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Why are suppressor adapters needed?

When using a suppressor on your project, there is always a lot of things to consider and one of those is whether or not to use a sized silencer or an adapter to couple a suppressor of a different thread to it.

Small adapter to couple 30 caliber rifle silencers to 556 rifles
Small adapter for rifle silecners

We are always looking to make the dollars we have go a little further and adapting a silencer is an easy way to do that. Most suppressors on the market come in one thread pitch or mounting scheme. So adapting those silencers to guns that are setup differently can be a great way to not have to buy a second silencer.

We make quite a few adapters that can couple three primary types of suppressors with them being in one of the following categories.

  1. Direct Thread with a Common Thread Pitch
  2. Mount coupled (The silencer fits a specific mount/device that stays on the host weapon)
  3. Modular mounting designs specifically designed to be used with a large quantity of adapter.

An example of the first one would be our Amendment 7.62 suppressor. This silencer comes threaded 5/8-24 and this is not able to be changed. So we have an adapter that will couple it to 5.56mm rifles typically threaded 1/2-28. This adapter is called the Freedom Coupling and is available on the website.

The second one is really common in todays world and an example of one of these would be our Sovereign rifle silencer. It has a mounting scheme designed to fit a set of mounts that we make for it. It couples to a large diameter thread and breeches on a taper for positive engagement. This can easily be adapted to our Mystic X family of adapters with the Sovereign to Mystic Adapter.

The mystic x kit covers most calibers

The last category is by far our most popular. The modular mounting silencer family. This is a specific family of suppressors and mounts to make adapting the suppressor easy and fast for a plethora of different applications. These mounts are almost endless and couple our popular Mystic X to everything imaginable. We have so many adapters for this silencer, that we have to make multiple pages on the site to cover them all. These can also be used to couple many other suppressors on the market to various host firearms and they are also popular with the project builders in the community. So if oyu have a Form 1 build you are working on, we have the thread spec available to make the rear of your silencer fit our mounts seamlessly.

If you have any questions about adapting a silencer to a firearm, just give us a shout and we will be happy to help.

Until next time, keep your powder dry!

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What about the 6.5 creedmoor suppressed?

What is it with us not making the 6.5 creedmoor suppressed with a dedicated muzzle suppressor? Well let’s take a small look at why.

When we started working on our newest rifle designs like the Sovereign and the Agent, we wanted to make them work as good as possible on as many calibers as possible right out of the chute. This meant testing them on a host of different guns over time and seeing what the numbers say on the sound meter.

What we learned out the 6.5 creedmoor suppressed platform is that we need to be able to make it work on other calibers as well. You see, there really isn’t a huge demand for a dedicated 6.5 creed moor suppressor at this time. The PRS community uses them some but not extensively so we dont see a huge demand for a specialized version of a silencer just for this caliber. What we do see are people wanting a good 308 suppressor that they can also use on their 6.5 creedmoor.

Enter the Sovereign, with the titanium construction and the high pressure optimized baffle structure, these silencers work surprisingly well as a 6.5 creedmoor suppressed platform. When we designed the baffles they were specifically designed to work with our muzzle brake so the rifle can be shot with a brake in places where the silencer cant be employed. Then simply screw the silencer over the brake to turn the brake into a sacrificial blast baffle of sorts for the silencer. The brake does two jobs this way and the end user benefits the whole time…

What we did for a 6.5 creedmoor suppressed platform ultimately was to build a dedicated integral to be able to maximize the silencer for the 6.5 creedmoor and make it as small as possible to keep weight and size to a minimum for the hunter who is fielding the rifle all day. This project which is called the Whitetail is what we feel is the perfect deer rifle for 99% of north american big game.

So ultimately, you have to decide which path is right for you in your silencer journey, do you need a suppressor for a PRS rifle that you will also want to use on your hunting rig or will it only be the hunting rifle and this one will get lots of use? We can help you sort out these questions and much more, so if you need some help with your journey, dont hesitate to give us a call! Until next time, keep your powder dry!

