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.
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