Black Aces Tactical Unveils $199 AR Suppressor

The Po’ Boy from Black Aces Tactical.

Black Aces Tactical (BAT) announced the ultimate budget AR-15 suppressor this week, called the “Po’ Boy.”  It retails for a shocking $199!

“For years, the suppressor industry has been producing an increasingly complex and costly product with little change in performance,” said Eric Lemoine, CEO of Black Aces Tactical states in a press release obtained by GunsAmerica.

“We were confident we could manufacture a simple yet rugged product that meets and surpasses expectations, while being affordable for gun owners,” Lemoine added.

The Po’ Boy is 8-inches long with a diameter of 1.5 inches and a weight of 25 oz.

Specs via BAT

  • 134 Db tested with an average of 33 Db reduction on a 16″ barrel AR platform rifle in 5.56
  • Simple and rugged construction
  • 4130 Chromoly steel exterior wall/ 316 stainless interior. Incorporates dual wall integrity and highly corrosive resistant interior wall
  • High heat graphite air cooled Cerakote finish that withstands up to 2000 degrees
  • Length 8″ Diameter 1.5″ Weight 25 Oz
  • Reinforced straight stacked baffle
  • Direct thread security (no wobbly quick disconnect)
  • Customer serviceable using an AR15 stock wrench

“Through ingenuity and innovation, Black Aces Tactical has used a combination of time-tested design and modern technology to produce a suppressor that is as strong as it is quiet and affordable,” said Lemoine.

The name “Po’ Boy” pays homage to both the inexpensive pricing of the can and Lemoine’s Louisiana roots.

It’s full-auto rated on both 16″ and 12″ barrels.  It was also designed to be fully serviceable with a standard AR-15 stock wrench.

“Our Decibel testing was done following the Mil Standard 1474 Delta. Using a 2017 calibrated Bruel & Kjaer 2209 with a 4136 microphone,” notes BAT.

While the price of the Po’ Boy is certainly appealing, there is a question of quality.  Is this offer too good to be true?  Is this a case of you get what you pay for?

We’ve had two BAT shotguns in-house and while one worked well the other was an unreliable dud.  In fact, Paul wrote an entire article, titled: “Find the Malfunction – Black Aces DTR Short Shotgun Problems,” investigating the matter.  I suggest you read it for context.

Paul sent the faulty gun back to Eric but I don’t believe we ever got it back in for a second go around.  Anyways, the point I’m making is simply caveat emptor, aka buyer beware!  When something is so much cheaper than everything else on the market you have to proceed with caution.  I say that irrespective of our history with BAT.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • BILLYBOB October 11, 2017, 5:18 pm


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  • Dwight Garner May 27, 2017, 12:12 pm

    You have a valid point there. Before companies like Amazon came along, people were forced to pay much higher prices for items normally used by just about everyone, Hand tools, power tools, etc were priced out of sight at normal retail stores (not gonna mention names), but now, these stores are forced to reduce prices to stay in business. Some refused to do so, such as Sears, and look at what is happening to them. I like your thinking.

  • K-Mac May 19, 2017, 11:19 pm

    Are they getting thsee from Rebel in El Paso? Price point is the same.

  • George May 19, 2017, 6:14 pm

    Inflammatory nonsense reference the price. Take a good look at prices of cans in Europe and you’ll see that US consumers have been getting hosed for years. Very good cans are readily available in Europe for comparable prices to this can. The NFA and the $200 tax stamp plus the onerous regulations surrounding cans are why US suppressor prices are jacked up so damn high. Good luck to these guys.

  • Frank Engle May 19, 2017, 11:09 am

    My scoped AR weighs in at about 7.5 lbs. Now add 1.6 lbs at the end of the muzzle and I have a nose heavy 9+ lb rifle. Obviously, for <$200. they can't use titanium for the can and components, but it might be worth considering a more expensive suppressor if you are going to be doing much running and gunning.
    Also, I would want to know more about the take down method and cleaning of this suppressor as well.

    • bill May 20, 2017, 10:54 am

      I had my own sound company and 130 DBs was about what I ran a loud rock band at and yes, the extra 25 ozs at the front of the rifle is quite the anchor. That being said, if a guy can’t afford anything better, a 33 dB drop would be better than a sharp stick in the eye, but not too sure if you’d want to run it w/o SOME sort of hearing protection and isn’t that the point for most of us, to be earplugs and headphone free. It may just sound louder in the vid, who knows, but I know my DBs and this is OK, but what do we expect for this price. Hopefully it accomplishes the high priced ones to drop down some though. Kinda like a good ACOG, still selling them at war, military toilet seat and hammer prices. IMHO, a 1300.00 ACOG should be going for around 5-6 hundred. I think Trijicon would make more money by upping production and selling them cheaper, but as long as everyone keeps paying their price, or someone comes along with something that equals it for less money, the price will remain astronomical. Ammo is another ripoff and I refuse to buy UNTIL it comes back down to Planet Earth. Lotta gun related stuff is WAAAY overpriced and they sell it by using fear and paranoia, but until everyone realizes this old trick, they will keep on gouging us In the pooper. Over 400.00 for 1000 rounds of 62 grn, C’mon ppl let your money draw interest until we stop making billionaires out of these companies. Ammo was on the way down, but now supposedly the Snowflakes are buying it up, supposedly. My money’s staying right where it belongs, in the bank, until it gets back down to a reasonable price. Would like to see 55 grn. Get down to 200 per thousand and 62 just a modest bump over this, but until we stop buying, it’s the way it’s gonna be. Think I’ll invest in a reloader, then wait for bulk sales on components, because I REFUSE to pay ANYWHERE near 400 per thousand. It’s madness.

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