Clay Martin – (Suppressor Wishlist) – GemTech Tracker, Armageddon Gear Cover, Hornady Sonic Cleaner & More! #Xmas2016

In the hopes that congress gets off its collective fat ass and passes the Hearing Protection Act, I am putting together a suppressor-oriented Christmas wish list. Also very useful for all of us that already live in the free states, and got it together for the big win. Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, crept some assaulters, quiet as a mouse … . Ah, the good old days. Nothing like giving some heathens an early morning present! Every time I hear suppressed fire, I think about terrorists dying, and that is worth the price of a tax stamp. So here is a little insight into the goodies I want for Christmas, and would be good for the suppressor-owning or soon-to-be owning person in your life.

The Armageddon Gear Suppressor Cover is a great accessory for the serious suppressed precision rifle enthusiast.

The Armageddon Gear Suppressor Cover is a great accessory for the serious suppressed precision rifle enthusiast.

Armageddon Gear Suppressor Cover

If you have shot any amount of rounds out of a gun with a scope on it, you know just how quickly the heat off the suppressor makes it hard to see. The heat shielding in the Armageddon Gear Suppressor Cover buys you some more time, and also keeps you from burning yourself or others when you move.

Keep in mind, this is for precision guns. Nothing will stop the heat if you are running a small-frame gun at the cyclic rate. Everything from Armageddon Gear is built right here in the U.S., and the owner is a fellow Army veteran. As a bonus, they turn the left-over parts of the suppressor covers into the best beer koozie in the universe. Every piece of kit I have from Armageddon gear lives up to the bullet proof reputation they have built. MSRP: $74.95.

The Gemtech tracker is a terrific screw-on suppressor.

The Gemtech tracker is a terrific screw-on suppressor.

Gemtech Tracker

The Gemtech Tracker is an awesome entry-level suppressor, from a company with a tremendous name in the industry. If you have already spent the time and money to own a suppressor, you might as well buy a good one. And yet, we don’t all have money to burn. Quick detach is neat, and handy, but not an absolute necessity. It adds to the price also, and you need flash hiders from that manufacturer for every gun.

Enter the Tracker—this is a screw-on type can that works for multiple calibers. One other quick advantage to screw on, it is harder for a newbie to accidentally leave it on the gun for so many shots it gets stuck. This is from carbon fouling, it happens to them all, and removing a screw on type is MUCH easier. MSRP: $599.

Tactical Solutions Buckmark Threaded Barrel

Want to suppress your Browning Buckmark pistol? Then take a look at the Tactical Solutions threaded barrel.

Want to suppress your Browning Buckmark pistol? Then take a look at the Tactical Solutions threaded barrel.

There is not a lot in this world more fun than a suppressed .22 pistol, and a threaded barrel like the Tactical Solutions Buckmark Threaded Barrel is step one. The accuracy in these barrels is awesome. Let us also not leave out that they look cool. Grab a Trail-Lite scope base while you are at it, and your pistol is also red dot capable.

Tactical Solutions has been in the .22 game a long time, and it shows in the attention to detail in everything they make. Also available for Ruger pistols if that is your brand of choice. MSRP: $240-$260. To purchase a Browning Buckmark pistol on, click this link:

The Gemtech mist integrally suppressed barrel for the Ruger 10/22 is a great high-performance accessory.

The Gemtech Mist integrally suppressed barrel for the Ruger 10/22 is a great high-performance accessory.

Gemtech Mist-22 barrel

A suppressed 22 pistol is fun, but ultimately a 22 rifle is more useful. If you have the spare coins, the Gemtech Mist Integrally Suppressed 10/22 barrel blows the doors off a normal-sized suppressor. With suppressors in general, for actual decibel reduction, bigger is always better. The trade off is that no one wants a 12-inch suppressor hanging off their gun. The Mist solves this problem like a boss.

