Good morning everyone and welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by our friends at Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new R9 suppressor. Last week we finished up the last of the integrally suppressed firearms from Innovative Arms – the IA-SC9-K Scorpion K. This week we head back to thread-on country with the new Dead Air NOMAD-TI titanium suppressor. Featuring a sub 10 ounce weight, mount modularity and end cap swapping, the NOMAD-TI could be the next king of the quiet hill. Keep reading for all the details.
SILENCER SATURDAY #131: Dead Air NOMAD-TI Review
It’s all about the weight. The NOMAD-TI is a sub 10 ounce 30 caliber rifle suppressor. Let that sink in for a minute. A flash hider and mounting system for a comparable silencer will break 6 ounces no problem. Otherwise, the NOMAD-TI is identical to its stainless steel sibling released last year.
My all time favorite 300BLK suppressor at the moment is the NOMAD-L; it’s suppression levels are unmatched to my semi-trained ears. Which means I am now (im)patiently waiting for the TI-L release.
Dead Air NOMAD variant coverage @ TFB:
- Ultralight Silence – The New Dead Air NOMAD-TI
- SILENCER SATURDAY #111: Size Matters! The New Dead Air Nomad-L
- FIRST SHOTS: The New Dead Air Armament Nomad 30 Silencer
- TFB Review: Daniel Defense DD5 V5
One of the things that Dead Air does extremely well is to learn about their customers and build suppressors for their mission. Heavy use, full auto, end of the world: Sandman-S. Super quiet 300BLK subs and supers: NOMAD-L. Disappears on the end of a long (or short) barrel: NOMAD-TI. Each Dead Air silencer has a purpose, providing a defined talent to a specific demographic of shooters.
The NOMAD-30 is probably the closest thing to a “crossover” model from Dead Air.
You can check out the barrel length restrictions below. I did confirm with head engineer Todd Magee to confirm there is no barrel length limitations on 300BLK supersonic rounds. As a reminder, Titanium cans are still very strong, however they may be more susceptible to blast baffle erosion at higher temperatures.
- Rating: Up to .300 Norma Mag
- Length: 6.5″
- Weight: 9.6 oz.
- Diameter: 1.735″
- Materials: Fully-welded Titanium 6AI-4V
- Finish: Raw titanium satin bead-blasted
- Mount: 5/8×24 thread pitch (KeyMo compatible)
- Usage Guidelines: .300 BLK – Any barrel length 5.56 – 12.5″ minimum barrel w/intent to keep temp down
- MSRP: $1099
- Check prices at Silencer Shop (Silencer Shop is a TFB advertiser and loaned us the NOMAD-TI for this review)
I’m lucky enough to have all three Dead Air NOMAD versions available for a direct comparison. I also picked a few other manufacturers to do a pure by-the-numbers analysis. Remember, there are always trade offs specific to your intended uses.
- Dead Air NOMAD-30 – 14oz – $916
- Dead Air NOMAD-L – 18.3oz – $1065
- Delta P Design Ultra 7.62 – 10oz – $1759
- Cost/Direct Thread only
- Q Trash Panda – 11.8oz – $1049
- Cherry Bomb mount only
- YHM R9 – 10.7oz – $449
- Barrel length restrictions
- YHM NITRO N20 (modular) – 6.5/10oz – $1249
- Barrel length restrictions
- Energetic Armament Lux – 8.83ox – (Price TBD)
- Not yet released
Out of the box, the NOMAD-TI is set up for an easy swap from direct thread to the KEYMO quick detach (QD) or other unofficial industry standard mounting systems. However, I believe direct thread remains the best option for this light weight heavy hitter, with the Q Plan B and Cherry Bomb being a close second. Adding a heavy mount module to an ultra-light can seems counterintuitive.
To my ear, the NOMAD-TI matches the NOMAD-30 in performance. I swapped between three different barrel lengths using the SIG MCX platform (I’m a fan): 5.5” Rattler, 6.75” PDW and the 9” all-purpoes. The NOMAD-TI and NOMAD-30 basically tied for suppression levels on each combination with the 30 possibly being slightly quieter on the Rattler.
With a weight of just over nine ounces, this new Dead Air suppressor is a dream, disappearing at the end of a barrel.
There was a bit of sparking that comes with a new titanium silencer, but after a about 10 rounds it became much more tame, only kicking out a spark here and there.
Can we be superficial for a moment? While I do think the silver color is unique and catchy, I’d personally prefer a slightly more muted silver or grey. Since the NOMAD-TI is meant in large part for long range shooters who want to avoid point of impact (POI) shift that can come from hanging heavier silencers on longer barrels. They also don’t care much about being a little more flashy than the rest of us. Primadonnas.
I absolutely love Dead Air’s NOMAD silencer lineup. While the NOMAD-L is still my all-time favorite 300BLK suppressor, the NOMAD-TI is insanely light, quiet, modular, and well engineered. If you are looking for a lightweight caliber silencer that is realistically priced and adds mount and end cap options not found anywhere else, this is your suppressor. Not one who’s good at patiently waiting, I look forward to the eventual L-TI combination. But if you are interested in the NOMAD-TI, I wouldn’t wait. A titanium L version could easily be a year away.
Thanks for joining us for another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday. Be safe, have fun and we’ll see you back here next week.
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In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves reviews the all titanium Dead Air Nomad Ti. First thing’s first: If you want to run this can on a 5.56mm/.223 carbine with shorter than a 12.5″ barrel OR on a full auto OR if you just like mag dumping, this is NOT the can for you. If you want ultra-lightweight performance for controlled fire from anything smaller than .300 Norma Mag…this may interest you. James runs the Dead Air Nomad Ti through the Punisher course at Thunder Ranch and reports the results. Check it out.
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