In the hopes that congress gets off its collective fat ass and passes the Hearing Protection Act, I am putting together a suppressor-oriented Christmas wish list. Also very useful for all of us that already live in the free states, and got it together for the big win. Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, crept some assaulters, quiet as a mouse … . Ah, the good old days. Nothing like giving some heathens an early morning present! Every time I hear suppressed fire, I think about terrorists dying, and that is worth the price of a tax stamp. So here is a little insight into the goodies I want for Christmas, and would be good for the suppressor-owning or soon-to-be owning person in your life.
Armageddon Gear Suppressor Cover
If you have shot any amount of rounds out of a gun with a scope on it, you know just how quickly the heat off the suppressor makes it hard to see. The heat shielding in the Armageddon Gear Suppressor Cover buys you some more time, and also keeps you from burning yourself or others when you move.
Keep in mind, this is for precision guns. Nothing will stop the heat if you are running a small-frame gun at the cyclic rate. Everything from Armageddon Gear is built right here in the U.S., and the owner is a fellow Army veteran. As a bonus, they turn the left-over parts of the suppressor covers into the best beer koozie in the universe. Every piece of kit I have from Armageddon gear lives up to the bullet proof reputation they have built. MSRP: $74.95.
The Gemtech Tracker is an awesome entry-level suppressor, from a company with a tremendous name in the industry. If you have already spent the time and money to own a suppressor, you might as well buy a good one. And yet, we don’t all have money to burn. Quick detach is neat, and handy, but not an absolute necessity. It adds to the price also, and you need flash hiders from that manufacturer for every gun.
Enter the Tracker—this is a screw-on type can that works for multiple calibers. One other quick advantage to screw on, it is harder for a newbie to accidentally leave it on the gun for so many shots it gets stuck. This is from carbon fouling, it happens to them all, and removing a screw on type is MUCH easier. MSRP: $599.
Tactical Solutions Buckmark Threaded Barrel
There is not a lot in this world more fun than a suppressed .22 pistol, and a threaded barrel like the Tactical Solutions Buckmark Threaded Barrel is step one. The accuracy in these barrels is awesome. Let us also not leave out that they look cool. Grab a Trail-Lite scope base while you are at it, and your pistol is also red dot capable.
Tactical Solutions has been in the .22 game a long time, and it shows in the attention to detail in everything they make. Also available for Ruger pistols if that is your brand of choice. MSRP: $240-$260. To purchase a Browning Buckmark pistol on GunsAmerica.com, click this link: https://www.gunsamerica.com/Search.aspx?T=buckmark.
Gemtech Mist-22 barrel
A suppressed 22 pistol is fun, but ultimately a 22 rifle is more useful. If you have the spare coins, the Gemtech Mist Integrally Suppressed 10/22 barrel blows the doors off a normal-sized suppressor. With suppressors in general, for actual decibel reduction, bigger is always better. The trade off is that no one wants a 12-inch suppressor hanging off their gun. The Mist solves this problem like a boss.
Since your rifle barrel must be 16 inches anyway, unless you are spending SBR tax stamp money on a .22, Gemtech made this all one piece. 16.1 inches total length, and most of it is baffle stack. Hands down the best .22 suppressor I have shot. Side by side with a regular thread-on, you can hear the night and day difference. MSRP: $550. To purchase on GunsAmerica.com, click this link: https://www.gunsamerica.com/Search.aspx?T=gemtech%20mist.
Hornady Sonic Cleaner
With all this suppressor goodness floating around, you have to keep them clean. Not something most manufactures tell you, but eventually enough carbon will build up to affect accuracy. You have two options when that happens, if you don’t own the type of suppressor you can take apart yourself.
One involves lots of dawn dish soap and hot water, and makes a terrible mess. The other is the Hornady Lock-N-Load Sonic Cleaner. Toss your cans in, enjoy a single malt scotch, and you are ready to go another day. MSRP: $625.