Silencerco History: Pre-Buyout SWR ASR A2 Flash Hider

Warning: This post may contain slight whining, begging, or pleading for said part.

Before Silencerco bought out SWR, one of the QD attachments available was the ASR flash hider as seen above. It was discontinued years ago and remains a bit of unobtainium that rarely if ever pops up on the used market.

A common issue when getting into cloning popular guns or a build you found a picture of that really spoke to you is manufacturers discontinuing parts. Sadly, this is one of those instances where the company decided it no longer needed to keep making the part.

While the SWR ASR mount isn’t 100% correct for my CQBR clone, it allows me to mount my Silencerco Saker and still look close to correct. The downside is these flash hiders were discontinued years ago and apparently hardly exist on the secondary market. Shame since the flash hider looks very similar to the Knights Armament Company OD flash hider that would be correct for the clone.

I have to know, do you have a favorite source for hard to find or discontinued parts? Searching for this simple little flash hider is driving me mad.


  • Joe Moore

    I would love one of these in .30 cal for my historical AR10 clone.

  • Elvis

    I’d like something like that in an AAC flavor. I am a hater of both muzzle brakes, and flash hiders with tuning fork like properties.

    • pun&gun

      Do you dislike the ringing?

  • BillC

    A post that is a solicitation; WTT/WTB. Hey, use the resources you got, I guess.

  • HemingwaysBeard

    I haven’t tried it myself, but you should consider sending out a wanted poster on ARFCOM.

  • TechnoTriticale

    Hundreds of auction site sellers will now put up listings…

    …for devices they don’t actually have.

  • Ryan L

    this isn’t the guy that wrote the post about trimming down his collection the other day is it?

  • Phillip Cooper

    Why not have a machinist make one? You’d be surprised how easy it is.

    • Bill

      Unless that machinist is you best friend my guess is it would run you $150- $200

      • Phillip Cooper


        You’ve got people paying $800 for a tube.

  • Anonymoose

    Try arfcom. Someone there probably has one.

  • Peter Nissen

    From prototype to current day – how many different variations of flash hider exist for the M-16/M-4 family?