Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by our friends at Yankee Hill Machine. Yesterday marked the end of SHOT Show 2020 which is always an awesome, but grueling week of early mornings, late nights and dozens of miles traveled on foot. Unfortunately for me, I spent most of my time in meetings for a special project we will be debuting in a few weeks. Which means I didn’t really set foot on the floor until Thursday afternoon. Thanks to our best-in-class team of writers and videographers, we were able to bring you a high volume of interesting new releases. I spent my limited time on the floor putting together images for a 2020 SHOT Suppressor Show.
I was also able to catch up with industry leaders and friends and finally get face to face with people I’ve always wanted to meet in the silencer industry. The list includes, SIG, Dead Air, YHM, CGS Group, SilencerCo, Rugged, Thompson Machine, Energetic Armament, B&T, Silencer Shop, AMTAC, Gemtech and more. The below listed companies had a TFB writer and/or videographer assigned to them for SHOT coverage. So if you don’t see the information you need and there isn’t a corresponding article or video, hang tight, we are publishing SHOT content through 1/31/2020.
Above: The SIG Sauer 338 MG with a SIG Machine gun suppressor at SIG’s 2020 Media Day.
SILENCER SATURDAY #109: The 2020 SHOT Suppressor Show
The guys at Yankee Hill continue to put out incredible products. I predict the YHM Resonator K and the R9 will be big hits this year.
In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves visits the Yankee Hill Machine booth at SHOT Show 2020 and gets to scoop on new silencers, including modular cans with third party muzzle device compatibility, an integrally suppressed AR-15 upper, and more.
The Energetic Armament booth is one of my first stops. Karl and Steve are awesome, laid back and love their jobs. Check out the new Lux that drops in at under eight ounces. They also have a linear compensator that acts as a delivery system for 5.56 endcaps for the Vox line, which in previous releases was only available with 7.62mm caps. EA also has a slick new muzzle device that doesn’t require shims .
- Accessory 1/2-28 Direct Thread Adapter– (SKU: EA22)
- Accessory 5.56mm End Cap– (SKU: EA33)
- Accessory 7.62mm Titanium End Cap– (SKU: EA32)
The Lux™ silencer is a lightweight precision engineered rifle silencer. The silencer core is welded to AWS standards from US Origin, DFARS compliant, 6Al-4V titanium. The Lux™ silencer, including the Centrix™ mount is 7.9 in. long, 8.82 oz. and features an 7 baffle core with the patent pending Serial ID ring. This serial ID ring allows quick factory replacement of the core, should damage ever occur, without loss of alignment or concentricity. The silencer utilizes the industry standard 1.375×24 mount thread pattern allowing a wide range of mount options including the Centrix™ mount. The internal surfaces of the Lux™ are coated with a proprietary boron nitride process to provide wear and fouling resistance. The external surfaces are finished with Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC). This finish is dark gray and provides excellent surface protection for your silencer.
- Assembled Weight:
- 8.82oz (250 g) – Lux™ with Centrix™ mount
- 7.72oz (218 g) – Lux™ without mount
- 7.9 in. (201 mm) x Dia. 1.5 in. (38mm) – Lux™ with Centrix™ mount
- 7.6 in. (193 mm) x Dia. 1.5 in. (38mm) – Lux™ without mount
- Welded Core- 6AlV4 Titanium (Gr. 5) US origin, DFAR certified
- Centrix™ Mount- 6AlV4 Titanium (Gr. 5) US origin, DFAR certified
- Finish: Boron nitride (internal), Diamond-like Carbon (external)
- Color: Dark gray
- Mounting: Centrix™ precision mount (end user removable)
- Compatible with industry standard mount threads (1.375-24)
- 1/2-28 RH Optional Direct Thread (SKU EA22)
- 5/8-24 RH Optional Direct Thread
- Dead Air™ Key-MO™
- SilencerCo.™ ASR™
- Q™ Plan-B™
- Area 419™ Hellfire™
- Rating: 6.5mm bore
- All standard 6.5mm and smaller cartridges
- Design: Welded baffle stack with fixed nose cap
- Energetic Armament patented serial ID ring
- Interchangeable industry-standard mounts, 1.375 x 24 thread for mounts
The Centrix™ precision mount system was engineered to provide a simple, reliable mount for your silencer with precision repeatability. The system consists of a Centrix™ mount which is installed in the silencer and a Centrix™ brake which is secured to the barrel of the rifle. The mount attaches to the brake with a left handed stub-acme thread. this beefy thread profile resists accumulating debris and is protected from fouling and carbon lock by a preceding gas lock taper seal. Should the mount become stuck on the brake, the left handed thread ensures the brake will not come loose from the barrel. Additionally wrench flats are provided both on the mount and brake assembly allowing tools to be used to apply and oppose torque as necessary.
The mount, made of DLC coated titanium, is designed for the industry standard 1.375×24 thread pattern found on many silencers including the Lux™ and Vox™. The brake, nitrided 17-4 Stainless, has a standard 5/8-24 thread. The brake is self timing allowing it to be rotationally aligned and secured without sloppy washers used to time other muzzle devices.The brake is locked in place with a jam nut collar that locks against the barrel’s shoulder. A taper lock version will also be available for barrels with tapered rather than shouldered muzzles.
