With the Hearing Protection Act being heard on Capitol Hill and the introduction of the Maxim50 this week, suppressors are front and center in the shooting community. SIG has actually been in the suppressor business for quite some time, but you would never see one on store shelves. They basically only worried about the overseas and military markets, ignoring the U.S. consumer. And one can’t really blame them. How ironic it is here in the “home of the free”, suppressors are much easier to purchase in Europe. Liberal’s like international law so much, I think we could agree on this one. Shooting unsuppressed isn’t just rude, it is bad for your ears.
About five years ago, SIG decided to bring their expertise to the industry for the rest of us, and the result has been spectacular. SIG doesn’t do anything half-assed, which is reflected in the new cans we picked up.
At the helm of SIG Sauer Suppressor division is my old friend, Tom Collins. Tommy knows a couple of things about suppressors as he used to be the CEO of Gemtech. Knowledge like his, combined with SIG’s world-renowned engineering staff and production facility, has pushed the suppressor world forward. SIG uses wire EDM machines for cutting the baffles, ensuring precise tolerances. The coatings are PVD ( Physical Vapor Deposit), creating a finish that is tougher than Cerakote under heat. The air volume of the suppressors as a family has been increased over competitors, resulting in a quieter can. A patented taper lock system ensures a tighter lock-up and less zero shift. A variety of materials are available, depending on your personal needs. Titanium, Inconel, Stainless Steel, and space-age coatings they won’t tell us the name of are all incorporated the construction across the Sig suppressor family.
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In the coming weeks, we will be offering a glimpse of the entire lineup, concluding with .338 Lapua. For this week, we started small. A rimfire is often the suppressor first bought and is arguably the most useful, so it made sense to start there. The Sig rimfire can is called the SRD22X, and retails for $445.
- Caliber: .22 LR
- Weight: 5.1 oz.
- Diameter: 1.0 in.
- Overall Length: 5.8 in.
- Threads: 1/2 in. – 28 tpi
- Attachment Type: Direct Thread
- Material: Titanium
- MSRP: $445
- Manufacturer: SIG Sauer
The SRD22X features a titanium tube and stainless steel baffles. The titanium is obviously for weight reduction and the steel for durability. Most rimfire suppressors on the market feature one steel baffle in front, stacked with aluminum behind it. Steel is heavy, but aluminum wears faster by a margin. SIG solved this dilemma by opting for steel but machining it extremely thin. The result is a superior product for wear, at very close to the weight of competitors.
The takedown of the suppressor is awesome; it is fully serviceable by the end user. This is very important with rimfire especially. 22LR fouls things quickly, as anyone who shoots it a lot knows. Lead and carbon both stack up in a can, they get filthy. Both ends of the SRD22X screw off with a provided tool, meaning you can press the baffle stack out no matter how long you have neglected cleaning. Details matter in things like this and SIG covered all of them.
I first got a chance to shoot this can back at SHOT SHOW, but it is difficult to tell actual sound reduction in a scenario like that. Today, at my home range, I was blown away. Across the spectrum of .22 pistol, rifle, and .17 HMR rifle, this is the best .22 can I have shot to date. The sound reduction was amazing. My decibel meter proved a waste of $30, and sound doesn’t translate to video well. You just had to be there on this one. The SIG SRD22X cuts noise down better than the Gemtech Myst barrel, which is three times longer. A 6-inch direct-attach can that bests a dedicated integral barrel model is incredible and at a competitive price.
As usual, I was skeptical of the product. It’s my nature. But SIG Sauer has proven to deliver on promises once again. Shooting the rimfire can this week has definitely whet my appetite for its centerfire sisters starting next week.
For more information about SIG Sauer suppressors, click here.
For more information about the Hearing Protection Act, click here.