An Affordable Suppressor from Radical Firearms

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Jeremy S. at The Truth About Guns reviews an affordable AR-15 suppressor from Radical Firearms that retails for around $350 and comes with a generous lifetime warranty. Jeremy writes

First, some stats. The RF 5.56 is made entirely from 316L stainless steel. It’s 7 inches long, 1.5 inches in diameter, and it weighs 20.7 ounces on my scale. It’s finished in high-temp Cerakote. What this all means is that it’s a bit longer and heavier than your average 5.56 suppressor, and due to the materials choice it is not full-auto rated. It is rated for use on as short as a 10.5-inch barrel, though, and carries a lifetime warranty as long as you don’t violate those two restrictions (no full-auto, 10.5+ inch barrel).

If/when the Hearing Protection Act is passed into law, and I think there is a good chance it will at some point in the next four years, the market for affordable suppressors will explode. The pent up demand will result in all sorts of innovative and low cost suppressors.

 

 



Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Renegade

    Where did he crib the material from?

    • thedonn007

      Are you talking about thr article? It is linked, thetruthaboutguns . com.

      • RocketScientist

        I’m guessing (seriously, total guess here) he’s referring to the fact that TTAG has a VERY bad rap about stealing other’s copyrighted creative material from the internet without attribution (or with no permission, and legally insufficient attribution). If you google: TheTruthAboutTheTruthAboutGuns (all one word) there should be a website of that same name that shows up which details a lot of it. I have no idea how truthful that info is, nor do I have a dog in the fight. Not trying to say one way or another whats true (because I don’t know myself). But its a known reputation in the online gun community, and I’m guessing Renegade’s comment was referencing that. That is, he was asking where Jeremy S, the TTAG writer, “cribbed” (ie stole) the material from.

        • Renegade

          This.

          I honestly never paid attention to the cribbing rumors until I witnessed it with the Fun Show Song. Started doing some research and discovered it wasn’t the first time a TTAG writer “borrowed” material from elsewhere. Haven’t been on TTAG since.

          • We get along fine with that writer. Patrick says he’s a good guy and wouldn’t crib anybody else’s material.
            No way in the world we would allow a link or post to go up if there was a question about it’s origin.
            Bottom line is we all do better when we cooperate on some things.

    • I don’t believe that’s the case or Steve wouldn’t have linked to it.

    • Funny guy, that Renegade 😉

  • thedonn007

    I can see a lot of pin and weld builds in the future when HPA passes.

    • Herr Wolf

      Seriously- somebody could semi-mass produce a decent can and sell it for $125 and still make $. Say goodbye to all of the $500 uber-cans.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        You aren’t getting the point, you are talking about can price, he’s talking about SBRs.

        People won’t SBR their guns to suppress them if they can buy a cheap and easy to get can then just pin it on. Pinning a can now takes dedication as it’s a registered part and expensive.

        Why would you have an 11.5″ SBR with a 6″ can when you can just pin that can on and make it part of the gun, tune the gas system for it, it’s not like you were going to ever really shoot suppressed anyhow.

        And fwiw, a good can will still cost $500-1000

        • David Harmon

          I don’t see a good can costing more than $300 if the HPA gets passed.

          • Budogunner

            They still will. The companies have to recoup the R&D, and anything with inconel and/or robotic welds involves evocative machine time.

            More than anything, I would expect a booming DIY market and kits galore. Both of which would be very welcome and contribute to design innovation.

          • David Harmon

            Those costs are already sunk. All the manufacturers now that already exist, do because the price is so high. With the legalization the costs will be recouped by high volume margins instead of through highly optimized margins.

          • Historic Weapons

            Quality cans will still be available, but expensive. The welfare DIY cans will be around, but will not last as long as a real quality can.

        • rdsii64

          What will also happen once HPA passes is that you can walk into a gun shop, put down your money and walk out with a legal length suppressed rifle. Daniel Defense sells a 300 blackout that now only requires one tax stamp because the barrel and the baffle core are one. you simply screw off the exterior of the suppressor “part” for cleaning. These types of rifles will become more common because once HPA passes they will not need a tax stamp at all.

  • Sunshine_Shooter

    Don’t wait for the HPA to pass, it’s not likely to (in my opinion). Just buy your cans now. If it does pass, you’ll be refunded your $200 anyway.

    • thedonn007

      I doubt you would be refunded your $200. How many years back would they go with the refund?

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        Directly from the Act:
        “Any person who pays a tax on a silencer after October 22, 2015 may receive a refund of such tax.”

        Unless that part gets cut out (always a possibility), then your $200 will get refunded. Even if it didn’t, how much time with your can is $200 worth? A month? two? If the Act gets passed in 2 years and you’ve had your can for 18 months at that point, won’t it be worth it?

        • JumpIf NotZero

          That is the text, but it’s weird because prior-NFA items could be refunded so I don’t really get how they would handle that.

          • They won’t and that part alone could kill it.

          • Chris Cosby

            If it passes and that is an if(I hope it does) chances are the refund part will either be removed or it will be changed to a date in the future.

            I sadly question if we will get it to pass at all. It would be really nice if it does though.

          • I doubt it passes but of course I hope it does. That refund part will be removed of that I’m sure. The government doesn’t do refunds well.

        • iksnilol

          “May”

        • uisconfruzed

          That $600 would be awesome to have back!

        • Historic Weapons

          ^^^^^^This was the original deal when they pursued the HPA.

  • Phillip Cooper

    If this comes to market, I’ll buy at least one.

    • Kathy

      They’re available. SilencerShop sells them for $350 and they’re usually in stock from what I can tell.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Radical is pretty much to be avoided imo. The threads about why are out there but short story is if you are trying to save money on an NFA purchase – you can’t afford an NFA purchase.

    Buy once cry once.

  • USMC03Vet

    Make suppressors affordable again.

  • North Polar

    Mind you, these are the same guys that had barrel extensions unscrewing with use and other issues. Should be torqued to ~100 in/lbs.

  • A Fascist Corgi

    That’s still way too expensive for a threaded metal tube with baffles.

    • Historic Weapons

      You have no conception of what it takes to make a quality suppressor. Knowledge, R&D, machinery (CNC/CAD), materials, labor, etc.

  • I have to disagree. When you don’t have a lot of money, it makes the difference between what you want to do and what you can do.This is the case for me.

    • Historic Weapons

      I can guarantee you that 99.9% of the $200 tax cry babies waste as much or more than the $200 in booze and cigarettes each month. Or spend that money in dirt bikes, four wheelers etc. Like the man above said they were neve in the market for a can.

  • cawpin

    Why are we still giving this company coverage? They have had several severe (and somewhat dangerous) quality control issues, one due to using reverse engineered reamers instead of getting licensed for the caliber involved, and have had barrels go out with no rifling. Lastly, one of their company leaders showed up at a writer’s house after a bad review. This is not the kind of company we should be supporting.

  • rdsii64

    The SOS from Rebel silencers is modular, and cheaper!!