SILENCER SATURDAY #109: The 2020 SHOT Suppressor Show

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by our friends at Yankee Hill Machine. Yesterday marked the end of SHOT Show 2020 which is always an awesome, but grueling week of early mornings, late nights and dozens of miles traveled on foot. Unfortunately for me, I spent most of my time in meetings for a special project we will be debuting in a few weeks. Which means I didn’t really set foot on the floor until Thursday afternoon. Thanks to our best-in-class team of writers and videographers, we were able to bring you a high volume of interesting new releases. I spent my limited time on the floor putting together images for a 2020 SHOT Suppressor Show.

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[SHOT 2020] NEW Surefire Lights and 50 Cal Silencers for 2020

Brannon LeBouef of NOLATAC, sat down with #surefire for TFBTV to discuss their new offerings for 2020. Surefire is a leader in illumination devices, and they did not disappoint this year.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #108: SHOT Show Suppressor Coverage Preview

Good evening everyone and thanks for joking us for another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday, brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine. Two dozen of TFB’s staff are either on the ground or in transit to Las Vegas, home of the AVN Awards. Wait, wrong event – SHOT Show 2020. We’ll have a weeks worth of coverage kicking off sometime tomorrow, so if you are unable to attend in person, stick close to the blog or our smashing YouTube channel, lead by Executive Producer James Reeves, TFBTV. With all the planning craziness, we are just going to take a look at the latest releases announced this week and preview some some our SHOT Show suppressor coverage.

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New Suppressors: YHM R9 – YHM Nitro N20 – YHM Turbo Integral

Hot off the heels of their latest suppressor announcement – the Resonator K, Yankee Hill Machine has rolled out three additional releases that we hope to get our hands on at the 2020 SHOT Show. The YHM R9, the YHM Nitro N20 and the YHM Turbo Integral 5.56mm AR-15 upper Receiver all fit in to different categories host, price point and functional categories. Let’s take a look.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #107: Joe Rogan, Virginia, SHOT 2020 Preview

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to another episode of TFB’s Silencer Saturday, brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine – home of the new Resonator K. Last week we talked about suppressing the 5.7 cartridge, a topic I myself am unfamiliar with. However, I’m looking forward to getting in the game with either the new Ruger-57, the FN FiveseveN or the FN P90 (ish). Let’s see what comes out of this year’s SHOT Show. Speaking of which, besides some news and tidbits, I thought we could do a SHOT 2020 preview of some of the rumors surrounding new suppressors and accessories. My hopes center around both the rimfire and integral worlds, followed closely by 300BLK and other subsonic centerfire cartridges.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #106: 5.7mm Suppressor And Host Options

Welcome back to the latest edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by my friends at Yankee Hill Machine – home of the Turbo and Resonator line of rifle caliber suppressors. Last week we compared the new H&K SP5 with the TPM MP5SD, a showdown we’ll revisit in coming months. This past week we had the pleasure of announcing the Ruger-57 pistol chambered in 5.7x28mm. Unsurprisingly, my first question was about the availability of threaded barrels for suppressor use. While a threaded barrel for the new Ruger-57 will surely be a factory option in the future, there will those of us who will not want to wait. So, with all the renewed excitement in the 5.7x28mm round, let’s take a look at some 5.7mm suppressor and host options.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #105: H&K SP5 Vs MP5SD And NFA News

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday proudly brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine – home of the Turbo and Resonator suppressors. Last week we brought you a writeup on suppressing the new GLOCK 44 rimfire pistol – a setup I believe will be in every rimfire aficionados rotation.  This week we are going to run through some recent NFA news and then take a peak at my latest purchase – the H&K SP5. I’ve submitted my Form 1 application, payed my “tax” mailed my prints, ordered a stock and eagerly await the Crown’s blessing to shoulder my authentic German roller-delayed silencer host. Until then, we’ll have to play the SP5 vs MP5SD game as pistol versus short barreled rifle.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #104: The GLOCK 44 Suppressed

