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The Griffin Armament Spartan 3 is what some will call a budget suppressor. At $450, it is not overly expensive. The Spartan 3 utilizes a direct thread attachment system instead of some fancy muzzle device, and that’s one way they keep the cost down. It doesn’t have removable, replaceable, or interchangeable caps. But the Spartan is built of solid materials and makes use of a tried and true design. If you’re on a budget, or just like to keep your money, you may want to check it out. The Spartan holds its own with silencers more than twice that price.
Beyond its value, the Spartan has one other trick that makes it very attractive to the AR pistol and SBR crowd. This 6″ suppressor can be easily pinned to the muzzle of barrels down to 10.5 inches to bypass sbr laws. Once permanently attached, it brings the overall length of the barrel to just over 16 inches and makes what would be a two-stamp-gun into a one-stamp and done.
Mount: 1/2×28 Direct Thread, Pre-drilled for pinning
Caliber: 5.56mm (223)
Weight: 12.5 ounces
Length added (vs A2 Compensator: 4.8″)
Build Material: 17-4 Stainless Steel
Finish: Griffin Endura-Kote High Temp Coating
Sound Reduction: 31db (From Manufacturer)
Retail price of $ 460.00
Reliability and functionality, when running a suppressor, are always a concern. Will the gun function? Will it be over gassed? Point of aim shift dramatically? The Spartan is simple. Once attached, it becomes a fixed extension of the barrel. It doesn’t loosen up, it doesn’t over gas, and it didn’t affect reliability one bit. I shot subsonic and normal loads, and had no difficulties.
Though reliability wasn’t affected, the added back pressure generated by all suppressors–including the Spartan–tend to muck up a gun much faster. Carbon will deposit everywhere and a black soot coats every inch of the internals. This will test your gun’s limits and will require more frequent cleaning whenever you use your silencer.
Shooting with supersonic ammunition
Shooting the Spartan with typical .223 loads is almost hearing safe. The sound signature is seriously reduced to levels that are pretty much hearing safe. Other suppressors may be quieter and some are undoubtedly louder, but given the unobtrusive size and weight of the Spartan this suppressor more than does its job.
When used on short barrels the muzzle blast is contained, and the recoil is reduced, and the sound is still easy on your ears. Easier. Shooting with the Spartan makes for an all around pleasant experience even as the bullets break the sound barrier down range. Point of impact shifted roughly two inches, but remained consistent.
Owning a Griffin Armament Spartan 3 is as easy as it gets. There are no parts to clean, dissemble, or replace. You don’t even have to wipe the carbon off the muzzle if you don’t want to. It’s honestly a worry free option. If you do decide that the suppressor needs some TLC simply wiping it down and cleaning the threads is more than enough to keep it going strong for years. How many? That’s beyond the scope of my abilities as a review writer.
The Spartan will eventually need to be replaced. That’s a given with a design that can’t be serviced easily (and is even true for cans that are easy to service). But it will take a long time to reach that point.
In the end
The Griffin Armament Spartan 3 is designed to be an entry into the silencer market. It is the gateway drug of NFA stamps. The can is light, short, rugged, and (most importantly) it cuts out the noise pollution. If you own one gun and that is an AR-15 then picking up a Spartan 3 is in my opinion a no-brainer.
But there’s more than that. If you’re looking for a rugged can, this is a good choice. It would be a good choice to put in a bug-out bag. The Spartan 3’s basic nature is also what makes it appealing as a can you put on a rifle and forget about.
Interested in picking up a can? Check out the Silencer Shop. The process is deceptively easy.