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Thread: Handguard selection for Recce 5 suppressor

A 7.5" 5.56 is a problem waiting to happen for both the rifle and suppressor. Besides the obvious issues, after 20 or more rounds with the suppressor under the hand guard, unless the operator is wearing a welding glove (welding, not tactical), the rail will be too hot to handle. It will also be an issue for other team members during tight group maneuvers as they could receive burns from the rail and suppressor as well.

I've seen several departments in my area make poor decisions initially in regards to rifles, suppressors, and equipment. came here looking for advice..listen. If not, good luck.

Last edited by Singlestack Wonder; 12-11-16 at 22:02.

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This factory-made Aero Precision SBR just came in and is ready for the range! It features a 7.5” length barrel, Magpul accessories, and a factory warranty directly from Aero. 

Also included is an Innovative Arms GRUNT 5.56 suppressor mounted and ready to rock.

Both the SBR and the silencer are currently on Form 3's and ready to ship to your local class 3 dealer. Form 4 local transfer also welcome. Will require two tax stamps as the suppressor is not permanently attached.

Upper Features: 

• Upper: Standard AR15 Upper Receiver or M4E1 Enhanced Upper Receiver

• Barrel: 7.5" 5.56 NATO, Pistol Length, 1:7 Twist, 4150 CMV, QPQ corrosion resistant finish

• Gas System: Pistol Length Gas System and low profile gas block

• Bolt Carrier Group: M16 Cut, 8620 Steel, Phosphate Finish, Properly Staked, Carpenter 158 Bolt, HP and MPI Tested

• Muzzle Device: Standard A2 Flash Hider

Lower Features: 

• Lower: Gen 2 Lower Receiver with flared magwell and upper tension screw

• Lower Parts Kit: Standard AR15 Lower Parts Kit

• Buffer Kit: Standard Mil-Spec AR15/M4 Buffer Kit

• Stock: Standard M4 Collapsable Stock

• Grip: Standard A2 Pistol Grip 


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Magpul Gen 2 Front and Rear Flip-up Sights 

Aero Enhanced Upper w/ 7” Keymod Handguard 

Magpul RVG Front Grip 

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A Look at the Best AR-15 Suppressors in 2021

With 2020  in the books, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at the best AR-15 suppressors available on the market for 2021.

The Year 2020 may go down as one of the most unusual years in our lifetimes due to COVID-19, social distancing, stay at home orders, quarantining, teleworking and the hoarding of toilet paper. In the early days of the crisis we also saw hoarding of ammunition and firearms like the AR-15 with a seemingly unprecedented level of panic buying.

Indeed, the rush to buy firearms, particularly among those first-time buyers who previously either sat on the fence, were outright opponents of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms or those who never got around to it completely overwhelmed the NICS (National Instant Check System). The system reported delays as long as three weeks for many unlucky citizens.

On the NFA (National Firearms Act) side, that pales in comparison to our wait times which can drag out from six months to a year. Yet NFA wait times do not seem to be experiencing any delays at all as of this writing. Whether you have had an AR-15 for 5 days or 5 years, 2020 may be the year to take a look at purchasing a quality suppressor for your rifle.

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What to Look for in an AR-15 Suppressor

There are many factors that go into choosing an AR-15 suppressor. Although they would seem to be similar on the surface, the true answers are mostly user-driven. There is a difference between what a varmint hunter needs on an AR-15 for a prairie dog hunt and what a SWAT officer needs on a CQB rifle.

For most hunters, weight and length are critical factors, especially if they are covering long distances on foot. For a CQB type suppressor, length and durability are more critical. Someone who has an assortment of rifles that can share a suppressor may have to evaluate whether it is easier to go with a quick-detach or direct thread method for mounting. Some shooters want the quietest suppressor they can find while others just want enough of the edge taken off so that they can shoot without hearing protection or be able to communicate with their team members.

It is important to evaluate your needs and goals before you go into this and to even consider future needs and goals, as these do tend to change over time. You may have only one AR-15 in 5.56 for which you will need a suppressor at this time. That may change in six months or even 3 years from now should you add a .308 caliber rifle to your collection or maybe an SBR or braced AR-15 pistol.

Best Overall AR-15 Suppressor

It may seem as if we are playing favorites, but we think the BANISH 223 is the best overall suppressor for use on an AR-15. It uses a direct thread mounting system and will attach to any rifle with a ½ x28 thread pitch.

With a lightweight rifle like the AR-15, you want to keep length and weight down on the suppressor. The BANISH 223 accomplishes both of these with its 7” length and 9 ounce weight. This is a good one for shorter length AR-15 carbines and braced pistols.

Like all BANISH suppressors the BANISH 223 is completely user serviceable.


  • The BANISH 223 easily disassembles for cleaning and maintenance. The seven stifle baffles are designed to easily stack up in any order and make reassembly a breeze.
  • This is a very lightweight suppressor, coming in at 9 ounces and only 7” in length.
  • The ability to shoot everything from a .22 rimfire to 5.56 NATO makes the BANISH 223 an extremely versatile AR-15 suppressor.


  • The Direct Thread mounting system can be inconvenient because the shooter may have to retime the AR-15’s muzzle device when the suppressor is not in use.
  • Being a dedicated .223 diameter silencer, it does not have the versatility of a .30 caliber suppressor.


  • Caliber: .223
  • Weight: 9 ounces
  • Length: 7 inches
  • Sound reduction: 38 dB
  • Price: $849

Best Multi-caliber Suppressor

It’s not always just the $200 tax stamp that makes it tough to buy a suppressor for an AR-15. It is usually the excessive wait time and the tying up of discretionary funds for a long period of time that gives many of us pause. For that reason, many shooters want to make their investments go the extra mile and to be able to use their AR-15 suppressor on as many different hosts as they possibly can. Their goal is to find the ultimate multi-caliber suppressor.

In most instances whenever one tool attempts to fill numerous roles, the end result is a tool that does nothing really well. Fortunately this is not the case when it comes to a multi-caliber suppressor like the BANISH 30.

