Buyer's Guide: Suppressor Covers
A suppressor cover can be used to reduce the flash of a gunshot. The suppressor cover protects the shooter from being blinded by muzzle flame, and enhances its camouflage. There are two sizes of suppressor covers: they can either be standard or shortened. There are also suppressor covers in a combination, conical, and slit form. Compatibility with small arms is a key consideration when choosing a suppressor cover. It is important to consider the design characteristics of a gun. Let's now look at some of the best suppressor covers once we have enough information.
The choice of a suppressor cover is more about personal preference than operational requirements. Many suppressor covers can do the job. Most shooters consider the appearance of the suppressor cover on their rifle the most important factor.
What is the purpose of a suppressor cover?
Suppressor covers can be more than decorative accessories that enhance the look of your rifle. Suppressor covers serve many vital functions.
- Protection for you - Everyone knows that rifle barrels can become dangerously hot, particularly when fired repeatedly or in rapid bursts. Repeated shots can cause the same problem with suppressors, which are extensions of the rifle barrel. You will quickly learn valuable lessons about suppressor covers if you happen to accidentally grab the suppressor after a gun slides off of a table or rest.
- Protect your gun from heat - Guns can get very hot. Suppressors are also susceptible to the same issues. An adequately designed suppressor cover will help to prevent heat management issues and damage to your suppressor or gun.
- Vision & aiming - Heat from a hot barrel or suppressor can cause distortions to your sight picture while shooting. You can avoid most of heat-related sight distortion by using a suppressor cover.
- Protect your suppressor -Suppressors are vulnerable and exposed by nature. They are vulnerable because they are tucked at the barrel's end and can be dropped, struck, or banged around. Protective covers for suppressors can help reduce some of the damage from everyday use or accidents.
How to Choose a Suppressor Cover
Suppressor covers, no matter how simple they seem, can be difficult to assess. Sometimes the simplicity of suppressor covers hides important things. As a result, it may take some digging to determine if a suppressor cover meets these essential functional requirements.
The Material and the Parts
Two parts are typical for the suppressor cover. First, the outer jacket and inner jacket must be combined to provide you with the best protection.
- The inside jacket - Any fire-retardant or fire-proof material should be placed closest to the suppressor's body. Nomex and Kevlar are the most common materials for suppressors' inner covers. While some newer designs use silicone or other synthetic fabrics for their inner covers, most suppressor covers are made from Kevlar and Nomex, which can absorb and dissipate heat.
- The outer coat - In general, the jacket's primary function is to protect the inside jacket. The outer coat, regardless of its material, should be durable and rugged. The material will be exposed to the elements and normal wear and tear from everyday use. Protecting your suppressor against dents, scratches, and dings is also a crucial part of the suppressor covers.
- The attachments systems - I have heard more complaints about the attachment system for suppressor covers than any other thing. Some users complain that the attachment system doesn't work correctly, the cover isn't held in place well, or fails after only being on the suppressor for a few minutes.
Heat Rating and Fit
Just like us, suppressors can also be used. There are many sizes and shapes available.It is important that your suppressor cover fits precisely like yours. Your suppressor cover will perform at its best if it is properly done.
Understanding the heat rating system for suppressor covers is crucial as they control the heat generated by your suppressor. Your suppressor covers can manage more heat if they have a higher heat rating. Many factors go into determining the correct heat rating.
- What is the best way to shoot? How you shoot can determine the heat rating of your suppressor cover. Your suppressor will get hot if you're a magazine dumper at the range and enjoy long, fast bursts on fire. You will need a cover with a higher heat rating for hot suppressors.
- What are you doing with your rifle? - Hunting rifles are likely to be more concerned about weight and protection than the optics' ability to reduce heat distortion. The suppressor cover will need to be more resistant and durable than the heat rating, but it will still require a more uncompromising outer jacket.
- The heat rating of your rifle will determine how much weight and bulk you can add to it. While bulk and weight may not be an issue at the range, they can make a difference in the field.