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Making a 50 BMG suppressor

When you make a 50 bmg suppressor, there are things to consider. Things that need consideration are like pressure, gas volume, weight and size. All these come secondary to sound suppression but must be considered.

These are the four main things aside from sound performance we looked at when we made the Behemoth 50 bmg suppressor. So lets take a little closer look at those specs.

Pressure… is a funny creature. It can do work, it can be destructive, it can be a byproduct of another job, all sorts of things but for us, it is a problem. We have to design the 50 bmg suppressor to handle incredible levels of pressure as this cartridge is propelling a 750gr bullet at almost 3000 feet per second. This kind of energy delivery takes a lot of pressure. Like from 9000 to 11,500 PSI in most modern bolt action sniper style platforms. So you have to design the silencer to absorb this pressure and then be able to mitigate the noise signature at the same time.

The gas volume of the 50 BMG cartridge is enormous to say the least. There is 290 grains of gunpowder in a 50 BMG round, compare this to a 308 Winchester which has 41 grains of gunpowder and you start to understand how massive the 50 bmg suppressor has to be to handle it. That is 7 times the gunpowder… So this necessitates that a good 50 bmg suppressor be fairly large. We need to be able to capture that gas column and hold onto it momentarily to be able to do the things with it we do and then let it go under controlled conditions.

Weight is an obvious spec that has to be addressed. This is because these guns are meant to be man portable and not crew served. Since we are having to carry this thing in a pack of some sort, we have to keep weight manageable or the soldier will not deploy with it. He will simply choose to leave it behind to conserve space and weight. This is why we chose to make it out of titanium, almost exclusively. We had to keep weight under 3 pounds and titanium allowed us to do that. Another great benefit to titanium is that it is incredibly strong as well as light, these two things made it the obvious choice for the Behemoth.

Size is the final spec we are talking about today with this design. The size is dictated by volume as well as bore t bore aspect ratio. When we decided to build a 50 bmg suppressor, we knew it would be fairly large, but we had no idea it would be as big as it turned out. This was in part due to us also wanting it to be hearing safe at the shooter’s ear. This basically means we wanted it to meter below 140dB at the shooters ear since that is the person that will be closest to the rifle when it is being used. We achieved this metric and then some with it consistency measuring 134 to 136dB at the shooter’s ear. This was only possible through the use of titanium and the size we finally chose to work with.

There was a lot more to designing the Behemoth 50 bmg suppressor, but these are some of the highlights and this gives you a glimpse into the world of making a suppressor for one of the largest rounds out there for civilian use today. Hope you enjoyed this little peek behind the curtain so to speak and until next time, keep your powder dry!

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Building a 300 blackout suppressor

This is something that I have personally enjoyed working on over the years. The perfect 300 blackout suppressor is one that has size, weight and sound performance at the forefront of the list of attributes that is has to have. So let’s take a look at my favorite 300 blackout suppressor.

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Leonidas Gen 2 ready to go!

The first and absolutely best 300 blackout suppressor that we know of it the Leonidas Gen 2 integrally suppressed AR15 upper. This is a personal pet project that has evolved into one of the very best suppressed 300 blackout rifles on the market in our opinion. We use titanium in the construction of the core, there is very specific geometry to prevent things like gas pinging that makes the silencer ring like a bell so to speak. We also have VERY caliber specific baffle geometry that is optimized for the subsonic variant of the cartridges that are on the market. This doesnt mean that you cant use supersonic rounds in the Leonidas, it will work great with those too, but to see the real magic, you need to shoot subsonic ammunition in it.

