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What is the best type of suppressor in 2023?

Suppressors come in many shapes and sizes. So when you are looking for the best type of suppressor, we want to look at several factors like application, price, familiarity with the process of ownership, what other suppressors owned, ect. Let’s take a look at these factors and see if we can clear up some of the confusion for people looking to get a new silencer.

Application

A lot of people that are new to silencers will want a one size fits all approach, but once this desire is filled, they start wanting another suppressor, but dont know exactly what they want. Here is my “secret sauce” test to see what I would recommend next for the person wanting another suppressor, but not knowing what that silencer is.

It takes a little time, but it works 100% of the time too. If you really want to get another suppressor and do the whole ownership process and spend the money and time to do it, then do this test first. It will save you a lot of buyers remorse down the road.

Get one of the little pocket notebooks or even start a note on your iPhone and every time you goto the range, log what you shoot, roughly how many rounds with that gun, and then literally any notes about what you was thinking about like, “wanting to shoot 22LR suppressor today but only had my Infiniti X so I used that.” These journal entry notes will give you a crazy amount of clarity on what you really want in a silencer versus what the current hotness is that you are looking at online.

I recommend logging at least ten range sessions before reading the results too so you can have some data points that are starting to lead you in a direction. Standard engineering practice is to collect at least 30 data points minimum, but sometimes we dont want to wait that long on picking our next suppressor…

Agent 5.56 rifle silencer suppressor
Agent 5.56 rifle silencer

Suppressor Price

This is a big one for a lot of people. This is why there are literally dozens of suppressor companies out there now at all price points. People have different budgets, valuations and desires. Once you figure out the caliber, now you can start looking at silencers in this caliber area and considering what your specs will be based on price point.

Say you want a 556 suppressor now that you have seen you shoot tons of 556 at your range sessions. So there are low cost 556 direct thread suppressors, mid level QA 556 silencer, and even high end special application 556 cans including things like the Zulu integral and titanium silencers like the Agent.

You are the only person that can decide how much a silencer should cost for you. Choosing a integral suppressor is a big decision and one that you will have to live with for quite some time, maybe even till you depart this realm. This being said, you should consider how much you will enjoy this purchase over the next few years and only you can decide this. Suppressors in the USA are built very well since the NFA makes ownership more complicated, so picking one that fits your desires is critical.

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Process of Ownership (in the USA)

The process of ownership in the USA is kinda burdensome, and that is probably by design. Normally when congress passes a law about something they dont like, they will make the legal path to that activity very cumbersome for the person wanting to participate legally in the activity. Suppressor ownership is one of these activities and the process of ownership has to be factored in. The process for suppressor ownership in the US is something like this. You purchase the suppressor and then file some forms with the NFA branch of the ATF to transfer ownership to your from the gunstore. This process can take upwards of a year and I have seen it happen very fast too, you just really dont know for certain, but normally it take 8 months or so from the averages I have seen for the forms to clear. Then once the forms clear the ATF, you goto the gun store and pick up your suppressor with a traditional 4473 like any other gun purchase. This is the super simplified version, but you get the idea.

What other suppressor designs do you own?

The reason this one matters is that most people dont want to have redundant silencers to start out. They look to expand the range of guns that they can suppress and this usually involves getting different kinds of suppressors so they can cover these guns. The world of suppressor ownership is unique in that we have literally “do everything” silencers and the opposite end of the spectrum…integral suppressors. The integrals are the ones that most people become infatuated with after owning a couple of suppressor designs that are more versatile.

With all this I want to say, that there are no hard and fast rules to choosing your next suppressor, but these are the typical routes that most people follow. The integrally suppressed rifle is something that a lot of people wont find appealing in the beginning as it is a “one trick pony” and they can only use it like this, but after a while, this starts to look more and more appealing and people will gravitate to these eventually. Just seems to be human nature. Anyway, hope this was helpful and until next time, keep your powder dry!

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Why the Liberty Kit is for True Patriots

At  Liberty Suppressors, we create some of the finest silencers on the market and provide you with some of the best merch and cleaning supplies to match it. We offer a huge variety of product packages to help you rep our brand and keep your silencer clean. The Liberty Kit is one of these packages and can help patriots all over America care for their suppressors.

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Made In America

At Liberty Suppressors, all of our products are made right here in the U.S. When you shop with us, you are not only supporting an American-owned and operated company, but you are supporting American manufacturing companies in and around the U.S.

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Keep Your Firearm Clean

Owning a firearm isn’t just about exercising your Second Amendment rights, having the ability to hunt with your firearm, or defending yourself. Instead, maintaining your firearm and your silencer is something that allows you to properly and patriotically own your firearm — and the Liberty kit helps you to do just that.

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Rep Some Liberty Suppressor Merch

Liberty Suppressors is an American company that specializes in helping you to hunt, shoot, and defend yourself safely and effectively. The Liberty Kit is the perfect way to express your patriotism through supporting a company that helps you to exercise your Second Amendment rights effectively.