KEY CENTRIX™ SPECIFICATIONS:
- Assembled Weight:
- 1.10oz (31 g) – Centrix™ mount
- 3.73oz (106 g) – Centrix™ brake
- Mount- 6AlV4 Titanium (Gr. 5) US origin, DFAR certified
- Brake- 17-4 SS US origin, DFAR certified
- Finish: Diamond-like Carbon (mount), black nitride (brake)
- Mounting: Centrix™ precision mount
- Compatible with industry standard mount threads (1.375-24)
- Rating: Up to 300WM
- Design: Left-hand threaded coupling w/ gas lock taper seal
- Centrix™ Mount– (SKU: EA35) – Available March 2020
- 5/8-24 Centrix™ Brake– (SKU: EA34) – Available March 2020
It was great to finally connect with Josh and plan on a review for early this year. Their end cap system that allows for a choice of flow-through or a traditional style suppressor is so simple it’s genius. Their machinegun suppressor survived (and performed) a 1,000 belt on the M240 – continuously. And check out the Liberty’s Defense Straightjacket heat shield wrap. Looks like it can take a beating.
One of the surprise hits this year was the integrally suppressed KelTec Sub2000. It looks like they are due out in the late summer with a price point starting at about $1K. I heard it on range day and it sounds fantastic for a blowback gun.
Brooks and Richard are two of my favorite people in the industry. They have way too much fun for it to be considered “work”. Thompson Machine has a handful of neat cans coming out early this year starting with the NDK – a maximum suppression rimfire can. The Neptune9 will be a hit for price and performance and the Elysium and Elsa J are targeted at the PCC market. We may have a straight month of Thompson Machine reviews this year.
Thompson Machine Neptune9 9mm suppressor – $495 MSRP
Thompson Machine NDK Rimfire Suppressor – $395 MSRP
Thompson Machine Elysium 9mm suppressors.- $315
Thompson Machine Elsa J 9mm suppressor – $449 MSRP.
I was able to shoot the new SIG rifle suppressors and I was really impressed. Virtually no blowback and the performance was great. We are still at least six months away from seeing them be available to consumers and the design may change slightly from a more MIL focused flash reduction and muzzle attenuation to an at the ear maximum suppression consumer-style design. Honestly, if you don’t own one of the older SRD cans, now’s the time to look for discounts. They are great performers and will hold you off until you can find one of the new ones at the end of the summer.
In this episode of TFBTV’s SHOT Show 2020 coverage, James talks to John Hollister of Sig Sauer about the company’s NEW 3D printed silencers for pistolsand rifles in Inconel and titanium. The pistol models will be made in 9mm and .45 calibers, and they are going to be completely modular, allowing the user to add and remove baffles to adjust size and performance as needed. SIG is also unveiling a line of rifle titanium and inconel silencers in 5.56mm, .300BLK, 7.62, and 6.5 CM sizes. Check the video for all the new details.
The AK20 is awesome. That is all.
The SureFire ELR cans are squarely centered on the precision rifle shooter. The titanium Ryder 9 Ti2 underwent some design changes. Quality cans, quality company.
Brannon LeBouef of NOLATAC, sat down with #surefire for TFBTV to discuss their new offerings for 2020. Surefire is a leader in illumination devices, and they did not disappoint this year.
Gemtech just announced the Lunar 9M Modular Pistol can. Now under the S&W family, Gemtech has plans for at least one other silencer releases this year.
The Gemtech® Lunar® 9: Our quietest and most versatile 9mm suppressor yet. A pistol suppressor should deliver excellent sound reduction and function flawlessly on a wide variety of firearms. The Lunar 9 suppressor meets all of these needs – and then some.
Featuring our latest baffle design, the Gemtech Lunar 9 suppressor delivers the internal volume and turbulence needed for serious sound suppression with both 9mm and 300BLK subsonic cartridges. The Lunar 9’s internal design ensures optimal baffle alignment for easy disassembly and cleaning.
The modular Lunar 9 suppressor offers two shooting configurations, the ultra-quiet full-length 7” configuration, and the ultra-compact 4.7” configuration. Crafted from Type III hard-coat anodized 7075 Aluminum and a 17-4 Stainless Steel blast baffle, the Gemtech Lunar 9 suppressor is lightweight, full-auto rated for 9mm, and capable of handling as many rounds as you are.
Compatible with the extensive line of Gemtech GM®-9 suppressor mounting hardware, the Lunar 9 suppressor can be used on the vast majority of popular 9mm handguns, pistol caliber carbines, SMG’s, and 300BLK host firearms. If you’re in the market for a 9mm suppressor with exceptional sound reduction and versatility, look no further than the Gemtech Lunar 9.
- Caliber: 9MM, 300BLK
- Sound Tested: 129dBC LONG / 135dBC SHORT Glock® 17 Gen 4 | 136 dBC LONG BCM®
- Standard: 9 300BLK
- Diameter: 1.4″
- Overall Length: 7″ Long configuration / 4.7″ Short configuration
- Weight: 10 oz. long / 7 oz. short
- Mount Type: Ships with 1/2 x 28 LID assembly. Compatible with all GM®-9 mounting options
- Tube Material: 7075 Aluminum
- Full Auto Rated: Yes
- Tube Finish: Matte BLK Type III Hard Coat Anodize
I spent most of my time at the Thunder Beast Arms talking about the B&K Pulse metering system but I did get to handle the new Dominus lightweight hard use can. Impressive!
Thanks for reading everyone. Be safe and we’ll see you next week for TFB’s Silencer Saturday.
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