Gemtech Announces The Aurora II E&E Silencer

Iconic silencer designer and manufacturer Gemtech has just announced the next generation of their Aurora suppressor. Like its predecessor, the Aurora II is a small wipe-based can that is light enough to operate without a Nielsen (booster) device. The new Aurora weighs only 3.5 ounces, has a length of 3.4 inches and an outer diameter of 1.125 inches.

Originally, the Aurora was part of a partially-filled government contract for an escape and evasion silencer for the military. Silencer Shop worked closely with Gemtech to sell a limited run of the remaining cans. Obviously, demand was high for the unique piece of kit, sparking the updated version.

One new feature about the Aurora II is that it is threaded on both ends. One side is threaded in a standard 1/2×28″ pitch, the other in a metric 13.5 left handed pitch. Very cool. One small downside is that, because of possible expansion issues when making contact with the wipes, the Aurora is rated for FMJ only.

It’s no secret that I am a fan of unique silencers and the Aurora II definitely fits the bill.

On a bit of a side note, I have fielded quite a few questions about the latest news that the ATF now prohibits the sale of Dead Air Ghost M wipes. Wipe-based silencers like the Aurora and Aurora II are not effected – Gemtech offers consumers an easy rebuild services as needed. Or, I have heard, but cannot legally recommend, that the materials to easily make and rebuild wipes are readily available online.

 

From the Original Aurora Product page at Silencer Shop

The Aurora uses 8 “wipes” placed inside of the tube and held apart by aluminum spacers. There is no booster/Nielsen device as the suppressor is light and small enough that most (virtually all) modern handguns will still cycle with the suppressor mounted directly to the barrel. The wipes are a disposable item and (in our testing) last for 8-12 rounds before becoming uncomfortable to shoot. As such, this suppressor is not intended for “range use.” It is however a really cool addition to a bug-out-bag or nightstand pistol.

So far, a handful of dealers/distributors have announced they will be selling the Aurora II for about $375:

Silencer Shop

Capitol Armory

Hansohn Brothers





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  • Neat as it is, being FMJ-only definitively precludes its use on a nightstand gun.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Initially, I thought the same and decided against it.

      But, it’s such a unique can that I can’t resist.

      • iksnilol

        Why is it FMJ only?

        • RocketScientist

          The stated reason in the article is out of concern that contact between projectile and wipes in the can could initiate expansion of a hollow-point projectile, causing damage to the suppressor.

          • iksnilol

            Oh boohoo, if we were “concerned” we would never accomplish anything.

            Just make the baffles have bigger holes, the wipes provide the sealing anyways.

          • HSR47

            It doesn’t have any baffles, just threaded endcaps at both ends: One end is threaded 1/2×28, the other is threaded 13.5×1 LH.

    • Anonymoose

      What about those Guard Dogs from Federal?

      • Pete – TFB Writer

        Just looked those up. Thanks.

      • It’s an interesting concept, but I’d still be worried that getting wiped would cause them to prematurely articulate and shoot all over the place instead of going straight and deep before coming apart.

    • John Yossarian

      Lehigh Xtreme Defender

      • Those bullets are completely dependent on hitting the target head-on with a high velocity for their unique shape to be effective, both conditions which are quite likely to be significantly altered by wipe contact.

        • Wow!

          Wipes don’t reduce velocity as much as it degrades accuracy. The Devel doesn’t need all that much velocity for it’s mechanism to work.

    • Wow!

      You could carry a devel style bullet. Lehigh has some, or you can swage it yourself.

  • RSG

    I just don’t see any practical civilian applications for this. I know they claim it’s a specialty item, but being constricted to only fmj precludes it from being used as a defensive item. Also, with wipe life at 7-12 rounds, by the time you figure point of aim shift, you’d probably have to replace the wipes. Which again, will shift the POI.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Check out the review at Modern Rifleman. He got a lot more rounds through his wipes than just a mag.

    • Wow!

      The big advantage is for conceal carry users and probably officers in the future. While the theory is that you won’t “hear” the gunshots in a fight, anyone who has gone through one and anticipates having to go through it again sometime in the future value any aid to hearing protection.

  • Bigbigpoopi

    Like to see it on a Block 26. Christ I wish the Hearing Protection Act would pass already.

    • Anonymoose

      Why not a 43?

      • Bigbigpoopi

        Good for 10 rounds, so they both “emprty” out in unision

  • Flounder

    This looks like it is designed for the HPA to pass with almost no considerations for if it does not.

    • HMSLion

      It’s not. The Aurora has been around in one form or another for about 20 years. The original buyer was, IIRC, the Air Force. Something to stuff into a survival kit for E&E.

  • FredXDerf

    “effected”…? Hmmmm.

  • Keiichi

    One step closer to disposable suppressors?

    • Wow!

      That will never happen unless the registration on silencers end, or people just start home building so much that the illegal law becomes nullified.

  • Arturo Suarez

    Definitely not a “my first” 9mm can and more of a novelty can for us civilians. I wouldn’t have an issue to slap this can on a P938 to keep in my nightstand.

  • Ben Pottinger

    This is exactly the type of product the hearing protection act will make truly compelling. Once I can buy very specialized cans without the hassle, 200$ and year long wait I’ll be estatic. I’ll certainly buy or build something like this, a few intergrals and probably a maxim9 style gun as well (I expect to see far more maxim9 type designs to appear if/when the HPA passes in some form)

  • Ben Pottinger

    I like the threading on both sides idea but wouldn’t fouling end up making it very very difficult to thread on the other side eventually?