Looking to keep a lid on your black rifle? Here are some of the best AR-15 suppressor choices around.
What are the top AR-15 suppressor makes and models:
Suppressors have burned across the shooting world like a prairie fire in recent years. Perhaps the only issues holding them back further are Federal paperwork and taxes required to procure one. Save those, it’s a fair bet nearly every shooter would have at least one – for the sake of curiosity.
The somewhat unfair veil the National Firearms Act has drawn over suppressors makes them a mystery to many well-informed shooters. Even those rusty on acoustic engineering fundamentals understand the underlying concept of how they work. Though, it’s quite a leap from elementary knowledge of firearms suppression and what cans will actually pull off the job. Double this when it comes to the saturated AR-15 suppressor market.
Accessories and gear hounds to a fault, the popular rifle’s fans have their work cut out when shopping for this particular device. In short, the AR-15 suppressor square is crowded and sometimes confusing.
With an eye to simplifying the process, we’ve gathered five of the top models that are certain to keep a lid on your rifle’s big mouth. Whether at the range or in the field, the AR-15 suppressors are certain to make your shooting experience much more peaceful.
It stands to reason, if you’re an AR shooter, you have one chambered in traditional 5.56 NATO. Performing at blistering velocities, not the easiest round to hush up. Advanced Armament Corporation does a fairly solid job accomplishing this feat with a suppressor dedicated to the ubiquitous ammunition. By the company’s account, the M4-2000 reduces a rifle’s report anywhere from 32 to 34dB – signification in anybody’s book.
Furthermore, it’s as convenient an AR-15 suppressor as they come. Attaching and removing via AAC’s patented Fast-Ratchet system, the can comes and goes from the muzzle as freely as you please.
Nifty as the unit is, the M4-2000 has its limitations. Yes, it all but erases the explosion of gas at the muzzle, but if you’re shooting supersonic rounds (which you most likely are) you’ll still have a sonic boom. Yes, you have subsonic 5.56 NATO as an option, but it doesn’t come cheap – well over a dollar a round.
Still, if you are a high-volume shooter, competitor or plan on configuring a home-defense rifle that won’t stun you after a trigger pull, the M4-2000 is worth the investment.
AAC M4-2000 Specs
Weight: 17.6 oz
Length added: 5.10″
Sound Reduction: 32-34dB
Mount: 51T Ratchet Mount; 51T 1/2×28 Blackout Flash Hider Mount included
Materials: Inconel 718 & 316L S
Gird your loins, you’ll pay a pretty penny for SilencerCo’s legendary do-all suppressor. However, you’ll have peace of mind that you’re getting more than your money’s worth. Compatible with every caliber from 5.7mm to .300 Winchester Magnum, the Omega covers every conceivable base for an AR-15 suppressor and beyond.
Excellent performance, the Omega reduces a subsonic .300 Blackout’s report to around 119dB and a .308 Win. to about 133dB. Equally attractive, the can is among the smaller, lighter options on the market today. At 14 ounces, it won’t tip a rifle out of balance. Furthermore, its 7.09-inch length doesn’t make a gun unwieldy — particularly a carbine. Finally, the Omega’s 1.56-inch diameter keeps a clear line of sight on most rifles aimed with both irons or optics.
Getting the suppressor on and off a gun is almost cheating. It’s possible to mount the Omega the traditional way, via direct-thread to your muzzle. However, if you find you’ll switch it between guns or will shoot suppressed or un-suppressed at a moment’s notice it boasts a convenient quick detachment system. Requiring only a few turns of a locknut to install, it only takes seconds to swap out.
SilencerCo Omega Suppressor Specs
Calibers: 5.7 MM TO .300 WM
Muzzle Decibel Averages: .300 BLK: 119.5 DB, 5.56 MM: 130.1 DB , .308 WIN: 133.9 DB
Weight: 14.0 OZ
Materials: TITANIUM, STELLITE, & STAINLESS STEEL
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One of the new players in the game, SIG Sauer has proven a quick study when it comes to suppressors. A full suite of options, this particular can grabs our attention not purely for performance, but also toughness. Made from Inconel, the suppressor has excellent tensile strength and resist’s fatigue. The latter makes the SRD762 an ideal choice for short-barreled rifles, which are known to abuse cans like rock stars do hotel rooms.
