Dead Air Armament Launches 7.62 Sandman Suppressor Line

Mike Pappas, formerly of SilencerCo, is coming to market via Dead Air Armaments with a three new suppressors; the 7.62 Sandman line.

From the press release:

The 7.62 Sandman-S® delivers performance in a small package. The “S” stands for short, measuring in at 6.8″ in length with a weight of 17.3 oz., making it the perfect cross-over can for 5.56mm, 300BLK and 7.62 platforms. The QD system features easy one hand removal in mere seconds without the wobble or seizing that can often times affect performance. Easy-on-easy-off with minimal point of impact shift or loss of precision. As an innovative 7.62 design first, the front cap is detachable and features an integrated flash hider. This affords better performance, particularly in low light conditions. The detachable front cap also provides some level of insurance when that “accident at the range” happens and the can gets dropped or abused. The front cap can be replaced trouble free without the need of sending it back for time consuming repairs.

The 7.62 Sandman-L® is designed for those demanding absolute performance in a suppressor. The “L,” or long version, is made and constructed from the same materials used in the “S” version and measures in at 8.9″. It offers true sound reduction of 31dB firing standard 7.62 ammunition. Just like the “S,” the long version uses Dead Air’s industry best QD system for fool-proof quick one handed mounting. The mount features Nitride® finished 17-4 stainless steel construction for the ultimate in durability. The Sandman-L® features a detachable front cap with an integrated flash hider. The whole suppressor gets a Cerakote finish for ultimate corrosion protection. The Sandman-L® is ideal for a tactical bolt rifle or a .308 AR.

For those demanding the ultimate silence from a precision rifle suppressor, the Sandman Ti® suppressor is it. It features a titanium tube with precision rifle direct threads and detachable front cap specifically designed for the challenging environments faced by law enforcement professionals. The exterior is finished in Cerakote for ultimate durability.

7.62 Sandman® Product Line Specifications:

7.62 Sandman-S 7.62 Sandman-L 7.62 Sandman-Ti
Length: 6.8″ 8.9″ 8.2″
Weight: 17.3 oz. 21.8 oz. 16.8 oz.
Diameter: 1.5″ 1.5″ 1.5″
Rating*: Up to .300 Win Mag Up to .300 Win Mag Up to .300 Win Mag
Finish: Cerakote body, Nitride Muzzle Device Cerakote body, Nitride Muzzle Device Cerakote Body
MSRP: $1,049 $1,199 $849

I am hoping to buy a suppressor soon (after completing the setup of a trust), so I am definitely keeping an eye on this company!

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


  • #datamine

    The opening sentence is awkward.

    Interesting they chose to only make the Ti in a direct thread. I’m curious to see how well the mounts do, I have mostly AAC cans and personally don’t like any of their QD mounts.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      The Ti thread-on makes sense to me. I have Surefire steel QD cans and they’re great, but my next cans will be thread-on and dedicated to their guns. The whole “save money!” approach to QD suppressors leaves out the fact that it’s just not ideal if you’re going to use your gun for more than plinking.

      17oz for the Ti can is a little disappointing however.

      • JSmath

        What are some of the specific drawbacks you’ve experienced with the QD-type cans you own?

        • JumpIf NotZero

          It’s not the cans so much as it is the applications.

          1. Most mounts SUCK. Surefire and some SiCo QD are good, thread over brake works fine but those aren’t real QD. For others like the AAC 51T, they are just too loose for precision.

          2. Take whatever weight a QD says and add 4oz for the mount. Not that it’s a big deal, but it doesn’t compare well to thread on cans. Mfgs leave these numbers out to have impressive specs on paper.

          3. Most importantly… A can on a semi-auto as an add-on sucks. Increased blowback is felt in the recoil, heard as a pop with the action opening early, dirtier, and less reliable. A can as part of the gun (rifle+can vs “weapon system”) is legit. You need to be able to tune the gas system and operation to the can. I have an adjustable gas system on my carbine now, but I still prefer a solid block with a port size tuned for the specific can.

  • Dave

    I used to work with mike. He’s a suppressor genius and is chill as f*ck. Such a cool dude.