Suppressor Spotlight: Alpha Dog Silencers

As the relatively new kid on the block, Alpha Dog Silencers is not playing it safe. The Alpha 9 centerfire pistol suppressor avoids the plain-old tube design with an offset bore, styled end caps and a top or bottom positioned rail depending on which way you decide to mount your can. Yes, a rail. Designed around creating more surface area for faster heat dissipation, the rail can also be used to mount accessories like lights, lasers and optics.

Now, as everyone knows, gun owners can be a bunch of skeptical, knee-jerk reacting negative ninnies at times. Not you, of course – other gun owners. So the sight of a rail on a silencer, for better or worse, has created a buzz for Alpha Dog. My suggestion: keep an open mind and read on.

About three years ago, Alpha Dog CEO Aaron Bethlenfalvy, left his position as Vice President of Cycling Sports Group designing bicycles for Cannondale, GT, Schwinn and other brands, to start Alpha Dog. Tired of the big corporate culture and armed with a passion for the shooting sports, Bethlenfalvy saw the current U.S. silencer market as boring. “Tubes. We looked at the current silencers and all we saw were tubes,” said Bethlenfalvy.


Alpha Dog’s first silencer to enter the market, the Alpha 9, is certainly not a boring old tube. The mainstay of the exterior is a full length, open cut rail that can be oriented on the top to hold optics like a micro reflex red dot sight. The theory for mounting a optic to the the suppressor is that there is a large set of customers who want to run an RMR, but don’t want to mill their pistol slides based on cost or aesthetics.


Alpha Dog Silencers: Alpha 9

Optics aside, personally my favorite feature of the Alpha 9 is the integrated sights built into the rail. Maybe you aren’t a fan of suppressor-height sights (based on cost, holster options or height) or they aren’t available for your host. Either way, embedding low profile sights into a suppressor is a great idea.

On the flip side, the rail can be oriented at the six o’clock position to use both lights and lasers. Whereas standard suppressed pistols have a tendency to block the path of a light from illuminating the most important part of the target, using a rail to move the light source closer to the muzzle eliminates those disruptive shadows. Even the iconic integrally-suppressed H&K MP5SD suffers from light-throw issues, sparking manufacturers like Brugger and Thomet (B&T) to manufacturer a mount that attaches to the suppressor.



Alpha Dog Silencers: Alpha 9



Alpha Dog Silencers: Alpha 9


Alpha Dog Silencers: Alpha 9



Alpha Dog Silencers: Alpha 9


Born and bred through rigorous research and development, design innovation, future-forward technology and materials, and the dogged pursuit of perfection, the Alpha Dog suppressor isn’t your run-of-the-mill add-on “can.” It’s precision engineered to look, feel, and act as a natural extension of its host gun— any pistol, any make and model. Learn more at Alpha Dog Silencers.

Ok, i’ll admit it: my first thought when I saw the Alpha 9 about six months ago was: “Wait. What?”. But, after thinking it through, silencer/accessory mounting options actually makes a lot of sense. I’m not saying it is a perfect fit for every application, but there is definitely a place for a rail on a suppressor. And, depending on any pending patents by Alpha Dog, I’d be willing to bet we will see other manufacturers follow suit in the next year or two, adding mounting options to their own models.

The Alpha Dog team is currently focusing on materials research for additional weight savings. “Especially in the rimfire market, I think we as manufacturers can do better,” says Chris Bollin, Chief Operating Officer at Alpha Dog. Currently, Bollin says they have no plans to include rails into any upcoming rimfire models, but nothing is off the table.

Without getting political, obviously being based in Connecticut creates its own challenges. But Bethlenfalvy, Bollin and the rest of the team have no plans to abandon their community roots. In fact, quite the contrary: Alpha Dog provides Connecticut residents with the opportunity to purchase the Alpha 9 at a discount and they even cover the $200 NFA transfer fee.

If Alpha Dog’s current research and design projects stay on track, there is huge potential to shake up the suppressor market, especially in the rimfire world. I wish I could say more, but for now we will all have to be patient and wait for their next release.

ADS is a great group of guys who love to shoot (quietly). Suppressor aficionados are lucky to have them in the marketplace.