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone and thank you for joining us for another addition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by our friends at Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of quality affordable suppressors, firearms and accessories. Last week we discussed suppressing the IWI Galil ACE using the KNS adjustable piston. My conclusion is that if you run a suppressed AK patterned rifle, the KNS Piston is a very worthwhile investment. It’s rare that I’m genuinely impressed by firearm performance anymore, yet last week I was very happy with the ACE/KNS combination. Today we get a chance to look at the GLOCK 44 suppressed with a Dead Air Mask rimfire silencer. I’ve been eagerly awaiting my chance to suppress the new GLOCK G44 for a few months and luckily the barrels arrived just a few hours ago in time for our weekly silencer discussion.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #103: The Galil ACE Suppressed – KNS Style

Good morning everyone and welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, home of the Turbo K2. Last week we dove into an academic exercise regarding the normalization of suppressors by the government, industry and consumers alike. The comment section was lively, with most of us agreeing that the perception of silencers, the NFA process and NFA laws need to change. In case anyone is wondering, my stance on any bans is absolute – we should focus our efforts on criminal actions, not inanimate objects. This week we are back out on the range with a IWI Galil ACE suppressed with a SilencerCo Saker and outfitted with a KNS Precision AK Adjustable Gas Piston. Thank you to both IWI and KNS for loaning me the equipment for today’s Silencer Saturday evaluation.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #102: Nearly 2M Suppressors In Common Use?

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday sponsored by Yankee Hill Machine. Nearly two feet of snow has kept me from getting out to the range and filming, meaning that our look at the KNS adjustable gas piston for the IWI Galil ACE in 7.62x39mm and subsequent testing has to wait another week. In the meantime, between the ATF Firearms In Commerce Report released a few months ago and the NSSF’s report on Firearms Production Figures this week, I wondered what more we can do to increase the number of suppressors in common use in the United States. And while there isn’t one solution that will boost silencer ownership overnight, there may be something the firearms industry can do, that won’t cost any money and may nudge buyers in the right direction.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #101: Suppressor Survey Stats And Winners

Good afternoon everyone and thank you for joining us for a new century of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine. Because of reasons – mostly turkey and frigid weather – I’m delaying our latest suppressor review/spotlights for a week. Look for suppressing 40S&W and 10mm as well as the IWI  Galil ACE in 7.62×39 with the KNS Gas Piston in the weeks ahead. Today we’ll take a look at the suppressor survey and announce the winners of last week’s 100th edition giveaway.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #100: Suppressor Giveaway And Giving Thanks

Good morning everyone and welcome to the 100th edition of Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine. Last week we looked at the Dead Air Wolverine, a suppressor designed to meet the unique challenges of Kalashnikov style rifles. This week we are taking a break from review content to give you all a chance to enter to win our suppressor giveaway contest. YHM, SIG Sauer, Dead Air, Bootleg Inc and Silencer Shop have donated the awesome prizes you see below.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #99: Dead Air Wolverine PBS-1 For Commie Guns

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the 99th edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine – home of the new YHM  Resonator R2 and YHM Turbo T2 suppressors. Last week we reviewed the SureFire SOCOM300-TI, a very capable 7.62 suppressor that is also light in the weight department. Today we are going to take a look at a silencer that has been on the market for a few years – the Dead Air Wolverine PBS-1. The Wolverine is specifically designed to suppress Kalashnikov patterned rifles (aka Commie Guns) mostly due to its variety of mounting solutions as well as it’s bore allowances to compensate for our of spec threading and bore lines.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #98: The Lightweight SureFire SOCOM300-TI

Good afternoon everyone and thanks for joining us for the 98th edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday, brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine – home of the new YHM  Resonator R2 and YHM Turbo T2 suppressors. Last week we discussed shotgun suppressors, specifically the SilencerCo Salvo 12 and their place in the firearms world. I didn’t expect a rush on 12 gauge hosts and shotgun suppressors after our walkthrough, however I think that models like the Salvo are still useful even with all their unique attributes. This week we head back to the rifle world with a look at the SureFire SOCOM300-TI suppressor.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #97: Shotgun Suppressors – Worth It?

