Get a handle on your rimfire’s report with these top .22 suppressor options.
What are the best .22 suppressor options:
- Tactical Innovations TAC65
- AAC Element 2
- SilencerCo 22 Sparrow
- Dead Air Armament Mask-HD
- SIG Sauer SRD22X
Shooting suppressed is a daunting proposition, which is why many interested parties shy away from getting a handle on their gun’s report. Initially, it’s the intimate relationship via paperwork you kindle with the Federal Government, suppressors being an NFA device, that turn of potential buyers. Then it’s the cost. Cans themselves run a pretty penny, on top of that Uncle Sam takes his cut (again, thanks NFA).
It all seems a bit much, even for those highly motivated to protect their hearing or maintain the peace while on the hunt. Luckily, there is a fairly cost-effective way to test the waters, to see if suppressors are your bag. Rimfire, in particular, .22 suppressor options abound, and are generally quite a bit more affordable than their centerfire cousins. Besides, given the effectiveness of the small-bore cans, there are few calibers that are more fun to suppress. A good suppressor, you almost get into tranquil territory with a .22.
Finding The Best .22 Suppressor
Inevitably the question is raised, what makes a good suppressor? Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer, given – like guns themselves – it’s highly subjective. It comes down to what you want out of a can. For some, that means the utmost suppression, no matter a device’s size. Others, it’s noise reduction enough to cut it, without interfering with the manageability of a firearm.
In general, there are some common considerations that should be taken into account to ensure you get what you want, including:
- Cost: Given you’ll have a steep tax bill in addition to costs, be certain you can afford what you want.
- Suppression: Noise reduction is the whole reason why you’re making the investment.
- Durability: It’s not worth the money if it poops out on you after a few hundred rounds.
- Maintenance: Rimfires are dirty, you want something that cleans up easily.
- Manageable: You want something that isn’t going to put the operation of your gun completely out of whack.
Ultimately, you’ll have to decide what the tradeoffs are when making your final decision. But hopefully, we can clear the air a bit on what the top options are today. Built rock solid, able to make a report nearly non-existent and generally in most shooters price range, these rimfire and .22 suppressor options are among the best. And, perhaps, one is the right choice for you.
Long in the tooth, the TAC65 continues to wow shooters with its price point and performance. Economical compared to other .22 suppressors, the device does not skimp when it comes to noise reduction, functionality and ease of maintenance. To the meat and potatoes of the six two-stage K baffle suppressor, it cuts the report of a .22LR an average of 38.5dB. In most cases, this means both pistol and rifle noise is reduced to the level where, with hearing protection, it’s nearly unnoticeable.
Slime and light, the aluminum suppressor is nearly unobtrusive on most firearms.
Obviously, this is a bit of an overstatement – of course, you’ll know there’s a 5-inch tube protruding from the muzzle of your gun. Yet, at 4.1 ounces it does little to tip even compact .22s out of balance. Furthermore, its 1.085-inch diameter, it’s low enough most guns’ factory sights remain usable. Completely user serviceable, the TAC65 can go years and hundreds of rounds before it requires factory support.
Thread Pattern: 1/2 x 28 TPI – .400 Length
Material: T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum – Tube, Endcaps & Internals
Finish: Matte Black Type 3 Hard Anodized
Weight: 4.1 Ounces
Baffle Design: Ported Two Stage “K” Baffles
Full Auto Rated: No
Nothing less than a top performance is expected with an Advance Armaments Corp. can, and the Element 2 doesn’t fall short. Built to brick outhouse specs, the device is rated full-auto and handles hard-hitting .17HMR and .22 Mag, in addition to .22LR.
Much of the magic is in the suppressor’s materials. A titanium tube and stainless steel K baffles not only make the Element impervious to rough handling, but also do a heck of a job on a gun’s report. On average, expect around 41dB of noise reduction – among the top performers on this list.
Despite heftier construction, AAC still cooked up a very manageable .22 suppressor – particularly one with seven baffles. The unit weighs in at 4.1 ounces and measures 5.24 inches in length and 1 in diameter. More than practicable, whether threaded on pistol or rifle. As is the case with most .22 suppressors, the Element 2 is user serviceable.
