So I got to go out today and test the Dead Air silencers. If you haven’t heard of Dead Air then let me tell you a story. Mike Pappas one of the founders of SilencerCo started his own company with another SilencerCo designer Todd Magee. So what we have is the experience from SilencerCo starting a new company, Dead Air.
The first silencers that Dead Air are going to produce are in the 30 caliber family. These things are awesome from fit and finish to sound. In my opinion they are the best looking silencers on the market. The end cap is replaceable like the Saker is. The mounting system is very unique but more on that in a moment. The body of the silencer is Cerakote black and the muzzle device is nitrided. Baffles are Stellite from a solid welded core. The front cap is also detachable and interchangeable similar to the SilencerCo Saker.
The quick attach silencers attach with a very cool muzzle brake that is not only ported on the sides but also vented on top. The bottom had 3 notches that index with the silencer for a perfect and precise lockup each time. The silencer can only drop into the notches in one position since they are sized slightly different. Dead Air demonstrated this to me and then let me have a go. The silencer drops on easy and locks up solid. The amount that you have to turn the silencer to lock and un-lock is very minimal. Because of the unique locking system it feels like you are twisting off the muzzle brake. After playing with it a few times it really grew on me.
Another very nice feature is that the back part of the silencer can be taken apart and the rings can be cleaned out if debris gets in there. You simply pull back on the locking ring and you can unscrew the first ring. The picture explains more.
The first silencer that I tested was the 7.62 Sandman-L, the “L” stands for long. At 9″ and 21.8 oz it felt really good and the fact that it is rated for up to .300 Win Mag just makes it better. I shot it on a 10.5″ 300blk subsonic ammo and it sounded as you would expect, quiet. The thing that stood out to me was the “tone” that the silencer produced. Most silencers have a high pitch sound but the Sandman L hand a deeper tone that was very pleasant. Putting the Sandman L on the 308 rifle with full power ammo produced more satisfying results. I would say out of the many silencers that we carry this one sounded the best to me. After shooting it on the 308 I looked a Mike Pappas and said “I know what is next on my list!”.
The second silencer that I tested as the 7.62 Sandman-S, as you probably guessed the “S” is for short. Coming in at 6.8″ and 17oz there was a noticeable difference in the weight and length but I was still leaning to the L version. Shooting it on 300blk was awesome! To my surprise it sounded better than the Sandman-L which is odd considering that the DB was higher. After two of my co-workers shoot it they agreed with me that it sounded better than the longer version. Shooting the Sandman-S on the 308 was hearing safe but not as enjoyable as the longer version.
The final silencer in the line up is the Sandman-TI, the TI is for titanium and has a titanium tube with Stellite baffles. At 8.2″ and 17oz this this is the ticket if you don’t need a quick attach since this is a direct thread only. I didn’t shoot it on the 300blk but the 308 sounded good and didn’t weight down the gun.
Now for the questions everyone wants to know. Yes Silencer Shop will be carrying them and they should be sub $1000 silencers. Dead Air does plan on producing other silencers. First will be rimfire followed by pistol and then 5.56 silencers.
Now for the DB chart.
|Date||Manufacturer||Suppressor||Barrel Length||1st Rnd||2nd Rnd||3rd Rnd||4th Rnd||5th Rnd||Avg||Avg w/o 1st Rnd|
|10/29/2014||Dead Air||Sandman S||10.5||142||138.8||131.8||134||131.6||135.6||134.1|
|10/29/2014||Dead Air||Sandman L||10.5||129.2||122.6||122.2||122.5||119||123.1||121.6|
|10/29/2014||Dead Air||Sandman L||24||136.8||133.6||137||135.8||135.3|
|10/29/2014||Dead Air||Sandman S||24||147.5||144.5||142.9||145.0||143.7|
|10/29/2014||Dead Air||Sandman Ti||24||138.4||133.9||134.4||135.6||134.2|
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