It’s Finally Here! The First Ever Commercially Available Shotgun Suppressor for the US – SilencerCo’s Salvo 12 Shotgun Silencer
For years, we’ve had people ask about suppressors for their shotguns, but it’s been a commonly accepted ‘fact’ that it wasn’t possible to build a commercially successful shotgun silencer.
SilencerCo has come up with a Salvo 12-gauge shotgun silencer that is impressive in very sense of the word, and it is the only suppressor that’s commercially available for all uses of 12-gauge shotguns with a choked barrel. Leave it to SilencerCo to break the mold with their new Salvo 12 shotgun silencer! It’s the first of its kind!
Over the past week, we’ve spent a lot of time with the Salvo 12 and it is unbelievably impressive. If you are interested, then take a moment to read our review of the Salvo 12. Here are some of our initial impressions:
- It’s quiet! We’re talking completely comfortable when shooting a 12 gauge shotgun!
- The Salvo is initially sold as a 12″ suppressor, but, at the same unit can be easily reconfigured to be 10″, 8″ or 6″ to meet you needs. If you want maximum quiet for the duck blind, then go with the quietest 12″ configuration. Are you spending all day walking through the fields? Then go with a shorter length that’s more easily maneuverable!
- You can see a standard vent rib over the suppressor because of its offset design.
- It is initially available with Improved, Modified and Full chokes.
In a couple of years, I predict that it will be considered taboo if you’re shooting skeet unsuppressed. This has the potential to be the most sought after suppressor this year – which is an impressive feat considering the SilencerCo Saker 7.62 was also released earlier this year.
Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we post more information about the upcoming Silencerco Salvo, and make sure to visit our product page to order your very own Salvo 12 shotgun silencer. This is a suppressor that I absolutely can’t wait to get for myself! How about you?
This has the potential to be the most sought after suppressor this year – which is an impressive feat considering the SilencerCo Saker 7.62 was also released earlier this year.
In a couple of years, I predict that it will be considered taboo if you’re shooting skeet unsuppressed.
More Information on This Amazing Product
The Salvo 12 contains a system of rods and baffles to contain the blast of a shotgun. The rods allow gas to escape into the baffles, while preserving the function of the wad after it exits the barrel. The modular system of rods, baffles and caps allows for the customization of the Salvo 12, depending on your desired weight and noise-reduction stacks. This also allows for easy cleaning of the suppressor. We have seen significant reduction in decibel levels, making the blast of a shotgun quieter than an unsuppressed 22” rifle. — SilencerCo SilencerCo tested the new silencer with a Bellini M2 using Federal Ammunition Target Load, 12 gauge, 2 ¾ dram eq., 1 1/8 oz shot, 7 ½ shot. The muzzle velocity was1145 FPS. The testing microphone was placed one meter to the left and 90 degrees from the muzzle per MIL-SPEC. During testing, it was also found that the Salvo 12 suppressor significantly improved shotgun recoil.
18.5” Bellini M2
Unsuppressed: Ear average: 154.6 dB | Muzzle average: 161.5 dB
With 12” Salvo 12: Ear average: 132 dB | Muzzle average: 137.9 dB
With 10” Salvo 12: Ear average: 134.1 dB | Muzzle average: 141.1 dB
With 8” Salvo 12: Ear average: 137.1 dB | Muzzle average: 145.1 dB
With 6” Salvo 12: Ear average: 140.6 dB | Muzzle average: 149.2 dB
SilencerCo Salvo with #8 shot test averages, 2 3/4”, light target load
Unsuppressed – 158.3 dB | Salvo 12 at the muzzle – 137.3 dB | Salvo 12 at the ear – 128.5 dB
SilencerCo Salvo with #6 shot test averages, 2 3/4”, heavy dove load
Unsuppressed – 158.3 dB | Salvo 12 at the muzzle – 137.4 dB | Salvo 12 at the ear – 130.8dB
At the muzzle, the quietest configuration is at 12” – 137 dB (OSHA level is 140 dB).
“We were seeing numbers at the ear in the mid-to-high 120dB range!” — Source: SilencerCo
You can customize your shotgun sections to 6”, 8”, 10” or 12” and this suppressor will adapt with them. The Salvo 12 attaches to your shotgun through a removable choke system, a variety of which are available to fit your specific weapon.
Are shotgun suppressors legal?
Individuals, corporations, and trusts can legally own silencers in the following states: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, and WY. In order to own one, you have to submit a Form 4 application, but additional requirements can vary slightly depending on the region you live in. The paperwork, however, can take up to 12 months. You can take your silencer across state lines if you are traveling through a suppressor legal state, as long as you have a temporary permit to travel with machine guns or short barrel rifles.
Shotgun silencer issues
Today’s suppressors can increase velocity of the host cartridge, otherwise known as “suppressor push,” but the increase is so small that it is not that noticeable. The silencer can also cause a negligible change to the impact on the target. The quality of the gun — barrel threading and the quality of those threads — will affect the shot.
“Most firearms will need to be threaded for a suppressor… The same problems can arise if this is not perfectly concentric to the bore. Heavier calibers will soon damage a rifle’s muzzle due to a plasma effect – causing accuracy … is not enough to suitably stabilize the bullet, which can lead to a baffle strike.” — Source: AR15.com
Silencer Care and Maintenance
Suppressors only need basic maintenance because they are dry, and as such, don’t need packing.
How to Buy?
The SilencerCo Salvo 12, according to the SilencerCo website, became available for sale and transfer on August 18, and will only work with the right adapter. It’s initially available with full, modified and improved chokes and 6-12” rod kits. The Salvo12 is now only available (to date) for the 12-gauge shotguns, and comes with the SilencerCo’s lifetime guarantee.
Stay tuned, as we post more information about Silencerco Salvo, and make sure to visit our product page now to order your very own Salvo 12 shotgun silencer. This is a suppressor that I absolutely can’t wait to get for myself! How about you?