Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM Turbo T3 rifle suppressor. Last week we go a look at the Prairie Tactical PTAC-30L rifle suppressor. This week we dive in to the Silencer Central Banish 30 Gold rifle suppressor. Do you need this titanium, multi-caliber, and serviceable rifle suppressor in your life? Let’s take a look.
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SILENCER SATURDAY # 256: Silencer Central Banish 30 Gold Suppressor
It’s not often that we review a suppressor from a company that is a one-stop solution for NFA purchases. From online ordering, ATF Form 4 application processing, and home delivery of your newly transferred suppressor, Silencer Central provides a full service experience. On top of manufacturing their own in-house line of rifle, pistol, and rimfire silencers. One of which is the Banish 30 Gold.
The Silencer Central Banish 30 Gold is designed and marketed as a multi-caliber, multi-host suppressor that can be disassembled for cleaning. It uses a simple QD taper-mount system which includes two muzzle brakes for hosts threaded in either 1/2 x 28 or 5/8 x 24.
My thoughts on do-it-all suppressors should be clear by now; in general, suppressors should be purchased with a specific host, or a specific type of host, in mind. Bolt action rifles, the AR-15 platform, and the Ruger 10/22 are all examples of host firearms that can benefit from different suppressor designs.
As I sat thinking about the Banish 30 Gold, it dawned on me. This suppressor is designed for shooters who want to buy only one suppressor. The paperwork, the $200 tax, the long wait for approval. Instead of doubling up on all the bad NFA stuff, why not get one silencer and be done?
And I can’t bring myself to judge anyone who chooses this path. It makes sense.
My concern is that universal host/caliber suppressor owners might be missing out on performance where it really matters – at the bleeding edge of subsonic sound suppression. And that missing performance may leave owners dissatisfied, which may mean they don’t buy more suppressors or worse, they tell their friends that suppressors “aren’t worth the money”.
However, a better scenario exists. Shooters that think they only want one universal suppressor could be energized to buy additional dedicated suppressors for their favorite hosts. In which case I think the universal suppressor is actually a good idea.
The Banish 30 Gold is slightly shorter and slightly larger in diameter than the original Banish 30.
Let’s take a look at the numbers.
Specifications – Silencer Central Banish 30 Gold
- Manufacturer’s Page: https://www.silencercentral.com/products/banish-30-gold/
- User Manual: https://www.silencercentral.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/SC_BNSH-30G_IM.pdf
- MSRP: $1,699
- Length: 8.2″
- Diameter: 1.593″
- Weight: 13.2 Oz
- Material: Titanium
- Number Of Baffles: 11
- Thread Pitch: 1/2X28 Or 5/8X24
- Brand: Banish
- Self-Service: Yes
- Caliber: .308/7.62
- Caliber Range: Rimfire To 300Rum
- Color: Black
- Finish: Cerakote
- Sound Reduction: 36 Db
- Mount Style: Quick Detach
- Full-Auto Rated: Full-Auto Rated
- Lifetime Warranty: Yes
There are 11 baffles, the first one is known as the “accuracy baffle” that lacks the asymmetrical mouse hole cut seen in the remaining 10 baffles.
Each baffle is notched to more easily align the stack during reassembly.
The Banish 20 Gold uses a muzzle brake mounting system that relies on a tapered mating surface for alignment and also to keep it tight and secure.
I do wish there were some wrench flats on the muzzle devices as insurance against the chance that unscrews with the suppressor.
The QD system is both short and light and I am a fan of taper-surface mounts.
I used a small amount of anti seize to keep the threading process smooth after exposure to high heat.
The Banish 30 Gold has the performance where it counts – the subsonic and supersonic performance on a semiautomatic 300BLK host like the SIG MCX Virtus was great. The subsonic shots were especially sweet; knocking cans off the target stand was louder than the actual report of the rifle.
I am having a difficult time understanding the price of the Banish 30 Gold. At $1,700 it is more than double the cost of other market-leading suppressors. It’s a lot of money to spend on a single silencer.
The Banish 30 Gold is great subsonic and supersonic performer that is light, user serviceable, and uses no-nonsense taper QD mounts. Besides the lack of a direct thread option or 1.375 x 24 mount system, the high MSRP is my only real concern with buying this suppressor. But who am I to talk, I’ve spent more on a single suppressor that did not have the same universal utility.
Thanks for reading. Be safe, have fun, and we’ll see you back here next weekend for another Silencer Saturday.