Hello everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM Phantom 22 rimfire suppressor. Last week Rusty ran us through the B&T KH9SD integrally suppressed pistol caliber carbine (I’m honestly a bit jealous). This week we are back with a brand new rimfire can – the Rugged Mustang22. As I mentioned in the announcement, the Mustang22 is very quiet, but does it have all the other important characteristics of a quality rimfire silencer? Let’s take a look.
Rifle Setup Shown Above:
- Vudoo Rifle Works V-22 barreled action – https://vudoogunworks.com/action/v-22-barreled-actions/
- MDT ACC Chassis – https://mdttac.com/acc-chassis-system/
- Vortex Optics Razor HD II 4.5-27x – https://vortexoptics.com/vortex-razor-hd-gen-2-45-27×56-riflescope.html
- Spuhr Rings – https://spuhrwebshop.com/en/sr/30/sr-3006.html
- Really Right Stuff SOAR TFTC tripod – https://soar.reallyrightstuff.com/tfct
- Rugged Suppressors Mustang22
Yes, it’s an absolute tack driver. Pricey and a bit heavy, but hyper accurate with the right ammo.
Rugged Suppressors Mustang @ TFB:
SILENCER SATURDAY #197: Quiet Carry – Rugged Mustang22
I will not bore you, yet again, with my speech on suppressed rimfire shooting. Let’s just say that if I could pick one activity to do in retirement it would involve an endless supply of match-grade .22LR and 100 acres of prime Starling habitat. If you have not had the chance to experience suppressed, subsonic, bolt action rimfire shooting, please make it a priority. It’s life changing.
I will however reiterate my requirements for a winning rimfire silencer.
For me, noise reduction performance is the top priority, leaving the other four requirements to battle it out for the remaining positions. I demand “Hollywood Quiet” from my rimfire suppressors and you should as well.
Luckily, the Rugged Suppressors Mustang absolutely nails it in the sound category. I actually had difficulty finding a suitable backstop that was quiet enough to hear the report. So with the main requirement out of the way, let’s look at the Mustang’s other characteristics.
For a mostly aluminum silencer, the Mustang22 sits on the high end of the pricing scale. Granted, this is a lightweight modular suppressor which will add to production costs that get passed down to the consumer. But when prices start to creep above the $450 mark, my mind goes to a titanium baffle stack. However, it’s not a deal breaker for me’.
At 3.3 ounces in its longest configuration, the Mustang excels in in the weight category. It’s feathery light and basically disappears on the end of a rifle and isn’t noticeable on the end of a pistol.
Materials And Serviceability
For hardcore rimfire shooters, aluminum baffles are a line in the sand. Even somewhat mild cleaners can eat away at aluminum and ultrasonic cleaners will damage aluminum in short order. Maybe I’m a moron or I’m not bothered by soaking and scraping, but the aluminum baffle issue doesn’t phase me. After shooting, squirt some CLP down inside the suppressor and your next cleaning session will be a breeze.
Ratings And Calibers
While it’s not specifically stated, it appears the Mustang22 is only rated for .22LR. If that is an issue, I’d suggest looking at the Rugged Oculus.
Our lightest suppressor yet, the Mustang22 is the ideal mix of Grade 5 Titanium and 7075 aircraft-grade aluminum. Utilizing our ADAPT™ modular technology, the Mustang22 has multiple configurations to meet your needs. If you’re looking for a dedicated .22 suppressor look no further!
- MSRP: $465
- Street Price: Buy from your local dealer @ Silencer Shop
- Manufacturer’s Page: https://ruggedsuppressors.com/rimfire-suppressors/mustang22/
- User Manual (Always RTFM): https://ruggedsuppressors.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/mustang-user-manual-9-22-21.pdf
- Specifications Sheet: https://ruggedsuppressors.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/ProductSaleSheetMustang-3.pdf
- Diameter: 1.06″
- Length: Standard Configuration: 5.3″; Short Configuration: 3.4″
- Weight: Standard Configuration: 3.3oz; Short Configuration: 2.4oz
- Mount & Direct Threads: Grade 5 Titanium
- Tube: 7075 Aircraft-grade Aluminum
- Baffles: 7075 Aircraft-grade Aluminum
- Finish: High Temp Cerakote® (Black or FDE)
Looking at a section of the user manual above, the two sections of the Mustang22 should be screwed together tightly. The indexing system on the edge of the baffles can prevent the proper connection. I noticed this once after reassembly and was able to adjust the baffle stack to get everything back in the right position.
The Mustang22 is just as quiet on pistols as it is on a rifle. With the ADAPT module removed, the report is obviously louder than the full size configuration, but it’s not awful. Hearing protection is most likely optional, but that’s up to you and your ears.
The Rugged Mustang22 is an amazingly quiet .22LR suppressor. If you are willing to spend a little more than other market leaders, aren’t bothered by the all-aluminum baffle stack construction, and are looking for a modular silencer, this new release is definitely worth a look.
Thanks for reading. Be safe, have fun, and we’ll see you back here next weekend for another Silencer Saturday.