Ruger continues to expand its operation into areas it was previously unwilling to enter. This latest entry is a .22 caliber suppressor/silencer that fits their line of threaded .22 caliber rifles and pistols, like the 10/22 and the SR-22. Ruger said the following about the new suppressor, on their website:
The Ruger® Silent-SR™ sound suppressor features best-in-class materials and advanced design, resulting in a lightweight, compact size and top-tier sound reduction. It was designed and built by Ruger utilizing the very latest in fluid dynamic simulation and computer numeric controlled (CNC) machining equipment. The Ruger® Silent-SR™ is easy to disassemble and clean. Each piece snaps together to seal the baffles and keep the byproducts of combustion away from the tube and end caps. It is also strong and light, utilizing a titanium tube, aluminum rear cap, and stainless steel threaded mount, baffles and front cap. Ruger has selected the best material for each part to maximize strength and minimize weight without sacrificing durability.
- Reduces sound pressure levels of .22 LR, .22 WMR and .17 HMR pistols and rifles by up to 40 dB.
- Rated for .22 LR full auto, .22 WMR and .17 HMR pistols and rifles. Features a standard 1/2”-28 thread pattern for compatibility with most threaded rimfire firearms.
- Patent-pending outer tube and muzzle mount are interlocked to prevent accidental disassembly when removing the suppressor from your firearm. Disassembly tool is included.
- With a 5.37″ length, 1.06″ diameter and 6.3 ounce weight, the Silent-SR™is compact and lightweight for balance and portability.
- Easy to disassemble and clean, each piece snaps together to seal the baffles and keep the byproducts of combustion away from the tube and end caps.
- Utilizing a titanium tube, aluminum rear cap, and stainless steel threaded mount, baffles and front cap, Ruger has selected the best material for each part to maximize strength and minimize weight without sacrificing durability.
As noted by Caleb at Gun Nuts Media (hat tip, by the way), NFA sales have been soaring in recent years, so Ruger’s addition of a suppressor to their lineup comes as little surprise. The recent elimination of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) signature requirement for NFA sales will likely allow even more people to lawfully participate in owning suppressors, short-barreled weapons, and machine guns.
With the release of the new Ruger American 9mm and .45 ACP duty handgun, one can only speculate whether Ruger will continue to expand their suppressor lineup to include those two calibers, as well as possibly a .30 caliber suppressor for their Mini-14 in .300 Blackout, which already comes equipped with a threaded barrel. I am sure Ruger is watching the sales of the new .22 caliber can carefully, with an eye towards the possibility of introducing silencers in new calibers, but I also have very little doubt the Ruger suppressors will sell well.