Welcome back to the Reader’s Choice, where we ask for your input on what are the BEST products in various categories surrounding the firearms industry, let you Vote, and then watch as chaos unfolds in the Comments section! With the beginning of a new month, we have a new category for our Reader’s Choice Awards. For August, we are asking you what is the “BEST Suppressor – Rifle, Rimfire, Pistol & Specialty.” We will further explain what we are looking for in these different BEST Suppressor categories, but for now, we want to see a barrage of comments, arguments, and possibly compliments to people’s suggestions of what is the “BEST Suppressor – Rifle, Rimfire, Pistol & Specialty.” Let’s begin!
This is the 10th installment for our Reader’s Choice Awards. Based on feedback from our Subject-Matter-Experts, which are all of our beloved readers, we play around with the selection criteria and nominations. Many of you comment every month that you felt certain products were missing and should have been included on past lists. So in general:
- Each month we are going to host a poll that you can vote on
- Each month will be a different category (Optics, Revolver, Bolt Action Rifle, Concealed Carry Pistol, etc)
- The list of entries will be curated from the top sales in the preceding six months. This is solely to introduce some objectivity into it; there must be some popularity if it tops the sales list (or is horrifically expensive)
- You can vote for your choice every day while the poll is running and you can earn an extra entry for telling us WHY you chose it (we will pick some of the most creative and highlight them during the results post)
- At the end of the month, we will post the winning choice (along with the other results) and the company will get some bragging rights (if they want them).
You, the readers, get to suggest items that should be part of this poll. We will troll our own comments section and look for suggestions that have four (4) or more “upvotes,” and those will be added to the poll. Since you will be allowed to vote daily, there is always a chance that your suggestion could make it to the top! Even if you are late to the game in making a suggestion, we have already seen late entries gain momentum and make it very high in the voting!
Normally, we attempt to establish a baseline for your suggestions and voting, but this month is one of the most straightforward yet. We have established 4 categories for you to choose the BEST Suppressor in and they are pretty self-explanatory: Rifle, Rimfire, Pistol, and Specialty. In each category we provide roughly 8 or 9 of our own suggestions. Maybe we created a perfect starting list… Maybe it is tremendously flawed… we will let you decide through your suggestions in the Comments and voting in the polls!
Like always, suggestions can run the gauntlet from the el’ cheapos to the ultra expensive. The only problem is you need a rational argument for why you made your selection. So cheap or expensive, household name brand or specialty company… we will take any and all suggestions for BEST Suppressor – Rifle, Rimfire, Pistol & Specialty. Other than that, we as always are open to your suggestions through the Comments section. If you wholly believe something we did not mention is deserving of being on the list and winning… Let us know!
Once again, please Vote daily… provide us in the Comments with your own suggestions for the MANUFACTURER, MODEL NAME, and any other valuable information related to your suggestion so we all know what you are rooting for as the BEST Suppressor – Rifle, Rimfire, Pistol & Specialty… and entertain these BEST Suppressor suggestions to start (in no specific order)…
TFB Best Suppressors – Rifle
Lightweight. Versatile. Modular. The Nomad-30 exists for the everyday user. Designed to go everywhere you go, mounted on whichever rifle suits your job for the day. The Nomad-30 is made with 17-4 stainless steel and Grade 5 titanium. Weighing in at just 14 ounces you’ll hardly know it’s there. Featuring an improved high-efficiency baffle design, you’ll appreciate industry-leading sound reduction at the muzzle and minimal first-round-pop. Don’t let the lightweight fool you. It will enjoy long walks in the woods with you, but will also handle every bit of that rigorous training course. It ships in its direct-thread configuration with 5/8×24 threads. If you are already a fan of Dead Air muzzle devices, you’ll be happy to know the Nomad-30 is Key-Mo compatible. That means your Nomad-30 can have the same robust and proven quick attachment method as our Sandman models, giving you the best of both worlds. Plus, the Nomad-30 is compatible with all Sandman front caps.
The new Turbo® K utilizes a tubeless design made from heat treated 17-4 stainless steel along with a heat treated 718 Inconel® blast baffle. The combination of these materials allows the suppressor to be full auto rated and designed for rigorous use. The blast chamber of the Turbo® K is threaded to the popular 1-3/8”-24 thread which allows it to utilize many available mounting options currently on the market. The overall length measures 4.9” when in the direct thread configuration and weighs in at 10.5 oz. When using YHM’s Q.D. adapter, the overall length is 5.5” and weights in at 11.7 oz. Having an average sound pressure level of 138dB on a 16” AR shooting 55 grain ammo, the Turbo® K is within the hearing safe threshold of 140 dB. The Turbo® K is built with the same care, quality, and attention to detail that has defined the YHM® brand for generations. With an MSRP of $465 (which includes both direct thread and Q.D. mounts), the Turbo® K was created to supply the modern suppressor community with a full-featured suppressor at an affordable price.
The trash PANDA by Q is the Quickie Fast-Attach version of our half NELSON silencer. Designed with practical shooters in mind who wish to suppress multiple platforms, this silencer is short, lightweight, and hearing safe. 100% titanium construction with a PVD coating, fully rotary welded with no outer tube, and features standard size wrench flats on the front and back for easily install and removal. Each trash PANDA comes with a 1/2×28 and a 5/8-24 Cherry Bomb muzzle brake.