Find the Right Attachments for Your Firearms
It can be challenging to choose a suitable suppressor. Therefore, it is important first to decide which calibers you want to suppress. In general, suppressors fall under the rifle, pistol, and rimfire categories. You can find the right option for your by browsing our pistol suppressors. They cover nearly every pistol caliber, as well as some lever actions and straight-walled rifle cartridges.
Our Dual Taper Locking System (TM) ensures that our rifle suppressors can be quickly detached. Unlike other QD mounting systems, our Dual Taper Locking System (TM) provides a repeatable point-of-impact shift and does not negatively affect the accuracy of your rifle. Every single one is tested before it ships. Our rifle suppressors can be used with any center-fire rifle up to.300RUM. There are no restrictions on the barrel length. We have the right solution for you, no matter your priorities: maximum suppression, ultralightweight suppression, or keeping as compact as possible.
Our pistol suppressors offer industry-leading suppression for your handguns, pistol carbines, lever actions, and straight wall caliber rifles. The Obsidan9/45 comes with ADAPT(tm), Modular Technology. This suppressor gives you two lengths. All pistol suppressors can be serviced easily. The Obsidian is 100% Stainless Steel and can be cleaned using any method. The Obsidian9/45 is Belt Fed Rated(r), which means it can withstand fire at any rate and will last a lifetime.
Don't overlook a rimfire suppressor. These are great fun, and an excellent way to train and introduce new shooters. These guns are also quietest and most affordable, so they won't break the bank. The Oculus 22 is rated for 22LR, 22 WMR and 17 HMR. It also has a 5.7x28mm dimension. The entire suppressor is made from 17-4 Stainless steel bar stock for cleaning and durability.
Optimal ammunition for Silencers
You need ammunition to keep your gun as silent as possible. Supersonic bullets can break the sound barrier, so a suppressor will not stop them. Subsonic ammunition is here to help.
Subsonic ammunition travels at a speed of 1100 feet per second (FPS). It travels slower than sound, so it is significantly quieter and doesn't break the sound barrier. The most common subsonic ammunition is 9mm, 45ACP, and 300 BLK. For reference, 9mm ammunition with a bullet weight greater than 147gr and 220gr 300BLK is subsonic. Nearly all 45ACP ammunition is subsonic. Some ammunition manufacturers produce rounds that are quieter and cleaner than standard subsonic rounds.
How to Prevent End Cap/Baffle Strikes
Our Unconditional Lifetime Warranty does not cover baffle or end cap strikes. However, they can still cause damage to a range day. Although strikes are rare, they do happen. To help you avoid strikes with rifle suppressors and pistols, we have listed the most common causes.
- Barrel threads that are not concentric are the most common reason for strikes on rifle silencers. We recommend buying a barrel from a reliable manufacturer or having your barrel threaded professionally by a gunsmith. Even the most skilled manufacturers can make mistakes. An alignment rod is a great way to ensure everything is in order.
- A bullet that is not stable may also be a reason for a strike. Subsonic 5.56 or.308 are not recommended as they can cause instability, which is also a problem with semi-auto firearm functionality. You shouldn't have any issues as long as you use quality ammunition and a high-quality barrel.
- A strike on a pistol-can is most often caused by "walk-off." Suppressor walk-off occurs when the suppressor is removed from the threaded barrel during firing. To prevent this, we recommend that the suppressor be tight between magazines. The cost of Teflon/plumbers tape to wrap your barrel's threads dramatically reduces the amount of walk-off and is an easy and cheap solution. Our research shows that left-hand threaded barrels show less walk-off than those with traditional right-hand threads. To stop walk off, some people will use o rings to protect their barrels. We do not recommend using o rings on barrels because they can throw off the alignment and cause strikes.
- If your booster system uses a piston with a spring, make sure to keep it clean and lubricated. Standard white lithium grease should be used on the piston's outside diameter. This will allow your handguns to run more smoothly and prevent any malfunctions.
- Strikes can also be caused by a barrel's threads being too concentric. We recommend buying a barrel from a reliable manufacturer or having your barrel threaded professionally by a gunsmith.
Keep your Silencer running
You will be able to depend on your suppressor by keeping it clean and attaching it correctly to your host weapon.
