BIGGER BLK: Announcing the B&T USA Advanced Precision Rifle In 8.6BLK

Physics is an unrelenting mistress, especially when we are discussing terminal ballistics.  I am the last guy you want explaining high school physics, but Newton’s laws of motion apply whether you are a target shooter, a hunter, or a soldier. All things being equal more mass traveling at higher velocities will result in a greater transfer of energy. Factoring subsonic velocities into the equation makes transferring that energy even more challenging. B&T USA has stepped into the world of bigger subsonic cartridges with the B&T USA Advanced Precision Rifle in 8.6BLK.

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[SHOT 2023] Hornady 7mm PRC and Sub-Sonic 7.62×39

Hornady has already announced some of their products late last year but they are new for 2023. First up is the new Hornady 7mm PRC cartridge offerings. There are at least 30 gun builders chambering rifles for this caliber. Here is the list from their website.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #258: Subsonic 300BLK M249 – BRM Belt-Fed Joy

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. We got a first look at the Turbo T3 and we will return to a second part of the review next week. This week we pull the trigger on a unique belt-fed rifle conversion – a 300BLK M249 Para running subsonic ammo. Let’s take a look.

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Hornady's NEW Subsonic 7.62×39 Load And Expanded Sub-X Bullet Lineup

Despite the launching of many 7 PRC rifles and loadings at the end of October, Hornady quietly launched an updated lineup of their Sub-X bullets, as well as their subsonic 7.62×39 loading using said Sub-X bullets. The Sub-X bullets utilize the familiar red-nosed expansion tip, but these tips have been enlarged to enhance the bullet’s expansion at much lower velocities. For the moment, it appears that the 255-grain 7.62×39 projectiles only come as part of their factory-loaded subsonic cartridge series, while the rest of the Sub-X lineup are available as just the projectiles. Hornady previously listed the 190 grain .308 caliber bullets under the Sub-X line, though they’ve now also listed .357, .452, .458, and one more .308 caliber offering.

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Faxon Firearms SENTINEL 8.6 Blackout AR-10s Now Available

At SHOT Show 2022, Faxon Firearm in collaboration with Q LLC introduced bolt action and semi-auto firearms chambered in 8.6 Blackout. The 8.6BLK is a .338 caliber cartridge developed by Q and Faxon designed the guns chambered in this cartridge, more importantly, they were able to make barrels with an extremely fast twist rate of 1:3″ required to stabilize the heavy 300-grain bullets of subsonic 8.6BLK loads. Faxon Firearms has recently announced that their Sentinel series of AR-10 pattern semi-auto rifles chambered in 8.6 Blackout is now available for preorder.

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Shockwave Shadows by Smarter Everyday – Supersonic Vs. Subsonic Bullets

So I have been going down a slow-motion rabbit hole. I recently posted about the Slow Mo Guys’ recent video where they filmed eggs being shot by 9mm bullets and filmed them at various frame rates up to 1 million frames per second. Well, Destin of Smarter Every Day has a video he made back in 2018 looking at shockwave shadows coming off supersonic and subsonic bullets.

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[SHOT 2022] Barnaul Subsonic 9mm Ammunition

At the SHOT Show 2022 Industry Day at the Range, MKS Supply brought the recently released Barnaul subsonic 9x19mm ammunition and offered to test it in a suppressed full-auto 9mm AR … few things are more fun than that! Let’s see what specs this subsonic 9mm ammunition has.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #207: Subsonic Shotgunning, New SiCo EVO, ATF eForms

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM Phantom 22 rimfire suppressor. Last week we discussed the new Griffin Armament EXPLORR ET3 T-300 rifle can. This week we have a mash up of news and reviews, starting with some subsonic shotgunning with a new release from Seismic Ammunition. Have you felt the recoil of a 2.5 ounce slug going just over 1,000 feet per second? Let’s take a look.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #199: Primal Vs Hybrid 46M – Suppressed Subsonic .45-70 Government

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by our friends at Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM Phantom 22 rimfire suppressor. Last week we took you through the multi-host SilencerCo Hybrid 46M. This week we bring it back along with the Dead Air Primal to test out some suppressed subsonic .45-70 ammunition. How quiet can we get the Henry Rifles Model X? Let’s take a look.

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New Release: The Rugged Mustang Modular .22LR Suppressor

The new Rugged Mustang .22LR suppressor was released at the perfect time of year. While our esteemed TFBTV star James Reeves loathes the autumn months, I’m the complete opposite. The mosquitoes are  dying off, the foliage is worthy of an epic Bob Ross/Thomas Kincade collaboration, and temperatures are downright pleasant. My favorite fall pastime is long strings of rimfire shooting. Add in a quality silencer and I’m in heaven.

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Barnaul Ammunition Releases New Subsonic 9mm Ammo

If you shoot suppressed, you like the quieter experience that a silencer provides. Hearing-safe shooting is the main benefit to a can, right? One issue that may arise is that most common ammo isn’t designed to perform at subsonic levels. This means that even though your suppressor will help in containing the rapidly expanding gases propelling your bullet – and thus the flash and sound this creates – if and when that projectile breaks the sound barrier in flight, it will make a popping noise that is actually a tiny sonic boom. The quietest suppressed shooting typically requires the use of subsonic ammo. 300 Blackout was designed primarily intending to do just this, although supersonic .300BLK options like Barnaul‘s 145-grain loads do exist.

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The Rimfire Report: FX Airguns Pocket Chronograph

Welcome to a guest-written edition of The Rimfire Report. This is Nicholas C. helping out Luke C. Today I will share with you a handy little device that fits in your pocket, range bag or ammo can – the FX Airguns Pocket Chronograph. It is like a pocket LabRadar.

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TFB DEBATE CLUB: Shooting Suppressed – This Is The Way (Or Not)

Welcome to The TFB Debate Club, where two writers pace out 10 steps a piece and draw down. Last time, Luke and Doug went blow for blow over the AR-15 being a suitable home defense weapon. This week we wade into the silencer argument: is shooting suppressed firearms really worth the time, money and effort? Or should you point your money in another direction?

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SILENCER SATURDAY #146: Join, Or Die – The Honey Badger Pistol Brace

Good afternoon readers and thanks for joining us for another edition of Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new R9 suppressor. Last week we got a peek at impressively quiet, integrally suppressed, bolt action 9mm rifle from Curtis Tactical. We’ll get another look at this setup in a few weeks. Today I’d like to discuss the recent news about the Q Honey Badger Pistol Brace receiving undue scrutiny from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE).

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SILENCER SATURDAY #145: 9mm Bolt Action Integral – Curtis Tactical

Good afternoon subsonic adventurers and welcome to the 145th edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new R9 suppressor. Last week I laid out ideas on some of the best 9mm pistol hosts currently available. This week we head back into the ‘best millimeter’ world with a special treat – a 9mm bolt action rifle and an integral suppressor – both from my friends at Curtis Tactical. Some of you are scratching your heads saying “why would I want a bolt action 9mm host?” The rest of you are rubbing your hands together with a Gollum-like look in your eyes. Let’s take a look and see why this could be a significant milestone for quiet shooters.

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