Authors note: In the spirit of full disclosure, I bought these suppressor covers well over a year ago. I wasn’t compensated nor was I given anything for writing this review. I researched every suppressor cover I could find and these are the ones I ended up spending my money on.
Usually, when I shoot groups or small targets I give my barrels a period of time between shots to cool off. However, one hot summer day a couple of years ago, a buddy and I were going head to head on a BCC Zone target at 1200 yards. We were both suppressed and after about 7 fast hits we both started missing. The mirage became incredible and the target would dance under the crosshairs. Just as I thought I had a good hold, the target would move, the image looked blurry, and it looked like there was water below the target. Turning down the magnification on the scope helped a little, but didn’t fix the problem.
Back when I used to shoot F or F/TR class matches, mirage covers for barrels were common and I made one from a window shade that I velcroed on my barrel. Just the sun shining on 30 inches of steel barrel was enough to create a mirage.
It was after this experience that I started shopping for a suppressor cover. Suppressor covers have to be able to withstand extremely hot temperatures and not spontaneously combust, light up, smoke, or melt. Also, you want them to hold the heat so that you don’t get mirage off your suppressor.
In the right conditions, as few as 2-3 shots can create mirage from the heat emanating from a suppressor. Obviously, the closer the scope is mounted to the bore and the larger the diameter of the suppressor the sooner you’ll see the effects.
If you do a Google search for suppressor covers there are a lot of options. The problem I found was that most of them were heavy. I didn’t need one for full auto or long strings of sustained semi-auto fire and being lightweight was more important to me than the highest temperature rating.
I settled on the Armageddon Gear suppressor covers because they have a great heat rating and they were the lightest covers I found.
The new for 2017 Armageddon Gear Suppressor Cover models can withstand sustained semi-auto fire. They are specifically rated to 800 degrees. I’m running titanium suppressors and don’t want to ever get my suppressors or barrels that hot. If you are doing full auto mag dumps then you’ll likely exceed that temperature and this probably isn’t the suppressor cover for you.
Weights on the end of your barrel change harmonics and point of impact. I personally don’t want to add or carry any more weight than is absolutely necessary, thus my concern for weight. I zero my gun with my suppressor on and then verify what the point of impact changes are for suppressed and unsuppressed. In my experience, the heavier and longer the suppressor, the more POI changes. Some of the suppressor covers on the market weigh anywhere from 6 ounces all the way up to over a pound. That’s ridiculous as my SilencerCo Omega only weighs 14 ounces. I don’t want a suppressor cover that weighs as much or more than my suppressor.
I’ve been very happy with the performance I’ve gotten from the suppressor covers. They have held up great and still look nearly brand new even though they’ve been a few miles.
The suppressor covers also stay in place very well. I’ve never had one fall off or come off the front but you can easily remove them in less than 5 seconds.
MSRP is $69.95 for the pre-2017 models and $79.95 for the 2017 high temp version.