Po Boy 47 Suppressor- $200 Economic Solution


This week, we are taking a look at the most affordable suppressor in the nation, provided you don’t roll your own. (More on that later, not without a class 7 license, blah blah lawyers.) The Po Boy 47 Suppressor, from Black Aces Tactical.


Now the low end of the market is not generally where I shop, but I am at least intrigued by this can enough to wonder. And I will give proper credit to Black Aces for creating a can that is affordable for everyone. At $199, the Po Boy line is actually cheaper than the tax stamp.

First, let’s talk about the positive, the price. At $199, it isn’t that much more than a mag-lite and some steel wool, which the Po Boy outperforms. $199 is approaching some of the best prices on Earth for a centerfire. Even in New Zealand, home of the unregulated, dirt cheap gun muffler, $199 is good. While rimfire suppressors there can be had for as little as $30, the Po Boy is still competitive.

Second, the Po Boy is user serviceable, at least the box says so. In a solid piece of engineering, the cap is removable with any AR armorers wrench. I couldn’t get mine free, and I actually damaged the end cap trying. But I have a borrowed can. If you owned this, you could send it in for a warranty. If Black Aces is willing to put up a picture of this thing coming apart, we can still call this a positive.

Now, the not so good. The Po Boy is heavy, which is to be expected. This is well outside the price of titanium baffles. The decibel rating isn’t great, which is also a negative. It is rated at 148 Db for a 308, and 138 for 7.62×39. There is zero chance you will find a 308 with a 14x1LH thread pitch, unless you custom order it. So we will stick with an AK. 140 Db is considered the ragged edge of hearing safe for firearms, so this one is close. A lot goes into that equation, so buyer beware.

The big elephant in the room is actual use. Does this can make sense? Yes, but for a pretty limited market segment. If you want to suppress your AK only, and you are on a serious budget, this is a win. But lets not forget a can is forever. Once you wait 9 months, pay your stamp, and receive your item, you are stuck with it. The used market for suppressors is non-existent. You can’t even throw it away, because the ATF will spank your pee pee. $200 is extremely cheap, but saving an extra $75 a month while you wait will yield better options. For $950, you could have a Surefire with muzzle devices for 2 guns. And at a cost of $95 per muzzle device, potentially use it on anything 30 caliber. The counter? If you are married to the AK weapons family, $1000 will outfit a fireteam.

To learn more, visit Black Aces Tactical by clicking here.

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About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website, Off-The-Reservation.com

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  • BILLYBOB August 13, 2018, 12:58 am

    Still waiting 8 months & 13 days on ATF to approve my FORM 1’s

  • Drifter22 July 3, 2018, 11:00 am

    Well, AmericanVet I just went to the ATF website and you can not make one for your own use unless you pay the $200.00 tax stamp. Here’s the form for making guns and devices. f_5320_1_form_1_application_to_make_and_register_a_firearm.pdf

    You can find that form here. https://www.atf.gov/firearms/firearms-forms?field_document_type_value%5Bform%5D=form&og_group_ref_target_id%5B186%5D=186&field_topic_tid=All

    • AmericanVet July 3, 2018, 3:20 pm

      I didn’t say you don’t have to pay the tax, I said you can build one yourself without an 07 FFL. I’ve built several SBR’s and 3 Suppressors on Form 1’s. Part of submitting a Form 1 is paying the tax stamp.

  • AmericanVet July 2, 2018, 11:23 am

    If you’re going to write an article about something, please don’t make erroneous statements as fact.
    You do not need a Class 7 FFL, you can legally make your own suppressor/silencer (the ATF/NFA forms list them as silencers) by submitting a Form 1; the same as making an SBR for yourself. If you decide later that you want to sell it or give it to someone, you can transfer it on a Form 4 to them. You can not however “engage in the business” of manufacturing them for sale. If you just want to get rid of it, you destroy it and send proof of destruction to the ATF to get it removed from the books.
    Here’s a tip also: the first thing you should do when you get your can it to take it apart and put anti-seize on the threads. If you don’t, you run a good chance of having the threads seize and making it near impossible to get apart.

    • Scotty Gunn July 5, 2018, 11:27 am

      Valid point-use the copper never seize, higher temperature. In Clay’s defense, he did say he borrowed this one from someone else for the review.

  • Rick July 2, 2018, 10:11 am

    The Po Boy 47 is nothing to brag about but their Po Boy 56 works pretty well.

    I’d not buy their .30 cal stuff but their .22 CF works as good as my older SAS suppressor.

  • Luke July 2, 2018, 9:39 am

    Help me understand this. (I know: suppressors are not silencers)

    I’d like silencer for my Ruger 10/22. Cheapest I can find is the Innovative Arms Slingshot. So, I need to ‘apply’ for a tax stamp, wait most of a year and when I buy one I can’t sell it or destroy it without informing ATF. But, I seem to have a bigger prolem. Is anybody comfortable drawing this much governmental attention to yourself: “HERE I AM. I’VE GOT LOTSA’ GUNS AND AMMO AND A SILENCER JUST IN CASE YOU’D LIKE TO PUBLISH MY ADDRESS FOR THE ANTI-GUN LOBBY.”

  • kerry prance July 2, 2018, 8:19 am

    Well damn… I sure like the two-stage look . like the old Scionics . I would like one for my MAC-10’s IF they have that thread available. I need more info on the “guts”.

  • BrianNH July 2, 2018, 3:10 am

    Hmmmm, heavy and doesn’t suppress much sound. Why bother?

  • Nfafan June 29, 2018, 5:10 am

    I can recall the days when NFA items could be had for less than the tax stamp itself.

  • Dr Motown June 28, 2018, 9:13 am

    Caveat emptor….for the minuscule decibel reduction, you’d be better protected with some Otis Ear Shields for $30. I saw 450 Bushmaster “Rebel suppressors” advertised for $300, then saw the youtube eval with baffle strikes, corrosion etc.

    • Alan July 2, 2018, 11:27 am

      True, IF you actually fall for that B.S. that a suppressor is a hearing ‘safety’ thing.
      And yeah, I call B.S. on my fellow shooters who push that agenda with the anti’s, it’s just so much nonsense.
      Besides, they don’t give a damn, they just want to take as much as they can, so why pander to the little minded shits?
      Now if one pushes the agenda of ‘stealth’ hunting, I can understand that, as I used to use subsonic .22 R.F. in my squirrel hunting. No need for hyper velocity, it just makes noise. Same for close in coyotes, it makes sense to keep the noise down.

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