For example, a number of .30 caliber or 5.56 suppressors and even pistol silencers can effectively suppress the sound of rimfire rounds. The trouble is that rimfire rounds are notoriously dirty and will quickly foul these suppressors. The only recourse is to hopefully burn the carbon and lead by firing higher pressure rifle rounds in an attempt to burn them clean. The BANISH 30 makes this process easier as it is one of the few rifle suppressors that is completely user serviceable and it can be easily taken apart for service and cleaning and goes back together with no difficulty.

The disassembly factor also allows the shooter to run the BANISH 30 in a short 7” length for ease of portability and maneuverability on your AR-15 or the 9” length for a much quieter level in sound reduction.


  • The BANISH 30 is a modular suppressor, meaning that the shooter can run it in 2 lengths.
  • Most rifle suppressors are not user-serviceable, but the BANISH-30 can be completely disassembled.
  • The ability to shoot everything from a .22 rimfire to 300 Weatherby Magnum makes the BANISH 30 extremely versatile.


  • The Direct Thread mounting system can be inconvenient because the shooter may have to retime the AR-15’s muzzle device when the suppressor is not in use.
  • Different thread pitches on rifles may be an issue. The BANISH 30 ships in 5/8 x 24” and has a ½ x 28” thread adapter as an insert. Although these are the two most common thread patterns with regard to rifles, there are a few oddballs out there like the AK-47, IMI Galil and Steyr AUG that will need an inventive mounting solution.
  • The ½ x 28” thread adapter is an insert that can be easily lost, be sure to keep track of it when you change it out between hosts.


  • Caliber: .30
  • Weight: 9 oz (7”) or 13 oz (9”)
  • Length: 7” or 9” (depending on whether the tube extension is on or not)
  • Sound reduction: 34 dB
  • Price: $979

Best Bang for Your Buck

In comparing the different types of AR-15 suppressors, we found the AAC 556-SD Fast-Attach 5.56 suppressor to offer the best bang for the buck based on cost, features and materials used.

This is a silencer from Advanced Armament Corporation based on their popular M4-2000. Originally, it was released as a low cost QD (Quick Detach) silencer but in the words of one of their factory reps, “We took a good can and made it a great one.” This was done by upgrading the baffles to Inconel and improving the welding process.

The AAC 556-SD Fast-Attach 5.56 mounts to a muzzle brake or flash suppressor, allowing quick transitions between different hosts. The downside is that it uses a 51T ratchet mount which can cause a shift in POI (point of impact) when removed and reattached. Most suppressors of this nature have moved to the “thread over muzzle brake” system of mounting.


  • The QD mounting system allows for a quick transition between host guns.
  • This suppressor is optimized for use on SBRs (Short Barreled Rifles) and braced pistols.
  • When used with the Brakeout mount, the mount acts as a sacrificial blast baffle that absorbs the brunt of the muzzle blast and aids in prolonging the life of the suppressor.


  • The fast attach method can result in a shift in POI (Point of Impact) when remounting the silencer.
  • Proprietary mounts can be a bit costly.
  • This suppressor is not the best for a dedicated precision rifle due to the mounting system.


  • Caliber: .223
  • Weight: 18 ounces
  • Length: 6.7 inches
  • Sound reduction: 31 dB
  • Price: $649

Quietest AR-15 Suppressor

One of the quietest AR-15 suppressors we have tried recently is the Elite Iron Delta. Known mostly for their larger bore silencers in 338 Lapua Magnum and 50 BMG (Browning Machine Gun), the Elite Iron Delta was designed with smaller diameter bores in mind.

On an AR-15 the Elite Iron Delta may be a bit heavy, but it is also extremely quiet.

The company has recently revamped some of their lineup with regard to .223 caliber suppressors and has some QD and lighter weight offerings. However, we have not verified the metered dB levels as we have with the direct thread version.


  • With a metered reduction of 37 dB, the Delta is one of the quietest AR-15 suppressors on the market.
  • Fit and finish are superb on all Elite Iron suppressors.


  • At 21.2 ounces, the Delta is not a lightweight suppressor by any means.
  • This model is direct thread and this can be inconvenient because the shooter may have to retime the AR-15’s muzzle device when the suppressor is not in use.


  • Caliber: .223
  • Weight: 21.2 ounces
  • Length: 7.5 inches
  • Sound reduction: 37 dB
  • Price: $749

Best .223 Suppressor

When it comes to a 223 Remington suppressor, we think mostly of the rifles chambered in that caliber and they tend to be bolt-action hunting rifles. For those reasons, a direct-thread suppressor is one of the better options. A bolt-action will always be quieter by nature than any semi-automatic rifle due to the completely closed action. There is no gas vented through the ejection port and absolutely no noise created by the cycling of the bolt. For shooters who hang on decibel numbers, those variables will generate false readings when a suppressor is metered for sound. So we took a look at the 223 XDS Coastal Guns suppressor and chose it for this category, but don’t worry – this suppressor can work extremely well on an AR-15.

This is a heavy duty suppressor with regard to performance and physical size. It tips the scales at 28 ounces and, while that may not be what you want on a lightweight short barreled entry carbine, it is perfect for a hunter or shooter who primarily shoots from a supported position at long range using an AR-15 or bolt action rifle.


  • The 223 XDS Coastal Gun suppressor can be completely disassembled for cleaning and maintenance.
  • Due to its construction it is one of the quietest cans on the market and can be used without the shooter having to rely on an extra layer of hearing protection.
  • The heavier weight (28 ounces) and the V-Tech baffle design allow an improvement in barrel harmonics for the long range shooter.


  • The biggest drawback to the 223 XDS Coastal Gun suppressor is the weight. Its 28 ounces translates to 1 ¾ pounds of suppressor at the end of the rifle’s barrel.
  • This is a direct thread ½ x 28” suppressor; its use on a rifle with a different thread pattern may be a difficult one to modify.


  • Caliber: .223
  • Weight: 28 ounces
  • Length: 8.5 inches
  • Sound reduction: 34 dB
  • Price: $550

Best 5.56 Suppressor

The Thunder Beast Arms Corporation’s (TBAC) 556 TAKE DOWN was designed around the 2017 USSOCOM Suppressor Upper Receiver Group (SURG) solicitation from US Special operations Command (SOCOM). This is one of the most rigorous suppressor tests in the world, if not the most rigorous.