TFB Best Suppressors – Rimfire
What sets The Mask™ apart 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.
The Erector by Q is the definition of modular. The Erector is made up of hard-coat anodized aircraft grade aluminum baffles, a mount and front cap, complimented by a PVD coated, stainless steel blast baffle. Notice, we didn’t mention an outer tube. No outer tube means more internal volume, making this silencer so quiet it’s in a class of its own. It’s not only the quietest .22 silencer, it’s also the lightest at only 2.6 oz in it’s longest configuration. On top of that, it’s also the loudest, longest, and shortest silencer on the market… Wait. What? Configure this silencer with one baffle, or all ten to fit the needs of your host firearmand ammunition. The choice is yours… choose wisely.
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.
TFB Best Suppressors – Pistol
The Odessa-9 features a 1.1″ tube, allowing you to fully utilize your stock sights. That’s right, the Odessa-9 is almost as small as our Mask. It is also fully modular and can be shot in multiple configurations. 11 to be exact (well, 12 if you don’t use ANY baffles). If you stack only four baffles you’ll be close to, or below, hearing safe levels with subsonic ammunition. Stack on the full 11 baffles and we’ve hovered just shy of 122dB with HUSH subsonic ammo. With the smaller tube and this much modularity, your suppressed handgun life just got easier. The Odessa-9 is compatible with legacy pistons such as those from Silencerco and Rugged Suppressors.
The Osprey™ is the lightest, quietest, and only multicaliber polygonal centerfire pistol silencer on the market. The monocore baffle design in a polygonal package allows for greater internal volume and therefore better sound performance. The Osprey uses a patented cam locking system to index so that the flat sight plane can be lined up below the shooter’s line of sight, thereby avoiding blocking most standard pistol sights.
The ASP is 1.5” in diameter by 7” long, and as such is one of the smallest .45 pistol silencers offered. Weighing a scant 5 ounces, everything but the insert is aluminum to keep weight to an absolute minimum. The finish is tumbled and matte anodized.
This silencer will provide excellent performance on the HK USP Tactical and MK23 SOCOM, on standard-length 1911 variants, some Sigs, the occasional carbine and even Beretta 92Fs. The ASP is intended to cycle on .45 ACP pistols using full powered ammunition and 230 grain bullets. We recommend the brass cased CCI Blazer ammo as a budget conscious full-powered round. The can will continue to perform well using weaker rounds and calibers, but the firearm will not cycle in most cases due to a lack of sufficient recoil being generated by the round.
TFB Best Suppressors – Specialty
The Hybrid™ is the silencer for any platform. Compatible with pistol calibers from 9mm to .45ACP, rifle calibers from 5.56mm to .45–70 GOV, and many in between like .458 SOCOM, the Hybrid is both full auto and magnum-rated and can be used on pistols, rifles, and submachine guns. Boasting low-120 dB’s on .300 BLK and remaining hearing safe with .45–70 GOV, the Hybrid offers an unparalleled pairing of versatility and performance — a combination you’ve come to expect from SilencerCo products. The Hybrid is rated down to 16” barrels for .45–70 GOV and .458 SOCOM and down to 18” barrels for all magnum calibers up to .338 Lapua Magnum. With a slew of compatible accessories available, you can turn the Hybrid into the perfect silencer for any demand.
Nominally 1” in diameter and 2.8” in length, weighing in at a mere 2.6 ounces with a black cerakote finish. The Bowers BITTY is rated for .17 rimfires, .17WSM, .22, .22 Mag, .22 Hornet, 22 TCM, FN 5.7×28 and rated for full auto in .22. The BITTY on a .22 rifle performs akin to many other manufacturer’s full sized .22 suppressors. On a pistol it is small, fun and comfortable to shoot coming in well under the threshold for hearing safe. It is also hearing safe on a .22 Mag rifle. Our testing was performed with CCI standard velocity .22 ammunition.
The Thompson Machine Poseidon micro-9mm suppressor is truly one of the most advanced sound suppressors currently on the market. At only 4.125” long by 1.25” in diameter and weighing in at a feather-light 3.8oz, the Poseidon offers sound suppression comparable to industry-leading silencers that are twice its size and weight. Using artificial environment and wipe technology along with a proprietary mono-baffle stack, the Poseidon features a unique design that helps to seal in the end-user’s ablative medium of choice until the suppressor is used; thus eliminating a major downside of wet suppressors. In other words, your ablative medium won’t run out in your pocket! As an added selling point, the Thompson Machine Poseidon is also a true multi-caliber suppressor, and is very quiet on .22lr, .25acp, .32acp, 9x18mm, and .380acp host weapons. The Poseidon easily and fully disassembles for cleaning, and includes the necessary take-down tools at no extra charge. The Poseidon 9mm is available in 1/2-28, 1/2-36, or 13.5x1LH thread patterns.
Do you believe all of these suppressors we mentioned deserve being in the discussion?… Does this initial list suck?… Or do you agree with it?… What are your suggestions?… In any case, vote, let us know your thoughts in the Comments below, and make your suggestions for what you think would be appropriate! If you want to see a different product added to the voting list, make sure to include the Manufacturer and Model of the product. Only entries with 4 or more “upvotes” will be included.
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