As the year draws to an end, we wanted to get a general feel for which suppressors dazzled us the most in 2016. To do so, we surveyed our knowledgeable Silencer Shop staff to gather which cans stood out over the past 12 months. By no means are our findings scientific (in fact, they are solely opinion-based), but they do shed some light into what our guys and gals prefer in terms of silencer performance, price, accuracy, physical attributes (e.g., weight, length), and so forth.
With so many impressive and effective options in each silencer category, it is nearly impossible to focus on just a few, but the results are in and have been verified. If on the fence about your next suppressor purchase, hopefully this is a useful tool.
The rimfire category brings us our one and only tie, so the survey kicks off with a (suppressed) bang! This classification undoubtedly has an amazing group of cans to choose from, but two grabbed co-top billing in our crew’s minds.
A long-time favorite of ours and shooters nationwide, the Axiom is the complete package: super quiet (40 dB sound reduction), lightweight (6 ounces), durable (titanium; stainless steel), and one of the easiest rimfire cans to disassemble and clean (user-serviceable). Not to mention, the Axiom is full-auto rated (.22LR thru 5.7×28 calibers). Throw in its appealing price point, and it stands to reason why this Tactical Solutions model is highly regarded.
1b. Q El Camino
Although a late arrival to 2016, Q made a huge splash with the recent release of their El Camino can. Performance-wise, El Camino truly impressed our team. Its sound suppression is remarkable, and because it weighs only 4.3 ounces, its maneuverability is top-notch. Kevin Brittingham and his talented squad unleashed a highly-effective .22 caliber beauty to the masses. El Camino’s stainless steel build and full-auto capability merely add to its already legendary status.
Honorable mention: Bowers USS 22
In the pistol category, a particular silencer garnered more attention than the other amazing units. Without further ado, the Silencer Shop Golden Can award goes to…
Honorable mention: AAC Illusion 9
A true reflection of the overall greatness in both 5.56mm and 7.76mm rifle categories, many silencers were referenced by our team, but one was the overwhelming favorite across the board. And, the winner is…
Honorable mention: Griffin Armament Optimus
Honorable mention: YHM 65-Year Anniversary Combo
All-in-all, the various suppressors available from our cutting-edge manufacturers are all winners. To look at the glass as half-full, that is one of the benefits of our highly-regulated industry; the lengthy process means that there is no room for “less than suitable” products. The end user simply won’t stand for a subpar product if they had to wait months to pick it up!
These survey results are an informal way to provide our faithful customers feedback – in the form of personal opinions of our staff – in hopes of making your silencer buying experience as enjoyable as possible. If we overlooked any cans that jump out to you, please feel free to submit recommendations in the below “Reply” section. We would really appreciate hearing opinions from each and every one of you as well. Happy pew-pewing in 2017!