SilencerCo’s Omega Silencer

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SilencerCo’s Omega silencer is new for 2015, and it’s designed to embody everything good about each of the company’s previous .30 cal centerfire rifle silencers. Perhaps its greatest feature is the one its meant for – its superior silence – but it’s also shorter and lighter than previous models at 7.09″ long and 14 ounces. Trying a variety of the company’s silencers today at 2015 Industry Day at the Range proved the hope behind the Omega is true, because it really does perform quite well. Its lighter weight helps to balance out the rifle and it is impressively quiet.

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From SilencerCo:

“KEY PERFORMANCE FEATURES:
* Lightest full auto rated silencer on the market at 14 ounces
* Shortest .30 caliber silencer available when using direct thread configuration
* Quietest .30 caliber silencer when using quick detachment ASR mount (included)
* Stellite blast baffle and titanium tube offer exceptional durability
* Warrantied for short barrels down to 10″ .223 Rem/5.56NATO, 16″
* .308/7.62mm NATO and 20″ barrels for magnum calibers
* Multi caliber from 5.7mm to .300WM
* Anchor Brake reduces felt recoil on a .308 to a .243 Winchester level
* Comes with direct thread mount (available separately), quick detach ASR™ mount, and muzzle brake.
* Compatible with Harvester Big Bore direct thread mounts and all existing Specwar ASR™ muzzle   devices”
To take a look at the Omega on SilencerCo’s website: http://www.silencerco.com/products/omega/


katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • Garret

    Also I think a key feature worth noting is that you can change the endcap. So if you would rather have a flat endcap than the Anchor Brake one then you can do that. However, SilencerCo has said that by going with the flat endcap you will sacrifice about 3dB of performance. I found that info particularly interesting. Hopefully there will be a 5.56 endcap as well since it does so well on their Saker7.62.

    • Rob

      Typically any kind of muzzle brake will make a firearm louder (at least to the shooter or others nearby). How does this brake make the suppressor quieter I wonder? Do they mean quieter down range?

  • sianmink

    A brake at the end of a silencer why hasn’t anyone else done this before?

    • Wagge

      Many companies have done this, Barrett for one.

      • jared

        I think barretts the only one ontill silencer co

    • iksnilol

      Old idea is old. Russians do it on their silencers (look at SVU).

      I have been also kicking that idea around but I don’t think I could earn much. Silencers are a though industry.

  • Muh?

    Disappointing that there’s no Saker mount compatibility.

  • Colin

    In this modern world of better material science,engineering ,design etc how come must good suppressors reduce noise by 40db to 120db-140db when in WW2 70years ago we produced Hi Standard ,Delisle ,Welrod at 70db-80db. 40db less than the best of modern technology. That’s a huge difference .where are the truly silent guns .Or have I missed something?.

    • iksnilol

      Better measuring equipment nowadays. Also most people in those days had a good deal of hearing damage (being in WW2 isn’t good for you ears). So a gun at 120 db was practically quiet compared to the normal 160 db guns.

    • LoneAone Rocker

      Because you are wrong on your information and comparisons. First, there is a big difference between a 22 rimfire going below the speed of sound, and 556 NATO that is well above the speed of sound. Now on to the .22 Hi Standard. It metered at 136 db. with a French Silencer using sub-sonic ammunition and 100 db with a FA silencer and sub-sonic ammunition. The 9mm Welrod metered at 125 db. using standard NATO ball at 930 fps (sub-sonic) I have no data for a Delisle. My information comes from the US Army Report R – 1896 Silencers: Principles and Evaluations. Now as a point of comparison, the metered sound of an AR action closing on a live round is 112 db.

  • CrankyFool

    Am I missing the dB rating on this silencer? Because if so … how do you miss mentioning that in an article about a silencer? It’s like talking about a rifle without mentioning caliber.

  • iksnilol

    How much length could they save by going with a reflex design? Also, would it work on a bull barrel.

    • Rob

      Seems like there would be a trade-off of noise reduction with a reflex design. You have less distance between the muzzle and the end of the suppressor so you are going to have very baffles for a given design. Even if you redirect gas into an expansion chamber around the barrel, you will still have fewer “wipes” to catch the gas before is gets out of the suppressor.

      • iksnilol

        But all silencers have an expansion chamber. Reflex designs simply put the expansion chamber behind the muzzle and have only baffles infront of the muzzle.

        • mig1nc

          I love my Ops Inc can. Would absolutely like to see more like that on the market. OSS seems to be taking on the mantle of over the barrel cans at this point.

  • Colin

    I say again how come we could produce guns that fired at 70-80db (see above ) but the best we can do now is 120 Db why have got worse in 70years?

    • Smootchie

      What gun ever fired with a 70-80db report?