How to Prevent Lock Ups
Make sure that the temperatures of your suppressor and host firearm are similar before attaching them. The different thermal expansion rates can cause them to become stuck if the suppressor and host are hot. You can prevent this by lightly threading the suppressor to allow it to acclimate with your host firearm. It usually takes only a few minutes. Then, before firing, make sure you properly secure the suppressor to the host.
The same principle applies to modular suppressors. Before switching between short and extended configurations, be sure to let the parts acclimate. To learn more and see these tips and tricks in action, check out our
Cleaning your Suppressor
In that they self-regulate, our rifle suppressors look very similar to car exhausts. All you have to do is clean the threads and add a little gun oil.
Pistol silencers require a little more maintenance. Cleaning the tube and baffles should be done every 1000 rounds. An ultrasonic cleaner containing 50% warm water and 50% purple energy is the best way to clean springs, baffles, and pistons. It would help if you did not use the ultrasonic cleaner for stainless steel parts, as it can cause aluminum to rust. Non-stainless parts, such as the aluminum tube, can be cleaned with a carbon remover and a brush. Keep your piston lubricated using white lithium grease.
Optimizing your Firearm to a Suppressor
It's a good idea for your suppressor to be tuned on your firearm. While most firearms work with a suppressor, these modifications will make the host gun run more quietly and cleaner. This gives you an additional reason to modify your firearm. These are the things you should look at whether you plan on buying a gun that is already optimized or if you intend to make modifications yourself.
Apart from a threaded barrel, bolt action rifles can be rocked with a suppressor. Since AR platforms are the most widely used semi-auto suppressed host, we will be focusing on improving them.
- Gas block adjustable - Gas blowback of rifles is increased by suppressors (some models more so than others). A gas block that can be adjusted is the best way to reduce this. You can find tons of adjustable gas blocks on the market. Kits can be purchased to convert your direct impingement AR to an adjustable piston system. There are more manufacturers that offer models with adjustable gas blocks, so this is something you should be looking out for.
- Optimized Charging Handle - Suppressor-optimized charging handles direct gas away from shooters' faces. You have many options, including the Radian-SD or the Geissele SUPER Charging Handle. Both work well.
- Optimized Buffer System - A heavy buffer can help reduce gas blowback, improve reliability and make it more soundproof. Barrel length, gas setting/length, ammunition and ammunition will all affect the optimal spring and buffer weight. JP has Custom Buffer Springs and Silent Captured Springs , which are a great option.
- Suppressor Covers - Suppressors can get very hot, let's face. The heat can cause mirages that may impede your vision or even burn you while slinging your gun. A suppressor cover is great if you shoot extended range/precision or use a sling. Some covers are not designed to fire at high rates or with short barrel rifles. Covers that are rated for rapid fire or short barrels should be considered. You have many options, including ColTac, who can make a custom cover for your needs and Burn-Proof gear for shorter barrels.
A threaded barrel is required if you want to mount a suppressor to your pistol. These modifications can make your silenced pistol more enjoyable.
- Silencer Height Sights - Standard sights aren't tall enough to see through suppressors. However, it shouldn't be a problem for most targets and distances if you align them and keep the center mass constant. Although silencer height sights don't need to be used, they can better view smaller targets and farther away. Red dots, such as the Trijicon RMR and suppressor height iron sights are great options for anyone who wants to get the most from their pistols.
- Recoil Springs - A lighter recoil spring may be the solution if your pistol has trouble cycling and does not go back into the battery entirely. You can gradually use softer recoil springs to ensure your pistol cycles with super or subsonic ammunition.
- Zeroing - There are quick fixes for pistols that have a different point-of-impact when shot suppressed. After confirming that your pistol is not loaded, take the can out of it and twist it until it locks back in place. Keep making these adjustments until you reach your point of impact.
Sport and hunting enthusiasts are increasingly using suppression devices on the range and the field. A significant benefit is the reduction of noise, especially indoors.
I hope you found this information helpful in choosing the correct suppressor cover for your pistol or rifle.