WOLVERINES! Dead Air’s AK Silencer Shipping Out

Comrade, the time has come. Dead Air Armament’s Wolverine PBS-1 AK suppressor is dropping in to distributors across the US. If you remember from our MOD Outfitter’s story a few months ago, the Wolverine is designed to tame both ejection port and gas port noise as much it supresses the muzzle blast. It also looks pretty awesome.

In addition, the mounting system takes into account for the likelihood that your AK has muzzle threads that aren’t concentric to the bore line. A common problem for combloc barrels that weren’t designed for anything more than a slant brake.

Wolverine PBS-1 Specifications:

Length: 7.4″ (with thread adapter)
Weight: 19.8 oz – 24.4 oz depending on mount
Diameter: 1.5″ tube, 1.93″ outside diameter
Finish: Cerakote body with nitrided parts
Min. Barrel Length: No Restrictions

MSRP is set at $1,099 but a quick search of the distributors I frequent shows that street prices are hovering at a hair over $900.


Dead Air Wolverine PBS-1 @ TFB.


Dead Air Wolverine PBS-1 @ TFB


Dead Air Wolverine PBS-1 @ TFB.


Dead Air Wolverine PBS-1 @ TFB.


Dead Air Wolverine PBS-1 @ TFB


Dead Air Wolverine PBS-1 @ TFB



Dead Air Wolverine PBS-1 @ TFB

Dead Air (and MOD Outfitters) owners Gary Hughes and Mike Pappas have put a lot of thought into the Wolverine and it shows in the details. Mounting options are plentiful and the overall design matches the aesthetics of AK-patterned rifles with all lengths of barrels.

Speaking of mounts, here are the thread pitch options:

  • 14×1 LH (included)
  • 24 RH
  • 26 LH
  • 5/8×24
  • 1/2×28
  • 15mm
  • 16mm
  • 9/16×24 (LH and RH)
Dead Air Wolverine PBS-1 @TFB

Dead Air Wolverine PBS-1 @TFB

Dead Air Wolverine PBS-1 @TFB

Dead Air Wolverine PBS-1 @TFB


Wolverine PBS-1 In  Full Auto (Facebook):


How The Mount Works:


Since I currently don’t own an AK (I’m working on fixing that), most of you thinking about picking up a Wolverine will have yours long before me. Let us know when you pull the trigger for the first time. Bonus points for Red Dawn themed action shots.

Interested in picking up a Wolverine? Here, let me help you with that:

Capitol Armory – http://www.capitolarmory.com/dead-air-wolverine-pbs-1.html

Hansohn Brothers – http://hansohnbrothers.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=59&product_id=429

Quiet Riot Firearms – http://www.quietriotfirearms.com/product_p/dapbs1.htm


Dead Air Armament – https://deadairsilencers.com

1270 Progress Center Ave, Suite 100
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Phone: 844-293-6778


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  • Sasquatch

    Man no ak? You do need to fix that.

    • Pete – TFB Writer


      Had four, decided to get out of the game…

      • Sasquatch

        Aw man need atleast one.

        • Pete – TFB Writer


          • Sasquatch

            Got a picture?

          • Pete – TFB Writer

            It’s going to be a surprise… ordered and heading direct to a magical place where it will be born again hard.

          • Sasquatch

            I love surprises! Can’t wait to see it!

          • Pete – TFB Writer

            Thanks for reminding me that AKs are a requirement for any respectable gun owner.

          • Sasquatch

            Any time my man.

          • Yang Jackson

            For your sake, I hope it’s going to Jim Fuller’s crew @rifledynamics. I sent them my Arsenal SL39 and they sent back a lean, mean, fighting machine. Smoothest action on an ak I’ve run in my life!

          • Pete – TFB Writer

            I emailed them last year. No reply. No worries as I know they are busy.

            But you are right on one part – I’m starting off with an Arsenal. It’s just headed somewhere else.

          • Yang Jackson

            Sounds familiar…I had a hard time getting a hold of them as well. I’ll be waiting to see what kinda work you get done. Arsenals are a great rifle to start with????.

  • Gus Butts

    AKs with mounted PBS-1 suppressors look extremely good, stylish and sexy. This one from Dead Air looks even better.

  • Andy Hills

    Can someone explain how/(or what) they are doing the following “Wolverine is designed to tame both ejection port and gas port noise”

    • JumpIf NotZero

      It’s a low back pressure design. Since AKs are already over gassed, adding a can increases the peak bolt velocity / cyclic rate / reduces the dwell time / makes the action open early.

      They are saying their design does not increase back pressure much. It’s absolutely going to increase port noises and back pressure compared to unsupressed – however it would only be noticeable at all because of the missing muzzle blast. A more normal cyclic rate means cleaner and more reliable when suppressed. Best suppressed rifles have gas systems tuned for the can.

      So it’s a relative term. Tames port noises compared to other cans is what they mean.

      FWIW: ironically, crappy cans also do this. The less effective a can is at the muzzle, usually, the less backpressure it creates. There is a balance of at muzzle noise and backpressure (action pop). For another example mini cans are usually louder at the muzzle, but at the shooter’s ear are sometimes quieter than full size cans. The truth of supersonic semiauto rifle cans right now – is there is NOT ONE SINGLE can on the market that is hearing safe to the shooter, AR or AK. People get wrapped up in db numbers on rifle cans but it’s stupid. They are all too loud to be used without plugs – fact.

