SilencerCo is expanding its Omega series with its newest model 36M. The Omega 36M is a modular suppressor designed to work with rifle and some pistol cartridges, up to big magnum rifle rounds.
In testing SilencerCo used the Omega 36M to suppress everything from 5.7x28mm to .338 Lapua Magnum. The bore is large enough to suppress cartridges firing projectiles up to around 9mm wide.
While a few modular suppressors go over 10mm to include 10mm Auto, .44 Magnum and .45 ACP, by keeping the bore down around .36 caliber the Omega 36M likely performs better with a wider range of small-bore cartridges especially popular rounds like .223 Remington/5.56 NATO.
With those exceptions out of the way SilencerCo was able to focus on making a “one can” for rifles that, as an added bonus, can be used with a lot of pistols and pistol-caliber carbines, too. A big part of making that possible was developing a modular design that combines high-performance exotic materials and the ability to add or remove mounts and chambers tailored to different roles and hosts.
The Omega 36M is full-auto rated for 5.56 with barrels as short as 10 inches long, .308 Winchester/7.62 NATO with barrels at least 16 inches long and .300 Winchester Magnum and .338 Lapua with barrels at least 20 inches long, as well as all full-auto submachine guns in 9mm Luger.
Depending on how it’s configured the Omega 36M can weigh as little as 9.2 ounces and with everything attached it weighs 16.5 ounces. The main core measures in at 1.57 inches wide. The length also can vary by configuration between 5.1 and 7.6 inches long.
Both the front and rear cores are fully welded with a black Cerakote finish. The rear core has extremely durable Cobalt 6 blast baffle and Inconel support baffles in a weight-saving locking titanium tube while the detachable front core is 17-4 stainless steel.
The Omega 36M is backward-compatible with existing SilencerCo accessories and ships with a Charlie end cap and ASR mount.
Obviously given the wide range of hosts, mounts and cartridges this system can handle, with and without the addition of the front core, there is no telling what the Omega 36M’s performance will be like in every configuration possible. However SilencerCo says that the 36M performs similarly to other dedicated Omega series suppressor in similar length configurations.
The benefit here is that with the Omega 36M, you only need to buy one suppressor, then configure it to suit your needs. If there’s a drawback it’s probably a little sticker shock.
The list price for the Omega 36K with one endcap and one mount is $1,187. But like with pistols and rifles, suppressor retail prices are often less in stores and online, so there is that. And while different mounts and boosters cost extra separately, there are few truly multi-purpose suppressors out there.
There are plenty of people who won’t mind going through the hassle of buying a suppressor so long as they only have to do it once, and the Omega 36M may very well be that one-and-done NFA purchase for many.