Handy, given you’ll surely end up running plenty of ammo through the can.
Element 2 Specs
Weight: 4.1 oz
Sound Reduction: 41dB
Mount: 1/2-28 TPI
Materials: Stainless Steel & Titanium
Simple and quiet, who can argue with that? Not most .22 shooters who turn to SilencerCo’s expert design and nearly flawless manufacturing of the Sparrow suppressor. Constructed of stainless steel, the rugged rimfire can is a jack-of-all-trades, reducing the sound signature of every small fry – rimfire or otherwise. Rated up to FN 5.7x28mm, the suppressor can knock down a .22LR’s report to a relatively inconspicuous 112dB.
The 5-inch long Sparrow cuts a low profile, only a little over an inch in diameter. In turn, the .22 suppressor is a mount-and-shoot affair for most guns, not requiring high-rise sights to get on target. Slim as it is, the can trails its compatriots in one respect – weight. At 6.6 ounces, it is among the heavier options out there – a price is paid for sturdy materials. Yet, once mounted and a shooter acclimated, it shouldn’t prove overwhelming.
Easy to maintain, the Sparrow is a bit different than other .22 option. A monolithic core is reached by separating two half-tubes. Different and requiring some study, nevertheless it’s not the riddle of the Sphinx.
Caliber: .22 LR, .17 WSM, .17 HMR, .22 MAG, .22 WMR, .22 HORNET, 5.7 X 28
Muzzle Average dB: .22 LR: 112.7 DB, .17 HMR: 124.5 DB, 5.7 X 28: 127.7 DB
Weight: 6.5 OZ
Materials: STAINLESS STEEL
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The Mask-HD isn’t exactly a budget .22 suppressor. Yet, for the engineering and materials in the can you’d expect to pay twice the price. Optimized baffles, titanium, stainless steel, Dead Air Armament went the whole nine yards to produce arguably one of the best high-performance values out there.
While there are many intriguing points, the most is the efficient K-baffle design. Called a “compressed-K” configuration, the stack is designed to keep all fouling – carbon and otherwise – in the eight baffles themselves. Anyone who’s broken down a rimfire suppressor already knows the advantage, cutting down routine maintenance to a fraction of the time of comparable options. The heavy-duty materials also do a number on a gun’s report, toning it down to around 115dB, depending on the round fired.
Again, stainless steel baffles mean the Mask-HD tips the scales a bit more than some, weighing in at 6.6 ounces. However, at 5.1 inches in length and 1 inch in diameter, it is slender and dexterous. As far as high-end rimfire suppressors go, the Mask-HD hushes up most of its competition.
Rating: .17 – .22LR, 5.7 x 28mm
Weight: 6.6 oz.
Min. Barrel Length: No restrictions
Finish: Cerakote body
A relatively new player in suppressors, SIG Sauer nonetheless has already left its mark on the market. Case in point, the SRD22X. The multi-caliber suppressor is made field tough and makes the likes of .22LR spooky quite.
A titanium tube and stainless steel baffles are at the heart of the matter. In addition to standing up to the most rigorous use, the combination of materials can quiet most .22 rounds down to 110dB. That’s tranquil in terms of gunfire.
Despite the denser baffle material, the SRD22X remains relatively light, right around 5 ounces. This is due to SIG milling the stack extraordinarily thin to remove excess material. A sealed M baffle design, the stack catch much of the muck that comes out of the end of a rimfire, making clean up a cinch. A hair longer than many .22 suppressor options – 5.8 inches – the device is still slim and won’t interfere with a sighting system – pistol or rifle. At the expensive end, the SRD22X more than gives you your money’s worth.
Caliber: 22 LR, .17HMR, .17 Mach II, .22 Magnum
Weight: 5.1 oz (144 g)
Diameter: 1.0 in (25 mm)
Overall Length: 5.8 in (147 mm)
Threads: 1/2 in – 28 tpi
Attachment: Direct Thread
Material: Titanium and Stainless Steel
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