How It’s Done: SilencerCo Releases Technical Video on the Salvo 12

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SilencerCo has released a full technical video on the new Salvo 12, revealing more information on the system. The video breaks down the entire suppressor, giving shooters a peek inside and if you watch carefully, it answers a few burning questions.

Key take-aways:

  • The system is compatible with slugs and “full-wadded shot” meaning it will not be compatible with all shells.
  • The suppressor is not Q/D. It looks to require a castle nut wrench to cinch down.
  • It implies there will be different choke profiles available.
  • The entire suppressor can be broken down for cleaning.
  • Inertia guns (at least the Benelli M2) will still function with the suppressor.

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  • Michael R. Zupcak

    I used to think AAC was top dog in sound suppression, but SilencerCo just threw down the gauntlet. It’s great to see innovation like this.

    • Paladin

      AAC may have been the top-dog, but they’ve been gutted by big green. Everyone who made AAC AAC have either left or been forced out, and now Remington is rebranding the whole company.

      • bbmg

        Silencerco actually have a video on their youtube channel comparing 22 rimfire suppressors, if I recall correctly the dB rating for the AAC is lower than their Sparrow yet they publish it anyway, that’s the sort of honesty I can get behind.

  • Derrick Ramsey

    I would love one… but I don’t make the kind of money required to own something like this. I understand there is a lot of engineering and work behind it- but its just not priced where average people can afford.

    • bbmg

      Having seen the internals, the price tag is much easier to swallow.

      • BryanS

        The internals look much like the old “Ramrod” paintball gun barrel, with 2 additional guide rods, before the outer shells are added on. (that, even new, cost ~$60)

        I can understand that the machining for those can be expensive, but also understand that the smaller market means that the cost goes up. If it was not for the NFA, the market would be larger, and the price also lower.

    • Michel_T

      I’d love one… Unfortunately, my government will not trust me with a muffler on my gun…

  • http://www.thegunzone.com/556dw.html Daniel E. Watters

    It would be interesting to see the decibel readings from a conventional barrel equal in length to the SALVO-equipped barrel.

    • Garrett

      Agreed. I would like to see some 18″ barrel tests.

      • Garrett

        Actually, it looks like they tested 18″ barrels in the video, that is my fault for not noticing it.

        To correct that statement, I would like to see some SBS testing. Something in the 12″ range, so adding the suppressor brings it to a modest 20-24″.

        • http://www.thegunzone.com/556dw.html Daniel E. Watters

          My original thought was comparing a longer barrel like a conventional 30″ versus a SALVO-equipped 18.5″ barrel. Most sporting models have the option of long barrels that wouldn’t require filling out a Form 4 and would cost less than a suppressor and its $200 tax.

  • bbmg

    Silencerco, here’s an armchair suggestion:

    Why not make the guide rods textured? In my head it would look similar to rebar.

    This would create friction which would slow down the wad but not the shot, meaning you could in theory get an effect similar to using wipes (as used for example in the Welrod: http://www.timelapse.dk/img/Welrod_Tube_Cut_Open_With_Projectile.jpg ) without losing velocity. The wad would take longer to go through the suppressor, “capping” it for a longer time and giving the propellant gasses more time to expand and lose temperature and pressure.

    • Paladin

      I’m pretty sure the rods are there to prevent the wad from opening prematurely, in which case something like this would kinda defeat the purpose. The shot needs to be contained up until it exits the suppressor, or you’d just be begging for a baffle strike.

      • bbmg

        You could do it for the last couple of inches of the suppressor to avoid this problem.

        • Giolli Joker

          I’d rather see interesting to have tubes instead of rods, made in an alloy with good thermal conductivity and filled with a coolant fluid in a closed circuit set in motion by the gasses themselves (think mini gas turbine as pump drive); the coolant then to release the heat in a finned heat exchanger on the bottom of the unit.
          (I have no idea if this would give a noise reduction worth the engineering complications, but cooling down the gasses should help – kind of a “wet” suppressor with no need to perform the wetting)

        • Michel_T

          Do like the old Lyman cutts compensator, and put the choke ‘after’

          http://picturearchive.gunauction.com/9041044501/8312023/e391c3852d4aa7bc13514195421496c6.jpg

  • salty

    finally something i am stoked about waiting 9 mo for dipshits in WV to approve!