The Agent is our latest dedicated 556 silencer and it has all the features you cold ever want in a detachable silencer design. The silencer is made from titanium and inconel (blast baffle) for long life and a light weight feel. When we designed this silencer, we wanted something that was not already available in this space. The reason was that we wanted to serve the people looking for a lightweight, severe duty 556 silencer that could be configured in any way the user needed it.
How we did this was to add a 1-3/8×24 socket to the back of the silencer so that we could install a plurality of mounting solutions. These include direct thread adapters from us or anyone in the industry that makes a quality adapter, or even something like the Dead Air Keymo mounting scheme as well. We actually offer the Agent 556 Silencer as packages with either the end cap only, nothing at all or the “full monty” of the end cap for direct thead use as well as the Dead Air Keymo mount and brake. This thought process leaves the choice to the end user as to which system of attachment is best for them.
Another thing we did with the Agent that we have not traditionally done in the past is make a baffle design specific for this the 556 round and not compromise it with some other caliber to give it a multi-caliber option. This is because the Agent 556 silencer is designed from the outset for the 5.56 NATO cartridge and is truly optimized for it. As I was doing various tests on the prototypes, I would personally make minor adjustments to the baffle design to improve things like back pressure mitigation and tone and well as over all signature and flash reduction. We have done long term testing on this 556 silencer to see how it would handle things like rain where it would get water in it during use. This can be a problems as well, since adding water to a rifle silencer can make for a high pressure steam failure if the system is not designed to handle it. (As an aside, it worked flawlessly during these tests too, just producing glorious clouds of steam in the process.)
Something that is overlooked in many silencer designs is the back pressure generated in rifle silencers like the Agent. 556 silencers are especially susceptible to back pressure and the AR15 platform is greatly affected by the extra gas in the system as well. Ever since the introduction of our Zulu integral 556 silencer with the pressure vents on the front cap, we have incorporated this philosophy into our other rifle silencers we develop. The agent front cap has a plurality of tiny slots that line up with the joint between the tube and core where there is a high pressure low, low flow rate interface. This allows us to vent pressure from the silencer under very controlled conditions preventing secondary combustion, making the silencer even quieter.
Finally, to top it all off, we added some more convenient features for the end user to benefit from this wonderful new 556 silencer. We made the front cap replaceable so in the unlikely event of a end cap strike, we dont have to mail the whole silencer back and forth across the country risking loss on every trip. It simply screws out and the new one screws in, easy as that. The other is the use of Type C Cerakote as it is almost indestructible and wont burn off during use. The front cap and thread adapter are done in black nitride so they dont need Cerakote light the titanium body does. So it is basically indestructible, for the most part and should easily last several lifetimes versus the rifle it is mounted to.
I hope you enjoyed this deep dive into the new Agent 556 silencer with me and come back for more info on here as we add more articles over time.