Phoenix Weaponry has introduced a new line of integrally suppressed shotguns currently consisting of two models – Cindy and Eliza. Cindy is their entry-level integrally suppressed shotgun whereas Eliza shotguns have a number of other improvements besides the integrally suppressed barrels. Both of these shotguns feature a true integral silencer system where the suppressor overlaps the ported barrel.
Here is how the company describes the host barrel conversion process and the overall design of their integrally suppressed system:
Phoenix Weaponry starts by using the factory shotgun barrel, then removes the sight rib where the suppressor will mount to and machines “sporting clays style” ports into the sides of the barrel. The rear sleeve cap is then installed along with the front suppressor threads and the 6-inch Delta Mono Core suppressor core is then installed. It’s then finished off with the suppressor sleeve and end cap. System total weight ads 17-ounces to the firearm and 5-inches in overall length.
One of the advantages of integral suppressors is their compact design. By overlapping the barrel, they don’t add as much to the overall length of the gun compared to muzzle-attached suppressors yet provide better sound suppression compared to reflex suppressors. This also means that other factors being equal, an integrally suppressed firearm will also be better balanced.
It may not be the case with this particular system, but generally, a key feature of many integral suppressor systems is that ported barrels allow dropping the speed of projectiles below the speed of sound thus making it possible to use standard supersonic ammunition yet have a very effective sound suppression otherwise achievable only with dedicated subsonic ammunition.
Phoenix Weaponry integrally suppressed shotguns retain the interchangeable choke feature of the host barrels. As shown in the below-embedded video, getting access to the chokes is a matter of disassembling the suppressor which is quite an easy process requiring unscrewing the monocore and removing the outer tube. And of course, the ability to disassemble the can means it is user-serviceable.
The Phoenix Weaponry integrally suppressed shotguns are rated to work with pretty much any type of common shotgun ammunition to include birdshot, buckshot and slugs. Although Cindy and Eliza are modified 12 gauge Remington 870 or Mossberg 500 shotguns, upon request, other shotgun brands and gauges can be retrofitted with this system too. In fact, the company claims that their system works “on any pump-action, bolt-action, semi-auto or full-auto shotgun“.
Cindy shotguns are based on Remington 870 (wood furniture, 3” chamber, 30” barrel) or Mossberg 500 (wood furniture, 3” chamber, 32” barrel) shotguns. The barrels and suppressors are coated with black DuraCoat finish. The MSRP of Phoenix Weaponry Cindy integrally suppressed shotgun is $1,350.
Eliza shotguns are based on Remington 870 and feature deburred and polished action, extended forcing cone, polished chamber, DuraCoat SL 4-color winter or spring/fall camouflage, side saddle shell holder, and Magpul, Hogue, or Mesa Tactical furniture. The MSRP of Phoenix Weaponry Eliza integrally suppressed shotgun is $2,550.
Lastly, here is another video showing this suppressor system in action:
Images by Phoenix Weaponry, www.phoenixweaponry.com