David’s favorite silencer is the Kodiak TL.
This is because the Kodiak TL was the first silencer in the rimfire world to be a monolithic core and to be well below the 120dB threshold as well. At least that we are aware of…
It took many iterations (from our best estimation, it looks like it was over 16 variations) to get it down to the 115-116dB level it operated at, but we did it. The silencer baffles were also very unique as well with no part of the core being replicated more than once. Back in the day, we were still experimenting heavily in all sorts of baffle technology and really had not settled on any certain structure for a rimfire can at that point… It did work, rather well I might add…but it was technically complicated to say the least and the machining was a painful experience as well. Many deep, small, tightly cornered pockets, made it a nightmare for the machinists that were tasked with cutting them out of the solid bar stock we made them from.
There was a lot of broken end mills that were sacrificed to make these silencers. With the super tight pockets and minimal radii, the cutters often couldn’t clear the chips properly and would do what is known as “recutting” and this would break the end mill. This was one of the many things that led us to the development of the Regulator a number of years later.
We also made the exact same baffle stack for our all titanium core Essence suppressor as well and that is what is pictured above. Below is an early version of the Kodiak TL that still has the plain front cap design that predates the cross slotted front cap that was the standard offering for the bulk of the manufacturing run. These suppressors were made with 300 series stainless steel in the core and had titanium tubes to reduce weight. The silencer has a nice deep tone that is very pleasant to hear for the user and especially when using subsonic ammunition in longer barreled rimfire rifles and pistols. The favorite ammunition has always been CCI Standard Velocity. This ammunition proves to be subsonic at the Liberty facility and is very consistent as well as accurate. We dont even buy anything else anymore if at all possible.
So do you have a favorite rimfire suppressor from days gone by? What is it? We would love to hear your thoughts on this! Until next time, keep your powder dry!