Since your rifle barrel must be 16 inches anyway, unless you are spending SBR tax stamp money on a .22, Gemtech made this all one piece. 16.1 inches total length, and most of it is baffle stack. Hands down the best .22 suppressor I have shot. Side by side with a regular thread-on, you can hear the night and day difference. MSRP: $550. To purchase on, click this link:

The Hornady Lock-N-Load Sonic Cleaner makes short work of cleaning your suppressor.

The Hornady Lock-N-Load Sonic Cleaner makes short work of cleaning your suppressor.

Hornady Sonic Cleaner

With all this suppressor goodness floating around, you have to keep them clean. Not something most manufactures tell you, but eventually enough carbon will build up to affect accuracy. You have two options when that happens, if you don’t own the type of suppressor you can take apart yourself.

One involves lots of dawn dish soap and hot water, and makes a terrible mess. The other is the Hornady Lock-N-Load Sonic Cleaner. Toss your cans in, enjoy a single malt scotch, and you are ready to go another day. MSRP: $625.

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,

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  • BillyBob November 28, 2016, 7:56 am

    Bend over you just got reamed if you bought a suppressor that doesn\’t come apart !
    You really got reamed it the suppressor doesn\’t come apart and is made out of Aluminum !(DISPOSABLE JUNK ! ) ( Only hope for you is send it to a MFG who can salvage the tube and insert a new mono core ) !
    LOL Bend over again if you thank soap & water will clean out the caked lead out of your suppressor !
    ONLY IF IT IS MADE OF STEEL ! Silencer baffle chemical cleaning. YOUTUBE !

    • Shrapnel December 5, 2016, 2:54 pm

      Non-disassemble Suppressors is not a big deal as you stated. I own over 2 dozen suppressors since I started buying NFA items in the late 80s and never had issues with a single fully welded enclosed suppressor yet Aluminum, Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel or Titanium. Brake down suppressors is overrated and more of a marketing angle to improve suppressor sales especially rifle center fire calibers. Center fire caliber generate high pressure and limit foul build-up to a minimum. Also brake down suppressors tends to develop fitment issues and performance quality because of over disassembly cleaning.

      Most often manufactures instruct cleaning every few hundred rounds fired not because of build-up but because the brake-down suppressors can seal themselves shut. Suppressors with a few hundred round fired produce lower port signature sound levels and build-up protect internal suppressor surfaces from direct heat source. People are unaware the amount of ammo required to plug a suppressor with foul, carbon, lead splatter, and unburnt powder. Not many in this world could afford the necessary amount ammo to achieve your concerns and if they could, purchasing additional suppressor not an issue.

      Best method of suppressor care in my 30 years of experience is quality ammo and/or loading components. I use Pistol Caliber Montana Gold Bullets CMJ with closed projectile base for competitive shooting or Hollow Point ammo eliminating exposed projectile base lead surfaces. Center fire rifle calibers generally manufactured with closed based projectiles and 22 caliber with greased or coated projectiles. I never shoot Steel Case Ammo because of polymer or lacquer case coatings.

      Average shooter’s budget and simple quality ammo selection will prevent plugged suppressor problems. However if concerned about suppressor maintenance Ultrasonics machines works very well to address enclosed suppressors and brake-down suppressors cleaning as well as firearms in general. I’ve used Ultrasonics to disassemble self-sealed brake-down suppressors to get them apart. Every government funded armory, privately owned armory, and highly reputable gunsmith use Ultrasonic for cleaning firearms and every related accessories. Hornady’s Sonic Cleaners are affordable in comparison to commercial grade costing $3000+ to complete the same job.

      • Billybob December 5, 2016, 6:52 pm

        Since you KNOW so much take and shoot a case of 22lr through your sealed can ! Try shooting lead through your center fire ! Ask yourself why your sealed can is not covered when shooting lead !
        NFATALK my MK9 dry is still the quietest ! Go down the list and see my stuff ! Bet my stamp collection cost more than your car ! $48,200 6 pending / youtube m16a2 beta dump I turned Tac16 RED Hot ! AWC Amphibian now is not sealed !