This is a user serviceable suppressor and it can be disassembled for cleaning. The 556 TAKE DOWN was engineered to be disassembled from the front of the suppressor, so if it is permanently attached to a 10” barrel, the shooter will not run afoul of NFA regulations regarding a short barreled rifle.

We have found this to be a rugged and effective suppressor, particularly when mounted on a short barreled rifle or machine gun.


  • The 556 TAKE DOWN is full auto rated and intended for use on machine guns and short barreled rifles, primarily.
  • On a 10” short barreled rifle, the TBAC 556 TAKE DOWN meters at about 140 dB.
  • The 556 TAKE DOWN can be permanently attached to a 10”-14.5” barrel in order to make it compliant with the NFA legal limit of 16”.


  • The biggest drawback to the 556 TAKE DOWN is the weight of 27 ounces.
  • Realigning the baffles can be tricky after servicing the 556 TAKE DOWN.


  • Caliber: .223
  • Weight: 27 ounces
  • Length: 6.95 inches
  • Sound reduction: 31 dB
  • Price: $499

Best Premium Suppressor

When looking at all the choices and scouting the top tier, it comes down to versatility. We found one in that category that can handle everything from 22 rimfire up to 300 Remington Ultra Magnum (300 RUM) in the BANISH-30 Gold.

Like it’s other brothers in the BANISH family, the BANISH-30 Gold can be disassembled for service and cleaning and it goes back together with no difficulty. Unlike the BANISH 30 it uses a quick detach muzzle brake and ships with a premium accessories package including two muzzle brakes: one in ½ x 28 for use on your AR-15 and one in 5/8 x 24 to mount on your .30 caliber rifle of choice. As mentioned previously, this is a desirable feature because it puts the brunt of the muzzle blast on the brake as opposed to the baffles.


  • The QD mounting system makes it a fast way to switch the silencer between hosts.
  • A mount like the BANISH-30 Gold’s system takes most of the abuse off of the first baffle and the brunt is absorbed by the mount. This prolongs the life of the suppressor.
  • The BANISH-30 Gold is the only user serviceable suppressor that we know of that is rated to 300 RUM.


  • Many shooters will be turned off by the price, but that is simply reflecting the cost of materials, craftsmanship, premium accessories and research.
  • Different thread pitches on non-mainstream rifles may be an issue. The BANISH 30 Gold and its QD mounting system ships with a 5/8 x 24” and a ½ x 28” mount, only.


  • Caliber: 30
  • Weight: 13 ounces
  • Length: 8.2 inches
  • Sound reduction: 34 dB
  • Price: $1699

How to Pick the Right AR-15 Suppressor for You

As we stated earlier, the best AR-15 suppressor can mean a lot of different things based on the shooter’s needs and the rifle’s specifications.

Always remember, it’s your rifle and your needs that will dictate which AR-15 suppressor is the best for you. A longer barreled AR-15 (20”-24”) will always be quieter than a shorter barreled rifle (10.5” to 16”). Every shooter needs to assess what is more important based on their own equipment.

If you own a lot of firearms besides an AR-15, you will want a suppressor that can not only be readily used on a full-sized AR-15 or braced pistol, but one that can handle different rounds from rimfire magnum cartridges possibly up to 300 Blackout or even .30 caliber Magnum rounds like 300 Winchester Magnum or 300 RUM. In those cases a dedicated .223 caliber suppressor will not be up to the task, nor will a unit that is completely sealed if you are a high volume rimfire shooter with that kind of suppressor.

Aside from your specific needs, versatility with regard to mounting and calibers is important in the suppressed realm of shooting. Tax stamp cost aside, who wants to wait for multiple suppressors when one can handle most of your needs? The double edged sword there can come down to proprietary mounting systems. One suppressor at $600 and a $200 tax stamp can seem cheap if you need 11 different mounts at $150 apiece.

What’s Your Favorite?

Each of these AR-15 suppressors is the best in their own right. Some we prefer for our more accurate AR-15s and others we like to mount on our shorter barreled rifles and machine guns. If we had to choose one from this list, we would have to go with the BANISH 30 as the overall winner.

If you’re prairie dog or coyote hunting, you can run it in the long configuration. For a defensive rifle on the ranch we can shorten it. When it gets so dirty that it needs a thorough cleaning, it can be cleaned in the garage and has no need to be sent to the manufacturer for armory level maintenance. It is equally at home on a 308 Winchester as it is on a 5.56 AR-15. It literally checks off all the boxes on our list of what makes for the best AR-15 suppressor.

Basics of Suppressing the AR-15
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Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:11 pm

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Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:02 am

If you do mean something big enough ID to tuck a suppressor inside of it that is something I would never do nor recommend for anyone else to do either.
Why not? There's many examples of these out there. What's wrong with doing it?
There are numerous problems with that kind of setup hence in large part why that system has fallen out of favor over the past several years.

1. The heat generated from a suppressor is a lot. One mag dump and you won't be able to hold the hand guard anywhere near the suppressor. This is definitely true of 5.56 and maybe 300BLK supers, if you shoot subs 100% all the time you might be able to get away with it, but it will still get warm especially if you do any amount of volume shooting.

2. If you use any kind of system such as Magpul's M-Lok you won't be able to mount anything forward on the hand guard because (depending on the hand guard and the depth of the seating of the suppressor) the M-Lok screws and nuts will interfere with the suppressor in the majority of the cases. Vertical grips, lights, illuminators, or pretty much anything that would go out on the end...odds are it won't work because of clearance issues.

The same rings true for hand stops, which of course means you could be much more prone to reaching out a little bit too far...which is not good.

If you use a quad rail or something like that you could probably get around that--but it would mean getting all new accessories especially if you are say already invested in M-Lok or whatever. Never played with Keymod so I can't say about that...but already we are creating issues about the system and the choices you get as far as configuration and hand guard choice.

3. You are definitely limited on the type and size and brand of suppressor you use. Some of the mounting systems simply will not fit under ANY hand guard. Also depending on future developments if you say buy a new suppressor and the mount is the same but the OD is slightly different, you have to rebuild the upper.

4. If you are in a firing situation and the can walks off the mount (even just loosens up a little bit) you're kind of stuck until things cool down. With my suppressors I can grab them near the base and snug it back up but grabbing one out on the end or middle, no way. At least not for a few minutes.

