      I can see this only being relevant in a case as you need said gun in a hurry and don’t have time for plugs, in my area coyotes killing live stock/pets etc…. in a self defense hearing damage takes a back seat anyway so agreed just wear protection

  • Blake

    TFB crew, in the last 24 hours we’ve had 4 articles on this shotgun suppressor & two on Cryptic coatings.

    What’s up?

  • claymore

    What are the specs on the use of decibel measuring equipment? The main one being how far and what direction from the muzzle. Are they using industry standard or their own?

  • DAN V.

    Q: What’s the price?

    A: MSRP $1400 – available in Fall 2014


  • dan citizen

    In the past BATFE has been not been tolerant of suppressors where you could remove/add a section to change length. Was there steps that needed to be taken or changes made to insure BATFE wouldn’t later decide the owner of a 12″ SALVO later be determined to own more than one suppressor?

    BTW, great product! I am super enthusiastic.

  • rabrooks

    I’m rarely impressed, but cycleing the action was just as loud as the shot? If I hadn’t seen the smoke when the auto ejected I’d of thought it was fake.
    I’ve had near misses that felt like a straight-pin in the ear-drum. That test-tone is a real drag.
    I want one! Maybe two or three! How does it handel an AR?