Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new Phantom 22 rimfire suppressor. Last week we broke down some of the best suppressors available for the AR-10 platform. This week we go the other direction with a review of the TacSol X-Ring TSS integrally suppressed rimfire barrel and the Fletcher OpenTop receiver. Why buy a integral overs thread on muzzle silencer? Let’s take a look..
More @ TFB:
- The Rimfire Report: Fletcher Rifle Works 11/22 OpenTop Receiver Review
- 11/22 OpenTop Receivers are Coming to the USA via Fletcher Rifle Works
- SILENCER SATURDAY #185: Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite IV TSS – Ruger Rimfire
- TFB Review: KRG Bravo Chassis For Ruger 10/22
Quick Buyer’s Guide and Price List:
- TacSol X-Ring TSS Barrel/Suppressor – $504 (Pricing varies)
- Fletcher Rifle Works OpenTop 11/22 Receiver – $250
- KRG Bravo 10/22 Chassis – $249
SILENCER SATURDAY #201: TacSol X-Ring TSS And The Fletcher OpenTop 11/22
I was so impressed with the Tactical Solutions PacLite TSS integrally suppressed pistol a few months back, that I was ready to buy my own. In between then and now, I switched gears a bit and bought the Ruger 10/22 rifle version instead – i decided that I needed an integrally suppressed rimfire rifle instead of a fourth Ruger MKx pistol. As it turns out, I only have two hands.
The same arguments we made about the PacLite TSS can be made against the X-Ring TSS. This setup is a one trick pony and doesn’t share the same flexibility as a thread on rimfire suppressor. On the other hand, without having a registered 10/22 SBR (thanks a lot AFT), Adding a five inch can to a 16 inch barrel leaves you with a 21” barrel. Complex math, I know.
If you are going for a compact, lightweight semiautomatic rimfire rifle, the X-Ring TSS gives you the look and feel of a standard bull barrel, with the added benefit of being quiet. Very quiet.
If you have the means, I suggest everyone own multiple rimfire suppressors. And the X-Ring TSS may not be your first option. However, if you love Ruger rimfire rifles, or in this case, the Fletcher OpenTop 11/22, this barrel from Tactical Solutions will be a worthy addition. It’s easy to clean, light, and of course very quiet.
TacSol X-Ring TSS Barrel
The X-RING TSS is an extremely quiet integrally suppressed barrel for the TacSol X-RING receiver & Ruger® 10/22® style receiver and is by far the lightest weight integrally suppressed 10/22® barrel in the market. It weighs in at only 16 ounces and featuring durable titanium sound suppression baffles. The X-RING TSS is easy to install and also features a lightweight, accurate, and durable aluminum barrel and easy to remove stainless steel split tube for quick and easy cleaning.
- Quiet, enjoyable shooting: This one-of-a-kind integrally suppressed barrel provides an enjoyable shooting experience
- Minimize overall barrel length while shooting suppressed: Adding a suppressor to your standard barrel increases barrel length dramatically. This integrally suppressed barrel keeps your overall length short and manageable.
- Easy to clean: Extremely easy breakdown and re-assembly for internal silencer cleaning
- Shoot with Accuracy: The barrel’s innovative chromoly steel bore and target crown provide pinpoint accuracy
- Quick and Easy Target Acquisition: Lightweight, durable construction
- Noticeable Craftsmanship: Unique design & quality above all others
- Easy to Install: Internet video instructions, no gunsmithing needed
- Easy disassembly and reassembly: Interlocking baffles and split tube allow easy breakdown
- Easy to carry: Extremely lightweight and durable materials
- Versatile Use: Perfect for hunting, plinking, and target shooting
Identical to the core baffle stack in the PacLite TSS, the X-Ring TSS baffles are shielded and feature slide-together cones.
The whole assembly comes out using a wrench that fits over the grooves of the threaded end cap.
- Manufacturer’s Web Page
- User Manual
- Rate of Twist – 1:16”
- 11 Degree Target Crown
- Light Weight Aluminum Barrel
- Chromoly Steel Bore
- Diameter: .920” / 1.00” at the Muzzle
- Weight: 16.0 OZ
- Bore Length: 12.9” Inches [ 16.75” Overall ]
- MSRP: $560
- Silencer Shop: (Local dealer pricing varies)
Fletcher Rifle Works OpenTop 11/22 Receiver
I have been waiting with anticipation for the OpenTop 11/22 receiver to make its debut ever since TFB first covered the project a few years back. Shooting suppressed rimfire rifles can be a dirty business and the buildup from blowback is amplified by adding a suppressor. After just 500 rounds, a 10/22’s action can end up looking like the floor of a coal-fired engine room.
As good as the 10/22 is, it’s downside is the need for disassembly to perform routine maintenance. The Fletcher Rifle Works OpenTop 11/22 receiver gives the shooter access to the bolt and chamber area by sliding off the top plate. The setup is genius and makes servicing these rimfire rifles much easier.
- Manufacturer’s Page
Replacement receiver for Ruger® 10/22®
- Receiver and lid are CNC machined from solid billet aluminum, then black anodize finished.
- Pins, springs and detents are stainless steel.
- Allows for removal of bolt, extractor, firing pin without removing the trigger or separating from stock.
- Weight 1 lbs
- Dimensions 12 × 4 × 4 in
- Color Anodize
- Clear, Black
- MSRP: $250
The KRG Bravo 10/22 chassis is extremely light, is comfortable to shoulder and shoot, and has a lot of flexibility when it comes to length of pull and cheek rest support. The action and barrel channel are supported by a rigid aluminum frame that allows everything to free float. If you are looking for a an easy 10/22 (or 11/22) upgrade that will give you instant results, the KRG Bravo is a no brainer.
The TacSol X-Ring TSS is very quiet. Action noise and the bullet hitting the backstop is louder than the actual report of the rifle. It is also light as well as unassuming; unless someone knows what to look for, this gun looks like a non-NFA bull barrel rifle. To me, the X-Ring beats a thread on rimfire suppressor when it comes to size and profile. Did I mention that it’s quiet?
Thanks for reading. Be safe, have fun and we’ll see you back next weekend for another Silencer Saturday.