These are just a few of the issues.

Also from what I gather there is a thing called 'hoop strength'... so hand guards that have a bigger diameter inside have to give up something somewhere. To get the same hoop strength as a smaller diameter hand guard they would have to beef it up, not thin it out, which means your gun will be bigger heavier and more out of balance front to back, especially with a suppressor on it. No such thing as a free lunch when you start getting into the weeds on this.

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Updated 4/13/2021

Looking to keep a lid on your black rifle? Here are some of the best AR-15 suppressor choices around.

What are the best AR-15 suppressor makes and models:

Suppressors have burned across the shooting world like a prairie fire in recent years. Perhaps the only issues holding them back further are Federal paperwork and taxes required to procure one. Save those, it’s a fair bet nearly every shooter would have at least one – for the sake of curiosity.


The somewhat unfair veil the National Firearms Act has drawn over suppressors makes them a mystery to many well-informed shooters. Even those rusty on acoustic engineering fundamentals understand the underlying concept of how they work. Though, it’s quite a leap from elementary knowledge of firearms suppression and what cans will actually pull off the job. Double this when it comes to the saturated AR-15 suppressor market.

Accessories and gear hounds to a fault, the popular rifle’s fans have their work cut out when shopping for this particular device. In short, the AR-15 suppressor square is crowded and sometimes confusing.

With an eye to simplifying the process, we’ve gathered five of the top models that are certain to keep a lid on your rifle’s big mouth. Whether at the range or in the field, the AR-15 suppressors are certain to make your shooting experience much more peaceful.

Best AR-15 Suppressor Options

YHM Nitro N20


Do-all. There’s perhaps no better way to describe what Yankee Hill cooked up with its new NITRO N20 can. More than an AR-15 suppressor, it’s capable of hushing up nearly any gun in your arsenal in the least invasive and most convenient way possible. Seem impossible? Read on.

The modular suppressor is designed to run on everything from pistols to light-duty rifles and is compatible with calibers ranging from .17 HMR up to .308 Win. Much of the flexibility is thanks to the N20 indiscriminate mounting system. You can slap on the suppressor via a Nielsen adapter, Phantom Q.D., a multitude of direct thread sizes and a slew of other systems. In addition to this, the can runs in two configurations—7.5-inch long and 5.4-inch short—to adapt your particular firearm and circumstances.

As to sound suppression, the titanium unit does a respectable job, knocking down the report of 300 Blackout to 127 dB in its long configuration and 135 dB in its short. Need a bit more, the endcap accommodates a wipe. Overall, it doesn’t get much more versatile than this.

Caliber: .17HMR – 9mm / .308 Win.
Weight: 6.5 oz (Short) / 10 oz. (Long)
Diameter: 1.562”
Overall Length: 5.4” to 7.5”
Attachment Type: Multiple
Material: Titanium
MSRP: $1,249

Thunder Beast Dominus-SR

Thunder Beast

There are few better ways to explain the Dominus-SR than a fighting suppressor. In testing, Thunder Beast brutalized this full-auto rated can, running through 10 cycles of SOCOM/SURG firing schedule and retesting it against a brand new unit. The difference between the two, the test suppressor comes back 1 dB louder than the one out of the box. Impressive.

A titanium body, fully welded, the short and squat unit is rated for 5.56 NATO to .308 RUM making it a fairly flexible option. Not only does it hold down duty as an AR-15 suppressor, but is also at home on a precision bolt gun or AR-10. Regardless of gun, the welded titanium Dominus-SR does little to burden the platform. It’s a bit girthier than other options with a 1.8-inch diameter, but it is shorter than most at 6.95-inches and is relatively light for its size at 12.5 ounces. Utilizing Thunder Beast’s SR mount system, the Dominus-SR is also incredibly simple to get on and off your gun and offers incredible lock-up.

Caliber: 5.56 up to .300 RUM
Weight: 12.5 oz
Diameter: 1.80”
Overall Length: 6.95”
Attachment Type: SR Mount
Material: Titanium
MSRP: $1,495

Rugged Suppressors Surge


Modularity is a catchword often haphazardly tossed around the firearms industry, but it is something the Surge 7.62 truly delivers. Configurable from 9 to 7.5 inches, the Surge 7.62 is a tidy package for those who need an AR-10 or AR-15 suppressor that adapts to any situation. Short and sneaky or long and silent, you get both in one device. And it’s as flexible in compatibility.

Rugged Suppressors more than lives up to its name with the Surge, which handles’ any almost anything north of 5.56mm (thanks to interchangeable front caps). How north? How about .300 RUM! Plus, it’s full-auto and belt-fed rated, which to average shooters equates to a suppressor that’s more than engineered to handle anything you throw at it.

Much of this is thanks to the material. Rugged Suppressors didn’t skimp constructing the Surge from stainless-steel and Stellite. Yeah, it puts the hush tube on the hefty side—21 ounces—but it’s by no means unmanageable. Convenience is also part of the package, with the can’s dual taper locking system making it easy to jump between guns. If versatility and ease of use are at a premium, the Surge is well worth the investment.

Caliber: 5.56mm, .30 Caliber
Weight: 21 ounces
Diameter: 1.5 inches
Overall Length: 7.5, 9 inches
Attachment Type: Fast-Attach
Material: Stainless Steel, Stellite
MSRP: $1,300

SureFire SOCOM300-Ti Suppressor

Suppressor socom

Whether close quarters fighting or humping a country mile in the field, there are situations where firearms bulk doesn’t pay.
Every ounce leads to a pound. SureFire, however, saves a load of sweat and keeps your rifle nimble as ever with one of the newest additions to its lineup—the SOCOM300-Ti. At a minuscule 11 ounces, the can might be the least obtrusive accessory you’ll slap on to your gun. And it’s no secret why.

As its name suggests, the SOCOM is a titanium build—baffles, front plate, tube and locking ring are all machined out of the durable metal. Not only does this maintain the handling characteristics of your rifle or carbine, it all but guarantees your abuse won’t put it out of commission. That’s always a nice asset on any gun that shoots away from the bench.

