TFB’s 4th Day Of Christmas: Rimfire Silencers

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No matter what religion you practice or holiday you observe, I’m asking everyone to pray that 2017 will be the ‘Year of the Silencer’. But we have to do more than just hope and pray. One good start would be to join the American Suppressor Association, a group that is helping to move the Hearing Protection Act through congress. If passed, the new law would essentially deregulate suppressors out from under the control of the National Firearms Act.

How else can you help? Pick up your suppressed .22LR rifle or pistol and take some friends and family shooting. There is nothing more awe-inspiring in the shooting world than a suppressed subsonic rimfire setup. After about ten rounds, they will all be hooked and want a silencer of their own. So be a good friend or family member and give the gift that keeps on giving – ‘Hollywood Quiet’. Want to be an even better friend? Pick up the $200 NFA transfer tax while you are at it.

Here’s the bad news: With NFA wait times starting to peak, there’s a good chance that this will be a 2017 Christmas gift. Consider the purchase something to look forward to all year long and take comfort in the fact that everyone will be waiting right along with you.

Listed below is a sampling of some of the best rimfire silencers currently available. These aren’t paid sponsorships – just my personal opinions and observations from the 2016 marketplace. Have a rimfire silencer you love? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

2016 was a roller coaster ride for suppressors. Let’s hope that 2017 is a steady roll of positive news.

NEW! – q El Camino – $400 to $450 (EST):

Although, it has yet to debut publicly, the El Camino by Q, LLC will be available in two builds: one made from stainless steel that will weigh in at 4.2oz and the other made from titanium that will hit the scales at 2.2oz. Owner Kevin Brittingham and crew have designed the El Camino to be accurate, light weight and easy to disassemble. Q’s first official silencer offering will be available exclusively through Silencer Shop so check in at the above link to stay up to date on order availability.

UPDATE 12/17/2016: The El Camino is now in stock at Silencer Shop.



DEAD AIr Mask – $449 (EST):

What sets The Maskapart is its marvelous performance and the ease with which it can be disassembled. It provides balance of performance, weight, and extraordinary cleaning intervals that are unmatched by the competition.

This isn’t a “me too” compulsory foray into the .22 suppressor market. We wanted the best and we delivered. The performance speaks for itself. Our .22 suppressor features a blend of titanium and 17-4 PH stainless steel construction for direct thread applications


SilencerCo Spectre II – $400 (EST)

The Spectre™ 22 has the quietest first round “pop” of any rimfire silencer and is made of durable stainless steel construction, which enables it to handle a range of ammunition from .22LR to 5.7mm. SilencerCo’s unique CTA™ (Click Together Assembly) baffle design makes the Spectre 22 equipped to handle the harshness and debris of rimfire ammunition with ease. After heavy use – even full auto .22LR – the Spectre 22 will remain exceptionally quiet, reliable, and user-serviceable.


Thunder Beast Arms Takedown 22 – $395 (EST):

This multi-purpose, heavy-duty small-caliber suppressor works great on pistols and rifles chambered in .22 LR, .22 WMR, .17 HMR, 5.7×28, and similar calibers. It is user serviceable and may be taken completely apart. The 22 TAKE DOWN is 5.6 inches long by one inch in diameter and weighs 5.9 ounces. The 22 TAKE DOWN has 17-4 stainless baffles and a Grade 9 titanium tube. The 22 TAKE DOWN suppresses the typical .22 LR rifle down to approx 114-116 dB.



Bowers Paradigm – $395 (EST):

These wonderful little cans are small, very high performance .22 LR silencers for pistols and rifles. The Bowers Group Paradigm .22 silencer is machined primarily from billet aluminum and comes standard with an ATAS™ mount and one included insert of your choice.


CGS Hydra – $300 (EST):

3.53 ounces. Aside from being the weight of a standard deck of cards, it is also how light the Hydra suppressor from Chaos Gear Supply (CGS) is. As far as silencers go, it does not get much lighter than this groundbreaking .22LR rimfire unit. Needless to say, its maneuverability is unmatched. Moreover, its ease of disassembly makes the Hydra’s maintenance beyond convenient, which affords more time actually running the can instead of cleaning it.


