Good morning everyone and thanks for joining us for the latest edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine – manufacturers of the new Resonator R2 with adaptable interface (additional information below). Last week we took you through the basics on how to buy a silencer; an important topic but admittedly a real snooze-fest. One commenter requested some extra hot baffle action for this week, literally pushing a suppressor beyond manufacturer recommendations. While I’m not ready to torch a perfectly good can, the point was taken – let’s spice it up this week with a look at shotgun suppressors.
As I continue to search for another decibel meter opportunity for our weekly reviews, I’ll be expanding our Silencer Saturday reviews to include more videos to give you a better idea on performance. Obviously, the audio associated with streaming a video over the internet won’t be a truly accurate representation of a suppressed host in the wild (or in captivity). But hopefully it will help with the overall evaluation process.
SILENCER SATURDAY #97: Shotgun Suppressors – Worth It?
Our look at shotgun suppressors this week was inspired by none other than James Reeves, who took us on a short Space Force journey to “communicate” with an alien species. When shit got real, Commander Reeves took up arms in the form of two 12 gauge shotguns, one of which was suppressed with a SilencerCo Salvo 12 from Silencer Shop. Here’s this week’s Halloween Special from TFBTV.
Anonymous Space Force Soldier – James Reeves
Pumpkin People – Actual Pumpkins
Texan Mission Control Operator – James Reeves
Engineer – James Reeves
Space Force Weapons and Tactics Tech – Laurence Fishburne
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Salvo 12 – Introduction
One of the first things you’ll notice about the Salvo 12 is that it’s extremely long in its fullest configuration. And while that might be an extreme advantage in certain extracurricular activities, it is rarely a highlighted specification in the silencer world. With all baffles attached and the choke and mount system in place, the Salvo 12 ends up adding 14 inches to the length of any host. Here, the host/Salvo combo almost looks as tall as JJ Reeves, Esq.
At 35 ounces, the weight can be daunting as well. However, if you keep the host barrel on the short side, the added weight is easily manageable.
The problem of length isn’t unique to the SilencerCo Salvo 12 – other, lesser known shotgun suppressors are also at least a foot long. But using available rod kits that are sold separately, the Salvo 12 can be configured in 6, 8, and 10 inch lengths.
The rods are used to guide the wads down the bore while still allowing the baffles to trap hot expanding gasses. The length tradeoff obviously comes with the price of reduced suppression. While the 10” setup is still respectable, the six inch setup is barely long enough to take the edge off the blast.
Various choke configurations are available for the Salvo 12 making host options plentiful. The mounting system is easy: screw in the choke of your choice and then mount the Salvo according to the instructions in the manual. My suggestion is to get a choke that is one level more restrictive than what you were planning to use – the Salvo seems to open the patterns up a bit. For example, rather than opting for a cylinder choke, consider a modified choke instead.
Salvo 12 – Pricing And Accessories
The Silencer Salvo 12 MSRPs at $999 which is down from the original launch days of I believe $1200-$1400. Shopping around you can find prices at the $799 level depending on the vendor.
Chokes and choke kits retail from $100 to $300 depending on the number and style of chokes selected.
To change the length of the Salvo 12, you need a rod kit for each option. They run about $50
Salvo 12 – Shooting
In its longest form, the Salvo 12 is impressively quiet, even on short barrel shotguns. My host, a custom Remington 870, has a 12” barrel threaded for chokes by Rose Action Sports. Obviously, the longer the barrel, the quieter the combination becomes. However, I had originally calculated a full powder burn at about the 12″ mark for 12 gauge shells. My other host that has been threaded for chokes is the Remington Tac-14 firearm – at about $300 it makes for a small and inexpensive setup for a suppressed shotgun.
Obviously, the downside to longer barrels is the pole vault-style weapon you’ll need to swing around in the field. For turkey hunting, a 14″ addition to a shotgun barrel may be a non-issue. But waterfowl hunters will definitely need to make compensations.
Salvo 12 – Ammunition
As with most suppressors, when your goal is maximum quiet, subsonic ammunition is a must. For today’s testing I used subsonic buckshot loadings from Detroit Ammo Company. They really are quiet, allowing us to hear the ring on the steel silhouette. The first part of this video is full speed while the second part is slowed to a 25% rate.Take a look.
Are Shotgun Suppressors Worth It?
For hunters, a shotgun silencer may negate the need for additional hearing protection depending on ammunition choices and barrel lengths. Of course, a long suppressor may make certain types of shotgun hunting difficult. Sporting clay shooters may face similar challenges with a heavy, long weight at the end of a swinging barrel.
Home defense users will benefit from a reduction of an ear-splitting blast but will need to find the right baffle/rod kit size to make the setup worthwhile.
To me, the Salvo 12 is best as a fun range toy – who cares if it is long and heavy, you are suppressing the massive blast of 12 gauge buckshot or slugs. At $800, the price is a bit outside of the normal “fun range toy” price, but I’ve definitely seen people blow more money on much worse guns and gear.
Have fun, be safe and we’ll see you back here next week for TFB’s Silencer Saturday.
Yankee Hill Machine – YHM.net – New Products
Quiet, Lightweight, and Cost Effective
YHM’s .30 caliber sound suppressor, the Resonator® R2, was created to provide the shooting enthusiast a quiet, lightweight and cost effective suppressor. The notched rim and tri-port muzzle on the end cap make it stand out among the crowd. Capable of being used on multiple calibers and host weapons, the Resonator® R2 can be used on rifle calibers ranging from .17 HMR through 300 RUM making it a great choice for all shooters. Like the Turbo® T2, the Resonator® R2 uses a tubeless design which consists of heat treated 17-4 stainless steel and a heat treated 718 Inconel blast baffle which allows the suppressor to be full auto rated and designed for rigorous use. Includes YHM-4302 Q.D. Mount of your choice.
Sound Pressure levels are as follows:
- 20″ Remington 700 shooting .308 Winchester 147 grain measured 135Db
- 16″ 6.8mm AR-15 shooting 110 grain measured 132.5Db
- 14.5″ 5.56mm AR-15 shooting 55 grain measured 132Db
The Resonator® ships with the Phantom® Q.D. Adapter, 2 suppressor wrenches, and a YHM-4302 mount. It will fit all YHM-4302, YHM-3302 and YHM-3102/YHM-5M2 mounts.
The Turbo® T2 was designed to meet the increasing demand for a quiet, yet lightweight sound suppressor that won’t break the bank. The notched rim and tri-port muzzle on the end cap make it stand out among the crowd. The Turbo® T2 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 overall length measures 5.59″ (6.5″ with Phantom® Q.D. Adapter) with a 1.5625” diameter -all while weighing in at a surprising 12.8 oz! Having an average sound pressure level of 134dB on a 14.5” AR shooting 55 grain ammo, the Turbo™ is well within the hearing safe threshold of 140 dB. Built with the same care, quality, and attention to detail that has defined the YHM® brand for generations. With an MSRP of $525 (which includes a Q.D. Muzzle Brake, Phantom® Q.D. Adapter and 2 suppressor wrenches) the Turbo™ was created to supply the modern suppressor community with a full-featured suppressor at an affordable price.
The TURBO® T2 ships with a Phantom® Q.D. Adapter, 2 suppressor wrenches, and a YHM-5M2 mount. It will fit all YHM-5M2 and YHM-3102 mounts.
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