SureFire also designed plenty of versatility into the 8-inch can. The SOCOM handles anything .30-caliber and below (6.5mm, 6mm, 5.56mm) making it an ideal choice for those with a bevy of AR-10s and AR-15s at their disposal. Additionally, its tool-less, fast-attach design makes it lightning fast to get it off one gun and on another. As for noise reduction, it does a number on your rifle’s report. For .30-calibers, it knocks off around 30 dB, which is considerable on a relatively loud family of cartridges. Furthermore, it reduces dust and flash signatures considerably, keeping you clandestine.

Caliber: 5.56mm, 6mm, 6.5mm, .30 Caliber
Weight: 11 ounces
Diameter: 1.5 inches
Overall Length: 8 inches
Attachment Type: Fast-Attach
Material: Titanium
MSRP: $1,349

Silent Legion 300 Blackout/6.8 SPC DT

AR-15 Silent Legion

Any round can be suppressed, but the .300 Blackout was specifically designed for this purpose. Thus, it only makes sense to engineer a suppressor to get the most out of the whispering cartridge. Leave it to Silent Legion to go this route.

Its SL-BK came about expressly to all but eliminate the signature of the .30-caliber cartridge, and at the same tick not inhibit the handling characteristics of the rifles on which it’s mounted. Damping the Blackout’s report by as much as 32 dB and weighing in at just a hair over 14 ounces, it’s safe to say the company succeeded on both counts. While noise reduction is important (Why why else would you buy a suppressor?), the heft and size of the direct thread (DT) can might be the more crucial factors. Given many AR-15s chambered for .300 BLK are carbine or pistol configurations, generally meant for CQC, the suppressor keeps them as agile and manageable as if they were unsuppressed.

A titanium build, the SL-BK is also as rugged as you expect an AR-15 suppressor to be. Though it's a direct thread (⅝” -24 2B) unit, so it doesn’t come off and on as quickly as other options, if that’s a concern for you. The 6.8-inch can does have some versatility, also compatible with the resurgent 6.8 SPC. And, relatively speaking, the model is fairly economical to boot.

Caliber: .300 Blackout, 6.8 SPC
Weight: 14 ounces
Diameter: 1.5 inches
Overall Length: 6.63 inches
Attachment Type: Direct Thread
Material: Titanium
MSRP: $998

Dead Air Nomad L

Deadair Nomad L

Balance is often the concern when selecting a suppressor. Which can muffs noise to a manageable level, while not proving imposing dangling off the muzzle of a rifle. However, there are times and circumstances where asymmetry enters the equation, with one factor outweighing the others. If noise reduction is what your after come hell or high water, then the Nomad L is your answer.

Essentially the Nomad L is an enlarged variation of Dead Air’s popular Nomad-30, measuring in at 8.39 inches in length and 1.735 in diameter. Certainly, it’s more to attach to the end of a rifle, but the larger dimensions increased the internal volume of the suppressor, giving it better noise reduction qualities, as well as relieving backpressure. Honestly, the Nomad L has the full potential of significantly cutting down the report of something as barky as the .300 Winchester Magnum. But as an AR-15 suppressor, erasing all but the supersonic snap of 5.56 NATO and making sub-sonic .300 Blackout a mere whisper.

While bigger than many of the options on this list, the Nomad L is surprisingly unobtrusive. Yeah, it’ll add length to the platform and, at 18.3-ounces in weight, heft. But stainless-steel and Grade 5 titanium construction, it’s much more practicable than its measurements imply.

Caliber: Up to .300 Norma Magnum
Weight: 18.3 ounces
Diameter: 1.735 inches
Overall Length: 8.39 inches
Attachment Type: Direct Thread (KeyMo and Xeno Adapter compatible)
Material: Stainless Steel and Titanium
MSRP: $1,065

Griffin Armament Paladin 5


Unless you’re hoarding away millions in lotto winnings, buying multiple suppressors can become taxing — literally and figuratively. That’s where do-all models earn their keep, allowing the ability to suppress multiple guns. And few do more than Griffin Armament’s all-around small-bore wonder.

Rated for everything from the .22 LR to the explosive .22-250 Rem., the Paladin 5 Suppressor is a small-caliber jack of all trades. Featuring extensive use of 6AL4V titanium in the components, the 6.3-inch long user-serviceable unit tips the scales at only 12.5 ounces. Griffin Armament utilizes stainless- steel as well, making for a rugged tube and a blast baffle you never have to worry about sparking.

As for where the rubber meets the road, the Paladin 5 tames a .22 LR’s report to about 114 dB and a 5.56’s to 131 dB. As far as an AR-15 suppressor goes, this is about as versatile as it gets—something as adept on your full-strength rifle as it is on your trainer.

Caliber: From .22 LR to .22-250 Rem.
Weight: 16 ounces
Diameter: 1.5 inches
Overall Length: 6.3 inches
Attachment Type: n/a
Material: Fast Attach
MSRP: $945

Liberty Zulu Integral 5.56 NATO Upper


Integral suppression is nothing new. What’s changed as of late is that, it’s no longer a semi-custom affair. Liberty Suppressor is among the latest to put integral suppression within shooters’ reach, with the Zulu Upper Receiver, the perfect option for those aiming to keep the nimbleness of their carbine intact. The entire upper tips the scales at 3 pounds, 11 ounces, with a 16.6-inch barrel that includes the suppressor. That’s a boon when it comes to AR-15 suppressors, keeping a carbine as manageable as if it was unsuppressed. And Liberty didn’t hold back putting together a top-notch upper.

The manufacturer turned to Aero Precision for the receiver, Odin Works for the barrel (10.5 inches) and St. Croix Tactical for the bolt carrier group. Overall, that’s a strong build. The integrally suppressed portion is all Liberty, featuring grade 5 titanium baffles and an Inconel 718 blast baffle for extra robustness. The built-in can is tuned for 5.56 NATO, and because the suppressor is pinned and welded to the barrel, the upper only requires one tax stamp to purchase.

Caliber: 5.56mm
Weight: 3 pounds, 11 ounces
Diameter: n/a
Overall Length: 16.6 inches
Attachment Type: n/a
Material: Aluminum, Titanium, Inconel
MSRP: $1,550

Dead Air Sandman

AR-15 Sandman

A standby option nearly the moment it hit the market, it’s difficult to go wrong with the Sandman as an AR-15 suppressor or on any other long-gun. There’s no trick to what Dead Air has done, they’ve simply built a quality can that performs each time you pull the trigger.