There are so many little nuanced things that have been done to this design over the years to improve it that I could probably write an entire book called ” The Ultimate 300 Blackout Suppressor “… Things like putting the gas block inside the silencer module allows us to capture leaking barrel pressure gas around the gas block as well as adding significant volume to the expansion chamber to lower to pressure of the gas column so the baffle stack can handle it easier. We also have improvements in barrel technology as well by using specifically designed barrels that have a tighter twist rate to help stabilize the heavy, subsonic bullets available today for this caliber.

The Leonidas Gen 2 300 BLK Integral Silencer
The Leonidas Gen 2 brings a smile to everyone’s face!

If you would like more information about the Leonidas Gen 2 integrally suppressed rifle, just shoot us an email or give us a call and we will do our best to answer your questions! Until next time, keep your powder dry!

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Why are rifle suppressors still loud?

Let’s take a short look at what makes a rifle silencer seem loud when they are obviously still making the gun quieter.

When we think of what a rifle with a silencer sounds like, we automatically think of movie guns. Suppressor sounds in the movies for a long time have been creatures of the imagination of the foley artists and nothing more. This gives the general public a misconception of what a silencer should actually sound like.

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Sovereign 30 cal suppressor on a long range rifle.

The first thing we have to understand is that the bullet exiting a 30 cal suppressor, like the Amendment silencer, is basically traveling Mach 2.7 right out of the gun. So with something going this fast, there will be an associated sonic boom as the bullet passes through the sound barrier. This sonic boom is proportional in size to the object so it makes a loud “pop” instead of a boom like we are used to hearing when a fighter jet passes over that is supersonic (which as I understand it, they are not supposed to do)… This pop is very loud at about 135dB usually, this makes the bullet in flight, the loudest part of the gun firing when there is a suppressor for 6.5 grendel, integrally suppressed rifles or any other rifle silencer installed IF the measured sound comes in at about that number. Since we have no way of suppressing this level of sound this will make it to the sound meter no matter what.

The usual 30 cal suppressor, a suppressor for 6.5 grendel (we recommend the Sovereign suppressor for this application), and even integrally suppressed rifles all suffer from this phenomenon. These are some of the carbines and rifles we see that have silencers installed on them that will also have people question why the silencer doesnt make it quieter. Once we get the bullet below the speed of sound, integrally suppressed rifles in particular sounds much better.

The Zulu integrally suppressed 5.56mm AR15 rifle is a great option.

Lastly, understand one other thing about rifle silencers as well. They are dealing with a lot more energy than pistol or rimfire calibers firearms. This fact alone makes designing a 30 cal suppressor that is super quiet a daunting task right out of the gate. We have done it with several of our models, but it is not easy to do. Even our integrally suppressed rifles like the Leonidas or Zulu are great examples of this concept. So if you have questions concerning getting a suppressor for your rifle, or just need to ask us about something we make in general, just reach out to us at 706-661-6911 and we will be happy to help. Until next time, keep your powder dry!

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A Silencer for 450 Bushmaster

This is a subject that has been coming up more and more. A silencer for 450 bushmaster is a interesting proposition to be honest. When looking at this cartridge, one has to consider the huge volume of gas as well as the large bore diameter the suppressor needs for this caliber.

We always suggest something like the Goliath for this cartridge as it has the best sound characteristics when it comes to a silencer for 450 bushmaster. Nothing that we are aware of beats this silencer for sound signature. It also has the ability to be a suppressor for marlin 45-70 as well. The 45-70 is a very similar performing cartridge as the 450 bushmaster so they will perform very well with the Goliath .458 socom suppressor.

What makes the Goliath silencer so good? Well, three things in particular. The material of construction is almost all titanium so it is incredibly light weight for it’s size. It is large enough to deal with the huge volume of gas that these cartridges produce and lastly, it is engineered specifically for these large bore, high volume calibers.

silencer suppressor carbine AR15
Goliath makes a great 308 suppressor as well.