Good morning everyone and thanks for joining us for the latest edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine – manufacturers of the new Resonator R2 with adaptable interface (additional information below). Last week we took you through the basics on how to buy a silencer; an important topic but admittedly a real snooze-fest. One commenter requested some extra hot baffle action for this week, literally pushing a suppressor beyond manufacturer recommendations. While I’m not ready to torch a perfectly good can, the point was taken – let’s spice it up this week with a look at shotgun suppressors.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #96: NFA Process 101 – How To Buy A Silencer

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to another Silencer Saturday and brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine. Last week we talked about the National Firearms Act (NFA) and why it kills design and manufacturing innovation in the firearms industry. From the consumer’s standpoint, the process to buy, transfer and own NFA items can be just as complex and daunting. So this week I thought we should take a simple, step-by-step approach to buying silencers and other NFA items in the United States. This may be a refresher to those of you who have recently purchased, but for those of you who are just starting this process, I hope to bring you a little bit of insight and guidance to make the journey easier. So let’s take a look at NFA 101 – buying a silencer.

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The Rimfire Report: How Long Will Your .22LR Suppressor Last Firing 223/5.56?

Suppressors are great tools. Were it not for their status as an NFA item I reckon they’d be a far more common sight. Because of their status as NFA items, suppressors have attained a somewhat enigmatic reputation both inside and outside the firearms world. This mystery often leads to misunderstanding, confusion and apparently $200 tax stamps. Today we’ll explore the concept of owning a single suppressor for multiple guns – a practice I use to great effect.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #95: Why The NFA Kills Innovation

Good afternoon everyone and thank you for once again joining us for TFB’s Silencer Saturday. We are bought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, the manufacturer of the YHM Turbo K. Last week we went through a list of some of my quietest host/silencer favorites available to the American consumer market. As I wrote that post, I couldn’t stop thinking about what would help drive silencer innovation to the next level. Every aspect of suppressor development in the United States is overshadowed by the NFA – the National Firearms Act of 1934. Let’s take a look at why specifically the regulations of the NFA kills innovation at all levels.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #94: Quietest Suppressor Setup

Good morning everyone and thank you for joining us for another installment of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, makers of the YHM Turbo K 5.56 silencer. Last week we discussed first silencers for the beginner. Today we’ll reach for the proverbial stars and attempt to define the quietest suppressor, host and ammunition combination available on the consumer market. While we can dream of firearms developed for internally silenced ammunition, today’s discussion will revolve around off-the-shelf guns, silencers and ammo that result in the least amount of noise.

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Griffin Armament 30SD-K GATE-LOK(TM) Suppressor

Griffin Armament, famous for its line of silencers, muzzle devices and accessories has just released a new product aimed at the Active Retention Tactical Market Segment. The new 30SD-K GATE-LOK Suppressor boasts a compact 30 caliber package that will deliver full-auto functionality at a sub $1,000 price.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #93: Best Choices For Your First Silencer

Good afternoon suppressor lovers and welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday. Last week we discussed NFA wait times, some new products hitting the market and a random sampling of patents that recently hit USPTO.gov. Today we are going to discuss picking a first silencer for the gun-muffler uninitiated. Veteran owners and shooters often forget the amount of time and research we put in to purchasing our first suppressors. The anxiety of investing in a “lifetime” investment. The constant second guessing of choices. Wanting to hold off just one more week hoping for something awesome to debut. Relax, it’s not that complicated, we are here to help.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #92: NFA Wait Time Updates – Patents – Products

Good afternoon suppressor super enthusiasts and welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday. We’ve got a bit of a potpourri of NFA topics for you today, starting with NFA wait time updates, a look at some recent patent filings and a look at some new products announced over the past few weeks. As far as review items go, I’ve been shooting and enjoying the YHM Sidewinder pistol suppressors, including some magic with 40S&W through a 10mm GLOCK G29 – WITH THIS ONE WEIRD TRICK. We’ll get into that whole topic outside of our regular Silencer Saturday content.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #91: Silencer Definitions – Real Life Vs ATF Law

Good afternoon decibel disciples and welcome to the latest installment of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by our friends at Yankee Hill Machine. Since we are on the topic of decibels and hearing protection and ATF interpretations  today, I thought a discussion on silencer definitions would be timely. For those of you who believe that the U.S. Government defines a silencer by a noise reduction level, you might be surprised to learn that’s not the case at all. Let’s take a walk down firearm regulation memory lane towards modern day reality.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #89: Who Was Hiram Percy Maxim?