Alpha Dog Silencers – www.

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  • thedonn007

    How well does this suppressor actaully work though?

    • Pete M

      Can’t wait to hear one sometime. All reports have been positive.

      • I would hope all reports would be muted.

        • Pete M

          Well done.

  • Patriot Gunner

    Of all the things they’ve added 1913 pic rails to, I’m surprised it took this long for someone to add them to suppressors.

    • plumber576

      I want pic rail ear piercing.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Wasnt there just another story about some can with rails…?

    • AHill

      I think it was the one about a Muzzle Brake with Pic rails.

    • Evan

      There was.

  • Porty1119

    The only thing I’d be worried about is torque applied to the muzzle by a heavy rail-mounted accessory, but I’d figure it to be within the limits of the materials.

  • Thumbs end at the left, light switch starts at the right… big issue.

    • Marcus Sedalia

      alligator arms? use a pressure pad then.

  • Jwedel1231

    I think that adding an RMR or other red dot to the top of a suppressor is stupid, but a light starts to make more sense.

    • Pete M

      I did at first too. Now I’m not so sure.

  • jamezb

    Looks great, but the proof of the suppressor is in the sound reduction and the quality, durability, and practicality, of the innards.

  • Theo Braunohler

    This could actually be useful for subguns that don’t have rails, e.g. MP5. Assuming they come out with fixed barrel adapter, you could maybe even put a foregrip on it, if it doesn’t get too hot.

  • Nick

    What a brilliant idea! Let me put a high end optic on a part of the gun that gets exceedingly hot. Brilliant!

    Voided warranty and zero shift, here I come!

  • DanR

    Like others have commented; what about the heat? I use suppressors, and I can’t imagine the heat won’t melt or distort lights or red dots?

  • ““Tubes. We looked at the current silencers and all we saw were tubes,” said Bethlenfalvy.”

    You mean like car mufflers?

    I’ll give you a hint – there’s a reason for that.

    • Marcus Sedalia

      Car mufflers are not round tubes. They are oval. If your hint was that you’re clueless we all got it.

      • Bless your heart.

        The definition of “tube” is: “a long, hollow cylinder of metal, plastic, glass, etc., for holding or transporting something, chiefly liquids or gases.”

        The definition of “cylinder” is: “a solid geometric figure with straight parallel sides and a circular or oval cross section.”

        Notice the word “oval” in the second definition?

        You can shut up now.

    • Marcus Sedalia

      Sorry. Your ability to copy and paste a definition from websters is still supporting your original “hint” of being clueless. The guy said “tube” not cylinder. Oval is NOT in that definition, is it? When you looked it up is that when you scrambled and decided to add the definition of a word unused in the article? It’s ok though kid. We understand how tough it must be living in moms basement.

      For the record, Car mufflers are not TUBES as you suggested so clearly above. That fake carbon fiber pineapple launcher on your Honda is not the muffler of your hand-me-down rice rocket.

      I am now done wasting time and energy on your stupid comment. Feel free to post as many nasty things as you’d like about me with no worries that I’ll respond.

      • In other words, you have no idea how the English language works.

        Run along now, adults are talking.

      • Although it is adorable how you accuse me of adding “words unused in the article”, when you were the one who inserted “round” into the conversation.

        As I said before, you can sit down now.

  • Cymond

    “Currently, Bollin says they have no plans to include rails into any upcoming rimfire models, but nothing is off the table.”

    Hmmm, considering most rimfire suppressors have a similar outside diameter, it should be easy to build a near-universal rail that would bolt on, like light mounts on shotgun magazine tubes.

    • Cymond

      Well, actually, I guess they already exist. These are meant for mounting accessories on scopes, but since they fit on a 1″ tube, it should work for most suppressors (not the Sparrow or Dead Air Mask).

  • lol

    yeah lets mount a light a foot away from the support hand, genius. now they should make a foot long tape switch to go with this abomination. YOUR DRUNK ALPHA DOG, GO HOME.

  • Weight vs bore concentricity. Also electronic optics vs heat…. Those don’t work for me. However the integral sights were a long time coming, and I like the notion of having it set to flip out of the way or ‘in the way in a good way’.