Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM Turbo K 5.56mm rifle suppressor. Last week we discussed the new SIG Sauer SPEAR LT carbine and the SLX762C-QD compact silencer. Today we get a look at the ECCO Machine Salamander rimfire suppressor. Can this ultra-thin, ultra-light can be just as quiet as larger and heavier market options? Let’s take a look.
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SILENCER SATURDAY #250: The ECCO Machine Salamander Rimfire Suppressor
A few weeks ago, one Silencer Saturday commenter requested that we review the Salamander rimfire suppressor from ECCO Machine. One email to owners Nick and Jerrica, a few days later for the Form 3 transfer to be approved, and this sleek little can was TFB-bound. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I didn’t know the Salamander existed until that one reader asked. Much appreciated.
Like many of you, however, I am familiar with ECCO Machine. Known in some silencer circles as actual magicians, if you have an older suppressor that needs a performance boost or an updated QD mounting system, they can make that happen. One of the more popular ECCO services is converting old mounting systems over to the universal 1.375” x 24 threads to use a variety of different manufacturers systems. Recoring an older silencer with new baffles can give you modern performance without the NFA wait time issues of purchasing a new can.
The Salamander is a 3/4 inch diameter rimfire suppressor specifically built for some tube-fed rimfire rifles that are impossible to reload with larger rimfire suppressors mounted on the barrel. For those of you not old enough to appreciate old rifles like the Marlin 60, to load, the tube magazine is removed from the front and past the muzzle of the barrel. Most rimfire suppressors would need to be removed between strings of fire for the reloading procedure. With the ECCO Salamander, the tube comes off because it is about the same diameter as the barrel.
Even if you don’t have a tube-fed rimfire rifle, the Salamander helps with hosts that have a shallow sight picture like the Beretta 71 or the Beretta Bobcat. Let’s take a look at the numbers.
ECCO Machine Salamander
- Manufacturer’s Page: https://www.eccomachine.net/product/salamander/
- MSRP: $315
- Caliber: .22 Short, Long, Long Rifle, .22 WMR, .17 HMR
- Length: 5″
- Length Added to Muzzle: ~4.6″
- Diameter: .75″
- Weight: 2.5 ounces
- Attachment: 1/2-28
- Suppression: ~30 dBA
- Build Materials: Gr. 9 CWSR Titanium, Gr. 5 Titanium, 17-4 H900 stainless steel
- User Serviceable: Yes
High round count shooters and neat freaks will be happy to note the lack of any aluminum – the Salamander is all titanium and stainless steel. This makes cleaning lead-caked baffles with harsh chemicals an option not available to aluminum suppressors.
The baffles fit together with precision to keep fouling away from the outer tube. Each baffle has two mouse hole features to promote turbulence within the can, increasing performance.
The diameter of the ECCO Salamander is remarkable – the .22 caliber bore appears huge on the end cap. And at 2.5 ounces, this is one of those cans I’d worry about losing in a range bag. Luckily ECCO Machine includes a well made MOLLE pouch with your new suppressor.
With all the reduced internal volume compared to 1” diameter cans, you might think performance would suffer. But it doesn’t; the Salamander may have a small footprint, but it can hold its own against the current market leaders. I didn’t notice any first round pop. And the decibel reduction is smile worthy – a scientific test for for very quite suppressed rimfire setups. The tone may be slightly higher than larger diameter rimfire cans, but it is a very pleasant report.
For $315, the Salamander offers a lot of performance in a tiny package. And don’t forget to checkout ECCO’s mount conversion services – it’s amazing what they can do.
Thanks for reading. Be safe, have fun, and we’ll see you back next weekend for another Silencer Saturday.