B&T AG’s Glock 42/SIG P238 Suppressor

B&T AG (formerly Brügger & Thomet AG) of Switzerland have introduced a new sound suppressor targeted at the .380 subcompact market. The suppressor is partnered with a barrel either for a Glock 42 or a SIG P238 pistol. Designed to be smaller than other suppressors, it still offers hearing-safe sound suppression of about 28db (about the same as a pair of ear plugs). B&T has released through their YouTube channel a brief, but satisfying video of the new product:

A unique extruded hexagon-shaped wrench is used to replace a rubber wipe at the end of the suppressor, a design feature presumably included to reduce the size of the can as much as possible. Specifications are below:

Technical Specifications:
Item Number: SD-988380
Caliber: .380 ACP
Attachment: M12x0.75 Thread
Diameter: 30mm
Length: 125mm
Length Extending Weapon: 118mm
Weight: 132g
Material: Aluminum and Steel
Sound Suppression: 28dBA

Item Number: BT-15220
Weapon: Glock 42
Caliber: .380ACP
Barrel Legth: 89mm
Thread: M12x0.75

Item Number: BT-15214
Weapon: SIG P238
Caliber: .380ACP
Barrel Legth: 80mm
Thread: M12x0.75

The suppressor should be available in the future through B&T’s distributors, though no word yet on pricing or shipping dates.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • Giolli Joker

    Next Mossad’s tool?
    Interesting video and product!
    Apparently the Glock owner can operate faster! 🙂
    (the Sig owner operates with more class)

    • Ethan

      I was thinking exactly that: What a great platform for.. er… “discrete social work”.

  • Matthew Brennan

    Nice European product. Wipes are a no go in the US market because an owner would have to send it back to the mfg for servicing.

    • Ethan

      Why are wipes a no-no? There are numerous designs in the US that have an option to use wipes.

      • Matthew Brennan

        Think of wipes as a sacrificial baffle. They are only good for a limited number of shots and then must be replaced.

        It is my understanding that the BATFandreallybigFires has declared wipes to be “suppressor parts” thus a “suppressor” requiring SOT 2 replacement/manufacture.

        In Europe, generally, suppressors are not regulated the same, making the use of wipes more practical.

        • Ethan

          Very Interesting… I had heard the opposite, though not from any official source. I’m curious if anyone has s link to the ATF ruling on wipes..

  • Ian Thorne

    Meh, a not super effective supressor for a very not effective round. And at that point you are negating the small size of the handgun, so why not step up to a round that is worth a damn at that point?

    • Ethan

      It think it focuses on being really quiet, very portable (for a suppressed pistol), and moderately concealable all while still poking much bigger holes than a 22LR.

      – 380 is naturally sub-sonic (unlike most 9mm). Good news for suppressed work.
      – Its a common round that expanding HP’s are readily available for
      – When assembled its still compact enough to be about as concealable as a full size duty pistol, but with a shorter grip.

      Basically, think of it as a suppressed 22 pistol that throws expanding Ø.355″ slugs.

  • Ethan

    I’m a really big fan of minimalist suppressors. Unless bleeding edge silence is your absolute top priority, is it really worth an extra 3″ of length to achieve that last 8-10% boost in performance?

  • It’s a wipe. It helps reduce decibel levels without increasing length or size, but the wipes have to be replaced regularly.

  • I do not know; probably depends on the wipe.

    • It depends upon the projectiles used too. Round nose bullets are friendlier to wipes than flat noses and JHP.

      • Giolli Joker

        I wonder if firing a JHP as first shot through a wipe would clog it with rubber, like it happens on many JHPs on denim test.