Furthermore, the superalloy has excellent heat dissipation properties from its large amount of nickel. In turn, the suppressor doesn’t remain as scorching hot as other comparable models.
Rated up to .300 Winchester Magnum, the SRD762 is versatile. It is essentially compatible with any cartridge of a lesser caliber, making it an ideal AR-15 suppressor, especially for those who tend to have a couple different chamberings at hand.
In the noise-reduction department, it will dampen a subsonic .300 Blackout round to around 120dB and a .308 Win. round to about 138dB. More than enough to call it rock solid.
Sig Sauer SRD762-QD
Caliber: .204 Ruger to 300 Win Mag
Weight: 17 oz
Overall Length: 7″
Attachment Type: Fast-Attach
Material: Inconel 718 / Stainless Steel
A full-sized can, the Dagger seems an intimidating addition for some shooters. However, the popular Gemtech suppressor’s performance more than endears it to anyone lucky enough to get trigger time on a gun outfitted with one.
The 8.8-inch unit is rated — actually designed — for the .300 Win. Mag., but does a job on any lesser cartridge that doesn’t exceed pressure specifications. How much noise reduction can you expect from it? Around 30dB, more with subsonic ammunition. Pretty solid.
Constructed of titanium, the Dagger is tough and ready for action well away from the shooting range. Yet, despite its size and ruggedness, the suppressor is surprisingly won’t weigh you down in the field, at a scant 14.8 ounces. That’s getting into compact suppressor territory. This feature makes the Dagger much more appealing, not to mention practical, size notwithstanding.
Given QD systems are all the rage, some might crinkle their nose at having to direct thread the Gemtech suppressor. Perhaps not as convenient in the split second you want to swap it between guns, the system is simpler. It does not require a proprietary muzzle device, which is less to worry about. Furthermore, it keeps your gun lean and mean. Never a bad thing.
A side note, the Dagger is full-auto rate. Not that it will matter to most of you, but it’s mentioned in case the independently wealthy are currently reading.
Gemtech Dagger Specs
Caliber: .30, .300 WIN MAG
Sound Reduction: 30dB
Weight In Units: 14.8oz
Mount: Thread Mount 5/8-24
Full Auto Rated: Yes
Finish: High Temp Black Cerakote
Any AR fan appreciates modularity. It’s half the fun of the platform and makes it worth its weight in gold. The concept isn’t generally associated with suppressors, but Yankee Hill Machine found a way with excellent results.
The Nitro 30 is capable of what the company calls “mission specific modularity” through an array of muzzle and rear cap options. To the back of the unit, QD and direct-thread options are available, while at up front there's a choice of a tactical flat cap or a muzzle-brake cap (both in .30 caliber).
Rated for .300 Ultra Mag., the Nitro 30 isn’t confined to .30-caliber duty. The suppressor is capable of hushing up rounds demure as the .17 HMR. Furthermore, YHM sells one of the more complete kits around. The suppressor not only comes packaged with its components, but also a Basofil heat-resistant pouch, a muzzle brake (available in three pitches: 5/8-24, 1/2-28, or 1/2-36), a hard case and two assembly wrenches. They really want you to take advantage of the Nitro’s modularity.
In general, the stainless-steel unit doesn’t provide the noise reduction of others in its class — it’s rated to 135dB. And it’s a bit heavy, 18.72 to 19.84 ounces, depending on configuration. However, the 6.88-inch suppressor more than makes up for these facets with its supreme versatility.
For those with multiple rifles in multiple calibers, the Nitro 30 is tough to beat for an all-around AR-15 suppressor.
YHM Nitro 30 Specs
Weight: 18.2oz / 20.2 oz.
Length: 6.93”/ 7.75”
Construction: 17-4 Ph SS
Direct Thread: 5/8-24
Decibel Rating: 135 dB