The Ruger Silent-SR Suppressor — Shot Show 2016

No, you have not misread the headline. Ruger is now a suppressor manufacturer, and a great one at that.

New for Shot Show 2016 Ruger has released its first entry into the suppressor market. Designated the Silent-SR (pronounced “silencer”) it’s designed to be the ultimate suppressor for your favorite Ruger rimfire rifles and pistols. Looking at the suppressor it’s clear that it is on par with other products Ruger produces, if not better.

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What a way to make an entrance!  The Ruger Silent-SR

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With the Ruger Silent-SR, plinking will never be the same.

You may be thinking, what makes the Silent-SR so great? Just looking at its construction we see the use of premium materials as well as innovative baffle design. However, a lot more thought has been put into this suppressor than meets the eye. Starting with the tube, Ruger is selected titanium ensure strength and cut weight. On top of that the titanium body has a Cerakote finish, making it abrasion-, corrosion- and chemical-resistant.

On the inside, Ruger has developed their own design that uses a series of push cone pattern baffles that stack and lock together. The stack’s first piece is an enlarged blast baffle that reduces the ever-annoying first-round-pop common to many other suppressors.

What she looks like apart.

What she looks like on the inside.

First-round-pop is a phenomenon when shooting surpressed—often, when the hot gasses expand into the baffle stack, the heat and unburned powder combine with oxygen in the suppressor and combust, making for a louder first shot on a cold can. Once that oxygen is used up, the suppressor performs at it’s full potential—With the Silent-SR that first shot’s pop is muffled too, owing to the unconventional blast baffle shape.

See also: Ruger’s Breaking onto the NFA Scene with Silent-SR 22 Suppressor

Ruger opted to use 17-4 stainless steel to ruggedize the baffle stack, enough to handle full-auto fire and magnum rimfire cartridges. Looking at the aluminum end caps we see the use of O-rings. The O-rings create a seal that prevents lead and powder fouling from getting into the end cap threads, which can seize a suppressor; the O-rings also make disassembly easy.

Specs:

  • Rated for full-auto .22 Long Rifle
  • Up to a 40-decibel reduction in sound pressure with .22 LR
  • Rated for .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire and .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire
  • Up to a 17-decibel reduction in sound pressure with .22 WMR and .17 HMR.
  • Premium material selection including titanium, stainless steel and alloy aluminum
  • Length: 5.37 inches
  • Outer diameter: 1.06 inches
  • Weight: 6.3 ounces
  • Threaded for 1/2×28 hosts
  • MSRP: $449

Besides being light and affordable, another benefit of using aluminum is that even if a user over-tightens the end caps or has an end cap strike, the replaceable aluminum parts will fail instead of the titanium body. The titanium tube is the serialized part, which means for legal purposes, the tube is the suppressor and the end caps are simple wear parts. They can be user-serviced and replaced without having to go through back to the factory for repairs.

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MSRP: $449

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Very, very nice!  Comes apart easy.

For Ruger’s first entry into the suppressor market they have done one hell of a job. The Silent-SR brings a lot of value to the table as well as an opportunity for loyal Ruger fans to get into the suppressor world.

Read more at: http://www.ruger.com/micros/silent-sr/index.html

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{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Brook A. Campbell January 21, 2016, 12:47 am

    I own a Taurus 22 long will it work on my 2 pistol if so get back with me or a AR15 it Break down in stock

  • Tommy January 20, 2016, 1:55 pm

    Could Ruger have possibly ripped off the SWR Spectre II any more than they have?

    First they did it with the KelTec P3AT and now this. From a company that built itself from the gound up with innovative, original designs like the Mark I, this is a pretty disappointing trend.

    • DixieTriggerMan January 21, 2016, 8:03 am

      The Spectre II is a great design and the snap together, fully encapsulated baffle stack from that suppressor is obviously a direct carryover in the Ruger. But give Ruger credit for the innovations they did come up with. The shape of the push cone baffles is unique and they don’t require specific orientation like the baffles in the Spectre II. Also, the barrel mount of the Ruger is splined to prevent it from coming off the suppressor tube when the suppressor is removed from the firearm. That’s a feature anyone who has had a suppressor come apart under the handguards of their SBR will certainly appreciate.

    • Paul January 26, 2016, 6:09 pm

      Who cares ?

      No really who cares?

  • chuck mills January 20, 2016, 9:53 am

    can these be put on older Ruger’s. Are they legal in California

    • DixieTriggerMan January 20, 2016, 11:00 am

      The host firearm has to have muzzle threads that are 1/2-28. Doesn’t matter what the maker is, Ruger or whoever. Sorry, Commiefornia doesn’t permit its peasants …err, I mean citizens to own suppressors. Niether do IA, HI, IL, NY, MA, RI, DE, or NJ.

  • DixieTriggerMan January 20, 2016, 9:37 am

    Good article, but there are two points that need to be corrected:

    First, a minor quibble. According to Ruger’s description of the Silent-SR, only the rear end cap is made from aluminum, not the front cap. Second, and much more importantly, ATF considers EVERY component of a suppressor to be an item controlled by the NFA whether it is serialized or not. Here is the definition of a suppressor directly from ATF’s website:

    https://www.atf.gov/firearms/firearms-guides-importation-verification-firearms-gun-control-act-definition-silencer

    “The term “Firearm Silencer” or “Firearm Muffler” means any device for silencing, muffling, or diminishing the report of a portable firearm, including any combination of parts, designed or redesigned, and intended for the use in assembling or fabricating a firearm silencer or firearm muffler, ANY PART INTENDED ONLY FOR USE IN SUCH ASSEMBLY OR FABRICATION” (emphasis added).

    That means you can’t just have Ruger send you an endcap or baffle if you damage one. What you would need to do is return the entire suppressor to Ruger who could then replace the damaged part and return the suppressor to you. Now, if the suppressor is damaged beyond repair and needed to be replaced by a new one, that would require completion of a new Form 4 and payment of an additional $200 transfer tax.

    All of that is totally ridiculous IMO, but that’s way the law and ATF’s interpretation of it stands right now. Congress needs to pass HR 3799 (The Hearing Protection Act) to remove suppressors from NFA regulations entirely.

  • Tom January 20, 2016, 8:19 am

    I have been reading a few companies have been moving to have suppressors removed from the NFA. IMHO it would be an exercise in foolishness to pay $200 for a tax stamp to put on $4.00 hunk of metal. If Ruger got behind the movement I would be surprised but they would sure sell a lot more suppressors.

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