We chose titanium to do tow things in particular, one was to dissipate heat rapidly. which titanium does well. The second thing was that we could make the silencer light weight as titanium is a very strong material as well. Titanium is also very rigid so there is little to no baffle flex with these powerful rounds and this translates into better accuracy on target and more repeatable results over time. Another thing to consider is that this silencer can also be used on other calibers as well since it will clear anything in diameter smaller than 45 caliber. Things like the 338 Lapua Magnum and 408 Chey Tac are perfect examples of large caliber rounds this silencer can work with. IT is also light enough from the use of titanium to be a viable hunting silencer as well. It can basically do everything you need in a rifle silencer and we also ship it with an Armageddon gear suppressor cover so when you shoot the mighty 450 Bushmaster through it, you wont have to deal with heat mirage for several rounds on your hunt.

So if you have questions about the Goliath silencer and how it works as a silencer for 450 Bushmaster, just call us at 706-661-6911 or shoot us an email, which is plastered all over the website. Till next time, keep your powder dry!

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What makes a premium 308 suppressor…premium?

When looking at 308 suppressor choices there is an amazing amount of models to consider. Well, the one that no one seems to talk about is the premium suppressor. So today we will look at our premium 308 suppressor and go over what makes it “premium”.

Sovereign 308 suppressor on a hunting rifle.

The first thing is material it is made from. The Sovereign is made from titanium almost exclusively. This metal is a wonder metal by almost all measurements, it is lighter and stronger than steel. It handles heat really well with a melting point 400 degrees higher than that of steel. There are only two real issues with it…the cost and how difficult it is to work. Both of these factors drive up the price of a premium silencer too. The raw material is several times more expensive than stainless steel so that automatically passes through to the retail price by necessity. The other factor drive price through several channels like: increased tool usage, slower cycle times which translates into less productivity with the same fixed costs, greater difficulty in finishing tasks like deburring and such. All of this adds additional machine hours, man hours and tooling costs to the final product. So when you look at the Sovereign and wonder why it is so much more than an Amendment silencer, these are some of the reasons why.

The next thing that makes a premium 308 suppressor “premium” is adaptability. This comes in several forms but the most common is multiple mounting solutions like QD mounts or what we have with the Sovereign, TOMB mounts. TOMB is an acronym meaning Thread Over Muzzle Brake and is where the connection for the silencer is part of the rear of the muzzle brake where the suppressor can be screwed over the brake so the brake does not have to be removed from the gun when the silencer is not in use. This does a couple of things for the end user, like protect the muzzle of the rifle when the silencer is not installed from impact damage like banging it into things. The muzzle threads are also not worn from repeated install and uninstalls of the silencer module. It also leaves a very effective muzzle brake on the rifle for when the suppressor is not needed…although I would argue this is never…

Sovereign silencer flash hider mount installed.

Another feature of premium 308 suppressor designs is exit aperture options. This comes in the form of replaceable front caps so if there is a front cap strike, then it can be repaired easily without having to scrap the whole silencer. Also other end cap options are available like the muzzle brake front cap where we add up to 10% additional braking with a muzzle brake on the end of the silencer. We all know the most effective brakes are nearest to the muzzle of the rifle as this is where the gas pressure is the greatest, but we still get moderate braking at the end of the Sovereign silencer as well, so we offer this option.

Sovereign silencer muzzle brake front cap

Finally there are the accessories, like the Sovereign comes with a Armageddon Gear mirage cover that protects the view of the shooter for many round from heat mirage distortion in the optical view. This is not a fireproof cover, but is instead a high insulation factor thermal protection device to reduce thermal mirage from obscuring the shootings view of the target. All covers will eventually “soak” through with heat, but this one is the best one we have found for this application so it is bundled with the Sovereign for this reason.

Custom Armageddon Gear covers are shipped with the Sovereign 308 suppressor.

There you go, a few reason why premium rifle silencers like the Sovereign 308 suppressor are a little more costly than other models and now you have some information to help you decide if these reasons fit your needs.. If you need more information then you can call us (706)-661-6911 or email (it is on this website everywhere) and we will be happy to help. Until next time, keep your powder dry!