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Support an American Company

As a United States company, we are committed to providing you with products made right here and supporting our employees in our Georgia community. If you are looking to support your neighbors, the Liberty Kit can help you do just that!

The Liberty Kit not only includes our suppressor cleaning kit, but also some sweet merch for everyday life. If you are looking to support an American company and safely utilize your silencer, the Liberty Kit is for you. Shop this kit and much more today!

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Christmas Ideas that are easy!

When you think of silencers, you think that the process involves forms and time, but did oyu know that Liberty Suppressors also has a ton of other stuff that is not regulated like suppressors?

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We have all sorts of things like Cole-tac Boss Bags, Armageddon Gear suppressor covers and even Dead Air Keymo mounts!

If you think about it, the Dead Air Keymo mount is one of the best values in non-regulated items in the suppressor world. The Dead Air Keymo mount works on a large quantity of different silencers and in our opinion, it is the best QD mount available in 2022. So if the Dead Air Keymo mount is something that you have been looking at picking up, now is the time! We have limited stock on hand and they are ready to go.

Now, shifting to the body of the silencer, if you shoot long range or just target shoot more than a few rounds at a time, you know that heat mirage is a huge problem with scoped rifles. This is why we have the Armageddon Gear suppressor cover as an option for people on many of our silencers. The Armageddon Gear suppressor cover allows the user to shoot their rifle many more times than would be possible without the Armageddon Gear suppressor cover before heat mirage makes target acquisition possible. You see heat rises off of the silencer when you shoot and this heat causes mirage to distort the view through the scope or even mechanical sights… So if you hunt with your silencer another benifit of having a Armageddon Gear suppressor cover is that the noise of the suppressor rubbing against foliage is toned down and made to be more subdued and not sound so foreign in nature. Armageddon Gear suppressor cover is made of ballistic materials and this cloth has a more appropriate color in the field as well. It blends in really well.

Last but not least is the Cole-tac Boss Bag. This device is not for the silencer directly, but instead it aids in aiming the rifle and supports the shooter in odd positions. The Cole-tac Boss Bag is a support system that the PRS community has been using for a while now and is an invaluable resource for field ops as well. At the range, the Cole-tac Boss Bag keeps the gun nice and steady when confirming zero or shooting groups to confirm which handholds perform the best or even to just put your elbow on so you dont rest on the bench, it has tons of uses. The Cole-tac Boss Bag is lightweight and works really well when out hunting too. If oyu need a good steady bag at the lady of the rifle that is still lightweight, then the Cole-tac Boss Bag is just the thing for you. It just works and works and works…

Cole Tac Boss Bag

These are just a few of the things we have in the webstore that you can get without paperwork and we are here to get you going, dont hesitate to give us a call or goto the website and reach out via email!

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Firearm suppressor safety concerns.

I wanted to take a minute to talk about something that a lot of people seem to simply dismiss. That is safety surrounding the use of a silencer.

You see, people tend to think of the suppressor as a safety device and they are not wrong here. There are also some concerns that tend to surface in the warranty department from time to time as well. I figured it would be a good topic to inform people of the common and not so common items that tend to show up for warranty and that are true safety concerns.

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  1. People seem to think that if a bullet will fit in the front of a silencer, that it can be used with this caliber. Sometimes this happens even when the maker clearly states otherwise. We speculate that it is because the end user feels the silencer company is simply wanting to sell more suppressors by not rating a particular model of silencer for a slightly larger caliber. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Silencers here at Liberty are typically bored .050″ over the marked caliber for clearance of the bullet in flight, possible base yaw from unstabilized rounds, and stacking tolerance issues between the host firearm and the silencer. If you add .050 to a 9mm bullet (.354), you get .404″ The Mystic X is bored slightly bigger at .413″ at the muzzle end. Note a 40 S&W is .400″ diameter. Technically it will fit, but with only the thickness of a couple of sheets of paper all the way around…at the muzzle. Here is the rub, the other end of the silencer is not this big as the bore is tapered… In fact is it significantly undersized and will not pass a 40 cal bullet at all. Rule to follow here: Do not use calibers bigger than the rated calibers from the maker of the silencer.
  2. Using the wrong silencer for the job at hand. Seems that a lot of people think all silencers are made the same, unfortunate this is not true. Suppressors are made for a host of different jobs to include hunting, long range shooting, recreational shooting, training, patrolling and combat. Some are severe duty cycle engineered so they will survive heavy firing schedules and some are designed to be the lightest silencer possible for deployment in the field for hunting to keep fatigue to a minimum. Using something like the Mystic X on a machine gun will end in terrible failure typically. This silencer isnt designed for this kind of severe duty. It is meant to be used in semi-auto applications, where the suppressor can dissipate the heat from use over time, machine-guns typically build up heat so fast that the suppressor can easily be heated cherry red in just minutes. This is not a safe condition to operate your silencer in and you should stop if you see it turning red and allow it to cool. There are silencers that are available and designed for this application though and using them will extend the cycle time of a machine-gun, but even those will fail under prolonged exposure to full auto fire.
  3. Assuming things do not change during use. This comes in the form of not checking to see if the silencer is loose after shooting it some, typically before it gets too hot to touch. We have seen this one all to often, a person gets a new silencer. Installs it on their rifle, shoots a couple of magazines of rounds through it. Suddenly and for what appears to be no reason at all, the accuracy goes down hill. The groups open up on target and some of the bullet holes are no longer round but shaped like the side profile of the bullet! What has happen here is the suppressor “shot” loose. The heating of the parts in the system, the barrel and suppressor end-cap, will cause them to work loose. they are made from two different metals that have different thermal expansion characteristics, not to mention they are two different sizes and shapes. This typically results in the rear cap expanding faster than the barrel and therefore the thread interface will loosen as the rear cap grows. This causes the suppressor to drop in the front since the thread fit is looser now and then you start getting baffle strikes at the exit end of the suppressor. Hence the sudden change in accuracy and the key holing in the target.

