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I have a question about your suppressor experience

Discussion in 'NFA Weapon Discussion' started by beranimus, Jul 5, 2015.

  1. beranimus

    beranimus Veneta Active Member

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    The time has come and I am finally able to buy a suppressor. Now that I finally can I'm concerned I may regret or be disappointed with the purchase. I've wanted one for ever and done lots of research. I know suppressors aren't like they are in the movies and I'm worried I'll be disappointed in how it preforms. I'm looking into the Silencerco Omega for my 308 bolt gun and 10.5" ar15. I know it's hard to gauge but are suppressors worth it or should I just get another firearm?

    Thanks for the input
     
  2. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I agree that they are NOT like the movies however they can be nice (and cool) and serve a purpose. People kept telling me to just purchase something for the 308 caliber and use is on my AR-15. I ignored that advice and already wish that I hadn't. I'm already looking at wanting another one for a 300 blackout that I can load subsonic for more of the "movie' feel. This is going to be expensive as I don't have a 300 blackout and I want to build from the basement up with my next rifle and I want billet, etc., etc. .....

    Another thing to consider.... The POI is pretty significant and I'm needing another scope for my suppressor rifle(s) as the scope that I currently have does not have quick turn turrets for adjustments on it and it's a pain to dial back and forth.

    It's a significantly expensive hobby I'm finding out. Fortunately I like to work as it keeps me out of trouble and that's a full time job ;)
     
  3. Greenbug

    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

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    Suppressors have several side effects... all good.

    Noise reduction (DUH!)
    Recoil reduction.
    Tightens groups.
    Grin instigating tendencies.

    You won't be disappointed.;)
     
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  4. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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    I have a Sparrow, an Osprey in .45, and a SpecWar556. My next can will be either a SpecWar762 or an Omega. I've been very happy with the Silencerco products. My 20" AR with the SpecWar556 on it is really comfortable to shoot. Very calm at the operator's position. The Osprey handles .45 and 9mm wonderfully, and the Sparrow on the pistol makes less noise that many pellet pistols. My next project will be a .30 cal rifle in some form, and I'm very much looking forward to a .30 cal can that can do double duty on the .556 AR's.

    "Worth it" is a pretty relative term.....since I'm a repeat offender, you have my vote.
     
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  5. lfromsalem

    lfromsalem Salem, OR Member

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    Your on the right track. Get a good quality can and you'll be happy.
     
  6. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    yeah. "Worth it" is totally subjective. Is it "worth it" to date a super model'? Yes she is a 10, Yes her bits get you all goofy. But is she as dumb as a box of rocks and half as interesting? Is it worth it if she is? Ok maybe that is a bad comparison. :D

    I think it also depends on where you are in your dream collection too. When I started buying NFA things I was to a point where I pretty much had everything I wanted from a non NFA standpoint, but open it up to NFA and all of a sudden there is a whole new realm of toys to lust after.
     
  7. Martini_Up

    Martini_Up NW USA Well-Known Member

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    start reloading and you can roll you own subsonic 308 for the 'hollywood quiet' thrill.

    ...and silencerco is a fine company.
     
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  8. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The biggest drawback I've found with suppressors was the lack of threads on some of my existing firearms.
    When I ordered my first two suppressors (Sparrow/Osprey) I had plenty of time to get them threaded by Tornado Technologies.
    Don't wait for the stamp to show up and then expect to get something threaded in a hurry.
     
  9. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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    Tornado Tech did my Beretta 92 OEM barrel and it's flawless. Impressed the heck out of my Marine armorer last time he was home.
     
  10. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I was given some sound advice from a very good friend of mine, who is also a crack shot with pistols.

    When you acquire a firearm that hits everything you point it at without a lot of aiming or squinting, but just by raising it up to eye level and pulling the trigger so that it makes a tin can dance down the road, keep it.
    Do not sell that gun because you get bored with it. Those are the ones that you want to hang a can on.
    Changing to taller sights so you can see over the suppressor adds another dimension to the costs and performance of your firearm.
    You can buy a suppressor for it's sound deadening performance and then look for a suitable gun to hang it on,
    or you can adapt the guns you already have and purchase a can that will work well with them.
     
  11. broncman

    broncman E. of Portland yet to close! Quality Control!

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    Tornado has the worst turn around times! I am still waiting for the call to bring in my rifle after being on the "list" since November/December. FYI I have had my stamp and can back since the beginning of April. Fortunately I went elsewhere to have my barrel threaded (took one day and had it back) the week before getting my stamp and can!
    Rant over.
    You won't regret a suppressor and it won't be your last.:)
     
  12. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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    Moral of the story being don't wait for your stamp to get your thread on......:cool:
     
  13. beranimus

    beranimus Veneta Active Member

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    As for firearms I have... I definitely don't have all that I want. I have a few of the basics at the moment. Ar15, xdm45, 308 bolt gun a few 22 and couple shot guns. The firearm I was considering is the CZ Scorpion Evo 3 with a sig brace and then SBR it as soon as the stock comes our for it. Either that or a Silencerco Omega. It seems to be the suppressor that would make most sence for me. Using it on both my ar15 sbr and 308 bolt gun. Does that clear anything up?

    Thanks again for the advice.
     
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  14. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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    The Omega is sweet and a great choice for that application. The SpecWar762 is the other in that category, and will save you a C note and change, but it's a bit heavier and bigger. I'd bet performance wise they are about a wash. If it was for a bench gun, the SpecWar762 would be fine, and is the one I'm looking at most closely. If you're going to pack it around, the Omega is probably worth the extra jack.

    "You pays yer money and makes yer choices....."
     
  15. broncman

    broncman E. of Portland yet to close! Quality Control!

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    No moral of the story is don't go with Tornado if you expect to have it treaded before getting your stamp! I got on the list only a month after sending in my paperwork. Going on 8 months now without a call . . . . . . . and has been 3 since receiving stamp and suppressor.

    I think this is a rifle problem with Tornado and not a pistol but you know what they say when you bubblegum-U-ME.;)
     
  16. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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    Well, I had a vastly different experience with them. Hope it works out for the best; their work does have a fantastic reputation in the Beretta (and other) communities. My barrel was absolutely perfect. They also squared away a Silencerco piston that had some out of spec threads, gratis. I'll go back, to be sure.

    As they say, one man's opinion......
     
  17. aflineman

    aflineman Both South of Eugene and East of Portland. Active Member

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    The Omega is the one I will get. A couple of mounts come with. Works on .223 and .308 (plus 7mm, 270, and a number of others).
    Well built also. I will get mine from JC Weaponry, once I get some other bills paid off.
     
  18. CHLChris

    CHLChris Portland Metro East Love me some guns! Bronze Supporter

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    Seriously? How long is that light saber? It has to be over a yard long! Super-quiet, for sure, but definitely NOT a master-bedroom protection rifle.
     
  19. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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    The bedroom is well protected with other hardware, thanks for your concern.....:D
     
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  20. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    You also have to consider thread pitch when buying the suppressors Nielson Devise barrel adapters.
    European firearms normally come from the factory with left handed threads.
    I have an vintage HK P9S 9mm pistol and I had Tornado cut the barrel threads RH to work with the free barrel adapter that Curt's Discount Firearms gives you when you buy a can from them.
    The P9S has a fixed barrel, so you have to remove the Nielson Devise spring and replace it with a fixed spacer collar.