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The Amendment: A simple yet effective 308 suppressor

When you think of a 308 suppressor, a lot of the time what comes to mind is all these fancy QD silencers that are on the market. That is fine and all if your wanting to build out a complete system and install special adapters on your rifles for them.

The Amendment 308 suppressor is simple to install and use.

What we have found though, is that most people that want a 308 suppressor typically want it for their hunting rig. This ends up being a bolt action rifle for the most part and it is also one that goes in to the field. That last part is important. Carrying a rifle for more than 30 or 40 yards to the shooting line at a rifle range, is way different than taking your rifle to the stand in the field where you might be carrying it for hundreds of yards and even up to miles… A few ounces doesnt seem like a big deal on paper, but ounces turn into pain when that gun strap is sitting on your collar bone for several hours.

Eliminating all the bulk and weight of QD mounting items and special modular designs with interchangeable widgets makes the silencer simple and light without the need for super exotic alloys to keep weight manageable. This makes the Amendment in a class by itself since it has good suppression, weight and size all in a affordable package that can be left to a dedicated rig. Another aspect that fits this well is that it works so well in this application that most people install the silencer and zero the rifle with it installed and leave it on the rifle till the season is finished…or they never remove it…

We have many silencer options to fits the needs of the end user.

This gives you the simplicity of knowing that the zero is this or that IF… it is just zeroed. Get it out and use it. Adding a 308 suppressor to the rifle system should be simple and the Amendment is that. It has the threaded socket on the back that fits the standard 5/8-24 threads and you simply screw it onto your rifle and your done. Nothing to time or shim, just put the silencer on your rifle and goto the range to zero it. Your done. So if it your planning on setting up your hunting rig with a dedicated silencer, just give us a shout and we will be happy to help you sort out what would be best for you. Till next time, keep your powder dry!

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5.56 suppressor variations and why?

There is no shortage of 5.56 suppressor designs, and we have several here to choose from as well.

The reason for all of the variations in 5.56 suppressor designs is that there are many needs for the Suppressors. When you are looking for a suppressor for your 5.56 rifle I would suggest that you decide what is most important first. Cost, weight, or suppression are all factors that need to be considered. Once this has been determined, you can move forward with your choice at that time.

The constitution is right at home on your 556 SBR as well as a host of other guns.
The constitution is right at home on your 556 SBR as well as a host of other guns.

The first thing that most people need to decide is weight. Weight is a big factor for a carbine and with a really heavy muzzle silencer it causes some problems and solves some problems. Our Constitution direct thread 5.56 suppressor works well with SBR designs and makes for a cost versus weight balance that is hard to beat. The weight on a short barrel rifle causes transition muzzle over-shoot when transitioning from one target to the next it also makes the gun more stable in the hand, so there is less sight bounce. But on a longer target rifle style firearm, it will cause the muzzle to drop a little from the added weight on the end of the barrel, adding bullet drop to the position of the aim.

Once this has been decided, the next thing is cost. A lot of people have very specific needs and do not want to spend large quantities of money on a silencer and it is important to decide how much money you wish to invest in your suppressor for your 5.56 suppressor. Things like material choice, or design will affect price. Another thing to consider is integral designs like the Zulu. It will cost more but adds significant accuracy and sound suppression in one package.

The Zulu integral 5.56 suppressor in a completed build.

Once you have decided these things, the next step to get one in process. This is really easy if you just reach out to us, we will be happy to assist you in getting the ball rolling. So until then, keep your powder dry!

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Why use silencers?

When I get this question, it brings back memories of a time before I knew I could own these mythical devices. As silencers grew in popularity I was drawn to using them on every gun I owned. This was because there is an allure to not having to deal with the enormous bang associated with the gunshot. Once you have used firearms without silencers for a while, you get accustomed to the report of the firearm. This conditions you to respond in like kind, typically with a flinch for most people as the sound is so loud that it trips the “fight or flight” response temporarily. This is because sounds this loud are not normal in nature. You see, even if you dont know it, your brain does. This means that humans should never be around sounds over 120dB in normal circumstances, and even the lowly 22LR is louder than this with the use of silencers.