      • Billybob December 5, 2016, 11:43 pm

        Take a clean silencerco sparrow and shoot 500 rounds of 22lr through it !! Then take it apart (TAKE PICS TO SHOW ) and see the lead and crud ! Don\’t clean it , put it back together ! Then shoot COPPER JACKETED 17HMR in it ! After what you said it should be clean ! JUST IN CASE shoot some 22 Hornets HIGH SPEED JACKETED 2 ,500 to 3,100 fps 35 -45 gr. Take it apart again and post before and after pics ! I DARE YOU SINCE YOU KNOW SO MUCH ! One of us is going to look like ship for brains ! POST THE PICS !

      • Billybob December 27, 2016, 1:44 pm

        Please Mister please let me shoot a drum of 22lrs from my American 180 through ANY of your sealed suppressors !
        ESPECIALLY using REMINGTON brand ammo ! Ultra Sonic is when your wife\’s vibrator falls in a sink filled with soapy water ! I\’ll sale you my Hornady sonic cleaner since I use my parts washer vat with a brush at the end of the hose ! Whole lot faster and cleaner ! My Dillion cv2001 cleans cases and even suppressor parts to look like new ! Funny Dillon doesn\’t even sale ultra sonics ! As a matter of fact the local gun stores quit carry them also !

      • Billybob January 2, 2017, 7:22 pm

        It will shorten the life of the suppressor.As the bullet is shoved by hot gases through a tube slightly smaller than the bullet, there is a LOT of friction, which generates heat. Bullet lead melts round 600 deg F or so, and some of the lead will vaporize. When the gases hit the relative coolness of the suppressor, this vaporized lead will condense and plate out on the cooler baffles. Other than by harsh electrochemical means, the plated lead is pretty permanent.Cast lead is not particularly easy on barrels either, and removing the lead from a barrel is no longer a simple process since liquid mercury has become unavailable.In .22LR we are forced to tolerate the situation as there are no viable options. The copper washing of the bullets is only marginally effective.Philip H. Dater/GEMTECH

  • Lee November 28, 2016, 4:05 am

    I have a 10/22 magnum. Would. The gem tec barrel work on that?

    • BillyBob November 28, 2016, 6:34 am

      NO ! The bolts are longer that HOLD THE BARREL & AND THE CHAMBER SIZE IS DIFFERENT !

      • BillyBob November 28, 2016, 6:40 am

        Buy a suppressor that you can move from gun to gun and one that is rated multi cal. like Libertys Mystic ! Rated to use /////
        17 M2 (RIMFIRE)
        17 HMR (RIMFIRE)17 WSM (RIMFIRE)22 SHORT (RIMFIRE)22 LONG (FULL AUTO)22 LONG RIFLE (RIMFIRE)22 MAGNUM (RIMFIRE)22 Hornet22 K Hornet218 Bee219 Zipper221 FIREBALL223 REM (See Note Below)22 PPC (See Note Below)
        30 PPC (See Note Below)30 Carbine30 Herrett30 Mauser30 – 30 Winchester32-2032 S&W Long32 H&R Magnum4.6 X 30 HK (FULL AUTO)5.56MM NATO5.7 X 28 FN (FULL AUTO)6MM PPC (See Note Below)6MM BR (See Note Below)7-30 Waters9 X 18 (FULL AUTO)9 X 19 (Base Caliber) (FULL AUTO)9 X 219 X 23 (38 Super)9 X 23 Winchester9 X 25 Dillon9 X 25 Super Auto G300 BLACKOUT SUBSONIC 8” BARREL (FULL AUTO)300 BLACKOUT SUPERSONIC. 8” BARREL380 (FULL AUTO)38 Special38 S&W357 SIG357 MAGNUM357 MAXIMIUM357 Auto MAG357 Herrett338 Spectre300/221 FIREBALL300 Whisper©5.45x39MM Russian6.5 Grendel (See Note Below)6.8 SPC (See Note Below)7.62 xX25 MM (FULL AUTO)7,62 X 38 R7.62 X 39 MM

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