Blackhawk’s New Suppressor Line at NRA 2016

At the 2016 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting, Blackhawk! was present showing off their new products, including the new suppressor line we reported on earlier this week. Blackhawk! was also showing off their new improved GI triggers, which we’ll cover later in the article.

The suppressor line comes in seven varieties, which are compatible with more than twelve calibers:

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“Pulse” – .22 LR (full auto), .22 WMR, .17 HMR, .17 WSM, .22 WMR
“Smoke Stack” – .45 ACP, other pistol calibers below 0.45″, .300 Blackout
“Mini Boss” – 9mm handgun, .300 Blackout
“Gas Can” – Centerfire up to .308, 5.56mm full auto
“Barrage” – 5.56mm, .22 LR, .22 WMR, .17 cal
“Carnivore” – .300 WM, .308 Win/7.62mm, centerfire calibers below 0.30″
“Wrath” – .338 LM, other centerfire calibers below 0.338″

The new suppressors are not yet ready for the market, but Blackhawk! representatives informed me that they would be released later this summer. Prices will range between $400 to just over $1,000, depending on model.

Also at the Blackhawk! booth was their new drop-in GI trigger mechanism. This trigger conforms exactly to GI trigger dimensions, but features a new boronized surface-treatment that according to representatives penetrates deep (~1mm) into the metal to create an extremely hard, uniform surface that has excellent wear characteristics. According to Blackhawk! representatives, this treatment creates a trigger mechanism that effectively does not wear out, but gives a cleaner, much less creepy pull at the same pull weight and dimensions of a standard GI trigger, allowing it to drop in for agencies or services that require GI-spec trigger groups. The trigger also will ship with an alternate spring to reduce pull weight, bringing it down to the 3.5-4.5lb range.


At the show, Blackhawk! had set up trigger demos, and I found their trigger was a substantial improvement. I felt the demo GI trigger (all the way to the left) was very similar to my Colt’s bog standard trigger, and the two triggers at the show were substantially cleaner, although they still had perceptible creep. I found that the GI-weight Blackhawk! trigger also truly did have similar pull weight to a GI trigger, but with less creep, which is a plus for a duty trigger in my opinion.

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


  • Pete M

    Awesome. Thanks NF.

    As an aside, both Blackhawk! and SilencerCo have acknowledged that that these silencers are made by SilencerCo to Blackhawk! specs.

    • dave

      Good to know! Thanks for the info.

    • Budogunner

      That makes me confident about the build quality at least.

    • BillC

      No. They are not made by SiCo to Blackhawk specs. Thanks for trying. They are Sico designs that are NOT made by SiCo.

      • Pete M

        Got a source for that, Bill? I may have misunderstood my source, but you’ll need to do better than “Thanks for trying”.

        Logically, it seems more plausible that they would use SiCos manufacturing.

        Even though the manufacturing marks show “Overland Park, KS” they also say “Inert”.

  • Budogunner

    That is a long-ass. 45acp can… if they had to go that long to get decent reduction I question the efficiency of the baffle stack design.

  • Adam D.

    That Mini Boss looks like a really nice subgun can!
    Short and fat, seems similar in size to Delta P’s 7.62 can.
    Does anyone know the dimensions?

    • Pete M

      It’s basically SilencerCo’s Omega 9K.

      • Adam D.

        Thanks Pete!

  • sean