      So, if db numbers don’t matter in rifle cans (and they definitely don’t), weight is the most important factor factor, then mount, then backpressure, etc etc, price and sound at the bottom.

      In this regard, I do still find it curious of how heavy the Wolverine is, but I don’t care, not an AK guy.

      • Drew Coleman

        To clarify – you mean there’s no hearing safe cans for supersonic rifle rounds. Subsonic 308 and 300 blackout is definitely hearing safe.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          I believe I wrote “supersonic”.

        • HSR47

          What’s the benefit of subsonic .308 over .300 blk? I could see it making sense if there were .308 bullets on the market that were significantly heavier and/or longer than will work in .300 blk, but such bullets don’t really appear to exist: It’s fairly easy to get even the heaviest .308 bullets on the market past the sound barrier in .300 blk.

      • claymore

        Soup CANS???

      • iksnilol

        In Europe at least, many manufacturers post at ear numbers. I just find a lack of at ear numbers to be shady practice.

      • Todd

        As the designer of the Wolverine working with Mike and Gary, I’d like to clarify some misinformation above.

        JumpIf NotZero is correct in his description that the port noise is reduced compared to other suppressors by decreasing timing on the bolt opening. The Wolverine does this a few ways, only one of them is by using a generous bore.

        We spent a lot of time designing a baffle system and bore that would excel at balancing reduction at the muzzle, while not holding so much pressure in that it all gets thrown back at the shooter when the chamber opens.

        HOWEVER, it’s NOT true that a suppressor being used to shoot supersonic ammo can’t be hearing safe for the shooter and it also doesn’t have to be a “crappy” can. This has been echoed a lot on the forums by people justifying chasing dB numbers at the muzzle.

        Let’s break it down. You have two primary things happening here:

        1. Supersonic crack of the bullet (which is over 140 dB). I have no control over the crack of the bullet, BUT, since that sound propagates from forward of the muzzle, it really doesn’t impact the shooter so much. For example, a bolt action rifle will usually meter in the low 130s at the shooters ear depending on barrel length. This is considered just fine.

        2. Ejection port noise on a semi-auto (which can easily be over 140 dB–and just a few inches from your ear). The trick here is to delay the bolt opening as long as you can. A good gas regulating system like the Bootleg adjustable carrier or Superlative Arms gas system are both phenomenal, by the way. Ironically, some piston systems like PWS’ and Superlative Arms’ drop in system are incredible too.

        The trick is to ensure the bolt stays closed long enough to not uncork the chamber when there’s still considerable pressure behind it. A suppressor that is very optimized for muzzle reduction (especially bolt action ones) will always provide great muzzle numbers, but poor results at-ear on an automatic action. They’ll then be marketed with the phenomenal muzzle number. When people shoot a suppressor like that, they quickly give up on at-ear results because they’re just that bad.

        The right suppressor with the right gas system gives you the ability to have a hearing safe at-ear rifle. Most manufacturers don’t bring up at-ear numbers because there isn’t a standard for it and most don’t do development with this in mind because of it. It’s harder to market and it’s just too easy to flash a random number in front of a shooter in a highly produced video. As a “shooter-centric” company, we’ve sound tested at the ear from day 1.

        JumpIf NotZero, I’d like to formally invite you to our Kamas, UT office to test one of our suppressors with our calibrated sound test system. You’ll have to cover the travel expense, but I’d happy to let you get a first hand experience with this!

        Best Regards,

        Todd Magee
        Director of Engineering
        Dead Air

        • Pete – TFB Writer

          Thanks for coming by, Todd. Looking forward to getting my hands on a Wolverine.

        • Great info Todd!

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Todd, I’m out of travel days this year, but maybe I’ll get with you around media day at SHOT if you’re doing that, otherwise that sounds like a great offer.

          In the meantime, I REALLY look forward to seeing Deadair post a video of AT SHOOTERS EAR db testing of an AR or AK with supersonic rounds that show results under 140db in any scenario. Because from my own testing it can’t really happen, which was the simple statement I made.

          • Todd

            It would be awesome to have you come by! Just let me know. I should be at media too.

            The Sandman suppressor makes it pretty easy to get an AR under 140 dB with the right gas system. AKs are a lot harder. It’s a pretty broad distribution when you test them and results can be very host firearm dependent.

          • thewubs

            you guys seem like nice dudes. Nice customer service precedent and transparency. Way to go.

  • santi

    Would it be so sacriligious of me to not use this on an AK? I mean look at all those thread pitches!

    • Todd

      It’s amazing on a Rasheed carbine. ;-).

  • st381183

    They need to send one to the AK Operators Union and to the Military Arms channel.

    • Sasquatch

      Probably in the works.

  • iksnilol

    I like the short AK, the first one pictured. Slap a red dot on, sight in for 300 meters, enjoy. 😀

  • BrandonAKsALot

    Anyone know what the method for compensating for eccentric bores is? I’ve been curious since these guys have been dropping teasers. I’m guessing a larger bore in the supressor. I’m definitely wanting to pick one of these up eventually.

  • pbla4024

    No 14×1 RH?
    That’s what Sa vz. 58 uses, right?