There’s also some versatility in the suppressor. Available in four lengths—5.4-inch K, 6.8-inch S, 8.9-inch L and 8.20-inch T—there’s a mode for your particular firearms. In terms of an AR, all of them will work, but the S seems the best suited for the job. It more than provides ample noise reduction, though does weigh in at a hefty 17.7 ounces. There’s durability in the weight. The welded stainless steel/Stellite can is fully-auto rated and more than up to the day-to-day abuse likely to be thrown at it.

Nice as it Sandman is itself, its mounting system also shines. Utilizing a proprietary muzzle brake, the mount offers a repeatable interface with the suppressor eliminating the concern of baffle strikes and ensuring precision. There’s plenty more to love about the Sandman, but this should be enough to see why it’s among the most popular cans out there.

Caliber: 5.7x28mm up to .300 Win. Mag.
Weight: 12.8 oz.-21.8 oz
Diameter: 1.5”
Overall Length: 5.4”-8.9”
Attachment Type: Keymount brake
Material: Stainless Steel/Stellite
MSRP: Starting at $849 (T Series)

AAC M4-2000

AAC M4-2000
It stands to reason, if you’re an AR shooter, you have one chambered in traditional 5.56 NATO. Performing at blistering velocities, not the easiest round to hush up. Advanced Armament Corporation does a fairly solid job accomplishing this feat with a suppressor dedicated to the ubiquitous ammunition. By the company’s account, the M4-2000 reduces a rifle’s report anywhere from 32 to 34dB – signification in anybody’s book.

Furthermore, it’s as convenient an AR-15 suppressor as they come. Attaching and removing via AAC’s patented Fast-Ratchet system, the can comes and goes from the muzzle as freely as you please.

Nifty as the unit is, the M4-2000 has its limitations. Yes, it all but erases the explosion of gas at the muzzle, but if you’re shooting supersonic rounds (which you most likely are) you’ll still have a sonic boom. Yes, you have subsonic 5.56 NATO as an option, but it doesn’t come cheap – well over a dollar a round.

Still, if you are a high-volume shooter, competitor or plan on configuring a home-defense rifle that won’t stun you after a trigger pull, the M4-2000 is worth the investment.

Weight: 17.6 oz
Length: 6.625″
Length added: 5.10″
Diameter: 1.50″
Finish: Cerakote
Sound Reduction: 32-34dB
Mount: 51T Ratchet Mount; 51T 1/2×28 Blackout Flash Hider Mount included
Materials: Inconel 718 & 316L S
MSRP: $795

SilencerCo Omega Suppressor

Gird your loins, you’ll pay a pretty penny for SilencerCo’s legendary do-all suppressor. However, you’ll have peace of mind that you’re getting more than your money’s worth. Compatible with every caliber from 5.7mm to .300 Winchester Magnum, the Omega covers every conceivable base for an AR-15 suppressor and beyond.

Excellent performance, the Omega reduces a subsonic .300 Blackout’s report to around 119dB and a .308 Win. to about 133dB. Equally attractive, the can is among the smaller, lighter options on the market today. At 14 ounces, it won’t tip a rifle out of balance. Furthermore, its 7.09-inch length doesn’t make a gun unwieldy — particularly a carbine. Finally, the Omega’s 1.56-inch diameter keeps a clear line of sight on most rifles aimed with both irons or optics.

Getting the suppressor on and off a gun is almost cheating. It’s possible to mount the Omega the traditional way, via direct-thread to your muzzle. However, if you find you’ll switch it between guns or will shoot suppressed or un-suppressed at a moment’s notice it boasts a convenient quick detachment system. Requiring only a few turns of a locknut to install, it only takes seconds to swap out.

Calibers: 5.7 MM TO .300 WM
Muzzle Decibel Averages: .300 BLK: 119.5 DB, 5.56 MM: 130.1 DB , .308 WIN: 133.9 DB
Weight: 14.0 OZ
Length: 7.09″
Diameter: 1.56″
MSRP: $1,130

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    • SIG Sauer SRD762-QD

      srd762-qda AR-15 Suppressor

      One of the new players in the game, SIG Sauer has proven a quick study when it comes to suppressors. A full suite of options, this particular can grabs our attention not purely for performance, but also toughness. Made from Inconel, the suppressor has excellent tensile strength and resist’s fatigue. The latter makes the SRD762 an ideal choice for short-barreled rifles, which are known to abuse cans like rock stars do hotel rooms.

      Furthermore, the superalloy has excellent heat dissipation properties from its large amount of nickel. In turn, the suppressor doesn’t remain as scorching hot as other comparable models.

      Rated up to .300 Winchester Magnum, the SRD762 is versatile. It is essentially compatible with any cartridge of a lesser caliber, making it an ideal AR-15 suppressor, especially for those who tend to have a couple different chamberings at hand.

      In the noise-reduction department, it will dampen a subsonic .300 Blackout round to around 120dB and a .308 Win. round to about 138dB. More than enough to call it rock solid.

      Caliber: .204 Ruger to 300 Win Mag
      Weight: 17 oz
      Diameter: 1.625″
      Overall Length: 7″
      Attachment Type: Fast-Attach
      Material: Inconel 718 / Stainless Steel
      MSRP: $820

      Gemtech Dagger

      A full-sized can, the Dagger seems an intimidating addition for some shooters. However, the popular Gemtech suppressor’s performance more than endears it to anyone lucky enough to get trigger time on a gun outfitted with one.

      The 8.8-inch unit is rated — actually designed — for the .300 Win. Mag., but does a job on any lesser cartridge that doesn’t exceed pressure specifications. How much noise reduction can you expect from it? Around 30dB, more with subsonic ammunition. Pretty solid.

      Constructed of titanium, the Dagger is tough and ready for action well away from the shooting range. Yet, despite its size and ruggedness, the suppressor is surprisingly won’t weigh you down in the field, at a scant 14.8 ounces. That’s getting into compact suppressor territory. This feature makes the Dagger much more appealing, not to mention practical, size notwithstanding.