9mm multipurpose silencer suppressor 7.62 suppressor 9mm silencer

We normally suggest people get a suppressor for their favorite gun first then once that one is understood as to how a firearm should sound, we suggest getting another one. This gives the user time to get comfortable with the aspect of using the silencer and all the benefits that come with it. A great starter silencer is the Mystic X as it allows the user to put a silencer on many different firearms with really good results. It even has excellent results on several calibers even though is it not optimal on for them. Given the numerous mounting options that come with the Mystic X silencer, this also makes it easy to adapt to a large variety of firearms. It is literally a “Swiss army knife” in the silencer world. Many silencers work well in specific applications, but the Mystic X stands alone in the world of multi caliber suppressor designs. This is just a little taste of what information is out there for the silencer user, so until next time, keep your powder dry!

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Choosing a 308 suppressor…

OK, now this seems obvious, but let me explain, a 308 suppressor is something of an anomaly these days.

You can get silencers in all kinds of flavors these days in all sorts of metals and finishes. But which ones are really best suited for your 308 Winchester rifle? Well, let’s take a look at a couple of viable options today.

The sovereign is a very versatile 308 suppressor.

The first option is the obvious one. The Sovereign silencer is a 7.62mm suppressor designed for rifle use. Just the other day we were shooting a Sovereign silencer on a 7mm Remington Magnum rifle and it worked flawlessly. The combination of titanium tube and core makes this silencer light weight and a perfect fit for your 308 suppressor needs. It has a ton of features like the interchangeable from plates that even include a muzzle brake cap design. The rear is also a adapter design allowing the use of several different interchangeable mounts to allow fitment to 1/2-28 threaded rifles, 5/8-24 threaded rifles and we also have muzzle brakes and flash suppressor mounts that fit it as well.

The Amendment 308 suppressor is a bargain for the casual shooter.

The next choice that is readily available and works really well is the Amendment 7.62mm silencer. This 308 suppressor is designed from the ground up for the 7.62mm bullet at rifle power levels. This includes many calibers other than 308 Winchester, but it is a great option for this round. The Amendment is also very economical coming in at almost half the cost of the Sovereign silencer. This is because we eliminated everything from the design that isnt absolutely needed for it to function. So it only have the 5/8-24 threaded socket on the end and this is made into the silencer. Honestly, a 308 suppressor is almost always going to be attached with this thread anyway so that is why we chose it for the Amendment silencer. It also doesn’t have any of the interchangeable features of the Sovereign suppressor. This eliminates so many machining operations and time that the cost is dramatically reduced. Sound performance is still really good though so even though you are sacrificing several features, this is one that is not being sacrificed. To be honest about it, the Sovereign is still a little quieter, but if cost is an issue, this one gets you 90% of the performance for 50% of the price.

The Mystic X silencer would also be another great choice for your 308 suppressor needs.

Once last option for a 308 suppressor is a Mystic X multi purpose silencer, this is because it is considered the best multi caliber suppressor out there by many. It performs rather well on rifle calibers and has a plethora of mounts to choose from so it is easy to adapt it to your rifle. Oddball threads? No problem here, need a suppressor cover? We got you fam. This thing isnt called the sis army knife of silencers for nothing. So if you want versatility more than anything else, then the Mystic X will be your choice. It gives you so much versatility that it sometimes overwhelms the user with options… Dont worry though, if you need advice on a setup, just give us a call and we will be happy to help you sort out the problems.

So there you have it, three different 308 suppressor options that you might or might not have considered and if you need assistance, like I said earlier, just give us a call or shoot us an email, we will be happy to help. Until next time, keep your powder dry!

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