Good evening everyone and thank you for joining us for a late edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday. Last week we went into the world of adjustable gas blocks and offered up some insight by way of TFB staff favorites. This week we pay our respects the inventor and founder of the firearm silencer movement, Hiram Percy Maxim who would have celebrated his 150th birthday this week. Would Maxim have been interested in adjustable gas blocks? Yes, I believe he would. Let’s take a brief look at the life that helped make the shooting world a quieter place.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #88: Best Adjustable Gas Blocks For The AR-15

Good afternoon everyone and thanks for coming back for yet another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday, where eye-stinging hot gas can be a way of life – much like working at Taco Bell. Which brings us to today’s topic: non-flatulence related gas regulation. We’ve discussed the issues surrounding suppressing a direct impingement (DI) AR-15 style rifle in the past and among the most popular options of regulating these systems are adjustable gas blocks. However, we have yet to break down the best available gas block options along with their individual pros and cons. So let’s take a look.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #87: YHM Sidewinder Pistol Suppressors

Good afternoon everyone and thanks for joining us once again for TFB’s Silencer Saturday. I’m Pistol Pete and I’ll be your host for today’s show, which ironically will focus on the line of YHM Sidewinder pistol suppressors. About nine months ago I conceived a Silencer Saturday post asking “ Are pistol cans worth it?”. Of course the answer is yes, because we should strive to live in a quieter world. But due to the ergonomics of pistol hosts, there are some characteristics of pistol suppressors that make shooting quietly even more enjoyable. Today we get a preview of the YHM Sidewinder pistol caliber silencers.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #86: Hush Puppy Project Slide Lock And System

Good morning everyone and thank you for joining us for the 86th edition of Silencer Saturday. Last week we laid out some basic tips and advice for new silencer owners, prospective buyers and anyone else who gets their firearm information from mainstream media and Hollywood movies. Today, at the other end of the spectrum, we’ll be getting a preview of a more advanced silencer system that should arrive at TFB HQ in a few weeks. The Hush Puppy Project is a Louisiana-based company that built it’s recently patented technology from Vietnam War era setups used by U.S. Navy SEALs/UDTs.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #85: Top 7 Suppressor Basics For Beginners

Good morning everyone and thanks for joining us for another installment of TFB’s Silencer Saturday. Last week we discussed a controversial topic – legally converting solvent trap kits into registered silencers. Your responses, both public and private, ran the gamut, with some of you arguing that solvent traps are a disaster waiting to happen. The other side of the story is that Form 1 silencer builds are an inexpensive, fast and satisfying way to tame your firearms. My arguments surrounding any gun law or regulation will always favor individual liberties. However from some of the comments on our Facebook page and statements made by the media after the attacks last week, I thought we should touch on some suppressor basics for beginners searching for actual facts.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #84: Are Solvent Trap Kits A Good Idea?

Welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday, where dreams come true (after paying your $200 to the Crown). Last week we used the Dead Air Odessa and Wolfman as examples of two types of modular suppressors. As the story goes, it all comes down to you mission requirements – that’s a fancy way of saying “what the heck are you planning on doing with your silencer, hoss?” Today we will dig into a slightly controversial topic: solvent trap kits. Why are they controversial? We’ll get into that in a second.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #83: Odessa Vs Wolfman – Modular Suppressors

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday, where hearing safe is not just an OSHA level, it’s a way of life. Last week we started a first round of voting for four categories of the best suppressors: rimfire, pistol, rifle and specialty. In next weekend’s edition, we’ll layout the initial results and start the final voting process. Thank for your nearly 3000 votes and suggestions. Today we are going to compare two modular suppressors from Dead Air – the Odessa 9 and the Wolfman.

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