Innovative Arms Slingshot Micro – $400-$480 (EST):

Coming in at only 3.9″ the SLINGSHOT MICRO is constructed with a Stainless Steel outer tube body and a one piece monocore that’s machined from billet stainless steel bar stock.  The core design and durable material choices allow the SLINGSHOT MICRO to be .22lr full auto rated and can also be used with multiple rounds, such as .17HMR, .17 Mach II, .22 Magnum and 5.7 x 28. Maintenance is a piece of cake. The SLINGSHOT MICRO has only three parts, that’s it! Just unscrew the retaining nut and pull the core out. The colors options are Black, OD Green, Flat Dark Earth or Brushed Stainless.

The SLINGSHOT MICRO is available with a Titanium outer tube bodyand also in the 4.5″ full-size for optimal sound suppression. The Titanium Slingshot Micro has the option of staying the natural titanium color.



Davinci Arms Bambino – $340 (EST):

The Bambino suppressor from DaVinci Arms is their super-tough rimfire unit created from the evolution of the team’s baffle technology developed during a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant awarded by the U.S. Navy. This silencer is manufactured to withstand any/all abuse that you can muster, so put it to the test during your next gun-run visit. Moreover, its ease of maintenance is assured due to the retention/takedown tool being built into the pioneering design of the can.

Based in Ludlow, MA, DaVinci Arms is an up-and-coming silencer manufacturer that has ties to the U.S. Navy, which their parent company (FloDesign) initially developed an M4 integral suppressor system for in 2008. Employing cutting-edge ideas, the Bambino option is a new addition to the rimfire category.


TFB’s 12 Days Of Christmas:

Day 1:  Back Up IRON Sights – ‘BUIS’

Day 2: Tools

Day 3: Hearing Protection

Day 4: Rimfire Silencers

Day 5: Cleaning Kits

Day 6: First Aid And Survival





Day 11: (unthreaded barrels)

Day 12: (supersonic rimfire ammo)


LE – Science – OSINT.
On a mission to make all of my guns as quiet as possible.
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  • Graham2

    Ouch! These my be very nice but are way over the top specification-wise, as well as price!

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      You guys have it too good over there. Regulation spikes US prices.

      • Graham2

        Apart from no pistols and centrefire semi auto rifles of course!

        It’s true regarding moderators though, I can buy a two-piece SAK moderator for $50 and they work very well indeed and are simple to strip for cleaning, or a more upmarket Hardy (imported all the way from New Zealand!) for $100. The Innovative Arms can in the article looks very ‘similar’ to the Hardy and it’s 4 times the price, plus a tax stamp of course. The best centrefire moderator I’ve come across over here is the modular Evolution model from Wildcat Rifles at $250. It’s a real shame that you can’t get them over there.

        • Pete – TFB Writer

          That’s awesome. Let freedom find us all eventually.

      • Sianmink

        There’s a few rimfire cans out there that are in the $80-150 range, some of them are even quite good!

        Trouble is it’s a hard sell to buy a $100 can and have to pay a $200 tax on it.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Give me a 10/22, one of these cans, a case of ammo and a few acres of land and ill be a happy boy. Jesus, what id give to be able to go for a nice walk in the woods with no phone for a few hours.
    Or weeks.

    • Drew Coleman

      10/22 Takedown + Tech Sights + SiCo Sparrow + CCI Standard = HEAVEN

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Indeed. Heaven.

    • uisconfruzed

      Where do you live?
      That’s our back yard, God’s good.

    • jcitizen

      I don’t know…. and it was the old days (back in the late 70’s), but I fired a full barrel silencer NFA registered Ruger 20/22, and although it sounded pretty good with the 22 shorts we were shooting, it didn’t sound half as good as a plain old Remington 550 with a floating chamber and .22 long subsonic ammo. I see no reason to use a silencer when you have ancient technology that works even better!

