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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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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