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Best 3-Lug Adapters

Best 3-Lug Adapters

Best 3-Lug Adapters

You’ve probably heard of 3-lug (or tri-lug) barrels before and wondered what they were. Quite simply, they’re a barrel that has three lugs protruding from it near the muzzle. Originally developed by Heckler and Koch in the 1960s, these lugs are attachment points for suppressors and other muzzle devices and are most commonly found on pistol-caliber firearms.

The biggest benefit of a 3-lug mount is how fast it works. You simply depress the spring, give your suppressor a quarter-turn, and release. Voila – mounted suppressor!

If you want to use the 3-lug system on a barrel that wasn’t made in the factory with lugs, don’t fret. There are 3-lug adapters that you can use so long as your barrel is threaded. (If your barrel isn’t threaded, then you can’t attach a suppressor anyway, so start there first!)

Of course, you’ve also got to have a 3-lug adapter on your suppressor so that it can interface with the lugs on the barrel mount. The 3-lug system has to be there on both the barrel and the suppressor in order for the system to work properly. A lot of suppressors on the market have 3-lug adapters that can be added to them, but it isn’t a universal offering for all companies or even all of a company’s suppressor offerings. Be sure to check and make sure that the make and model you want to use has an available adapter to avoid any disappointment down the line!

Here are some of the more popular 3-lug adapter mounts for your gun barrels on the market right now.

Griffin 3-Lug Muzzle Device

These muzzle devices from Griffin Armament are based on the H&K pattern and will work with any standard 3-lug mount. They are available in a variety of different thread pitches and are available for both 9mm and .45 calibers.

Griffin 3-Lug Specs:
Calibers: 9mm and .45
Thread Pitches: 1/2×28, 1/2×36, 5/8×24, M13.5x1LH, M16x1LH
MSRP: $79.95 – $84.95

SilencerCo 3-Lug Muzzle Device

SilencerCo’s 3-lug muzzle devices are available in a variety of different thread pitches that are designed to work with a number of their different suppressor models. They include the Octane series, Omega 9K, Omega 45K, Hybrid 46, Hybrid 46M, and the Omega 36M.

SilencerCo 3-Lug Muzzle Device Specs:
Calibers: 9mm and .45
Thread Pitches: .578×28, 1/2×28, 1/2×36, 5/8×24, M13.5x1LH, 5/8×24, 9/16×24, M16x1LH
MSRP: $86

Rugged 3-Lug Adapter

The Rugged 3-Lug Adapter has Rugged’s patented Go/No Go Gauge built into it. The No Go/Go Gauge provides quick visual confirmation that your suppressor is properly attached, for a surprise-free shooting experience. Their adapter is compatible and used in conjunction with the Rugged 3 Lug Mount as well as any H&K patterned 3-lug mount. It is available in 9mm only.

Rugged 3-Lug Adapter Specs:
Calibers: 9mm
Thread Pitches: 1/2×28, 1/2×36, 5/8×24, M13.5x1LH
MSRP: $85

Find the Best 3-Lug Adapter and Suppressor Combination For You

Here at Silencer Central, we’ve been selling silencers all day, every day for more than 15 years. In that amount of time, we’ve sold countless silencers to people for firearms that have 3-lug barrels or can use 3-lug adapters. Our staff has lost count as to how many 3-lug guns they’ve shot, whether with factory barrels or adapters. If you’re unsure which one to pick, give us a call and we can help select the right silencer for your firearms that are equipped with 3-lug barrel adapters.