Ruger is arguably the first name in rimfire guns–now they’re going for the first name in rimfire cans. The Silent-SR 22 is a first for Ruger in a little round package. It’s a suppressor, it’s affordable, it’s full-auto rated for .22 Long Rifle and it can be used with .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire and .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire.
As you would expect from Ruger, the Silent-SR is a mid-range suppressor that most importantly, doesn’t sacrifice build quality to achieve a low retail price. It’s fairly light, at 6.3 ounces and compact at 5.4 inches long, with a diameter just a hair over 1 inch across.
The suppressor body is titanium for its weight and strength properties, the baffles are stainless steel for longevity and the end caps are aluminum. The suppressor has a Cerakote finish, which scores high marks for durability and corrosion resistance.
The baffle design is pretty radical and it’s clear a lot of thought went into the Silent-SR. It’s user-serviceable and comes with a straightforward takedown tool. The baffle stack comes out as a single unit and snaps apart for deep cleaning which is a critical feature for any good rimfire suppressor–they get dirty, fast.
And like most rimfire guns, the Silent-SR has 1/2×28 threads. Ruger claims it offers a 40-decibel reduction in sound pressure and real-world testing will have to back that up–and there will be a lot of real-world testing. This can has everything going for it and a suggested retail price of $449.
With in-store prices likely under $400, the Silent-SR is priced between entry-level budget cans and more expensive rimfire suppressors offered by premium suppressor manufacturers. It hits the sweet spot in the middle, just right by Ruger standards.
But what makes the Silent-SR really stand out is that it’s an NFA-regulated Ruger. Ruger is the dictionary definition of what “mainstream” stands for in the gun world, and if Ruger thinks that suppressors should be mainstream, it’s a solid bet they will be and soon.
The Silent-SR 22 represents a greater sea change in the suppressor world and will go a long way to normalize suppressor ownership. Although the ATF recently removed the CLEO signatory requirement for NFA transfers, the suppressor buying process is still pretty far from simple, and ultimately what a lot of people want is the removal of suppressors from the NFA entirely.
It will take companies like Ruger to show people that suppressors are fun, cool and most importantly, safe if pro-suppressor legislation like the Hearing Protection Act is going to pass. The Silent-SR 22, through the power of the traditional, all-American Ruger brand, really takes the edge off suppressors.
Hopefully, this will just be the beginning for Ruger. A whole line of Ruger cans from rimfire to magnum rifle would be a huge gift to the suppressor community, and not just in the form of more suppressor options.