      Given QD systems are all the rage, some might crinkle their nose at having to direct thread the Gemtech suppressor. Perhaps not as convenient in the split second you want to swap it between guns, the system is simpler. It does not require a proprietary muzzle device, which is less to worry about. Furthermore, it keeps your gun lean and mean. Never a bad thing.

      A side note, the Dagger is full-auto rate. Not that it will matter to most of you, but it’s mentioned in case the independently wealthy are currently reading.

      Caliber: .30, .300 WIN MAG
      Sound Reduction: 30dB
      Diameter: 1.5″
      Length: 8.8″
      Weight In Units: 14.8oz
      Mount: Thread Mount 5/8-24
      Material: Titanium
      Full Auto Rated: Yes
      Finish: High Temp Black Cerakote
      MSRP: $1,099

      YHM Nitro 30

      Any AR fan appreciates modularity. It’s half the fun of the platform and makes it worth its weight in gold. The concept isn’t generally associated with suppressors, but Yankee Hill Machine found a way with excellent results.

      The Nitro 30 is capable of what the company calls “mission specific modularity” through an array of muzzle and rear cap options. To the back of the unit, QD and direct-thread options are available, while at up front there's a choice of a tactical flat cap or a muzzle-brake cap (both in .30 caliber).

      Rated for .300 Ultra Mag., the Nitro 30 isn’t confined to .30-caliber duty. The suppressor is capable of hushing up rounds demure as the .17 HMR. Furthermore, YHM sells one of the more complete kits around. The suppressor not only comes packaged with its components, but also a Basofil heat-resistant pouch, a muzzle brake (available in three pitches: 5/8-24, 1/2-28, or 1/2-36), a hard case and two assembly wrenches. They really want you to take advantage of the Nitro’s modularity.

      In general, the stainless-steel unit doesn’t provide the noise reduction of others in its class — it’s rated to 135dB. And it’s a bit heavy, 18.72 to 19.84 ounces, depending on configuration. However, the 6.88-inch suppressor more than makes up for these facets with its supreme versatility.

      For those with multiple rifles in multiple calibers, the Nitro 30 is tough to beat for an all-around AR-15 suppressor.

      Weight: 18.2oz / 20.2 oz.
      Diameter: 1.562”
      Length: 6.93”/ 7.75”
      Construction: 17-4 Ph SS
      Direct Thread: 5/8-24
      Decibel Rating: 135 dB
      MSRP: $890

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If you have been around for more than a minute you know I love a pistol caliber carbine (PCC)! So this Aero Precision EPC review should come as no surprise!

Let’s take a look at the ins and outs of the Aero Precision EPC and how it stacks up against the other PCC’s.

EPC, you say?

So what does EPC even stand for? I actually really like the name Aero Precision gave their 9mm Carbine: Enhanced Pistol Caliber.

EPC just has a nice ring to it and you can easily just throw the caliber number behind it EPC 9 or EPC 40.

PCC’s & Why

I always find it interesting how opinions about certain calibers, gun styles, and companies float around the gun industry.

Many people think pistol-caliber carbines are pointless. Some will say, “Tell that to the MP5” and I personally think they are just fun range toys.

To me arguing about a 9mm rifle or carbine is absolutely silly. Most of us will likely only use a pistol in a defensive situation.

That means 80-90% of our firearm collections are guns we just enjoy shooting and having.

The reason why I really like PCC’s is that they cost much less to shoot than other short barrel rifles and are slightly more realistic than .22 caliber pistols and rifles.

History of Aero Precision

Aero Precision didn’t originally start out as a gun company. In fact, they are an offshoot of an aerospace company based in Tacoma, WA.

Clearly, Washington state isn’t a bastion of gun-friendly policies but that’s where they remain to this day.

EPC Parts List

We wanted to throw a parts list together for anyone who wants to start building their EPC.

Upper Parts

Lower Parts

EPC Assembly

The Aero Precision EPC is assembled much like any AR-15 would be. This lower is nearly an exact copy and ever requires some of the same parts.

The upper has the same 5 major parts. The barrel, upper, bolt, and charging handle.

You could learn how to assemble your EPC by following nearly any AR-15 build video.

Ergonomics & Firearm Overview

Aero Precision EPC

The EPC-9 is your standard, run-of-the-mill AR9.

But it’s made by Aero Precision, so obviously it has the finesse, look, and feel of their AR series.

The overall completed look of the EPC-9 is on par with many AR pistol platforms, like the CMMG Banshee.

There are some differences between an AR9 platform and the AR-15, and we’ll get into those in a little bit.

But overall, your handguard, upper, and lower receiver are all the same. That’s going to give your AR9 the standard AR look, but we’ll dive more into that here shortly.


So let’s talk about the safety of the gun.

The safety on the EPC-9 is nice because it can be whatever you want it to be. The EPC allows you to change to any standard MIL-SPEC safety throw.

For me, I have the Radian Talon. I have the limited edition July 4th version of it, but you can run any color or configuration.

epc safety

The safety is very much customizable so you can make it what you want it to be.

You can run the standard MIL-SPEC, but I prefer the ambidextrous Talon.

You can grab those at a number of different places, but if you have a favorite AR safety selector, then it’ll definitely work on this gun.

Pistol Grip

The pistol grip on the AR-9 is literally any MIL-SPEC AR-15 grip.

I prefer to use Magpuls grips. I usually have a couple just laying around so I can just grab them and throw them on the gun.

So naturally, that’s what I threw on this gun, but any of your favorite grips will work on this gun.

That means there is a massive selection of grips since it will work with any AR pistol grip.

Magazine Release

So the magazine release is actually somewhat different from the EPC series.

I actually really liked the magazine release. You typically find it on the right side of the receiver and that’s where this one is. Typically it’s just a small single push button.

Since the EPC takes Glock mags, they had to make the magazine release a little different.

epc9 magrelease

So since they were going to have to change it anyway, they might as well do a little bit more elaborate of a design and they did.

The EPC does have a really nice large paddle for a magazine release. It’s on a swivel or pivot so it releases from the front of the notch on the Glock mag.

When you press the magazine release it pivots and drops the magazine.

Now with my experience, it drops clean and free really easily. It pivots nicely. There’s really no hangup. The really nice part of it is that it comes pre-installed on the Aero Precision EPC.

