Dead Air Announces Comblock “Kalashnikov Optimized” Suppressor

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With a rather coy announcement and single photo teaser-only, Dead Air Armament has announced the upcoming release of a suppressor designed for ComBlock weapons. Designed to look the part, the new can is purported to feature modern baffle design in a communist-design inspired housing.

The housing is based on the PBS-01 (Pribor Beschumnoy Strelby for those wanting detailed names) suppressor, originally designed for the 7.62×39 chambered AK-47. It was relatively quickly supplanted by further PBS designes including 2-5 which Nathanial F covers in some detail on the history of the 5.45. 

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Recoil juxtaposed the original can to the offered Dead Air suppressor.

Recoil was able to pry a few extra details from the Dead Air team including that the can would be compatible with AK-47 (7.62×39 mm) and AK-74 (5.45 weapons) and “available in common AK thread patterns”. While safe to assume 14×1 LH, other permutations are not guaranteed.

Recoil quoted Gary Huges of Dead Air:

At Dead Air we have always loved the AK. We wanted to build a silencer as tough as the gun it was intended for, that was thoroughly modern inside, and optimized for the unique challenges suppressing the Kalashnikov has always presented. We also wanted to keep the classic “Kalash” look, so it would be equally at home on a purists rifle as well as have performance that will make it a must have for some of the more modern takes on the platform.

Other details are scant and not forthcoming. We will likely see one and go hands-on at the NRA show in May, especially as many of the writers truly enjoy AK-based weapons.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Pete M

    This can alone may get me back into the AK game. Didn’t Arsenal announce suppressor ready versions at SHOT this year?

    (Insert ‘rifle suppresses you’ joke here)

    • NorwayBM

      Really? A suppressor will “get you back into the AK game”?

      • Pete M

        Yup. I ditched them all to fund more suppressors.

  • iksnilol

    I like the look. Though the problem with suppressing AKs is the lack of an adjustable gas block. Concentric bores is easy to solve in comparison.

    • Anonymoose

      Very easy to solve- just switch to a non-threaded front sight and thread the barrel, and once you’ve gotten that far you might as well go 5/8×24 since almost all .308 cans and devices are purposely wide enough to shoot .311 boolits through.

      • iksnilol

        Like I said, threading the barrel is easy. Adjustable gas system isn’t that hard now that I think about it. I remember one guy using a FAL adjustable gas port on an AK, whilst other folks have gone with the classic set screw in the gas block.

        Best to do something like that with one of those combination blocks (gas block + front sight in one). That way you can just hack away at the barrel. I did a quick mockup in PMG:

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/43171b83521a7bcb6b28daa1dbc2c99a498c3eb1f517d04513782dfa85e7d7b6.png

        Parts wise it would be a very cheap SBR, only unique component for that SBR would be a combined gas block. Everything else would be standard parts. I only added that 10.5″ M4 as a comparison in length.

        • Anonymoose

          Nice mockups. I would have compared the length with a QD flash hider, though.

    • me

      Yugo M70ab2. The grenade sight/gas block can easily be cut and bent into a lever for easy gas adjustment. (Free, only about 10 min of your time.)

      I think the last post about Rifle Dynamics had a similar Yugo adjustable gas block on their new milled receiver ak.

      • iksnilol

        Ah yes, rifle of motherland, includes bada$$ sniper mode lever. Even allow sniping with grenades.

  • Raoul O’Shaugnessy

    In Soviet Russia, gun silences you!

  • Harrison Jones

    Now I need to get an AK!

  • ThingsNwhatnot

    This is great, but I hope that it can be cleaned with relative ease for the people who shoot surplus ammo through it!

    • iksnilol

      Just shoot a round through it about every 8 hours and it should stay in good condition.

  • sean

    That is soooo sexy!!!

  • David

    Come on 24mm, no whammy no whammy

  • Pod

    My C39v2 shipped with a threaded barrel. Seeing this has my interest for sure.

  • SP mclaughlin

    The logo is very sneeki-breeki