Silencer Shop: The Beginner's Guide To Silencers (aka Suppressors)

About a decade ago I discovered a ‘cheat code’ for my love of shooting firearms – silencers. With the right suppressor, the right host (gun), and the right ammunition, the enjoyment of shooting is elevated to the next level. So, after many years, about 200 silencers, and hundreds of thousands of rounds on target, it wasn’t a surprise that Silencer Shop asked me to share this ‘cheat code’ in the form of a beginner’s guide to silencers. If you are new to the world of quieter shooting, or you could use a refresher on the process, stick around while we discuss the basics of buying, transferring, and using suppressors.

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COMPATIBLE FLOW: HUXWRX Introduces the VENTUM 762 HUB Suppressor

HUXWRX Safety Company, formerly known as OSS Suppressors, has earned every right to say ‘I told you so’ to a large swath of the suppressor industry. While they may not have been the first, HUXWRX has been the champion of reduced back pressure technology via their trademarked Flow-Through system. One of the aspects of the design that may have been holding back some potential customers has just changed with the addition of the VENTUM 762 rifle suppressor that is compatible with universal 1.375×24 mounting devices. Shooters who want HUXWRX tech paired with their preferred muzzle devices now have a HUB-outfitted rifle suppressor ready to go out of the box.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #290: Universal Big Bore – Silencer Central Banish 46

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM R45 Multi-Host Suppressor. Last week we got a shot at the new  YHM Sidewinder M2 9mm suppressor. Today we take out the Silencer Central Banish 46, a universal pistol and rifle silencer that can handle anything from .22LR to .45-70 Gov’t. Will the Banish 46 change my mind on multi-caliber and multi-host suppressors being a primary solution? Let’s take a look.

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Breakthrough Clean Technologies Suppressor Cleaner – No More Dip?

Cleaning your suppressor isn’t something you’re going to do every day, maybe not even every year, but it’s something that does occasionally need to be done any time you’re running exceptionally dirty ammunition or you’re a high-volume suppressor shooter. While you do have the option of using an ultrasonic cleaner or using the infamous “dip” method, this new option on the market from Breakthrough Clean Technologies seems to eliminate the toxic risk of the dip and the overwhelming cost of purchasing a proper ultrasonic cleaner. While I’m a proponent of using the cheap, yet toxic dip method, this stuff looks to be a much less risky way to accomplish the task of cleaning out your suppressor. Breakthrough Clean Technologies Suppressor Cleaner is a new 100% biodegradable, virtually odorless suppressor cleaner that can help not only clean your suppressor but also reduce the frequency that you’ll have to clean your suppressor with its ammonia-free formula.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #275: The Universal, Lightweight Silencer Central Banish Backcountry

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 5.56 rifle suppressor. Last week we got a look at two of the most recognizable rifle suppressors in the last 20 years – the SureFire SOCOM556 RC2 and the SureFire SOCOM556-MINI2. This week we move from the world of fighting carbines to bolt action rifles with a review of the Silencer Central Banish Backcountry. If you hunt or prefer a lightweight ranch-style rifle, this could be your next suppressor. Let’s take a look.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #269: First Shots – The SIG MCX-SPEAR And SLH SLX Suppressors

Good morning everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the best value for performance suppressors on the market. Last week we reviewed the attributes of what I think makes the SIG MCX the best suppressor platform currently available – especially when we are talking about rifles chambered in 300BLK. This week we step it up a notch with the brand new SIG MCX-SPEAR short barrel rifle chambered in 7.62×51 paired with the SIG SLH762-QD (full size) and SIG SLX762C-QD (compact) suppressors. As a normally practical, tool-focused shooter, why am I drawn to a 13″ 7.62 NATO rifle? Let me explain.

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TFB Behind The Gun Podcast #56: Brandon Maddox with Silencer Central

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SILENCER SATURDAY #265: Why Everyone Needs 5.56 Bolt Action Rifle

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 5.56mm rifle suppressor. Last week we reviewed the FN RUSH 9Ti on the FN 509 Compact Tactical. This week we move into what some might consider FUDD territory with some arguments for owning a 5.56 bolt action rifle. Do you have one? You probably should.

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[SHOT 2023] PTR Launches New 9mm, 5.56mm & 7.62mm VENT Suppressors

At SHOT Show 2023, PTR unveiled their range of monolithic 3D-printed Titanium suppressors. The VENT range uses additive manufacturing to avoid the possibility of weaknesses caused by welding. It has internal geometries designed to reduce blowback into the operator’s face and produce less wear and tear on the weapon system.

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Save Your Digits with GrovTec's new Rail Wraps

If you’ve ever been through a high-volume of fire range day or a particularly intense carbine or rifle course, you’ll inevitably have run into problems with heat coming from the barrel and transferring through the handguard. GrovTec’s Rail Wraps are a new product for 2023 that help to reduce that problem by providing an insulating layer of material between your handguard and your hands that will keep them from getting uncomfortably hot when you’re running your rifle through a couple of well-deserved mag dumps.

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Snipe Silently – The New Cadex Defense CDX-SS Seven S.T.A.R.S. Covert

In my neck of the woods, long-range shooting and hunting is anywhere between 100 and 200 yards. Owning a 6.5 Creedmoor for use in this area makes as much sense as owning a snubby revolver chambered in .40 S&W for a CCW. But precision and accuracy are of extreme importance whether you are shooting at 50 yards or 1200 yards. Cadex Defense, known for top-shelf long-range rifles, have just announced the CDX-SS Seven S.T.A.R.S. Covert chambered in 300BLK, 223 Remington, 308 Winchester, or 6.5 CM. The 300BLK and .223 versions are available with 11-inch barrels and longer suppressors.

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TFB Behind The Gun Podcast #53: Spencer with HUSH Holsters

Last week we had the opportunity to break the story on an innovative new holster specifically specialized to work with virtually any handgun/suppressor combo as long as it has a TLR1 weapon light attached to it. I was able to get the owner of HUSH Holsters and designer of the HUSH, Spencer, on the podcast to talk about his design, his driving motive behind producing the new holster, and some of his thoughts on what materials and design choices he made to make it work for him and other people who like to shoot suppressed handguns at the range.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #257: Limit TOXIC EXPOSURE – The New YHM Turbo T3 Suppressor

Good evening 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 reviewed the Banish 30 Gold from Silencer Central. This week we get our first look at the YHM Turbo T3 – the latest iteration of the Turbo family of 5.56mm rifle suppressors that now focuses or reducing blowback. Let’s take a look.

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Go With The Flow: Yankee Hill Machine Introduces the YHM Turbo T3

Yankee Hill Machine’s latest addition to their suppressor lineup is the new YHM Turbo T3. The YHM Turbo and Resonator series of silencers are arguably one of the best value for performance rifle suppressors on the market. When you factor in weight, length, noise reduction, mounting options and price, the YHM Turbo and Resonator rifle suppressors are consistently at the top of the suggestion list for anyone in the market. And I’d say that even if YHM didn’t sponsor TFB’s Silencer Saturday series.

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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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