So you don’t have to hunt for them or buy them separately. It’s proprietary, but it comes with it. So I really don’t mind the magazine release at all.

Magazine well

The EPC magazine well is actually very nice as well. It’s got a good flare that accepts Glock 19, Glock 17, and any 9 mm Glock pattern magazines.

Factory Magazines or Magpul magazines, you name it, this gun takes it.

Personally, I have a factory Glock 33 round magazine and I really like using it.

I’d highly recommend picking up a couple of those unless you just want to run it clean and sleek.

You can run the Glock 17 magazine or the 19 mags.

The magazine well itself has a really nice channel for your mag to slide into battery.

I haven’t seen anything in the AR-9 realm this nice because you just have to get it close and it basically funnels in.

Now, the only thing is the magazine well it’s a tight fit, so you have to get it in, but once it’s in, it’s tight, there’s no wobbling.

There’s no play in your magazine, which is nice, but it does make it hard to, sometimes get the magazine in. But thank goodness because of the magazine well flare, it’s very easy to get the magazine in and send it home.

Bolt Release/Hold open

The bolt release/hold open on the EPC is actually another one of those standard features of the AR-9 on the EPC.

aero lower

This runs just any run-of-the-mill bolt release. The one nice thing I will say is that this has the screw for the bolt release so you’re trying to drive a pin through it. You can just use an Allen wrench or hex key and screw it in. So that makes it very simple.

If you prefer the bad lever or something with a large battle, that should work on this gun. Whatever bolt hold-open release you prefer, you can use that on this gun.

It is pretty much a MIL-SPEC pattern bolt hold-open release.

Charging Handle Configuration

The charging handle can be as nice or as simple as you want because again, it is a standard pattern AR so you can pick any charging handle that you want.

In my case, I have the Radian Raptor. I also liked the Geissele charging handles as well.

Any AR-15 charging handle can be used in the EPC.

EPC Bolt

epc bolt

The one thing I will say that’s a little different is this as an AR-9 bolt Aero Precision.

At the time I built this gun Aero Precision did not have any bolts in stock. So this gun is currently running a Faxon bolt.

I also have the RCA bolt, because I really like their black nitride plus coated bolts.

rca 9mm bolt

So I picked up one of those and I’m going to start running them in this gun. I know they do some Noveske bolts and things like that so I wanted to pick that up and run it in this AR-9.

Stock and brace option

EPC-9 stock and brace options are endless.

You can build this into a pistol, which is what I’ve done, or you can build it into an SBR or even make it a full-size 16″ barreled 9mm or a 40 caliber carbine.

I run the SB Tactical HBPDW brace. This is the brace that SB Tactical and Q came together to make.

It very much is almost the exact copy of the Honey Badger brace, except it’ll fit on any AR receiver.

I’ve to say, I love this thing. I did a whole write-up on it, so I won’t go too much into it, but it looks really good on the EPC-9, as you can see in all the photos throughout this article, it really completes this gun.

Not only that, it’s a very comfortable brace as well. Overall, you can’t beat this brace. It’s a little expensive, but you know what they say, you really get what you pay for.

Shooting the EPC

Shooting the EPC-9 is a lot of fun. The configuration that I build is a 5.5″ barrel.

I knew I was going to suppress it and I knew I was going to run subs, so I really wanted to have a nice, little compact gun.

I didn’t know at the time that SB Tactical was going to release the Honey Badger brace, so that was really a big bonus for me.

I was just going to run some other SB Tactical brace, like the SPA3, or something of that nature.

They’re inexpensive to shoot at the range during normal ammo times, so I really wanted to pick this up and build it to save some money while plinking and wanted an AR-style gun.

Now I run the Q Erector 9. Little hard to find right now, but I was lucky enough to find one and I really like it on this gun.

It’s very, very, very light. You can run any kind of muzzle device you’d like, but keep in mind with a 5.5: barrel, it’s going to be loud.

You’re going to be close to it. You want to make sure that whatever you’re shooting is comfortable for you.

Shooting the EPC Suppressed

Shooting suppressed will blow a lot of gas back. It does give you an extremely dirty gun in the whole interior and your mags.

If you shoot suppressed, you already know this, but this is a very fun gun. Just shoot. It’s not jumpy. You can stay on target. I’m running a Sig Sauer Romeo5 on here: probably one of the best-valued optics you can buy in the Red Dot series.

But overall, great gun. If you’re on the fence about it, don’t be.

At this point as the writing of this article, you cannot buy this gun complete. You’re going to have to piece it together.

Once you get all the parts, you can build them. You can buy a complete upper.

One of my only real gripes with Aero Precision is they sell a complete upper that’s not truly complete. You can’t buy it with the bolt most of the time, and the charging handle, but you can buy it complete as in “handguard, barrel upper, but no muzzle device.”

So just keep in mind. It’s not perfect, but you can definitely work with it.

Issues with Barrel Feed Ramp

While shooting suppressed the other day I wanted to try some Sellier & Bellot 9mm subsonic with a flat nose.

The issue I found was that the flat nose round will not feed into this gun.


I was able to chamber one round but the round does not cycle into the chamber when shooting.

I have tried this using the Faxon bolt but I have a feeling the bolt won’t matter since there’s no feed ramp and the round is just hitting the face and not chambering.

In conclusion

In conclusion, it’s just a really good platform. If you’re looking for a fun range gun, again, like I said, in the beginning, a lot of people argue about the usability or the practicality of an AR-9.

It may not be the gun you want in a life and death situation with, but it is definitely something that you can substitute your 5.56 ammo for 9mm and save a ton of money at the range and still get a lot of shooting in.

You’re going to get similar handling as a 5.56 AR and you’re going to get the same functions and controls, and it’s going to feel very similar.

So if you’re looking for a good range gun to practice with, this would definitely be a recommended go-to from me.

What bolts work with the EPC?

So far I’ve found that any 9mm PCC bolt will work. I’ve personally used the Faxon bolt carrier group and the Rubber City Armory BCG.

Does Aero Precision sell complete EPC’s?

As of this writing Aero Precision only sells the parts for the EPC and you will have to assume the firearm yourself.

Aero Precision EPC Review | The 9mm AR you've been waiting for
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