These are some of the concerns we have encountered over the years, so the point is, follow the manufactures recommendations and if you dont know for sure, ask before you try it and keep that suppressor tight!

Until next time, keep your powder dry!

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Choosing the Right Suppressor for Your Gun

At Liberty Suppressors in Georgia, we offer some of the best silencers for guns that you can find. From our custom fits to our quality materials, each suppressor is a work of art. If you’re looking to join our family of firearm enthusiasts by purchasing one of these great pieces, then keep reading to learn about how to find the right silencer for your gun, and contact us with any questions!

The Caliber

The first thing to consider when shopping for a suppressor is the caliber of firearm you plan to use it with. A small-caliber gun, like a .22, will need a smaller suppressor than a large-caliber gun, like a .50. If you’re not sure what size suppressor you need, then our team at Liberty Suppressors can help you figure it out.

centurion 9mm silencer

Length of the Barrel

The length of the barrel is another factor to consider when shopping for a silencer. The longer the barrel, the more room the suppressor has to do its job. So, if you have a short-barreled gun, then you’ll need a shorter suppressor. Conversely, if you have a long-barreled gun, then you can choose from a variety of silencer lengths.

The Agent Silencer Tier 2 Kit
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The Sound Reduction

Finally, you need to consider the amount of sound reduction you need. This will depend on how often you plan to use the suppressor and for what purpose. If you’re a hunter and you only plan to use the silencer occasionally, then you might not need as much sound reduction as someone who uses their suppressor for regular target practice.

Knowing Where To Start

With so many different suppressor options available to you, it can be difficult to know where to start. That’s why the experts at Liberty Suppressors created the Mystic X with first time buyers in mind! This suppressor is incredibly versatile, rated for over 70 different calibers, ranging from 22lr up to 300 Win Mag.

At Liberty Suppressors, we have a variety of suppressors to choose from, and our team can help you find the perfect one for your gun. Explore our selection today!

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Why the Liberty Kit is for True Patriots

At  Liberty Suppressors, we create some of the finest silencers on the market and provide you with some of the best merch and cleaning supplies to match it. We offer a huge variety of product packages to help you rep our brand and keep your silencer clean. The Liberty Kit is one of these packages and can help patriots all over America care for their suppressors.

Made In America

At Liberty Suppressors, all of our products are made right here in the U.S. When you shop with us, you are not only supporting an American-owned and operated company, but you are supporting American manufacturing companies in and around the U.S.

Keep Your Firearm Clean

Owning a firearm isn’t just about exercising your Second Amendment rights, having the ability to hunt with your firearm, or defending yourself. Instead, maintaining your firearm and your silencer is something that allows you to properly and patriotically own your firearm — and the Liberty kit helps you to do just that.

Rep Some Liberty Suppressor Merch

Liberty Suppressors is an American company that specializes in helping you to hunt, shoot, and defend yourself safely and effectively. The Liberty Kit is the perfect way to express your patriotism through supporting a company that helps you to exercise your Second Amendment rights effectively.

Support an American Company

As a United States company, we are committed to providing you with products made right here and supporting our employees in our Georgia community. If you are looking to support your neighbors, the Liberty Kit can help you do just that!

The Liberty Kit not only includes our suppressor cleaning kit, but also some sweet merch for everyday life. If you are looking to support an American company and safely utilize your silencer, the Liberty Kit is for you. Shop this kit and much more today!

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Liberty Suppressors Agent 556 Silencer has arrived!

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.

Agent with the Dead Air Keymo Mount installed.

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.

9 radial ports in the front cap help vent high pressures away from the operator.

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.

Thank you,

David Saylors

Liberty Suppressors

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