  • cwp

    The irony of a silencer manufacturer being located in Massachusetts — where ownership of silencers by us plebs is illegal — is pretty thick.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      I know it. I give them props for operating in enemy waters. YHM is in Mass as well.

      • cwp

        I guess. On the one hand, I can’t help but feel Massachusetts doesn’t deserve those jobs or the tax revenue. On the other hand, I’m sure YHM and DaVinci are doing their best to change the situation. I wish them well.

      • USMC03Vet

        No it just enables hypocrite politicians that pretend they care about safety but have no problem taking in the tax revenue from it.

        • Pete – TFB Writer

          I don’t disagree with you.

          • carlcasino

            Business Tax? =Oxymoron,
            I never paid a business tax, I paid a PASS ON tax.

  • commonwealth109

    Tactical Solutions’ Axiom can (.22LR – 5.7×28 rated) is a good deal. Got one on sale for a hair over $300..

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      TacSol makes great stuff. I’ve just never had the chance to hold one, let alone shoot one.

  • USMC03Vet

    Still more than I’m willing to pay for a metal cylinder.

  • Gol

    I have a dumb question. If the Hearing Protection Act passes, would that mean that in states that suppressors are currenly banned, they would then become legal since they’d be treated as a firearm? Eg: Illinois where as far as I know supperssors are still banned.

    • Steve Truffer

      They’re currently treated as a firearm, requiring all markings for an NFA firearm. HPA would only take away the “NFA” part, removing the lengthy tax stamp process. If a state bans them now, they’d still be banned.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      That’s not a stupid question. The truth is, no one really knows. However, much like state AWB, I’m guessing silencers outlawed will remain outlawed even if a version of HPA passes.

    • Gol

      Ok, thank you guys for the answer.

  • Cymond

    These are all obviously premium cans, but I think the Rebel SOS deserves mention for being only $99.

    I hadn’t heard about Q before, but I have a Dead Air Mask pending since July.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Good point.

  • uisconfruzed

    Don’t buy an aluminum can (In this list-Bowers). It’s weaker and you cannot clean the lead off with hydrogen peroxide/vinegar, it’ll eat the aluminum.
    I’ve the SilencerCo Sparrow & it’s great.
    If I was buying one I’d look at the TBAC and the SilencerCo Specter 22 at less than $400.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      I have an aluminum SiCo Warlock with thousands of rounds through it. Cleaning never takes more than 10 minutes.

      Don’t write off Bowers. Some of the lightest/best cans (and people) going.

      • uisconfruzed

        I’m not writing them off, I’m writing off Al cans.
        Getting the lead out of my Sparrow SS can be a real chore sometimes.
        I’ve used the peroxide/vinegar solution once in 6 years & it was the only thing that cleaned the lead out.

        • Pete – TFB Writer


  • Jones2112

    Well, I’m not a religious person, but I be hoping that the hearing protection act passes…

    I’ve held off being able to protect my hearing because of the stupid NFA BS on suppressors…

    I really only want a suppressor for my 22 pistol and rifle…i

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      I agree with you. But, the hassle is worth it.

      • Jones2112

        I’ll wait to see how the hearing protection act comes along, I realize its going to take a minimum of two years to get it done but I’ve waited this long, two more years is a cake walk…$500 can buy another firearm, ammo etc.

        If the hearing protection act passes and gets signed by Trump I can pick up a 22 suppressor for a couple of hundred bucks, not pay a ransom and not wait for permission…

        • Pete – TFB Writer

          I hear you. Can’t argue with your logic.

        • carlcasino

          I paid the $900 + $200 but 50 years to late to save the hearing. The upside is my 120db sounds like the Hollywood model to me. It did stop the involuntary flinch from the supersonic crack though.

          • Jones2112

            Yes, it’ll come to late for some, I’m in my mid 50’s so I still have my hearing albeit not as good as it used to be…