Suppressor Spotlight: Innovative Arms

It’s not a secret that I love suppressors of all shapes, sizes and flavors. But from time-to-time it seems that a handful of manufacturers dominate the stage. And rightly so; there are some awesome silencers and accessories hitting the market and many of them are made by the “Big Three” companies (I’ll let you figure out who those are). But, there are a lot of other suppressor manufacturers that may not get the proper airtime they deserve. In the ‘Suppressor Spotlight’ series we are going to highlight the work being done by the lesser-known muffler makers.


Innovative Arms Grunt Mini 5.56 Exo

Innovative Arms, based in Elgin, South Carolina, is definitely not a “mom and pop” operation: they have an impressive line of silencers for almost every application and a professional website to display them all. While their bread-and-butter offerings may have started in the Grunt 5.56 and Grunt 7.62 line of direct-thread cans, the company has recently expanded into the quick detach market as well.



Innovative Arms Interceptor 5.56 QD

Most impressive is Innovative Arms’ extensive line of integrally suppressed weapons ranging from an expected Ruger 10/22 rifle to a Sig Sauer MPX pistol. Each gun is well thought out, refined and of course quiet. At a recent demo day held by MAC Tactical, an Innovative Arms dealer, I got some hands-on time with their integrally suppressed Smith and Wesson M&P 15-22. I was super impressed: Not only did it keep standard velocity .22LR subsonic, but it was really quiet for a semi-automatic rifle.


Innovative Arms Integrally Suppressed M&P 15-22



Innovative Arms Integrally Suppressed M&P 15-22

One of the Innovative Arms products that caught my attention is was the integrally suppressed Ruger Charger .22LR pistol. This gun looks like it would be the perfect travel companion for some quiet fun away from the range.


Innovative Arms Integrally Suppressed Ruger Charger .22LR


Innovative Arms Integrally Suppressed Ruger Charger .22LR


Innovative Arms Integrally Suppressed Ruger 10/22 Takedown


Innovative Arms Integrally Suppressed Ruger MKIII


All of our integral firearms feature a one piece billet core that is machined from 17-4ph stainless steel and are user serviceable. Each integral comes with a tool, however, you can also use any standard 3/8 drive wrench. No need to buy subsonic ammo to be stealth quiet, our unique design gives you subsonic velocities with standard and high velocity ammunition.

The integrally suppressed Sig Sauer MPX pistol also looks like a sweet package. All of Innovative Arms’ integrally suppressed guns are ported to eliminate the need for subsonic ammunition.


Innovative Arms Integrally Suppressed Sig MPX Pistol

Beside being, well, innovative, the prices of the products offered at Innovative Arms are very competitive. When we talk about a street price of around $500 for a full auto rated 5.56 can, the list of options on the market is pretty small. And besides being affordable, the Grunt 5.56 is also impressively quiet.

So, when you are researching your next suppressor purchase, don’t forget to check out Innovative Arms. Great products, great people.

Innovative Arms

PO Box 340, Elgin SC 29045

Phone: 803-408-9955


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  • chuckldotes

    “was super impressed: Not only did it keep standard velocity .22LR subsonic, but it was really quiet for a semi-automatic rifle.”

    Suppressors don’t keep ammo subsonic, standard velocity out of a 16″ or less barrel is subsonic.

    • Pete M

      The Innovative Arms 15-22’s barrel is ported and an integrally-suppressed gun specifically designed to keep standard velocity ammo subsonic.

      Non ported barrels keep standard velocity .22LR ammo subsonic when they are about 4″ or less.

  • Michael

    I would like to have a suppressor , but not willing to jump through the hoops to get one. If they ever got put on a 4473, then perhaps…but until the NRA decides to help with that I don’t see it ever happing ever.

    • Pete M

      The hoops aren’t that bad. Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.

      Have your read our ‘Beginner’s Guide to Suppressos’?

      • KestrelBike

        My first NFA experience was through SilencerCo’s NFA Easy Trust, then once that was done, Silencershop’s NFA-transfer system. It was an interesting (in a good way) learning experience and I haven’t looked back. For a newbie that has a apprehensive/negative view of these things, I don’t think the path I took is a bad one to actually get into it.

        Plus, once you’ve done all this stuff and have a better understanding of what it takes to participate in NFA and all the BS involved, you are able to talk about it with a bit more authority with people who are on the fence or who think we shouldn’t be able to own all this stuff.

    • kregano

      Same here. Sure, there are guides on how to do it and for setting up trusts, but that doesn’t make it less of a pain in the butt for the average Joe.

      Also, if you don’t like the ATF, asking someone to pay $200 on top of an already expensive item is a good way to reinforce the negative association.

      • john huscio

        Hearing protection act.

        • Michael

          Be nice to see it pass, but with the RINO in office and Obama, who will veto it if it did pass. I don’t see that happening. I just like to see the entire NFA law repealed.

    • Nicks87

      I agree, when is the last time the NRA tried to do anything concerning the NFA?

      • Budogunner

        That’s why the American Silencer Association was formed. They are a more specialized lobby group to make it easier for the common man to own these safety devices.

        • Nicks87

          Well that’s great but the NRA has way more money, power and influence than some group that few people have heard of let alone support. I don’t care enough about silencers to donate to the ASA but I have given/will give money to the NRA.

          • I find local CDL groups to be much more effective. Have been donating $50/yr (recent grad) to WVCDL. Now that we have constitutional carry, I’m donating $30 to california’s CDL, and 20 to wvcdl.

            Our local group is like half pro-2a lawyers or retired guys who can devote their time to things!

  • Nicks87

    Affordability, for me, is the key to suppressor ownership. It’s nice to see that some companies understand that a $200 tax on top of the price of a can is a lot for some people to justify spending. I think that if the manufacturers dropped their prices more people would get into the suppressor game which would eventually lead to getting them taken off the NFA list. Right now silencers are a niche, and with all the price gouging going on in the firearms industry, I don’t think things will change any time soon.

  • De Facto

    I’ll admit. I keep wanting an integrally suppressed pistol. I just don’t like the idea of losing the whole pistol if our politicians decide that NFA items are the low hanging fruit for their next gun control push.

    • KestrelBike

      I’m not sure I’d give mine up. Nah, I don’t think I would. Done nothing wrong, paid the tax, etc. Not going to happen.

      • Cymond

        If they decide to ban & confiscate, registration means that your only options are compliance, prison, death, or life as a fugitive.

        With that said, I’m currently waiting for my local dealer to receive my first suppressor.

      • politicsbyothermeans

        molon labe

  • C. Her

    6 months ago when I dropped $50 for a Trust, $800 for a suppressor, $200 in suppressor accessories and $200 check to Uncle Sam I slapped myself when leaving the dealer and asking myself “what have I done?”.
    Picked up my can 2 months ago and every time I pull the trigger on my firearm equipped with my can I just relax and smile and say to myself “life is great!”.

    • KestrelBike

      hahah I love that feeling of “omg… why did I just spend all that money” (and then you tell your gf it cost a fraction of what it really did… oh this glock? Just $200 but it’s worth it, y’know?…). Means I’m about to have fun in a day or two. I really haven’t regretted much.

      • I know, right? Custom built ARs never cost over 599 to build, no matter the parts!

  • iksnilol

    “Unique design” = 4 inch or shorter barrel for .22 LR